This day trip to West Tennessee only has two (possibly four) stops along the way and yet there is so much to do, that you need a full day! The Casey Jones Village and Tennessee Safari Park will become one of your favorite day trips.

Your day trip starts at the Casey Jones Village (56 Casey Jones Lane) in Jackson, TN. There is so much to see, do, and experience in this first stop, that you will have to manage your time. This has been a Jackson landmark since 1965. Brook Shaw’s Old Country Store Restaurant is open from 6:30am to 9pm, serving delicious southern favorites. Below are just a few of the features at this stop:

    • Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum

    • Village Chapel

    • Village Baker

    • Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre

    • The Shoppes at Casey Jones Village

    • Casey Jones Mini-Golf

    • Wildlife in Wood Studio featuring woodcarver Dee Moss

    • and more!

Once you’ve wrapped up your visit to Casey Jones Village, you have two options.

    1. Go directly to the Tennessee Safari Park and drive through a wildlife safari

    1. Stop off at a Distillery and Winery before heading to the Tennessee Safari Park or after.

Go Wild at Tennessee Safari Park

Tennessee Safari Park (618 Conley Road in Alamo, TN) is an 18-minute drive from the Casey Jones Village. The park is open Monday – Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm.  The admission price is per person and listed on their website. Allocate 1 to 1.5-hours to drive through the 7.5 miles Safari Park and another 30-minutes to 1-hour to go through their 20-acre walk through zoo.

Check out the fun video above, that we made during our visit to the Tennessee Safari Park.  You’ll have just as much fun!

A Taste of Tennessee

If you decide to visit the distillery and winery prior to the Safari Park, do it in that order. If you decide to visit them after the Safari Park, then visit the winery first and then the distillery.

Samuel T. Bryant Distillery (1331 Lower Brownsville Road in Jackson) is a 9-minute drive from the Casey Jones Village. These handcrafted spirits are made right there on the family farm. They feature 12 different flavors of moonshine, along with assorted creams, bourbon, rum, gin, amaretto, and most unique is their TNKILLA … their Tennessee take on Tequila which is the first agave based spirit produced right here in Tennessee.

Century Farm Winery (1548 Lower Brownville Road in Jackson) is just 3-minutes further down the road.  Century Farm award winning wines include Dry Reds, Semi-Sweet Red, White and Blush wines, Sweet and Fruit wines as well as a Dessert or Port Style wine. 

Regardless of which stops you make while in West TN, you will definitely want to visit the Casey Jones Village to step back in time and experience the glory days of railroads, while enjoying some delicious southern cooking.

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3 Responses

  1. My family and I checked out the Safari Park. The kids loved it. Impressive how close they get. Looking forward to seeing more day trips in West Tennessee.

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