Planning the Perfect Staycation in Knoxville

If you live in Knoxville or are looking for Knoxville Houses for Sale, you should know how to get the best out of the great city you live in. This vibrant city in Tennessee is known for the Volunteers, but there is more here than sticky college bars, tailgates and country concerts. With restaurants galore, a walkable downtown and a kid-friendly atmosphere, you don’t have to leave Knoxville for a vacation.

  1. Visit the Zoo

Zoo Knoxville is known as one of the best zoos in the Southeast. They have all the lions and tigers and bears, oh my! But they even just built a brand new Tiger Forest that is home to the rare Malayan tigers where you and your family can go and be the new tiger kings!

  1. Ghost Tours

IIf you have a free night with the family and want to spice up your family fun, you can go on a family-friendly ghost tour where you learn local history and get to do hands-on activities. You can also try out the gear used by ghost hunters, such as thermal imaging cameras, spirit box, EDI meter, infrasound generator, and more (visit SpiritShack to get a feel of these beforehand) while attempting to bust some of Knoxville’s most famous and infamous ghosts.

  1. The Sunsphere

It is a free activity to do with the family and is local history at its finest. You can take the elevator up the Sunsphere which was built for the 1982 World’s Fair. You and your family can enjoy those gorgeous Tennessee views from the 24-karat gold-plated windows as you learn about Knoxville’s history.

  1. Three Rivers Rambler

This coal-fired steam engine will take you back in time as you drive through the heart of downtown to see where the two rivers come to form the Tennessee River, hence the name. It is a great historical tour that will keep everyone in the family occupied and interested.

  1. Oliver Hotel

Maybe you got a babysitter for the night and want to take your special someone to the luxurious Oliver Hotel, a boutique property that has the Oliver Royale and Tupelo Honey to wine and dine each other at. You can then get a nightcap at the Peter Kern Library speakeasy. If you have some of the day there as well, the two of you can take a romantic ride around town on the hotel’s complimentary bicycles before your big night.

  1. Knoxville Museum of Art

It might not be Chicago, but you can give your family a little taste of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and take them to the Knoxville Museum of Art. There are always new exhibits popping up and the great Cycle of Life installation by Richard Jolley and the Currents is a must-see.

  1. Market Square

If you just want to enjoy the Tennessee weather, then wander through Market Square and get some local grub or window shop in the boutiques. Knoxville is a city made for walking and Market Square is a great place to start.

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