Johnson City, a medium-sized city in northeastern Tennessee, is known for its state university and manufacturing. Its attractions include multiple golf courses, numerous parks, a children's museum and live music performances. Some of these attractions have frontage on Boone Lake, allowing visitors to boat or swim in its waters. Johnson City has something to offer for almost every interest and age group.
The Hands On! Regional Museum (handsonmuseum.org) on Main Street offers child-oriented exhibits on science, automobiles, animals, music, food and aviation. The museum's website indicates that visitors can enter a Cessna airplane, view miniature tornadoes inside a tornado machine and watch tree frogs, among other attractions. It also holds summer camps and birthday parties for children.
Two golf courses provide recreation in and around Johnson City -- Buffalo Valley and Pine Oaks (johnsoncitygolf.com). Each course measures between 6,000 and 7,000 yards, according to the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce. They operate year-round and feature pleasant scenery for golfers to enjoy. One of Johnson City's parks offers a nine-hole golf course, as well.
Many parks serve various parts of the city, ranging from small to large in size. One of the larger parks is Winged Deer Park on Bristol Highway. Johnson City's website indicates that the park contains 200 acres, including attractions such as a nine-hole golf course, volleyball courts and a soccer field. It offers boat access to the lake, a picnic area, an amphitheater, a large monument, an arboretum and trails for hiking. There is also a skate park on Liberty Bell Boulevard
Fun Expedition (handsonmuseum.org) on North Roan Street supplies a variety of exciting activities for children and adults. It features mini golf, go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, a climbing wall, mini bowling, an arcade and batting cages, according to its website. It serves pizza, as well. Children can hold their birthday parties at Fun Expedition, which promotes itself as an convenient, easy party location.
Frequent performances of jazz, rock, bluegrass and classical music are available in Johnson City. The state university, various cafes and certain restaurants periodically hold musical performances, according to the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce. Major and little-known bands perform in the city, with a few of the local eateries holding live performances on a weekly basis.
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