Knoxville is full of great things to do, amazing sights and fun ways to entertain yourself. Whether you’re new to the area or you’ve been here a while, check out these seven things to do in Knoxville this weekend to start mapping out your next few adventures.
7 Things to Do in Knoxville This Weekend
Some of the best adventures you’ll have in Knoxville are a little bit off the beaten path. There are plenty of historical sites in Knoxville, if that’s your cup of tea; there are clubs and bars, great restaurants and several museums, too. Here are our favorites:
- Explore Ijams Nature Center
- Picnic near Little River
- Visit the Knoxville Museum of Art
- Check out the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
- Spend some time in Market Square
- Stroll through the McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture
- Ride to the top of the Sunsphere
Here’s a closer look at each.
Explore Ijams Nature Center
Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit nature center that offers engaging education programs and dozens of outdoor experiences. This beautiful environment is the perfect place for hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing, swimming, and even climbing (the Ijams Crag is the only outdoor rock climbing area in the city).
Picnic Near Little River
The Little River Gorge is the perfect place for a picnic. There’s plenty of space to choose from, too – the first 18 miles of the river are located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where you can fly fish, canoe or kayak, or even camp. The wildlife viewing along the river is amazing, so don’t be surprised if you get some keen-eyed observers (mostly deer and rabbits) checking out your lunch from afar.
Visit the Knoxville Museum of Art
The Knoxville Museum of Art is an exceptional place to spend the day. Featuring ongoing and rotating exhibits, you can see some of the most spectacular specimens of vintage and modern art on your trip. There’s a special section for artists from East Tennessee, as well as the Thorne Rooms, Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee, and Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass exhibits.
Check out the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is run by a nonprofit – and they’re doing an amazing job. There’s so much to see here! The Hall of Fame is home to the world’s largest basketball (which makes a great Instagram photo), but there’s so much more inside. You can test your skills on three different basketball course, try out the dribbling course or check out the passing skills area before or after you check out all the amazingly talented inductees!
Spend Some Time in Market Square
Market Square is one of Knoxville’s most popular places to shop, play, eat and drink – and it’s been that way since the 1860s. There are so many shops, restaurants and places to see, including The Oliver Hotel, a historic experience you can’t miss if you’re living in the city.
Stroll Through the McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture
The McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture has a number of special and permanent exhibitions – some of the most notable include Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice, Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee, and Edmontosaurus Annactens. Whether you’re visiting with kids, other adults or flying solo, this museum is a must-see in Knoxville.
Ride to the Top of the Sunsphere
The Sunsphere at the World’s Fair Park is a fabulous landmark in Knoxville, and you can even ride to the top and check out the view from the observation deck. From there, you can see the entire 1982 World’s Fair site, downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee River, the University of Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains.
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