Best Rated Local Attractions
There is so much to do in Lawrence and Giles counties that you will need to stay a few days to see what you want to see! Lawrenceburg is the birthplace of southern gospel music and we have many museums that tell of our history! David Crockett started his political career in Lawrence county and still today this area of Lawrence and Giles counties keeps the spirit of the great king of the wild frontier! Many of our top location to see are outdoor in nature making Lawrence and Giles counties perfect for those seeking outdoor adventure. This list below is just a few of our top places around. The Amish of Ethridge website is owned by the same group that owns Visit Lawrenceburg Tennessee and Visit Pulaski Tennessee so the links listed may go to our other website.
The James D. Vaughan Museum
Mr. James David Vaughan moved back from Texas after a tornado destroyed their home and started a music school on the Lawrenceburg square. He would go on to make a music publishing company, cut records, and have the first radio station in Tennessee! James D. Vaughan would write songs and create hymnals to build a singing group of four men to sing in what is called a quartet. He taught a system of shape notes that can be sung in harmony within the group. Lawrenceburg has a museum downtown in his honor and holds a concert series each year called The James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival where the top gospel music groups gather for a week of music and fun in our historic Crockett Theatre! The museum is free of charge to visit and shows many relics of the broadcasting past along with book making machines and hymnal production. Josh Franks and Jon Kelly put on the James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival each year!
Enter 31 Public Square, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464 into your GPS. Open during the same hours of the local Chamber of Commerce from 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Call 1-931-762-8991 for the museum or 1-931-762-4911 to get the Chamber of Commerce to open the doors for you. The James D. Vaughan Museum is one of our best museums and is a testimony of how music in Tennessee began from the showboats in Nashville to the trains going through Muscle Shoals. Lawrenceburg had the tune that led to the songs!
The Big Red Store in Appleton
The Big Red Store is known as the first mall in America! It is two stories tall and had a skylight in the ceiling! This store opened in 1902 and had the fanciest soda fountain in the south! People would come from all over to get measured for fine clothes, apothecary supplies and coffins. Yes, even coffins were made on the second floor and shipped down a slide to the floor below. Just down from the store is a civil war battlefield at Dobbins cemetery as the road carried cotton wagons to be weighed at the big red store on their way to the river boats for transport. See the links below for information to take a tour!
Enter 563 Blooming Grove Rd, Five Points, TN 38457. The Big Red Store is privately owned and is only opened on July 4th weekend and the first of December for the public. Tours are done during this time or for a special event. Make sure to schedule your vacation during these open times or keep in touch with us though the promotional page or mailing list for special weekends incase we can get a large enough group to meet and see this wonderful historical store!
The David Crockett Museum
In 1957 the State of Tennessee added the David Crockett State Park to it's line of State parks. David Crockett began his political career in Lawrence county soon after we became a county in 1817. There is a museum of his life and times inside the David Crockett Park where you can learn about the wilderness and go for a walk on the many trails and see the things mentioned in the museum! The birds of prey exhibit is just outside the museum and kids love seeing real owls and hawks up close. There is plenty to do and see in this park and their cabins is our top pick for those traveling in a large group of 7 or more.
Enter 1400 W Gaines St, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464 into your GPS and drive to the back of the park where the covered bridge is. Open seasonally and for various times so call 1-931-762-9408 to make sure they're open for your visit. Make sure you see their social media pages and other pages we have on our other websites! This way you can keep up to date with all that is going on inside the park!
Old Jail Museum
Kids love this place for the stories and for some reason, to be locked in jail. At one time this was a fully functional jail with many stories told about it. Today there is many historical rooms depicting war times, Native American history, Seafaring adventure and currency, and of course, the jail cells where you can get a good photo with your kids behind bars. See the links below
Enter 233 W Gaines St # 2, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464 into your GPS and then go across the street from the Lawrenceburg Fire Station to The Old Jail Museum. Open 10am-2pm Tuesday-Friday. Be sure to make time to visit the Old Jail Museum while you are in town. You will definitely need to add this place to your itinerary of places to visit. The Old Jail Museum is within walking distance from the James D. Vaughan Museum!
The Ralph J. Passarella Memorial Museum
Do you or your kids play on their phones all the time? Then take them to the Ralph Passarella Phone Museum and show them the history of the telephone! The Passarella family came to Loretto and started the phone service and now phone and fiber internet. This museum has every version of telephone and service box you can think of and even has phone booths you see in old movies! Next door is a working communications building where at certain times we can go in and see how telephone and fiber internet is run. Having an Amish wagon tour to show you the ways of the past can be great and having the Passarella Museum show you the ways of the future is a good way to educate kids on the best of both worlds! Below are the links!
Enter 136 S Main St, Loretto, TN 38469 Keep in touch with us on the Amish Promotional page for our sign up mailing list for dates we can visit the communications company and museum. Tours are dependent on a person to take you through the museum. Send them a message on their Facebook page before you go to make sure someone can lead you through the museum and tell you the stories.
Eagle Eye Shooting Complex
If you like shooting sports then Eagle eye shooting complex is your place to be! They have rentals available if you didn't bring your own or have never shot a firearm before. They have everything from a full auto machine gun to a .5o caliber long distance rifle to rent if you just want to have fun. On one side they have a long distance shooting range from 50 out to 500 yards with an area of pistol bays set up in various configurations. On the other side is a shotgunners paradise! Skeet, trap, and 5-stand clay targets are ready for you to PULL your shot at hitting a target! The range is remote controlled so you can hit the button on the remote and the machines will fire a target downrange! Hearing and eye protection can also be rented along with your gun and the price of your bullets/shells at the front office. Put Eagle Eye Shooting Complex on your list of things to do in Ethridge this year!
Enter 30 Elk Ridge Rd, Mt Pleasant, TN 38474 into your GPS and come out Tuesday-Sunday from 12pm-7pm and 9am-7pm on Saturdays. They are closed on Mondays. Below is their social media pages and share buttons for the page, along with our webpage for more information! Take aim this year at Eagle Eye Shooting Complex!
There are only a few indoor 5 star NSSF firing ranges in this category in all of Tennessee! Topgun Arms is the best place to go when weather is not cooperating with you or when you just want to shoot indoors. They have a great selection and firearms for rent so you don't have to bring your own or shoot something you always wanted to shoot like their fully automatic tommy gun! Yes! they have several full auto machine guns you can rent to shoot in their 12 lane indoor range. Kids 6 years old and over can shoot a single shot .22 caliber rifle at various targets. They really like their zombie targets and shooting games! Topgun Arms also has a dedicated store to women called She Bangzz where ladies can find products made just for them! If you need training, then sign up for their classes so you can become better at shooting or more prepared to protect yourself!
Enter 180 Liberty Hill Loop, Ethridge, TN 38456 into your GPS and find your way here! Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am-6pm And 12-5pm Sunday. Topgun Arms also a helipad for wealthy clients and emergency life flight training in the area. They also sell off grid stations for living in remote locations and other non firearm related products for the outdoor enthusiast who already has what they take outside. The owners of Topgun Arms also have Hinie's BBQ , a food truck and catering service and restaurant! Named after Tripp Weigel's dad who was said to show his hinie on occasions. This family run group with definitely have you shooting straight from bullets to briskets during your Amish adventure!
Thunderhill Raceway Park
The best dirt track racing around. If you have ever seen the movie "Cars" where the lead character has to learn to race on a dirt track then you can see the real thing here in Ethridge! This track is alcohol free and loves to see families come see these cars slide around in the steep banks in the corners. Kids love to see the cars go by the grandstands and the loud motors. You will need to bring hearing protection for them.
Enter 75 N Old Military Rd, Summertown, TN 38483 into your GPS and find your way to this track. They have great food and ADA compliant bathrooms and places for wheelchairs for those who need them. Treat your family to the fines dirt track racing this summer! The links below goes to their website and Facebook page where you can stay up to date with hours of operation and race schedules.
Ethridge Motorsports Park
Drag racing is the sport at Ethridge Motorsports Park! These car don't turn at all, they go down the tack as fast as they can go. Many celebrity alcohol class cars have been here to this track and maybe the weekend you are visiting the Amish will be a drag racing weekend to remember! Kids love to see the night racing where the exhaust makes a fire come out of the sides of the cars. Some weekends are for locals to race whatever they bring so you will see a lot of muscle cars duke it out, but sometimes there are RV's and other non traditional racing vehicles going down the track! This is a family friendly race track with no alcohol in the grandstands. They do serve foods like burger and fries in the concessions stand area. Make sure to cash money for the foods and bring hearing protection with some bug spray when you come to the park.
Enter 29 Dooley Rd, Ethridge, TN 38456 into your GPS and try to to speed on your way to Ethridge Motorsports Park! They are open on different weekends so make sure to see the links below where you can learn more information about their opening and closing weeknd series of racing! Plus their website has all there scheduled races listed so plan your Amish Adventure with a drag race in mind!
Area Woods and Watersports
We have many awesome rivers and lakes in Lawrence county. Visitors come from all over to participate in our great tubing and kayak adventures. There are three great places for fun on the water. Each place we feature opens around May and close labor day weekend. The water temperatures are a bit cold before May and after August. Crockett Shoals Tubing Company is our pick for kids 10 and under as the water is very shallow and the tubes have a bottom so you can't slide out into the water. If a child does fall out of the tube, it is only a foot deep in most places so they just have to stand up. Upa Creek kayak rentals have both tubes, canoes and kayaks and offer different drop off locations according to how long you want to float. Upa Creek is right beside a great restaurant called the Taco Shack if you want to eat after a long float. Double G canoe and kayak rental is for the person who wants a good long float with great scenery. They can even facilitate wheelchairs and other needs for those with disabilities. At Double G they can offer the longest float and the most unique way of putting the kayak in the water!
All of these places and more are featured on our webpage that is devoted to woods and watersports on our Visit Lawrenceburg TN website. Please see our detailed guide for more information on seeing which places best fit your needs for a day in the woods or out on the water!
We have more outdoor sports than we do inside sports. Let's divide team sports up with parallel sports. A parallel sport is one that is played the same, no matter how many players there are. So if you like golf, tennis, motorcycle and atv, or bicycle sports then we have the place you will love! We have both ball golf and disc golf courses and plenty of places to ride your ATV on wooded trails and jumping hills! We also have archery and gun ranges where you can take your best shot and be on target!
Our outdoor activities webpage is where you can find all of our listings of outdoor activity in Lawrence county! This directory explains our top places for outdoor recreation! The button below takes you to the outdoor page so click the button and get started on planning your trip itinerary with these outdoor activities in mind!
Indoor activities are essential for inclimate weather and nightlife recreation! We have bowling, pool, axe throwing. Yes! axe throwing at Kick Axe in Loretto is a very popular destination for those wanting to throw axes and try to get out of an escape house where they lock you up as a group inside a group of rooms where you must use clues in order to find the key to get out! We also have Crockett Theater where you can see shows and live concerts performances! If movies are your interest then Crockett Cinemas are here to give you the best viewing experience with all the snacks and foods you would expect from a working movie theater!
Click the link button below to see our indoor activities webpage on our other website called Visit Lawrenceburg TN! We have collected all the best indoor places in Lawrence county to help you add these places to your plans or itinerary for your stay! The Amish don't offer any kind of nightlife so we want to bring you options to make sure you can enhance your vacation with a few indoor activities!