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Things to do in Knoxville

Things to do in and around Knoxville, TN


Market Square Farmers' Market. Photo courtesy of Kristi Larkin Havens.

Local Attractions

  • World’s Fair Park
    • Knoxville hosted the 1982 World’s Fair, which is now a park, consisting of three sections: festival lawn, performance lawn, and a lake area. There are water fountains and walking trails to enjoy. Don’t forget to visit the Sunsphere, which is a remaining feature from the 1982 World’s Fair, and enjoy the 360-view of Knoxville.
      • 963 World’s Fair Park Dr.
      • 865-251-6860
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special
    • At noon, visit the Knoxville Visitor’s Center to catch the Blue Plate Special, a live radio show that features Bluegrass and Americana music. Feel free to bring a lunch and enjoy the show.
      • 301 S. Gay St.
      • 865-544-1029
      • Mon.-Sat. at noon.
  • Knoxville Museum of Art
    • Knoxville Museum of Art features art and artists from the East Tennessee region. It is the home to one of the largest figurative glass-and-steel assemblages by Richard Jolley.
      • 1050 World’s Fair Park Dr.
      • 865-525-6101
      • Tues.-Sat. (10:00am-5:00pm); Sun. (1:00pm-5:00pm)
  • Ijams Nature Center
    • Knoxville's very own wildlife sanctuary — and only minutes from downtown! The beautiful rolling woodlands of Ijams Nature Center feature an array of exhibits, a museum store, over 10 miles of trails to hike, run and mountain bike, a quarry to fish, and during summer months, canoes and kayaks to rent for paddling. 
      • 2915 Island Home Ave.
      • 865-577-4717
      • Mon.-Sat. (9:00am-5:00pm); Sun. (11:00am-5:00pm)
  • Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
    • The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is an international museum dedicated to preserving the history of women’s basketball. The Hall of Fame is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women’s basketball in the world. 
      • 700 Hall of Fame Dr.
      • 865-633-9000
      • Mon.-Sat. (10:00am-5:00pm)
  • Blount Mansion
    • Blount Mansion was originally the home to Constitution signee William Blount. Since Blount, it has housed various prominent, political families from Tennessee. Now a registered national historic site, Blount Mansion serves as a museum for all to tour.
      • 200 W. Hill Ave.
      • (865) 525-2375
      • Tues.-Fri. (9:30am-5:00pm); Sat. (10:00am-2:00pm)
  • Museum of East Tennessee History
    • Operated by East Tennessee History Center, Museum of East Tennessee provides exhibits that depict the culture and history of East Tennessee. The permanent exhibit, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, illustrates pioneer to post-Civil War life as well as the industrialization of the region, particularly the upheaval of families for both The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Manhattan Project.
      • 601 S. Gay St.
      • (865) 215-8830
      • Mon.-Fri. (8:00am-4:00pm); Sat. (10:00am-4:00pm); Sun. (1:00pm-5:00pm)

Nearby Attractions

  • Pigeon Forge, TN
    • Pigeon Forge is a Smoky Mountain destination with a variety of family-fun activities. Families can enjoy a miniature golf, dinner theatre shows, or amusement parks like Dollywood.
    • Approximately 28 miles (48 minutes) away from downtown Knoxville. US-441 N is a recommended route.
  • Gatlinburg, TN
  • Sweetwater, TN
Approximately 46 miles (44 minutes) away from downtown Knoxville. I-75 S is a recommended route.