Local Area Attractions
American Museum of Science and Energy
Where Science and History Come Alive!!
Explore the amazing world of science and technology and the unique history of Oak Ridge, the "Secret City" of World War II's Manhattan Project, through exciting live demonstrations, hands-on activities, films and exhibits.The Department of Energy (DOE) Facilities Public Bus Tour also departs from the museum during the months of June-September. The tour explores original Manhattan Project sites around Oak Ridge and shows the history behind the world's first atomic weapon which helped to end WWII.
Norris Dam State Park
The park's 4,000 acres of virgin forest and scenic nature trails surround Norris Dam and overlooks Norris Lake. It has a full service marina, a recreation area with a swimming pool, game room, tennis courts and volleyball court. Norris Dam State Park is also home to the Lenoir Historical Complex. This includes the Lenoir Museum, an 18th century grist mill and a threshing barn that depicts the life before the TVA built Norris Dam through pictorial history display, artifacts and historical documents. Be sure to take part in the park's annual events - Wildflower Hike's in late March-early April and the Holiday Homecoming during the second weekend in December.
Little Ponderosa Zoo
This "hands on zoo" is the perfect place for animal lovers of all ages to see your typical farm yard animal and exotic animals. Enjoy pony rides, the petting zoo and the barnyard nursery. There is a pavilion near the pond for picnic lunches. http://www.littleponderosazoo.com
Recreation awaits you on Norris Lake, where the mountains meet the water. With 800 miles of shoreline, there always seems to be a secluded cove waiting for you. Norris Lake is also home to the Norris Dam, the first dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1936 for flood control, to bring efficient electrical power to East Tennessee and for recreation. Norris Dam is 265 feet high and stretches 1860 feet across the Clinch River. Be sure to check out these annual events on Norris Lake - Fire on the Water, the largest fireworks show on Norris Lake, takes place at Sequoyah Marina on the last Saturday in June and Fall Color Boat Cruises take place during the last two weeks of October. Whether you are fishing, boating, or simply enjoying the picturesque shoreline, you are sure to be satisfied with Norris lake. http://www.lakenorris.org
Many experienced anglers who have fished the premier trout water of the US consider the Clinch River tailwater to be one of the finest trout fisheries in the country. Flowing from Dam 13 miles to Clinton, there are many access points for fishing and boating activities. Guide services and maps available. http://www.fishtheclinch.com