by Nora Bonilla on August 18, 2023 in Travels,

Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to experience Tennessee in all its splendor. This annual three-day weekend marks a time of celebration, relaxation and exploration in the state. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich history and diverse cultural offerings, Tennessee welcomes travelers with an irresistible blend of outdoor adventures, music festivals and mouth watering culinary delights. We’ve gathered a Tennessee Top 5 list of activities and experiences to enjoy for Labor Day 2023 throughout the state. 

 1- Last Chance To Make A Splash: Dollywood’s Splash Country

Kids of all ages can experience Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park exciting rides. Photo Dollywood/Steven Bridges.

Labor Day Weekend means the end of Dollywood’s Splash Country’s season is near. Head to Pigeon Forge to enjoy thrilling slides and attractions at the water park, voted a top 10 waterpark by USA Today readers. The park added more days to the calendar this year, so say goodbye to summer in style with 35 acres of aquatic fun, including twists and turns on the Raging River Rapids, the kid-friendly Little Creek Falls and massive Mountain Waves Wave Pool.

 2 – Whitewater Thrills: The Ocoee River Corridor

White-water rafting on the Ocoee River in Delano, Tennessee. Photo courtesy Tennessee Tourism.

Looking for an adrenaline-filled and affordable way to spend your Labor Day weekend without being stuck in traffic for hours? The stunning Ocoee River corridor is a short drive from Chattanooga and attracts adventure lovers from far and wide. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or new to the sport, options are available for all skill levels aged 12+.  While renowned for its whitewater rafting, the unspoiled countryside offers hiking, biking, fishing, paddle boarding and more for those looking for more laid-back adventure.

 3 – Outdoor Education: Mousetail Landing State Park

Fishing at Mousetail Landing State Park in Linden, Tennessee. Photo Tennessee State Parks.

A 1,247-acre oasis nestled on the banks of the Tennessee River, Mousetail Landing State Park is one of the best places for fresh air fun in Tennessee. The Park is offering a wide array of special experiences over Labor Day Weekend that are both educational and exciting. Take the Historic Morning Hike to learn about how Mousetail got its unique name back in the Civil War days. Or discover the feathered friends who call the Park home during an informative/interactive Birds of Prey session. Or spend some time living in the shoes of our distant ancestors during a Foraging 101 activity. And you won’t want to miss the Sunset Cookout Cruise aboard a pontoon boat, featuring a beautiful sunset on Reelfoot Lake and a delicious meal on Caney Island.

 4 – Tranquil Tennessee: The Hermitage

Spend a day of history at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage mansion, and discover a former President’s everyday life. Photo courtesy Tennessee Tourism.

Offering 1,120 acres full of history and tranquil beauty, The Hermitage in Nashville is perfect for enjoying a Labor Day Weekend in the great outdoors. The former home of President Andrew Jackson, the grounds include a historic garden, field quarters, historical markers, wildlife, a hiking trail and historic buildings.

For Labor Day, The Hermitage is offering a half-off discount on Grounds Passes with the promo code HermHalfOff. Valid Sept. 1-4, the discount can be redeemed online or in-person for up to 4 adult tickets per transaction.

 5 – Northeast Escape: Johnson City

Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park in Johnson City, Tennessee. Photo TNECD

Spend the weekend taking in the authentic local flavor of Johnson City where you’ll find a walkable historic downtown district, diverse cuisine and public art around every corner. You can also explore the outdoors by hiking to panoramic mountain views at Buffalo Mountain Park, walking on the historic Tweetsie Trail, or renting a bike and heading to Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park. While visiting the Tweetsie Trail, check out a new locally owned tap house, Cranky’s Pump-N-Pints, located at the trailhead.


Cover photo Cari Griffith

Nora Bonilla is a travel and food enthusiast with a rich love for writing and sharing those places
and experiences with the world.