Fort Campbell, Kentucky is home to the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. The town itself is relatively small, but not too far away in either direction you will find plenty to do with your kids. Clarksville, Tennessee is just a 13 mile drive to the south and Hopkinsville, Kentucky is 18 miles to the north, both of which are active cities with many attractions.
The Don F. Pratt Museum is part of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (campbell.army.mil). This museum features a collection of military and war artifacts such as captured enemy weapons from Vietnam, a restored C-47 aircraft similar to those used in Normandy, old jeeps and several other significant aircraft. The Trail of Tears Commemorative Park (trailoftears.org) is 17 miles from Fort Campbell in Hopkinsville. It honors the heritage of the American Indian in this pivotal location for the Cherokees as they were removed from their land and forced onto the infamous Trail of Tears. The park displays artifacts significant to the history of this event, as well as pow wow celebrations with dancing, drumming and food vendors. This historical site is a great way to bring Native American history and culture to life for kids.
Fort Campbell Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation (fortcampbellmwr.com) operates the Hooper Bowling Center on the Army base in Fort Campbell. It has 32-lanes of quality bowling, regular cosmic bowling and a full restaurant in a family-friendly atmosphere. Pinnacle Bowl (pinnaclebowl.com) is just 15 miles from Fort Campbell in Clarksville, Tennessee, offering recreational and league bowling, including the Family Fun Cosmic League. Two-for-one specials on games are available on certain days of the week.
Kids-N-Play (kidsnplay.com) is 18 miles away from Fort Campbell in Clarksville. Children can climb on the three-level playground, shoot cannon blasters, play some arcade games and let their imaginations fun wild in Kid's Town. It's all geared toward kids, but adults can join in on the fun, too. Tiebreaker Family Aquatic Center (tiebreakerpark.com), a water park complete with thrilling slides, lazy rivers and kiddie pools, is 15 miles to the north of Fort Campbell in Hopkinsville. Also in Hopkinsville is Roller Dome Fun Plex (rollerdomefunplex.com), offering a full-sized roller skating rink, arcade games and a jungle gym.
Kentucky State Parks (parks.ky.gov) has two parks within close proximity to Fort Campbell. Lake Barkley State Park is 38 miles away in Cadiz. It accommodates a full list of outdoor fun including hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, camping, golfing, tennis and trap shooting. Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Pembroke is 21 miles to the northeast. You and your kids can tour the site -- birthplace of Jefferson Davis -- and learn about his life and times. You can also visit the gift shop, have a picnic, hike around and enjoy the playground area.
- Fort Campbell: Don F. Pratt Museum
- Trail of Tears Commemorative Park: Pow Wow
- Fort Campbell Family Morale Welfare and Recreation: Hooper Bowling Center
- Pinnacle Bowl: Youth Programs
- Kids-N-Play: General Information
- Tiebreaker Family Aquatic Center: Home
- Roller Dome Fun Plex: Home
- Kentucky State Parks: Jefferson Davis Historic Site
- Kentucky State Parks: Lake Barkley State Park
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