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Things to Do in Knoxville


Top Attractions in Knoxville

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Points of Interest & Landmarks

Pedestrian-friendly urban district with a lively mix of shops, restaurants, and bars. Features dog-friendly spaces, historical markers, and a vibrant arts scene. Enjoy local beer and ice cream.
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Nature center nestled near downtown with serene walking trails, zip lining, kayaking, and live animal encounters. Includes maintained paths and a scenic boardwalk along the river.
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Zoo with a focus on conservation, showcasing a red panda breeding program and new tiger exhibit. Enjoyable shaded paths and diverse food options amidst well-maintained animal habitats.
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Museum showcasing a diverse art collection, including the intricate Thorne Rooms and regional glassworks, complemented by a thoughtfully curated museum shop.
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Intimate historic theater in downtown's lively district, hosting concerts and comedy with impressive architecture and a cozy ambiance. Nearby nightlife options post-show.
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Observation Decks & Towers

Iconic observation tower with 360-degree panoramic views, historical exhibits from a 1982 global event, and a small souvenir shop. Enjoy the cityscape and mountain vistas through tinted windows.
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Historical plaza featuring a splash pad, scenic views from the Sun Sphere, and a lively atmosphere during local events. Ideal for outdoor activities and relaxation.
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Points of Interest & Landmarks

Collectibles haven in downtown area with a wide array of Funko pops, action figures, and comics. Inventory includes rare finds and popular items amidst a welcoming ambiance.
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What travelers are saying

  • Marsh
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Restaurants and shops were great. When we went, the farmers' market was going, and it was great. This Market Square had a wonderful ambiance.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • H bug
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to walk/hike! Can’t wait to pander board at the Quarry! Great place for families, and solo travelers!!!!!!
    Written March 14, 2024
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  • scottaerwin
    Knoxville, TN1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You simply cannot miss this theater. Kinky Boots was beyond spectacular and every show I have ever seen is way above a college experience.
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • Tammy
    Conroe, TX1,658 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Really nice Zoo. Lots of Animals and nice shaded areas. They have an Amazing Red Panda breeding program. Not my first time seeing a Red panda but first time being that close to one.

    A couple downfalls are that they are doing construction in some areas so some animals weren't out. That's fine but I would expect a discount of some sort. Another thing is we had to wait for them to clean the elephant exhibit so we had to wait until noon.

    Definitely, worth a visit! Expect half a day.
    Written August 11, 2022
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  • V S
    St. Augustine, FL20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It looks small, but it is packed full of history! Singers, actors, to every day life so well displayed. And to be able to go and do research too, Wow!
    Written August 29, 2023
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  • Eric B
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just moved from CA to TN and while searching things to do I was advised to the museum. The staff very friendly and the best part is the free admission.
    I like the displays once I get settle I am going to bring a friend that enjoys art
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • LostInTime
    Pittsburgh, PA20,312 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very nice looking old theater. It looks to be in great shape and it’s cool that it’s still around. It looks like a lot of fairly large acts come to Knoxville.
    Written May 20, 2023
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  • PT B
    Olathe, KS616 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greeter/ticket salesman advice was well worth the $5 admission.
    Despite notices that you must reserve and buy tickets in advance, we bought our tickets at the top of the elevator. Perhaps it is much busier in season and they must avoid overcrowding. View is nice but not stunning. Outside viewing windows must be cleaned once every year in spring. There is performance area at the base where concerts or plays could be performed.
    Written November 3, 2023
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  • Anita S
    Conway, AR194 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area and park. Well kept. Easy to walk for exercise or pleasure. Plenty of benches to sit and relax on as well. The water fountain is beautiful.
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Dawn H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Took our son to Vols last home game of the season. Traveled from Pennsylvania where Penn State is everything to most. The team spirit and positive vibe before, during and after the game was fantastic.
    Written November 15, 2022
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  • Liz H
    Chattanooga, TN5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely the best place for all things collectible!! Amazing location and staff, this place is a must-see! They have something for literally everyone!!
    80's TV shows? Yep!
    Video game merchandise? Yep!
    Anime? Yep!
    Pro and college sports? Yep!
    Pro wrestling? Yep!
    Superheros and comics? Yep!
    Tons more? YEP!!!
    This is the largest Funkopop Store around, and they will be able to find what you are looking for at great prices! They always have special guests and celebrities that you can meet on their calendar, so make sure you look that up to plan you visit!
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • tinkerbsb
    Mount Juliet, TN860 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok I will say this is hard to find my GPS kept telling me we had arrived, and we had not. I drove around in circles for about 20 minutes before I finally flagged down a campus cop and asked if they knew where this was. He gave me directions right to it. Then as you pull in there is a little building that you stop at and get a 2 hr parking pass. We didnt need that long but almost. The building isnt huge and but I did think it was really interesting and I liked all of it. Yes, they had two displays closed because those items were going back to their rightful owners. But overall I felt it was worth the time and we enjoyed it.
    Written May 22, 2024
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