Magnificent statue honoring Alex Haley, author of Roots,
who made Knoxville his home. Designed for interaction, the statue is
located next to a playground and is surrounded by a scenic city park.
1600 Dandridge Avenue
American Museum of
Science & Energy
One of the world's largest energy exhibitions. Hands-on exhibits,
displays, models, films, games, and live demonstrations.
300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge
Armstrong-Lockett House (Crescent Bend)
Built in 1834. Contains exquisite collection of 18th century English
and American furniture and art. Three-acre formal Italian-terraced garden
overlooking the Tennessee River. Crescent Bend was constructed as a
residence for Drury P. Armstrong -- a merchant, farmer, and county official
-- in 1834. It is also called the "Armstrong-Lockett House"
for the first and last families to use it as a residence.
2728 Kingston Pike
Cultural Exchange Center
One of the oldest museums and historical reservoirs of African-American
heritage and achievement in the Southeastern United States, this museum
depicts the history of African-Americans through its extensive collection
of photographs, newspapers, audio and video recordings, biographies,
books, and artwork.
1927 Dandridge Avenue
See the 1792 Blount Mansion, home and Capitol of Gov. William Blount,
signer of the U.S. Constitution. Guided tours of this National Historic
Landmark show 18th century antiques and the workings of frontier government.
200 West Hill Avenue
Candy Factory & Victorian Houses
This 19th century building used to be a Candy Factory, but now
is home to The Chocolate Factory candy and gift shop. Fort Kid (kids
playground) is right across the street.
1060 Worlds Fair Park Drive
Museum of Oak Ridge
A unique educational resource, the museum provides children with
the opportunity to learn while playing - to create, discover, solve,
and experience, within non-traditional, interactive exhibit galleries.
461 W. Outer Drive
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
War Sites Tour
This tour covers significant Knoxville Civil War sites. Prepared
by the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable.
Memorial Hall (Bleak House)
Confederate Memorial Hall, originally named Bleak House, has a rich
and interesting past. Completed in 1858 for Robert & Louise Franklin
Armstrong, it served as headquarters of General James Longstreet, C.S.A.,
during the siege of Knoxville in 1863. Visible reminders
of the war and a Confederate museum.
3148 Kingston Pike, S.W.
of Country Music Tour
A downtown walking tour highlighting the early development of country
music in Knoxville.
601 S. Gay Street
Hands-on science center offers educational fun for children of all
516 N. Beaman St.
Knoxville, TN 37914
Tennessee Historical Center
For nearly 170 years, the East Tennessee Historical Society has been
helping East Tennesseeans hold on to their unique heritage, recording
the events, collecting the artifacts, and saving the stories that comprise
the history we all share.
601 S. Gay Street
East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association
This is a public plaza with a formal arrangement of granite pillars bearing the names of over 6,200 fallen heroes from 35 East Tennessee counties who died in military service during named conflicts since World War I.
World's Fair Park Drive
Center for Arts & Culture
In the heart of downtown Knoxville and one block from the Visitors
Center, the Emporium includes an expansive gallery and numerous artist
studios. Its spaces celebrate East Tennessees unique world-view
with regular openings, poetry slams, and eclectic performances.
100 S. Gay Street
Great Smoky Mountains
National Park 520,000 acres encompass more than 850 miles
of trails for hiking and horseback riding; 735 miles of streams for
fishing; many developed and backcountry campsites; spectacular scenery
and views from peaks over 6,000 feet; several visitors centers with
interpretive exhibits and artifacts. The most visited National Park
in the U.S.
Approx. 40 miles southeast of Knoxville
Ijams Nature Center
A 150-acre park with mulched and paved trails, a waterfront boardwalk
and wildlife viewing areas. Seasonal events include music concerts,
owl prowls, canoe trips, plant sales and guided nature walks.
2915 Island Home Avenue
The first monument between a U.S. Manhattan Project city and Japan.
The bell serves as an expression of hope for everlasting peace.
Badger Ave., Oak Ridge
The home of James White who settled here on a 1,000-acre grant.
His first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the
period, gives a glimpse into the daily existence of early settlers
to this region Knoxville's most visited historic site.
205 East Hill Avenue
Knoxville Botanical Gardens
The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is located on 47 acres of former Howell Nurseries, featuring walking trails, display gardens, unique & historic horticulture and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings, just five minutes from downtown. A privately owned and operated Garden, it is supported through donations which allows these beautiful Gardens to the public for free!
2743 Wimpole Avenue
KMA showcases exhibitions from around the world and a permanent collection
of contemporary art. The museum contains four galleries, gardens and
a museum shop. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
1050 World's Fair Park
Discover a world of wonder at Knoxville Zoo. Grasslands Africa! brings
the animals of Africa to one location. Enjoy elephants, giraffe, zebra,
kudu, gazelles, waterbuck and several birds. Admission charge.
Exit 392 off I-40
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
House Museum and Civil War Bethel Cemetery
The home, of the Victorian and Civil War periods, showcases original
artifacts, including china, silver, crystal and antique furnishings.
The house served as headquarters for Union and Confederate troops.
More than 1,600 Civil War soldiers and 50 Union prisoners are buried
in Bethel Cemetery
1711 Dandridge Avenue
State Historic Farmstead
The original home of Gov. John Sevier, a loom house, tavern, smokehouse
and half-cantilever barn are used to educate the public about the
life and times of Gov. John Sevier. Hours of Operation:
Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sundays 12 pm-5 pm.
1220 W. Governor John Sevier Hwy.
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
A general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative
arts, medicine, local history and natural history. The exhibits document
ways of life, cultural trends, and technologies from prehistoric times
to the present day, and showcase much of Tennessee's past -- its geology,
history, art, and culture.
1327 Circle Park Drive
of Appalachia, TN
The most authentic and complete replica of pioneer Appalachian
life in the world.
Norris, TN 37828
Old City Historic District
Shops and boutiques offering unique gifts, crafts, antiques, art
and clothing. Also home to popular coffee shops, restaurants and nightspots.
Jackson Avenue and Central Street intersection in Downtown Knoxville
Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
The Center has maps, flyers and other outdoor resources available to help everyone get out and play. The Center also offers a community room, theater and patio for a nominal fee for community and club events. Centrally located with easy access to the greenway and the Tennessee River, the Center makes outdoor recreation more accessible to everyone including bike and boat rentals available through River Sports Outfitters.
900 Volunteer Landing Lane
865-525-2585 - room rentals
865-523-0066 - boat/bike rentals
This 13 acres of beauty and history, is over 150 years old. Although
the land was purchased in 1850 the cemetery was not dedicated until
1852 when the first 40 lots were sold at public auction. Today Old
Gray clearly depicts Knoxville's history as well as the Victorian
era and provides an important example of cemetery planning and design
during the rural-cemetery or garden movement.
939 Tyson Street
Ramsey House Plantation is a 1797 historic house museum open to the
public through guided tours. The site includes a Visitor Center that
houses a museum shop, exhibits, and ticket sales. With over 100 acres,
the site hosts picnic areas and heirloom gardens for guests to visit.
2614 Thorn Grove Pike
Star of Knoxville
Enjoy the scenic Tennessee River aboard an authentic sternwheel
riverboat which offers lunch, sightseeing, dinner and party cruises.
The two-hour dinner cruise features live entertainment and different
themes each night.
300 Neyland Drive
A golden glass ball in downtown Knoxville, that was built as the
signature structure for the 1982 Worlds Fair. It is 266 feet
tall and has 26 stories. The actual ball itself houses only five levels.
810 Clinch Avenue or World's Fair Park Drive
Tennessee Woman's Suffrage Memorial
The Suffrage Coalition was founded to create a lasting memorial to the suffragists of Tennessee. The Suffrage Coalition has erected a life-size, bronze statue featuring three Tennessee suffragists: Lizzie Crozier French of Knoxville, Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville, and Elizabeth Avery Meriwether of Memphis.
The System Works: Participating in the American Republic
This museum is an interactive overview of Tennessee politics, Senator Howard Baker's extraordinary career in public service, and how the Federal Government works.
Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1640 Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
This vintage steam engine train takes guests on a 90-minute excursion
to the Forks of the River and back, through some of Knoxvilles
most historic and beautiful countryside.
Volunteer Landing: Neyland Drive between Calhouns and the Boathouse
University of Tennessee Football Hall of Fame
Its always Football Time in Tennessee at the UT Football
Hall of Fame. The museum stands as a tribute to the student athletes
who shaped 100 years of Volunteer Football.
Neyland Thompson Sports Center
1704 Johnny Majors Drive on UT campus
Beautiful and scenic one mile paved riverwalk that offers something
for everyone with features including a regional visitor center, three
restaurants, a full service marina, unique attractions, historical
homes, waterfalls and fountains, and a premier hotel.
Neyland Drive & Hill Avenue
Volunteer Princess Cruises
Cruise the scenic Tennessee River aboard the finest luxury yacht in the heart of Downtown Knoxville. Located at Volunteer Landing Marina.
Volunteer Landing Marina
Downtown Knoxville, TN
Volunteer State Veteran's Hall of Honor
A tribute to Tennesseans who saw duty in combat, this Hall of Honor
museum contains over 2,000 relics and exhibits that range from the
Civil War through the Persian Gulf War.
4000 Chapman Highway
WDVX 89.9 Radio Station and Blue Plate Special
The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance Monday through Saturday at noon at the Knoxville Visitors Center on the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive in Downtown Knoxville. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast and webcast around the world.
301 South Gay St. in Visitor Center
Hall of Fame
The Womens Basketball Hall of Fame honors the past, celebrates
the present and promotes the future of the womens game.
At 700 Hall of Fame Drive
Once the site of the 1982 World's Fair, this magnificent 52-acre
park includes a large variety of attractions, shops, galleries, restaurants,
and the Knoxville Convention Center.
1060 World's Fair Park Drive
W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens
Terraced 3-acre formal garden w/roses, thousand of blooming flowers,
& 5 fountains overlooking TN River. 20,000 Tulips bloom each spring.
Gardens embrace the Amstrong-Lockett House.
2728 Kingston Pike