Fun Places in Knoxville, Tennessee

by Sherry Mitchell

From sporting and cultural events to taking in all nature has to offer, Knoxville, Tennessee, offers a wide variety of activities. This vacation destination, located about three hours east of Nashville, offers attractions for families, singles and groups.

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Zoo

The Knoxville Zoo offers visitors a fun day of observing animals in a natural setting. The 53-acre park features over 900 different animals, including black bears, tigers, wolves, gorillas and lions. Visitors can enjoy close-encounter tours off of the beaten path and visit up-close with such animals as penguins, giant tortoises and giraffes. For an unforgettable experience and great photo opportunity, you can even ride a camel.

Tennessee Football

In the fall, locals in Knoxville start seeing orange -- the color of their favorite football team -- as the University of Tennessee Volunteers ramp up their season. Sports enthusiasts can catch a game at Neyland Stadium, the fourth-largest football stadium in the U.S. With an average of more than 100,000 fans attending each game, the events are popular with locals and visitors alike.

Nature Fun

Visitors at World's Fair Park, located in the heart of Knoxville, can enjoy a wide variety of activities including biking, fishing, water sports and one of the largest Labor Day Fireworks displays in the U.S. Cascading waterfalls and interactive dancing fountains attract locals and visitors, especially in the summer when guests can cool off under the fountains. A greenway provides guests with the perfect setting for a leisurely outdoor stroll, and an on-site amphitheater hosts a variety of local musical talent.

Theatre

For a walk down memory lane, take in a show at the historic Tennessee Theatre. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the venue is the official state theater of Tennessee. Stars such as Kenny Rogers, Anthony Perkins, Helen Hayes and Robert Mitchum have attended shows there. Musical performers have included B.B. King and Allison Krauss. The theater, built in 1928, currently host concerts, movies and theatrical performances.

About the Author

Sherry Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University and has been writing for more than a decade. She is a full-time government reporter in Sumner County, Tenn.

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