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23 Things To Do Near Arnold AFB


Welcome to Arnold Air Force Base! This installation sits adjacent to the charming city of Tullahoma in Tennessee. Whether you have just received your Permanent Change of Station Travel Orders (PCS), are in the process of moving, or are already settled into your new home, you may be wondering where the locals go for fun. Well, wonder no more! We have a list of the top things to do in Tullahoma, TN near Arnold AFB.

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(1-9) Outdoor Recreation
(10-12) Golf
(13) Bowling
(14) Gyms
(15-18) Movie Theaters
(19-21) Nearby Attractions
(22-23) Museums

Suggested Read: Arnold AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center

COVID-19 Notice

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.

23 Things To Do Near Arnold AFB

Arnold AFB Outdoor Recreation

Arnold AFB Outdoor Recreation

1. Outdoor Recreation (ODR)

Arnold AFB MWR
4174 Westover Road
Building 3055
Arnold AFB, TN 37389
Phone: 1 (931) 454-6084

Outdoor Recreation (ODR) is the hub for FamCamp, Crockett Cove and Dogwood Ridge cabins, Marina, Equipment Rental, RV/boat storage, pavilion rental, licenses, permits, and discounted tickets (ITT – Information, Tickets, and Travel). The main office is located on Westover Road and is the check in point for all areas. Patrons must have access through the Arnold Village Security Gate, or be accompanied by someone who does, to utilize ODR. Check the Outdoor Rec brochure for pricing and details.

Winchester, TN

2. Tims Ford State Park

570 Tims Ford Drive
Winchester, TN 37398
Phone: 1 (931) 968-3536

Located on the Tims Ford Reservoir, the 3,546-acre Tims Ford State Park sits in the shadows of the Cumberland Plateau in south-central Tennessee. The Tims Ford Lake is considered one of the most picturesque lakes in Tennessee and is regarded as one of the top bass fishing and recreational lakes in the Southeast.

3. Fairview Campground

129 Fairview Campground Rd.
Winchester, TN 37398
Phone: 1 (931) 968-3536

Fairview Campground, also known as the Devils Steps Campground, is located eight miles away from the main park. The 82 campsites have 20, 30, 50-amp electrical hookups and water hookups. Sewer hookups are available on 31 sites. A dump station and bathhouse with hot showers are centrally located. Wi-Fi is available. Each site includes a table and a fire ring with a grill.

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Tullahoma, TN

4. Splash Island Tullahoma

201 West Grundy Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (931) 455-2648

Splash Island is an outdoor pool operated by Tullahoma Parks and Recreation. Originally an Olympic sized pool built in the late 1970s, Splash Island reopened in June of 2015 after undergoing a complete renovation. The new multi-use pool includes a splash pad, three 25 foot tall water slides, and a 300 foot lazy river. The concession stand offers plenty of poolside treats as well as healthy and fresh options.

5. Galaxy Skate Family Fun Center

200 Ledford Mill Rd.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (931) 222-4142

Galaxy Skate Family Fun Center is a 24,000 sq ft. multi-attraction Family Fun Center offering public skating and party room packages for birthdays, corporate and community group events. Galaxy Skate Family Fun Center is your go-to spot for skating fun!

6. Waggoner Park

1300 E Carroll St.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (931) 455-1121

With over 30 acres, Waggoner Park contains three baseball fields, a softball field, two batting cages, and a large multipurpose field used for Rugby and Youth Football. There are also two picnic pavilions and many other areas to picnic in the shade of the many trees.

7. Short Springs Natural Area

Short Springs Rd.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (931) 455-5497

Short Springs Natural Area is a 420-acre natural area located in Coffee County approximately three and a half miles northeast of Tullahoma. With Machine Fallsand Ovaca Falls nearby, this is some of the best hiking in Tullahoma, TN! Click here for the map of Short Springs Natural Area.

8. Machine Falls Tullahoma, TN

Short Springs Rd.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (931) 455-5497

Machine Falls Loop Trail is located in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and is recommended for hikers of all ages and skill levels. It’s not wildly difficult to trek through this chunk of the Tennessee wilderness, found in Short Springs State Natural Area.

Collegedale, TN

9. Imagination Station Playground

4910 Swinyar Dr.
Collegedale, TN 37363
Phone: 1 (423) 468-1971

Children run, play, imagine, interact, and stay busy on Imagination Station Playground equipment designed for all ages. Imagination Station Playground, located behind City Hall, has a caboose and train platform to explore, sandbox, stationary exercise equipment, pickleball courts, a free library stand located in front of the restrooms, and a rentable pavilion.

Arnold AFB Golf Course

Arnold AFB Golf Course

10. Arnold AFB Golf Club

Building 2815
Arnold AFB, TN 37389
Phone: 1 (931) 454-4653

Arnold Golf Course is Arnold Air Force Base’s military golf course, located near the end of Wattendorf Highway going toward Tullahoma, however, the course has obtained a waiver and is open for public play. The course offers 9 holes with two sets of tees, making it an 18 hole round. The course also has a full driving range, practice chipping and putting greens, and practice bunker. The Pro Shop has golf gear, club rentals, and golf cart rentals.

Crossville, TN

11. Bear Trace Golf Course

407 Wild Plum Lane
Crossville, TN 38572
Phone: 1 (931) 707-1640

The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain is one of the most sought-after sites among the Jack Nicklaus-designed Bear Trace courses in Tennessee. The 6,900-yard (gold tees), par 72 layout features a design that capitalizes on elevation changes as well as natural features such as flowing brooks and clustered, mature pines. As is typical in Jack Nicklaus Signature courses, there are many risk/reward opportunities for all levels of golfers.

Winchester, TN

12. Scenic View Golf Course

3992 Aedc Rd.
Winchester, TN 37398
Phone: 1 (931) 967-5224

Scenic View Golf Course is family owned and operated. The tees and fairways are Bermuda, but the greens are Bent Grass. There is a putting and chipping green for practicing. The staff is friendly and experienced in the game of golf.

Arnold AFB Bowling Alley

There is not a bowling alley on base, but there are several options within a short drive.

Tullahoma, TN

13. Tullahoma Bowling Lanes

900 S Anderson St.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (931) 455-1947

Tullahoma Bowling Lanes is a great place to have fun times with family and friends. At Tullahoma Lanes you can have a great time at prices that won’t break your family’s budget. They have plenty of bumper bowling lanes just for kids! Bumpers are great to keep the bowling balls out of the gutters and smiles on the faces of your small children.

Arnold AFB Gym

Arnold AFB Gym

14. Arnold Fitness Center

Wattendorf Hwy.
Bldg 1358
Arnold AFB, TN 37389
Phone: 1 (910) 449-4961

The Arnold Fitness Center is located between gate 2 and the main gate on Wattendorf Highway. The facility is equipped with a basketball/volleyball court, racquetball court, exercise machines, free weights, Alpha Warrior station, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and saunas. Bicycle check out and group classes, such as yoga, interval training, and cycling are also available.

Arnold AFB Movie Theater

There is not a theater on base, but there are several options within a short drive.

Shelbyville, TN

15. Capri Twin Theater

201 E Depot St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone: 1 (931) 684-7306

Who doesn’t enjoy a movie date? So invite that neighbor or take that loved one to a night out at Capri Twin Theater, and don’t forget to order them popcorn!

Tullahoma, TN

16. Montana Drive-in

10251 Tullahoma Hwy.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (931) 649-3454

Movies will start at dark. All movies are Rain or Shine! Ticket booth opens 30 minutes prior to show time Sunday & Thursday and 1.5 hours before show time on Friday & Saturday. Ticket booth stays open for entry to the second movie. Check the website for ticket pricing.

17. Regal Tullahoma

2221 N. Jackson Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (844) 462-7342

The Regal Tullahoma Theater believes in providing patrons with the most convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience. They are committed to being “The Best Place to Watch a Movie!”

Winchester, TN

18. Oldham Theater

115 1st Ave NE
Winchester, TN 37398
Phone: 1 (931) 967-2516

The smell of fresh popcorn will draw you into this historic theatre with two screens. Renovations have preserved the venue’s vintage look. See a first run movie in the grandeur of the 1950s. Call the number above for movies and showtimes.

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions

19. Arnold AFB Information, Tickets, & Travel (ITT)

4174 Westover Road
Building 3055
Arnold AFB, TN 37389
Phone: 1 (931) 454-6084

For all your theme park, travel, and ticketing needs. Arnold AFB ITT has everything you need to plan your next vacation. Special military pricing to many tourist attractions, special events, dinner shows, theme parks, and much more! Plus they have great deals on vacation packages, hotels, and cruises. Stop by for personal service to make the most of your leisure time!

Tullahoma, TN

20. The Jack Daniel Distillery

133 Lynchburg Hwy.
Lynchburg, TN 37352
Phone: 1 (931) 759-6357

Drop by for a firsthand look at the Jack Daniel Distillery where one of their guides will accompany you on a tour and tell you the complete story of the famous whiskey. You’ll probably hear an interesting story or two about Mr. Jack as well. Check the website for more information and plan a tour today.

McMinnville, TN

21. Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens

2645 Faulkner Springs Rd
McMinnville, TN 37110
Phone: 1 (931) 668-4444

Tour the Victorian mansion where history is fun. Called Tennessee’s Biltmore by PBS, Falcon Rest was built in 1896 by Gorilla Pants manufacturer Clay Faulkner, who promised his wife “the grandest mansion in Tennessee.” Today, the 10,000 sq. ft. mansion is filled with museum quality Victorian antiques, and some say it’s presided over by a friendly ghost. The grounds include extensive gardens, a Victorian gift shop, a tea room, and an events facility that makes Falcon Rest an ideal venue for weddings and special events.

Arnold AFB Museums

Tullahoma, TN

22. The Beechcraft Heritage Museum

570 Old Shelbyville Hwy.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (931) 455-1974

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum is a world class and distinctly original aviation museum. They are committed to promoting aviation education and preserving the heritage nurtured by generations of enthusiasts of all Beechcraft models from 1932 through the present.

23. Hands-on Science Center

101 Mitchell Blvd
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Phone: 1 (931) 455-8387

Over 100 exciting and entertaining exhibits that teach the science behind concepts such as aerodynamics, geology, reef fish and coral, space, and so much more! Kids are never bored at the Hands-on Science Center! Parents will be entertained too.

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The Tennessee charm and the temperate weather will have you jumping at the chance for adventure. Between the vast amount of outdoor recreation like camping, hiking, swimming, and boating – you will always find a way to enjoy new and exciting experiences. The close location to the lakes and waterfalls makes this duty station a desirable one. There are so many things to do in Tullahoma, TN near Arnold AFB that offer both beauty and history. Don’t hesitate, the fun awaits you!

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