Washington County is a destination for travelers of all stripes: adventurers, culturists, motorsports enthusiasts, fine arts aficionados and foodies come from all points of the compass to experience what this corner of the world has to offer. The Chamber’s Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website is a great place to look for the latest happenings in the area – www.visitjohnsoncitytn.com
Hands On! Regional Museum
The Hands On! Regional Museum features over 22,000 square feet of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and nature fun and is located at 315 East Main Street in downtown Johnson City and is for both the young and young at heart. Visitors are encouraged to reach out and touch the creative exhibits that amuse and enlighten. Learn more at www.handsonmuseum.org.
Experience the Past
The Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site showcases the story of prosperity and history of Northeast Tennessee and of the several families that lived here in days past. The 45-acre site features eleven historic buildings, the Tipton/Gifford/Simerly cemetery, a limestone cave, a natural spring, a buffalo trace, a nature trail, and a Visitor Center. The Visitor Center contains a permanent exhibit, museum store, educational spaces, a library, and archives. Located at 2620 South Roan Street in Johnson City, visitors are able to catch a glimpse of what Tennessee was like before it became a U.S. State. www.tipton-haynes.org
Built in 1770, Rocky Mount is the oldest original territorial capitol still standing in the United States. Rocky Mount is a monument to Tennessee’s frontier heritage where costumed interpreters give regular tours of the original main house, reconstructed kitchen, and other outbuildings. Learn more at www.rockymountmuseum.com
Paleontology on Parade
Paleontology comes to life at the ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum located at 1212 Suncrest Drive in Gray, Tennessee. Paleontologists, staff and volunteers have excavated thousands of specimens locally including alligators, tapirs, sloth elephants and even rhinos. The museum offers an actual, working paleontological site. There are tours of an ongoing fossil dig, interactive exhibits and educational programs for people of all ages. www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum/
Wet and Wild!
Stay cool in the hot summer months at Wetlands Water Park in Jonesborough, located at 1523 Persimmons Ridge Road and open Memorial Day through Labor Day. This water park features a rain tree, flume slides, splash pad, and a lazy river and tumble buckets. Enjoy the sand volleyball court, zero-depth wading area, children’s otter slide and plenty of lounge chairs to soak up the sun. www.wetlandsjonesborough.com/
TVA Credit Union Ballpark on the corner of Legion and Cranberry Streets is the summer home of the Minor League baseball club, the Johnson City Cardinals. From mid-June to August, enjoy America’s favorite pastime and take in fun promotions, concessions, and family fun for everyone. www.jccardinals.com