It's finally the new year and with goals and resolutions come our long-awaited tax returns. We may have to wait a bit to get what's coming to us, but the anticipation makes it that much more exciting. Spend your hard-earned money with these fun things to do in Tennessee that aren't Dollywood.

It's probably smart to tuck some of your cash into savings, but it's totally warranted to use the rest to treat yourself because when April gets here, you'll deserve it for working hard toward your 2020 goals.

We're here to help you optimize what and where you spend your money in this tax return guide through Tennessee. 

Enjoy Aerial Views Of The Mountains In A Helicopter

Price: $29+

Address: 1949 Winfield Dunn Pkwy., Sevierville, TN

Why You Should Go: These flights start at only $29 so even if you didn't get a whole lot back on your returns, this adventurous ride is still in your future. Explore views of everything from the city to the Smokies on this 8-mile heli ride that'll be sure to take your breath away.

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Explore The Rocky Top Wine Trail In The Smokies

Price: $20+

Address: 2174 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

Why You Should Go: Use those hard-earned tax returns to splurge on all the wine you can dream of. This free self-guided wine tour earns you prizes as you stamp your "passport" while exploring all the fabulous (and scenic) local wineries on this trail in the Smokies.

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Challenge Your Body & Mind At The SOAR Adventure Tower

Price: $25+

Address: 3794 Carothers Pkwy., Franklin, TN

Why You Should Go: This abstract tower may seem intimidating at first but once you start the climb, you won't want to turn back. This massive tower full of super fun obstacles challenges you both physically and mentally the higher you go. There's truly nothing like it. 

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Spend Outdoors Indoors At The Bass Pro Shops Pyramid

Price: $20+

Address: 1 Bass Pro Dr., Memphis, TN

Why You Should Go: This isn't your average Bass Pro Shops. The iconic "pyramid" houses a cypress forest, bowling alley, the country's largest elevator, a fudge shop, rock climbing, aquariums, live alligators and even a luxury hotel if you want to splurge on a staycation.

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Explore A Train Station Hotel In Chattanooga

Price: $20+

Address: 1400 Market St., Chattanooga, TN

Why You Should Go: The Chattanooga Choo Choo was once a popular train station that transformed into a luxury hotel and entertainment complex. Take a trip to explore the shops, restaurants, gardens and tons of entertainment including a comedy club and escape experience. You can even stay the night in one of the old train cars.

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Encounter Sea Creatures In A Glass-Bottom Boat At The Ripley's Aquarium

Price: $8+

Address:  88 River Rd., Gatlinburg, TN

Why You Should Go: The Ripley's Aquarium of The Smokies provides unique experiences and encounters with your favorite sea critters, including a glass-bottom boat adventure where you'll venture out into the Shark Lagoon to witness 12-foot sharks up close

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