Whether you’re in the mood to experience the arts, explore history and uncover your heritage or simply watch some sports, Knoxville’s attractions are sure to entertain the entire family!
From the world-renowned Knoxville Zoo, exhibiting more than 230 species of animals, to the Three Rivers Rambler train and the Volunteer Princess Yacht, fun for everyone is always right around the corner in Knoxville. The city’s downtown area is bursting with activity from art at the Emporium Center for Arts & Culture and Knoxville Museum of Art to fantastic performances at the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres and who knew that Knoxville was home to seven homes from the Civil War and the First Frontier?
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Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, Knoxville's first totally accessible playground and winner of the 2005 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association's Best Facility Award, is located in Caswell Park, across from the softball complex.
Featuring the history of African Americans in Knoxville and East Tennessee from the late 1800's to the present through photographs, newspapers, biographies, audio and video recordings, books and artwork. Admission is free.
In addition to being housed in Knoxville's fourth oldest building, the Bijou Theatre has an atmosphere that's perfect for live music and the perfomring arts. Many performers and music fans consider the Bijou the best performing room in Knoxville, and with a capacity of just over 700, every seat in the house is a great one.
Bike Knoxville continues to set the standard in historic site, bicycle touring; providing educational information, group interaction, knowledgable ride leaders, and lots of fun. Sit back, relax, and leave the planning to us! We work hard to deliver the best bicycle tours in the immediate Knoxville area.
Nestled in the center of Downtown Knoxville's government district, Blount Mansion offers history that is hard to miss. Here, among the towers of glass, steel and brick, sits a house - small by today's standards, but a mansion on the Tennessee frontier. Known by the Cherokee Indians as "the house with many eyes," Blount Mansion has watched American history parade through its rooms and on the streets outside. Step inside and experience "The Birthplace of Tennessee." Blount Mansion also features a modern Visitors Center with a gift shop, historical exhibits, and an art gallery featuring some of Eastern Tennessee's finest artists.
A boutique urban winery located in Knoxville's Old City. Artisan wines made on-site from locally grown grapes and fruit. Over twenty wines to sample. A wine for every pallet. Tasting Bar hours are Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat: Noon - 9:00 and Sun: Noon - 6:00.
Join 400,000 friends on September 1, 2013, and experience the largest Labor Day fireworks show in the Nation. We've got great food, games and live entertainment. And it's all Free as always! See you there.
Founded in 1969, CBT is community based, non-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to the production of new works whose mission is to give voice to the under-served and to address the issues and dreams of people who have been historically silenced. The CBT Ensemble performs locally, tours nationally, provides workshops, and annually presents the Youth Theatre (June) and Show What You Know Festival (October).
Christmas in the City is Knoxville's most anticipated winter festival. Our city dresses for the holidays with lighted trees and decorations - including the popular and growing Up on the Rooftops displays - plus dozens of events guaranteed to bring holiday cheer!
The University of Tennessee is one of 17 universities nationwide with its own professional theatre associated with the League of Resident Theatres. The Clarence Brown Theatre Company is a LORT D company produced by the university's Department of Theatre and is fully integrated into its academic curriculum. The Theatre, built in 1970 and dedicated to Clarence Brown, a University of Tennessee alumnus and distinguished film director, is a 576-seat proscenium theatre that presents a wide variety of theatrical and dance performances by faculty, students, and professional guest artists.
Confederate Memorial Hall was a focal point of history during the Siege of Knoxville as the headquarters for General James Longstreet. Today the antebellum house is a museum owned by Knoxville Chapter 89 UDC.
Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, this historic home contains an exquisite collection of 18th Century American and English furniture, decorative arts and an outstanding collection of English silver. Visitors can also enjoy the three-acre formal, Italian-terraced gardens overlooking the Tennessee River.
Celebrate spring in April 2014 with special events throughout Knox County including art shows, crafts fairs, delicious food and live music plus more than 60 miles of landscaping and garden trails.
A Knoxville area boutique with an assortment of gifts ranging from home decor to bath and beauty products - or unusual items such as a funky lamp or the award winning bath line Archipelago Botanicals.
Hands-on science center offers educational fun for children of all ages. Exhibits explore physical science, life science, astronomy, geology and more. Akima Planetarium offers a simulated look at our nighttime sky. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
The East TN History Center and Museum has all a visitor needs to learn about the regions history in one building. Whether visitors want to tour the museum with its many permanent and temporary exhibits including information on Cherokee Indians, the Civil War, emergence of Country Music and more or visit the Calvin M. McClung Historical collection to research geneologies,this building has all one needs to learn more about East Tennessee.
The Memorial is a public plaza with a formal arrangement of granite pillars bearing the names of 6,172 fallen heroes from 35 East Tennessee counties who died in military service during named conflicts since World War I. It was dedicated and officially unveiled November 15, 2008.
On-campus gallery with approximately 3000 square feet of exhibition space and 300 running feet of wall surface (walls 11' high, ceiling 20' high) and adjustable track lighting featuring contemporary artists and architects. Exhibits change monthly.