23 THINGS TO DO NEAR ARNOLD AFB
By Sarah Jaudon
IntroductionWelcome 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. Know what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go: (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 NoticeDue 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
1. Outdoor Recreation (ODR)
Arnold AFB MWR4174 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.
2. Tims Ford State Park570 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 Campground129 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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4. Splash Island Tullahoma201 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 Center200 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 Park1300 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 AreaShort 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, TNShort 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.
9. Imagination Station Playground4910 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
10. Arnold AFB Golf ClubBuilding 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.
11. Bear Trace Golf Course407 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.
12. Scenic View Golf Course3992 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 AlleyThere is not a bowling alley on base, but there are several options within a short drive.
13. Tullahoma Bowling Lanes900 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
14. Arnold Fitness CenterWattendorf 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 TheaterThere is not a theater on base, but there are several options within a short drive.
15. Capri Twin Theater201 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!
16. Montana Drive-in10251 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 Tullahoma2221 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!"
18. Oldham Theater115 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.
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!
20. The Jack Daniel Distillery133 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.
21. Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens2645 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
22. The Beechcraft Heritage Museum570 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 Center101 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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ConclusionThe 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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