I love living in Knoxville, TN. We get to experience all the seasons (even if we don’t get a lot of snow in the winter), it’s close to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and there’s a lot of cool stuff to do around town. Since spring is right around the corner, I thought this would be a great time to share some free things to do in Knoxville, TN.
Free Things To Do In Knoxville, TN
Market Square – Market Square is the heart of downtown Knoxville. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment options around. There are often free events in and around Market Square. You can check out the event calendar here. Market Square is a must if you are visiting downtown Knoxville.
World’s Fair Park – The Sunsphere, basically the icon of the Knoxville skyline, is located in World’s Fair Park and is free to visit. It’s also enjoyable to walk around the park. There are annual events held at the park, too, but not all are free to visit.
Knoxville Museum Of Art – I love that our art museum is always free to visit… and there is free parking right next to the museum! (It’s also located right next to World’s Fair Park, so it would be super convenient to visit both in the same day.) They keep the exhibits updated, so it is nice to visit a few times a year. Bonus free awesome activity: if you have kids then you have to go across the street to Fort Kid. It’s the coolest playground in the city.
Ijams Nature Center – Ijams Nature Center has so many awesome things to do. The trails are all free to enjoy and are great for all ages. I specially like the River Boardwalk trail and Mead’s Quarry. They also offer plenty of events (not all are free) that you can check out on their events page.
Forks Of The River Wildlife Management Area – The Forks Of The River WMA offers more great trails in the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. However, the most popular time to visit is in July when the sunflower fields are in the bloom. You can check out my post about it here for more info.
UT Gardens – The University of Tennessee Gardens is another beautiful spot to spend some time outdoors. There are a lot of flowers and plants to enjoy while you walk the grounds. They also host various events here throughout the year.
McClung Museum – The McClung Museum is a Natural History and Culture museum located on UT’s campus. I’ve only been here a few times but it is a pretty good museum to spend an morning or afternoon in.
Knoxville Botanical Garden – A personal favorite place of mine. I spent a lot of time practicing and learning photography here. It’s a beautiful place to visit in the spring and summer, after the flowers have bloomed. They also host various events here.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Ok, I know it’s not in Knoxville, but I felt like it should still be mentioned. The Great Smoky Mountains are always free to visit and there are so many awesome trails to hike and sights to see. Anyone looking to spend a free day in/around Knoxville should go to the mountains. That’s what I try to do!
I hope you are able to check out some of these free things to do in Knoxville, TN! I will try to keep this updated with more free things to do when I come across them. Get out there and explore this beautiful city.