Knoxville Area Attractions

Knoxville Attractions

What To Do In Knoxville

Knoxville and the surrounding area is home to a multitude of attractions ranging from theme parks, to museums, to shopping, and everything in between! While the city is still known as a “college town” due to the cultural significance of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has developed activities for everyone from the young professional to the retiree looking to settle down.


A great place to find all the Knoxville information you could possibly need is on, but in summary, here are some of the iconic landmarks in the area:




  • The Sunsphere: Located in the heart of World’s Fair Park downtown, the Sunsphere stands at 266 feet tall while the gold colored, glass-paneled ball is 75 feet in diameter offering an unobstructed, 360 degree view of Knoxville. The observation deck also features a gallery of Knoxville images as well as information about the World’s Fair which was held in Knoxville in 1982. The observation deck is free to the public and open daily.
  • Knoxville Zoo: The Knoxville Zoological Gardens gives guests the up close experience with more than 800 of the world’s most fascinating animals. Because of their success in breeding and survival of red pandas, the Knoxville Zoo is widely considered to be the red panda capital of the world. Adorable!
  • The Tennessee Theater: The theater first opened its doors in 1928 and was hailed as “the South’s most beautiful theater”. The former movie palace underwent a $25.5 million renovation in 2003 and reopened as a world-class performing arts center.
  • Market Square: Since the 1860’s, Knoxvillians have used Market Square as a place for shopping, eating, playing, and just all around enjoyment. The Square is home to numerous restaurants, bars, shops, and live entertainment including Sundown in the City, a free concert series put on each year.
  • Knoxville Arts District: Located on historic Gay Street downtown, the Arts District is home to many art galleries and artist studios. Don’t forget to check out the First Fridays every month!
  • Dollywood: Located in Pigeon Forge, Dollywood is the largest “ticketed” tourist attraction in Tennessee. In addition to standard amusement park rides, it features traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains Area.


These are only a few of the opportunities Knoxville has to offer, so be sure to keep an eye out for new events and attractions each season!

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