Destination Imagination, Inc. and the University of Tennessee have partnered to offer a variety of educational field trips for students attending Global Finals. Lunch will be provided on each trip. These extra activities should be enjoyed on the day when your team does not have competition. They take about 6 hours each day. Tickets are required and must be purchased online at ShopDI.org. Updated information, including specific dates, times and pricing will be available after April 1 at GlobalFinals.org. Once you have purchased tickets, detailed information about your particular event will be forwarded to the e-mail address you provide. Cancellations before Friday May 2 will be fully refunded. Starting Monday May 5, no refunds will be issued. There will be no refunds for inclement weather. We will, pending space availability, exchange your tickets for an alternate day.
Important Note: Tours will not be available for purchase until the competition day schedule is released.
A Mountain Experience Like No Other
Have you ever wondered what mountain life is like? Then we’ve got a field trip you won’t soon forget! Your mountain experience begins the moment you board a luxury motor coach and take a 30-mile ride to the edge of the majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The first stop for you and your tour guide is the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tenn., which features exhibits on Native Americans who lived in the Smokies around 3000 B.C. as well as mountain settlers who lived off the land in the 1800s. You’ll also take a walk back in time through a reconstructed mountain village and learn to cook on an open-hearth fire.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Heritage Museum for tour, demonstrations, crafts and lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Horseback riding, tubing or Tuckaleechee Caverns (whichever option you paid for)
At least one chaperone is required for each group purchasing tickets. We suggest one chaperone per five students. Check ShopDI.org for available sessions. Field trips will be held, weather permitting, at the discretion of the destination vendor. Be prepared to bring rain gear for any overcast or rainy weather conditions. Lunch with vegetarian options will be provided.
Option A: Riding the Mountain Trails
Climb atop a gentle horse at Davy Crockett Stables for an afternoon of horseback riding along beautiful mountain trails. Comfortable shoes are suggested, and you should plan to wear long pants/jeans. For those participating under age 18, a release form is required. Your group-guided tour will last 60–90 minutes.
Option B: Tubing on the River
Enjoy a two-hour tubing adventure on the cool, clear waters of the Little River. Life jackets are furnished and required for ages 12 and under. Bring your own bathing suit, sunscreen, T-shirt and water shoes. (Water shoes are available for purchase for $10.)
Option C: Spelunking at Tuckaleechee Caverns
Tuckaleechee Caverns lie beneath the Smokies and are estimated to be 20 to 30 million years old. Your guided tour will take you underground, where the temperature rests at 53 degrees year-round. Comfortable shoes are suggested, and you should be prepared for a number of steps as you enter and leave the caverns.
Dollywood with Deluxe Bus Transportation
Dollywood is a unique entertainment experience unlike any other theme park. Its one-of-a-kind atmosphere combines the charm and beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains with architecture from rustic to the 1950s with thousands of colorful flowers to provide a panoramic backdrop for live music shows, unique attractions, fun-for-all rides, craft showcases and special events.
The Dollywood Only ticket prices include discounted tickets to the park and an $8 meal voucher, but groups will be on their own for transportation to and from the park. The Dollywood Express ticket prices include deluxe bus transportation in addition to the discounted park ticket and $8 meal voucher. You may also opt to catch the Outlet Express trolley to Pigeon Forge and take advantage of more than 300 Factory Outlet Stores. If you choose to leave the Dollywood Theme Park area, you must return at the appointed time to board the bus back to the UT campus.
Please note: There are no refunds once reservation is received and no refunds for inclement weather. We will, pending space availability, exchange your tickets for an alternate day.
*Tickets with meal vouchers are only available for visits to the park on Wednesday, May 21 through Saturday, May 24. The meal voucher is intended to replace the meal on campus that’s included with your registration package.
A Day of Wonder and Adventure in Pigeon Forge
Box lunch will be available following your Titanic visit.
This half-day, off-campus adventure will start with a visit at the Titanic Museum. The museum pays tribute to the famous ship that struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912 resulting in the greatest maritime disaster of all time. You will experience the brilliance of the ship and go back in time as you sit in a wooden lifeboat and immerse your hand into frigid temperatures.
Your journey will continue into the 21st century at Wonderworks (including one game of Lasertag) where you will defy gravity and interact with a variety of 100 exhibits. When you enter the building, everything will be upside down, so in order to participate in the fun, you must be inverted. Step inside the inversion tunnel and be properly aligned for your adventure. On your mark, get set, join us!
Adventures in Chemistry
Students will work in small groups with the University of Tennessee Chemistry faculty advisor Dr. Al Hazari and fellow graduate students conducting experiments and learning about the properties of popular household products. They will observe how atoms and molecules combine to form substances that are brittle or flexible, colored or clear, solid, liquid or gas. Experiments will include making latex rubber balls, growing crystals, making pennies look like gold, identifying mystery liquids and much more. There are only 25 slots per class, so sign up early!