Fall Break Staycation Ideas

This fall break, many students may not be able to go on vacation. Furthermore, some students have to work or cannot afford to go on vacation. Instead of spending all of fall break sleeping and watching Netflix, there are several other options in East Tennessee that are available for students not able to go on vacation.

Granger County boosts beautiful views of Cherokee Lake with walking trails.
Granger County boosts beautiful views of Cherokee lake with walking trails.

A few ideas that do not have admission fees are Panther Creek State Park, Grainger County Park, and Fred Miller Park. Parks are a great option for students who cannot go on vacation over fall break. This alternative caters to students who love to hike or walk on trails or to students with younger siblings who like to play outside.

West End Bowling Lanes are reminded and the machines keep score.
West End Bowling Lanes are reminded and the machines keep score.

Students who want to go with a group of friends or family may want the option of going to West End Bowling Lanes or Twi-Light Skating Rink. Another alternative is going to the pumpkin patch. In Jefferson County, there are both Echo Valley Corn Maze and the Ballinger Farm Crazy Maze. Both pumpkin patches have admission fees of 10 dollars but Echo Valley Corn Maze offers 15-dollar tickets for a hayride and a pumpkin.

Further away, possible options include Boo at the Zoo, putt-putt, and Dollywood. Boo at the Zoo offers a great alternative for many students. Many people dress up in Halloween costumes and there are trick-or-treat stops throughout the Zoo. Putt-putt and Dollywood are more expensive options. Dollywood has begun its annual Great Pumpkin Luminights and Harvest Festival.


Additional ideas include:

  • Building a bonfire and roasting marshmallows

  • Learn to make a fall treat

  • Carve a pumpkin

  • Visit Frightmare Manor

  • Briarwood Ranch in Bybee TN, about 30 minutes away

  • Attend West High home football game versus Cherokee Oct. 15 at 7:30 Go Trojans!



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