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Family Activities in Knoxville, TN

Knoxville has everything to make your next family vacation the best one yet! Check out all of these family-friendly activities just outside The Tennessean's doors.

Museums & Learning

child playing atThe Muse

The Muse

The Muse Knoxville is a hands-on educational experience for all ages just a short eight minute drive from The Tennessean. The Muse also contains Knoxville's only public access full-dome planetarium.

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McClung Museum

The McClung Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Tennessee campus, about a six minute drive from The Tennessean. Learn about Tennessee's history, from fossils discovered to Knoxville's involvement in the Civil War.

Knoxville Museum of Art

Museum of Art

The Knoxville Museum of Art, right around the corner from The Tennessean, features nationally acclaimed exhibitions, as well as features local artists. 

Outdoor Adventures

Smokey mountain sunset

The Smokey Mountains

The Smokey Mountains comprise one of the most picturesque landscapes in the country. Shorter than a two hour drive away, the Smokey Mountains have something for everyone to enjoy the outdoors; hiking, biking, fishing, sightseeing and more!

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House Mountian

House Mountain is the highest point in Knox County at 2,064 ft., and a mere 8 miles from downtown. Offering either a steep and brief option, or a winding, less strenuous version of the hike, House Mountain is an ideal day trip for children and adults.

Greenway trail

The Greenway

The Greenway is an easily accessible web of trails that winds throughout the city of Knoxville. It consists of 86 miles of paved and natural pathways. Take your family for a walk along the Tennessee River waterfront or a meandering stroll through World’s Fair Park.

Local Family Fun

Maple Alley Lanes

Maple Hall Bowling Alley

Maple Hall is a boutique 11-lane bowling alley just a 10 minute walk from The Tennessean's front door. Maple Hall offers food, drink and a unique atmosphere in a historic building that sure to please the whole family.

The Sunsphere

The Sunsphere

Literally across the street from The Tennessean, The Sunsphere has become an iconic part of the Knoxville skyline. Families can take an elevator to the observation deck and take in the Tennessee beauty from above.

Market Square farmer's market

Market Square Farmer's Market

A 10 minute walk from The Tennessean, the Market Square Farmer's Market features only local vendors. You'll find everything from coffee and pastries to decorative plans to fruits and vegetables.