- The list below includes 49 free or cheap things to do in or near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, including 74 different types of inexpensive activities like Off Road & ATV, Bowling, Movie Theaters and Art Gallery.
- From Haw Ridge Park to American Museum of Science & Energy, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Oak Ridge and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Knoxville, Maryville, Hartford and Townsend.
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Edgemoor Rd, between Highway 162 and Melton Valley Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 MoreLess Info
With 28 miles of trails with steep climbs, Haw Ridge Park can be used for hiking, running and biking. The park provides a view of a river which can be used for kayaking with picnic tables nearby.
A wide range of exhibits are on display at the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, including arrangements for the rainforest, model trains, 1800s Appalachia, world cultures, and birds. Hands-on activities and interactive options are the focus throughout most of the museum.
A variety of historic sites have been preserved along the Coal Creek Motor Discovery Trail. Guests can drive themselves from site to site with the help of historic markers and plaques to learn more about Leach Cemetery, Walden Ridge, and the Coal Creek Train Depot.
Dedicated to the preservation of historical railroad equipment, Southern Appalachia Railway Museum operates the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train that runs along Poplar Creek. The ride features a view of an old Department of Energy atomic research facility.
Affiliated with and run by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train offers 14-mile, hour-long round trips on a restored 1940s-era train. The train offers group rates, and some rides feature dinner.
A 14-screen movie theater, Cinemark Tinseltown USA displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers stadium seating, arcade games, a party room and a concession area with food and drinks.
Featuring an extensive permanent collection as well as visiting exhibits, the Oak Ridge Art Center is a gallery as well as a learning space. The gallery offers a variety of classes, and hosts competitions and shows.
Featuring 32 lanes and a pro shop, Oak Ridge Bowling Center hosts open and league bowling. The center has a lounge with adult beverages, a grill with food and drinks and a game room with arcade machines and billiard tables.