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Plan your trip itinerary!

When going on vacation you may see the best places , but do you know the best times to be there? This is where a good itinerary comes in! We all want to get in as much as we can when we travel. Bad weather and crowds can really slow us down and force us to make modifications to our plans. Having a back up plan or alternate idea can help us save the day and still have a good time. The Amish of Ethridge team has put together theme based itineraries to help you if you want a similar theme. If you see something you like but don't want our suggestion, then swap it out for something else. We want you to have the best vacation you can have while visiting our Amish community! 

Amish Of Ethridge Tn Farm House With Sign.

Coming to see the Amish in Ethridge is quite easy! Getting the most out of your trip will take some effort to see it all. This where having a good plan will help you get the most out of your Amish Adventure. Below is our recommendations, based on a theme with the understanding that seeing the Amish is your top priority!  

How to loosely compile an itinerary.

An itinerary is really just a list with dates and times on it but we believe it is more than this. If you really know what is important to you then make sure to plan your itinerary around this central theme. If you want to come see the Amish during summer break then you will be here during the busy season and the Amish people are busy. If you come in the fall, then it will be slower and you can talk to the Amish people more since the harvest is over. Having a list of top priorities is needed to get what you want out of your trip! Don't make your itinerary so strict that you don't have fun.

1

Select your season

The Amish are open all year but if you want to see them working the fields and to buy their produce then you have to come during the summer when the kids are out of school. Knowing the season of your visit will set the rest of your itinerary.

2

Find what is available

Everyone has areas of interest you can find in Amish country. Find these points of interest and see what days and times they're open. Make a list of these places you would like to see while you're here! Then put your meal times between events!

3

Match your lifestyle

If you're an early riser and like to take it easy, then include a breakfast time. If you are a night owl, then you'll include nightly activities into your itinerary! Matching your lifestyle to your places and times is key to your planning.

Once you have established your season, look for the places you want to see. Notice the places  open and closed days, then write them down so you don't come to see a place while they are closed. Then book your vacation around the best days for you to stay. We made up this example itinerary below to show what features we tell visitors in person. Get a manila notebook or note app on your phone and start inputting your places and times!

Itinerary for Saturday in Amish Country

  1. 1
    Alarm set for 7am morning routine - Breakfast at Marshalls Grocery by 8:30am
  2. 2
    Arrive at Amish Wagon Tours at 9am for wagon ride - estimate 2 hours.
  3. 3
    Shopping at Keeto's - Heart and Soul - Amish Flea Mkt - Vintage Shoppe - Andy Collins Tack Shop ect...
  4. 4
    Lunch at Bob's Cafe around 12 -1pm - Go next door at Amish Market for candy
  5. 5
    Go to Ike's Amish Depot, Amish Flea Market East, Mike's Antiques and Moore - and Ronnie Miles Place - estimate 2:30-4pm?.
  6. 6
    Evening drive through Amish country with map from Amish Wagon Tours
  7. 7
    Dinner at The Butter Bean or Hinie's BBQ around 6pm

Alternative plans in case of weather or crowded first choice.

  • Lunch first at Bob's Cafe at 10am if sleeping late - Wagon ride after we eat.
  • Lunch at Shaffers BBQ (I want the big platter) or Ike's Amish Depot if Bob's is packed - (get double decker burger and milkshakes)
  • If we are still hungry: Get cheese, meats and snacks at Amish Market to eat in car while driving around to see the Amish countryside.  
  • Shoot machine guns at Top Gun Arms if it is raining.

Recommended Itineraries

Amish Wagon Ride Tours To Amish Farms.

Experience the Amish people!

Start your morning at 9am at the Amish Wagon Ride Tours with an Amish ride into the Amish community. You will get a guide who will tell you everything about the Amish here that you want to know and will stop at Amish homes to let you buy things from them or talk to the Amish people. The tours last about 1.5hrs and do take reservations. They also have a map where you can go out in your car to see the community on your own. You can spend all day out here in this community but see our "Amish Advice" page to help you with the common problems we see when people visit the Amish.

Amish Country Shopping Areas.

Amish area shopping.

The area next to highway 43 has English owned shops who sell antiques and items in their store that are made by the local Amish community. See our Amish Shopping page linked below where you can find out more about each store. The table here is great when planning your shopping day around the place you really want to see! These hours are from the peak season and may be modified in the off season of less visitors.

Days

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Amish Wagon Tours

open 9-5

open 9-5

open 9-5

open 9-5

open 9-5

open 9-5

closed

Heart and Soul Antiques

open 9-4:30

closed

open 9-4:30

open 9-4:30

open 9-4:30

open 9-4:30

open 9-4:30

Keetos Antiques 

closed

closed

open 10-5

open 10-5

open 10-5

open 10-5

closed

Plowboy Produce 

open 11-4

closed

open 11-4

closed

open 11-4

closed

closed

Amish Flea Market

open 9-5

closed

open 9-5

open 9-5

open 9-5

open 6-5

open 9-5

Ike's Amish Depot

open 2-4

open 2-4

open 2-4

open 2-4

open 2-4

open 11-5

closed

The Vintage Shoppe

open 10-2

closed

closed

open 10-2

open 10-2

open 9-3

closed

Mike's Antiques

closed

closed

closed

open 9-4

open 9-4

open 9-4

closed

Flowers Creamery Cows Eating Out Of A Trough.

Go for a Barn Bonanza 

The Amish are great at farming but there are other farms that let visitors come out and tour their farm. These farm to table places are great to learn about farm animals and plants that do well in Tennessee. These places need for the visitor to dress accordingly for the weather and wear things that may get dirty.

Recommended
Flowers Creamery Sign Out Front.

Flowers Creamery

Overall Rating: 5/5

At Flowers Creamery you can learn every step in making cheese and milk products. On Wednesdays at 11am and 2pm, they have a tour you can go on where you see every stage of the process. From grass to corn, you see how the farm is also ecologically sensitive to water treatment and how they grown their own corn for their cows. This tour is also great for kids with a calf petting zoo!

Many Variety Of Fruits At Mnm Winery.

MnM Winery

Overall Rating: 4/5

MnM Winery is a pick your own fruit farm in Ethridge. Kids love to pick fruits and eat them along the way. The orchards and vines are a bit rustic so wear gloves and shoes that can get wet with morning dew. They do charge per pound so have some cash! The owners live there on site so it's always open but the fruit grows with the season so it is subject to availability. Open each day 10am-5pm

Josh In Front Of Tractor At Event.

Taylor Family Farm

Overall Rating: 4/5

There isn't a tour but Taylor Family Farms is a great place to stop by and see their farm and store. They are a good family farming business and they make a lot of things right there on site! They like when people stop by and they can show you around and talk to you about farm life. They are good at getting quality foods for those who cook in their RV! Open Tuesday-Saturday 8am-5pm

Amish Buggy With Kayak On Top Of It.

Go get in the water!

Even the Amish get in their kayak and float downstream! Lawrence county has some of the best waters to float down! The rivers around our area are smooth and wide, with many of them being shallow so safety is great for those who have never been on the water. We have tubing, kayaks, and canoes with several businesses who can take you out and bring you back safely! David Crockett park also has watercraft for rent. We suggest a good, short ride, in the summer after your Amish wagon ride and shopping are done. After lunch at Bob's Cafe or Shaffers BBQ, you'll be ready to get in the water! 

Days

Monday

Tuesday

Wed

Thursday

Friday

Sat

Sunday

Crockett Shoals

9-3pm

closed

closed

closed

9-3pm

9-3pm

9-3pm

Upa Creek 

closed

7-2pm

7-2pm

7-2pm

7-3pm

7-3pm

7-3pm

Double G

closed

closed

closed

closed

closed

7-7pm

7-7pm

Crockett Park

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

James D. Vaughan Microphone And Radio Board.

See our museums!

We have 4 museums and one national landmark called The Big Red Store in Appleton that is open a few times a year. Lawrenceburg is the birthplace of southern gospel music and our James D. Vaughan museum shows you the whole store. David Crockett started his political career here so you see the park where his museum takes you through his story. The telephone museum in Loretto is great for kids to see the evolution of the phone, and this museum is next to a telecommunications business where our current phones get internet. The old jail museum was an actual jail and has many stories of past criminals. Kids love to get their photo taken in a old jail cell. At certain times, we can take you into an old catholic church from the 1800's that is really neat. You will love our museums and historical places. 

Days

Monday

Tuesday

Wed

Thurs

Friday

Sat

Sunday

Vaughan Museum

9-4pm

9-4pm

9-4pm

9-4pm

9-12pm

closed

closed

Old Jail Museum

closed

10-2pm

10-2pm

10-2pm

10-2pm

closed

closed

Crockett Park

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

Phone Museum

by appointment

by appointment

by appointment

by appointment

by appointment

closed

closed

Big Red Store

open 2 times

per year

on July 4th

weekend

and 2nd

Saturday

in Dec

Civil War Reenactors At Spring Park.

Civil War and Native American Walks!

The last Civil War battles in Tennessee were fought here in Lawrence and Giles counties. At Mt. Zion Church and Spring Park are the battlefield locations. Lawrence county also has the original Bell route from the Trail of Tears inside David Crockett Park. Giles county has several Civil War places to see and a Native American interpretive center that showcases the Bell Route and the Benge Route crossing where many Native American artifacts are displayed! The Civil War fields are best visited in the daytime as they are always there to see. The David Crockett Park is open year round from sunup to sundown but the Giles ToT Interpretive Center is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays during certain hours depending on volunteers. The Old Jail Museum has both Civil War and Native American historical findings inside. The table below has the days and times of these places. (ToT)=trail of tears.

Days

Monday

Tuesday

Weds

Thurs

Friday

Sat

Sunday

ToT Center

By Appointment

10-3pm

By Appointment

10-3pm

By Appointment

By Appointment

By Appointment

ToT Walk

8-4pm

8-4pm

8-4pm

8-4pm

8-4pm

8-4pm

8-4pm

Old Jail Museum

closed

10-2pm

10-2pm

10-2pm

10-2pm

closed

closed

Other non Amish things to do in the area!

Amish Of Ethridge Car Tires Jumping At Ethridge Motorsports Park.

Get your motors running!

Lawrence county is home to a few unique racetracks. Thunderhill Raceway Park is an oval dirt track where they slide around through the curves and have several different types of cars that race there. Ethridge Motorsports Park is a drag racing facility where two cars race to the end of the one eighth mile track. Kids love both places and each has a kids division that races on their tracks. Our racing page has all the race related interest in the area linked below! They are only open on the weekends at certain times so see our page where we share the racing schedules so you can make your itinerary! 

3-Gun Competition With Buzzer.

Get on target!

Lawrence county has the best in shooting sports. Eagle Eye Shooting Complex has an selection of shooting setups and a good rental firearms so you don't have to bring your own. They have 5-stand, trap, and skeet on the shotgun side and 5 bays setup for 3-gun competition. They also have a rifle range with target distances or 50-100-200-300-400-and 500 yards with a steel plate at 500 yards where they rent a .50 caliber rifle to those who want to see if they can hit the plate. Topgun Arms has a 12 lane indoor shooting range where you can rent full automatic firearms like an old tommy gun and shoot guns you can't get anymore without a lot of red tape! 

Days

Monday

Tuesday

Weds

Thurs

Friday

Sat

Sunday

Top Gun Arms

closed

9-6pm

9-6pm

9-6pm

9-6pm

9-6pm

1-6pm

Eagle Eye Complex

closed

12-7pm

12-7pm

12-7pm

12-7pm

9-7pm

12-7pm

Iron Horse

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

9-5pm

closed

Dixie Oaks Golf Club With Flag.

Include your sports.

We have several places to play your sport here. There are ball golf courses like Dixie Oaks Golf Club. We have 4 disc golf courses that offer variety of complex bends to challenge the player. Axe throwing is huge at Axe Kicking in Loretto. We have a sports webpage on our Visit Lawrenceburg Page! Dixie Oaks is open everyday from 7am-6pm.. Axe Kicking is open 4-10pm on Fridays and 1:30-10pm on Saturdays.

Man Fly Fishing In Stream.

Fishing in area lakes and streams. 

Lawrence county has TWRA lands with a few lakes where fishing and boating is permitted. These lakes are Laurel Hill and VFW inside the TWRA land and the David Crockett State Park has Lindsey Lake where you can rent boats with a trolling motors so you can fish the areas of the lake you can't get to by foot. The little buffalo river and shoal creek are stocked with trout. All of these areas require a fishing license and trout stamp if you fish for trout. You can buy these license at the link in the button below! These places are open all year so you can fish as your schedule allows.

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