Located in Southern Middle Tennessee, Tullahoma was founded in 1852 as a work camp along the railway between Chattanooga and Nashville. In WWII it was home to camp Forrest, a training and POW camp, and Arnold Engineering Development Center, a US Airforce testing Facility which is still operational today. Today Tullahoma is home to multiple manufacturing facilities, 2 colleges, and plays a strong role in the aeronautics industry. It is a neat town with a lot to offer. There are some of my favorite things to do in Tullahoma. Please Note: This post may contain affiliate links.
Great Things to do in Tullahoma
Soap Box Derby
Send your kid down a huge hill in a wooden box! I mean there’s more to it than that, but for the past 17 years, Tullahoma has held a soap box derby in the middle of town. The event is sponsored by the Tullahoma Department of Parks and Recreation. Kids aged 7-20 are eligible to compete in this race. This years event was a qualifying event for he First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby held in Akron, Ohio.
Jump out of a perfectly working plane? Well if that is your kind of crazy, you can do it in Tullahoma. Skydive Tullahoma is a veteran owned and operated skydiving center right in Tullahoma. You can do a tandem jump if it is your first time, or you can get the training to jump on your own. The experienced trainers there will teach you everything you need to know to make it safely to the ground. They recommend calling ahead (931) 455-4574 for reservations as slots for tandem jumps fill up early.
Southern Middle Tennessee has a rich tradition of making some of the finest spirits around. The George Dickel Distillery began production in 1878. Marketed as being “Mellow as Moonlight”, George Dickel is cooled before being charcoal filtered lending to its smooth rich flavor. Located in Cascade Springs, the distillery is open for tours Monday through Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, except major holidays with the last tour starting at 3:30 pm. For $10 per person you can take the extended tour (with complimentary tasting). All other tours are free of charge.
Beechcraft Heritage Museum
This unique aircraft museum houses an impressive collection of Beechcraft planes. The Beechcraft Heritage Museum was founded in 1973 with the mission of preserving the rich history of this iconic brand of aircraft. The collection of planes includes over 30 models from the 1920’s all the way up to the 1990’s. Admission is $10 for adults and the facility is open from March through November. You can drive in, or if you have your own plane, there are 2 5000 ft runways to accommodate your arrival.
Short Springs Natural Area
Hiking, wildlife, and waterfalls, Short Springs, has it all. This 420 acre Recreational State Natural Area has a 1.6 mile loop hiking trail that takes you to Machine falls. This waterfall drops more than 60 feet and is nearly equal in length across. Also located in the area are The Upper and Lower Busby Falls, two prominent cascading waterfalls that can be seen from overlooks on the Bobo Creek trail. Parking is available right across the street from the trail head.
Rutledge Falls is a privately owned waterfall and swimming hole open to the public. The refreshingly cool water is amazing on a hot summer day. It can be a little crowded on weekends, but it is usually quiet on weekdays. The falls are beautiful and so is the view from the top. Definitely check this one out.
Don’t call them frisbees. Disc golf is a rapidly growing sport and has an enthusiastic community in Tullahoma. In 2015 the city opened its very own 18 hole disc golf course. The Tullahoma Sunrise Rotary Disc Golf Course was designed with the assistance of professional disc golfer HB Clark and has had a very positive response from players. If disc golf is your thing check out this challenging course.
Seriously good burgers. One of the best things to do in Tullahoma is head downtown to London’s Bar for a cold one and one of their amazing burgers. They have the largest taproom in Tullahoma with 28 Craft beers on tap, premium spirits, and a great kitchen. My personal favorite is the Hangover Burger, but they have a wonderful selection. Try them all!
Ole Shed Brewing
Tullahoma’s own craft brewery! Established in 2011 in a garage, Ole Shed brews a great Southern Pale Ale that goes down nice. They also have a Pot Belly Porter, a Haystack IPA, and some seasonal brews as well. You can visit the Taproom on Friday or Saturday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Hands On Science Center
A great educational experience for people of all ages, the Hands on Science Center is a hybrid facility. It combines Science Museum, Classroom, and visitor attraction all into one. The Hands on Science Center promotes science curriculum for students and teachers throughout the area and is a great place to take the family. The Center is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Admission is $6.75 with a discount for those over 65.
There are so many great things to do in Tullahoma. These are the top of my list, but there are a lot more. Be sure to visit Lynchburg and Winchester while you are there. Tell us what we missed in the comments. Consider subscribing to our blog so you don’t miss any new posts!