- Historic Market Square: A visit to Historic Market Square is one of the best things in Knoxville. It’s essentially the heart, or the hub, of downtown with a great vibe and is the place to be for cafes, restaurants, and live music on select nights.
- Knoxville Farmers Market: an open-air market with a emphasis on local produce and community, and at this market, everything is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. There was such a great range of products on offer from delicious local food and coffee, to artisan crafts, and much more. With a vibrant community atmosphere, it’s a nice way to kick off your weekend! Details: May – November | Wednesdays 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM | Saturdays 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
- Maple Hall Bowling:Maple Hall is located in the heart of Knoxville in the historic J.C. Penney building and is this super cool boutique bowling alley. It’s underground with a full-service bar, cozy lounge areas, and even has a VIP room. Maple Hall is popular and lanes get filled on a first come first serve basis, so if you come here in peak hour expect a bit of a wait – you can always hang at the bar – or they’ll text or call you as soon as one opens up!
- Knoxville Visitors Center: live music playing at midday from Monday to Saturday. It’s called the Blue Plate Special. Oh, and on the exterior wall to the center is a stunning mural about Knoxville and of course taking a pic is compulsory.
- Neyland Stadium: For those who care, Peyton Manning played college here. As did Reggie White, two greats of the NFL. And in case you don’t know, Neyland Stadium is the 5th largest stadium in the US with a capacity of 102,000.
- The Sunsphere: You can’t miss it. It’s the big orange sphere sticking out above the skyline and visiting is one of the free things to do in Knoxville TN. The Sunsphere was constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair and served as the symbol to the Fair. And it was also home to a full-service restaurant and the Observation Deck, which used to cost $2.00 for the elevator ride up to visit. After the Fair finished, the Sunsphere closed to the public and remained vacant for most of its life. The Observation Deck on the 4th level re-opened in 2014 and offers a 360-degree view of World’s Fair Park, downtown, the Tennessee River, the University of Tennessee, and the Smoky Mountains. Visiting the Observation Deck is FREE.
- Ijams Nature Center: Ijams features 10-miles of trails, rock formations, lakes and stunning overlooks and is a much-loved sanctuary away from the city by the locals and visitors. Pop into the Ijams Visitor Center for a trail map and to learn about all the activities on offer, including Navitat and Meads Quarry.
- Navitat: A totally unique — and totally fun! — tree-based adventure park, proudly located at Ijams Nature Center. It’s designed to thrill, educate, and inspire! Ziplines, bridges, nets, tunnels, and more!
- Meads Quarry: Just down the road from Ijams Visitor Center is Mead’s Quarry where you can go canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
- Knoxville Zoo: Details: Adults $19.95 Children ages 4-12 $16.95 Seniors ages 65+ $16.95 Children under 4 FREE
Fun things to do in Knoxville
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