Knoxville Things to Do

  • Spring Flora
    Spring Flora
    by ezr32
  • Downtown during Rossinni Festival
    Downtown during Rossinni Festival
    by transplantmenow
  • Things to Do
    by butterflykizzez04

Most Recent Things to Do in Knoxville

  • ezr32's Profile Photo

    Visit the Knoxville, Tennessee Zoo

    by ezr32 Updated Feb 11, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Having visited zoos in San Diego CA, Central Park NY, Detroit MI, Cinncinnati OH, Atlanta GA, Basel Switzerland, I'd place the Knoxville Zoo in the top tier. Besides a good variety of animals it is well decorated with flora, clean, and well maintained. The animals appear well cared for and comfortable in their surroundings.

    Plan a full day to enjoy all that is offered. The premises is very children friendly.
    Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to traverse some hills.

    Check the Zoo's website for more details.

    Photo opportunities are everywhere...see examples which were made in March 2006, Springtime in Knoxville.

    Spring Flora Now, what did I come here for? Giraffes Out For a Stroll Gorilla Pondering the Next Move Good to the Last Drop
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Zoo
    • School Holidays

    Was this review helpful?

  • Giving Visitors "The Tour"

    by transplantmenow Updated Apr 28, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When company comes from out of town, I usually take people to Volunteer Landing. To get there go South on Gay St. until to you come to the river. Take a left just before the bridge. Then follow the signs. Parking can be tough, but usually in the early evening you can find a spot. A walkway with interesting native plants and birds gives great views of the Tennessee River. You can even sign up to take a ride on a riverboat.

    Along a nicely landscaped path, plaques offer interesting tidbits concerning historical Knoxville facts and quotes about the city. One will make you chuckle. It says the Devil has surely taken up residence in Knoxville.

    Eventually you'll come to Calhoun's Restaurant. I consider this a tourist trap and don't like the food, but the outside deck is fantastic. They have great music, a friendly staff, and good local beers at reasonable prices.

    After seeing the riverfront, we usually walk up and down Gay St, stopping for a beer at the Downtown Grill's sidewalk cafe.

    Market Square is right around the corner and is fast becoming a happening place. The Tomato Head's pizza can hold it's own with any I've ever tasted anywhere. Oodles of Noodles is also a good eatery.

    Then we drive over to World's Fair Park and visit the Knoxville Museum of Art.

    Nightlife in Knoxville abounds, but I like "Alive After Five" at the Art Museum on Friday nights best. It's only $8. It's smoke-free, intimate, and they present outstanding performers. You can also eat there. Each week it's catered by a different restaurant. The prices range from $3 to $8.00. The music starts at five o'clock and usually ends around 8:30, so even kids can come.

    Downtown during Rossinni Festival
    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Arts and Culture
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • ferdnbean's Profile Photo

    Get to the Tenn. River. Theres...

    by ferdnbean Updated Apr 26, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Get to the Tennessee. River. There's a lot to do and see along the river.
    I had the opportunity to see a UT football game in 2003, and the whole city is transformed whenever there's a home game. Downtown is buzzing with activities...cars with orange and white flags flying out the windows are everywhere on all the highways in eastern Tennessee. Then when you arrive at the stadium, the whole campus area is jammed full of upbeat people who can't get enough of their Vol's. Once you are in the stadium, it's almost like a religious happening...The huge UT band covering half of the football field with marching members, flashy movements and strain after strain of "Rocky Top".

    Was this review helpful?

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo

    Knoxville Riverfront

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Nov 16, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    No trip to Knoxville would be complete without a visit to the Riverfront. A beautifully landscaped walkway stretches for about a half mile along the river with fountains, porch swings, restaurants and a fabulous view.

    Special attractions along the Knoxville Riverfront include the Knoxville Star Riverboat and the Three Rivers Rambler Steam Train, both of which offer excursions in season. Volunteer Landing is the venue for numerous special events, including concerts and one of the south's largest fireworks displays.

    Karen and I have found the riverfront to be a very romantic spot to enjoy a cozy meal followed by a hand-in-hand stroll beside the beautiful Tennessee River.

    Karen on the Knoxville Riverfront

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sassy417's Profile Photo

    Visit the Zoo

    by Sassy417 Written Jun 2, 2004

    There are wonderful events held throughout the year at the Knoxville Zoo which include Zoofari, Feast with the Beasts, and Boo! at the Zoo, including Grassland Africa!
    Educational programs, birthday parties including games and more.
    The gardens have more than 800 wild & exotic animals on view.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sassy417's Profile Photo

    Knoxville Museum of Art

    by Sassy417 Written Jun 2, 2004

    Located downtown at World's Fair Park, the museum features permanent collections, traveling exhibits, lectures, concert performances and art workshops for both children and adults.
    The 53,200 square-foot facility includes galleries, education and sculpture gardens, a great hall and a museum shop.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sassy417's Profile Photo

    Volunteer Landing

    by Sassy417 Written Jun 2, 2004

    This one-mile paved riverwalk includes the Gateway Regional Visitor Center, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, Volunteer Landing marina, Blount Mansion, James White Fort, restaurants, fountains, waterfalls, boat docks and more*

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sassy417's Profile Photo

    The Tennessee Riverboat Company

    by Sassy417 Written Jun 2, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you enjoy boating, you will love this activity.
    Sightseeing cruises are offerred aboard the Star of Knoxville an authentic stern-wheeler. The tours cover many historic sites, as well as the Knoxville skyline, on cruises down the Tennessee river.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sassy417's Profile Photo

    Three Rivers Rambler

    by Sassy417 Written Jun 2, 2004

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you enjoy trains, you'll love this one.
    This vintage steam engine train takes you on a 90-minute excursion to the Forks of the River and back, through some of Knoxville's most historic and beautiful countryside.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sassy417's Profile Photo

    Walking Tour

    by Sassy417 Written Jun 2, 2004

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The "Cradle of Country Music walking tour" is located in downtown Knoxville and highlights the beginnings of country music in the city.
    The tour includes markers regarding Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, Roy Acuff and other greats.
    Brochures are available at the East Tennessee History Center and Gateway Regional Visitor Center.
    The tour begins at the East Tennessee History Center in downtown, 600 Market St.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • OlenaKyiv's Profile Photo

    It is American history

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 11, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This monument is located near city county building on S.Main Street.
    On the sides of it you will find names of people who died on September 11 in New York.
    When I read those names my breath stopped for awhile. You are far from the disaster as long as you are far from the names of victims. But only touch with your eyes to their names makes you back to that terrible day

    The monument devoted 09/11
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • OlenaKyiv's Profile Photo

    The map of UT in East Town Mall

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 11, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you are not familiar with downtown of Knoxville, ecpesially with University of Tennessee area, go to the East Town Mall and in the center of the shopping center you will find the map of UT area.
    You can observe it from the second floor pretty good.

    The UT map in Mall
    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo

    Knoxville World's Fair Park

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated May 1, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In 1982, Knoxville was host to a very successful World's Fair. The theme of the fair was the Sun, and the Sunsphere (pictured), was the signature structure around which the fair was built. This is now the site of a permanent Knoxville World's Fair Park, and a gathering place for the city. It is a pleasant and beautiful spot with flowers and fountains, and the venue for many concerts and special events.

    Adjacent to the park is a neighborhood of quaint, brightly hued Victorian houses from the 1920s. Today these contain shops, studios, and galleries for the visitor to explore. A favorite is the Candy Factory, in operation since 1917. Here one can see the Chocolatiers making The South's Finest Chocolate., along with 100 other types of candies.

    The Sunsphere, from the 1982 World's Fair
    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • meteorologist1's Profile Photo

    Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge - Sevier County

    by meteorologist1 Written Nov 10, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Sevier County, the county located just south of Knoxville, is home to some cool destinations. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the two most interesting places, although I liked Townsend (a.k.a. the peaceful side of the Smokies) too. Pigeon Forge has a lot of shopping opportunities, and Dollywood is also located there. Gatlinburg is a nice little town situated in the mountains (near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Gatlinburg is very unique and beautiful. All these places are must-see's if you're coming to East Tennessee.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • The Sunsphere

    by sambarnett Written Aug 29, 2003

    A remnant of the 1982 World's Fair. There used to be a restaurant at the top, but I hear, praytell, that they store wigs up there now! VT-member miner has a neat page about his visit to the 1982 World's Fair.

    don't throw rocks at it

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Knoxville

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

22 travelers online now

Comments

Knoxville Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Knoxville things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Knoxville sightseeing.

View all Knoxville hotels