Park Hours

Closed: New Year’s Day Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Weather Disclaimer: Please check our Landing Page, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for weather-related closings.

Low Season:
Jan – Feb: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aug – Dec: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Tues. and Wed.
Tram will not be operating

High Season:
March – July: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open 7 days a week
Tram will be operating, weather permitting

Field Trips and Student Group Travel

We provide interactive, educational and hands-on experiences for students of all ages and in groups of all kinds. To schedule a field trip, please click here to fill out an online form or call Reservations at 731-885-5455.

Field Trip and Student Group Travel Rate

Student General Admission: $7.95 per student
One adult will be admitted free for every 10 students
Any additional adults booking with group: $10.95
Chaperones paying at the door without booking with group: $15.95 + tax
Principals, administrators, school nurses and bus drivers: Free
Bus drivers: Stop by our Cafe and have a cup of coffee on us!

To apply a Discovery Park of America season pass or free admission to a field trip, please make arrangements in advance.

To get the discounted field trip rates, you must:
• Sign and return a field trip contract
• Enter Discovery Center as one group
• Have 10 or more paying students


No deposit is required but payment must be presented in full on the day of your visit.

If field trip resources are a problem, apply online for a scholarship.

Book Now

To schedule a field trip or for assistance in arranging your field trip or student group travel, please click here to fill out an online form or call Reservations at 731-885-5455.

Additional Education Programs

Discovery Park of America also offers education programs led by one of our instructors and designed to meet the latest Tennessee state standards. Education programs are free. Availability for programs is limited. You can download a catalog of programs here.

Special Attractions and Exhibits:

Earthquake Simulator: $4.95 per person

The Tower: $4.95 per person

Now Showing in Starship Theater from Giant Screen Films, a leader in the large format/IMAX® industry:

11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
“Titans of the Ice Age,” an action-packed immersive portal to the great Pleistocene ice age where you’ll learn about the Wooly Mammoth—a great film for students to watch before seeing DPA’s actual Wooly Mammoth on display. Download the teacher’s guide

10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
“Tornado Alley,” an explosive giant-screen adventure that takes viewers on an epic chase through an actual tornado. Download the teacher’s guide

Starship Theater: $4.95 per person

Seasonal Temporary Exhibit:
Astronaut, Jan. 17 – May 3, 2020: $6.95 per person
Download the school and visitor’s guide.
Check out this space-related program here.

Everyone, students and adults, going to a special attraction or seasonal temporary exhibit must have a ticket. All students must be accompanied with at least one adult.

Field Trip and Student Group Travel Lunches

Please note that outside food and beverage may NOT be consumed at DPA. Students may bring their own lunches, but they must remain in their backpacks on their bus and be eaten offsite. Several parks are located nearby and picnic is often another fun part of a student’s day. Lunch options are available through Sabin’s Café, our on-site food service provider. Students visiting on a field trip from a school that provides lunches are allowed to bring sack lunches from their school cafeteria, but please make arrangements in advance. For more information, download this helpful guide to lunches at DPA.

Student and Adult Lunch from Sabin’s Cafe: $6 per person

Overnight Stays

Opening right next door to DPA are three brand new hotels. Holiday Inn Express & Suites (opening Winter 2019), Sleep Inn and Mainstay Suites (opening late summer 2019) feature all the conveniences needed for traveling students including a FREE hot breakfast. For a group rate or to book, contact Zoe Ramage at or (731) 335-6282.

To schedule a field trip or help arranging student group travel, please click here to fill out an online form or call Reservations at 731-885-5455.