Things to do in KNOXVILLE with kids

There are two types of activities in this really cool family-friendly city of Knoxville.  There are the really fun attractions for kids of all ages, and then there are the really fun attractions for kids of all ages - that are FREE!

Knoxville is a great city for kids. It’s fun, vibrant, and has a HUGE ranges of fun places to take kids.

Knoxville Zoo is the city’s largest attraction, with more than 800 of the worlds most incredible creatures. A great wildlife experience for kids!

Kids can explore a living history at the Museum of Appalachia where the early settler life can be experienced, and if it’s nature you want, then the Ijams Nature Center is a whopping 275 acres of amazing nature!

And those free attractions we hear you ask? How about the Knoxville Museum of Art, or the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture? 

Yep - it’s a hard knox-life…for us…wait, that’s not right! It’s a FUN knox-life…for us!

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  • Knoxville Museum of Art

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    Knoxville

    Kids can immerse themselves in art and culture at the Knoxville Museum of Art - a creative, educational and FUN way to spend your family day out!

  • McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

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    (1 miles) Knoxville

    A fascinating museum for kids and families, with educational programs, exhibits, events for families and lots of fun things for kids to learn - all about natural history and culture!

  • Knoxville Zoo

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    (3 miles) Knoxville

    Experience wildlife up close at Knoxville’s largest attraction as you come face to face with more than 800 of the Earth’s most fascinating animals.

  • Ijams Nature Center

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    (3 miles) Knoxville

    Ijams Nature Center is a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center, providing community-wide connections and experiences through education, conservation, recreation and ...

  • Laser Quest Knoxville

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    (8 miles) Knoxville

    Laser Quest combines the classic games of tag and hide & seek with a high-tech twist. Donning the most sophisticated laser tag equipment available, the game is played in a large, multi-level arena ...

  • The Museum of Appalachia

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    (17 miles) Clinton

    A living history museum of pioneer, frontier, and early artifacts of mountain life in the Southern Appalachians.

  • Children's Museum Of Oak Ridge

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    (20 miles) Oak Ridge

    A children's museum dedicated to learning through play with interactive exhibits, for those children of East Tennessee!

  • Norris Paddling Adventures

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    (21 miles) Rock Top

    Water adventure awaits with these self-guided rentals of kayaks, paddle boards, or hydro-bikes, as well as classes! The great Tennessee outdoors awaits!

  • Titanic Museum Attraction

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    (21 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Kids can learn, explore, and experience history all aboard this amazing ship-shaped classroom called Titanic. That's only the tip of the iceberg!

  • Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo

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    (21 miles) Sevierville

    Over 600 animals from over 130 species are waiting for you to visit them at this unique Rainforest Zoo - with plenty of family fun to be had in Tennessee!

  • Dinosaur Walk Museum

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    (22 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Come face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Count the spikes on a Stegosaurus tail. Stand next to one of the most common predators, the Allosaurus. Learn to spell “Parasaurolophus,” the largest ...

  • Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

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    (22 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Come face to face with your favorite A-ist celebrities at this fun Hollywood Wax Museum...it's Hollywood in the heart of Tennessee!

  • Hannah's Maze of Mirrors Pigeon Forge

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    (22 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Transport into a modern day fairytale and try and make your way out of a challenging mirror maze!

  • Castle of Chaos

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    (22 miles) Pigeon Forge

    A scary, fun adventure awaits at this combination of a ride, 3D film and video game all in one!

  • Lazerport Fun Center

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    (22 miles) Pigeon forge

    Laser tag in a giant 6000ft arena with mini-golf and go-carts.

  • Flyaway Indoor Skydiving

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    (23 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is a vertical wind tunnel that allows you to experience the freedom of human flight. Located at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit Flyaway on your ...

  • Dollywood's Splash Country

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    (25 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Over 23 water slides, thrills and adventures to be had at Dollywood's Splash Country! Family fun with a SPLASH for all!

  • Dollywood

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    (25 miles) Pigeon Forge

    With a theme park, water park and resort, this one of a kind day out in the Smoky Mountains makes for a great family adventure! On it's 125 you won't find the Hollywood sign - just Dollywood!

  • Ober Gatlinburg

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    (28 miles) Gatlinburg

    A mountain top of fun and excitement. The scenic and exciting four-seasons world of Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park, high above Gatlinburg, Tennessee!

  • Gatlinburg Sky Lift

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    (28 miles) Gatlinburg

    1,800 FEET HIGH at the top of Crockett Mountain, experience Gatlinburg's #1 Scenic Overlook.

  • Hollywood Star Cars Museum

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    (28 miles) Gatlinburg

    A tour through Star Cars Museum is a trip through some of the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years. Featuring the best Hollywood movie & TV cars in recreated settings displayed with ...

  • The Gatlinburg Space Needle

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    (28 miles) Gatlinburg

    The Gatlinburg Space Needle is an all steel observation tower served by two elevators with a capacity of 20 persons each. Ride our safe and comfortable glass elevators over 400’ to observation ...

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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    (28 miles) Gatlinburg

    Explore that beautiful feat of nature that lies between the border of Tennessee and North Carolina - the Great Smoky Mountains! True family adventure out in the most visited national park in the ...

  • The Guinness World of Records

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    (28 miles) Gatlinburg

    There is an incredible line-up of feats, facts and records in an amazing display of unparalleled fun. Dramatic recreations come to life at the all new and expanded edition of Guinness World of ...

  • Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

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    (29 miles) Gatlinburg

    Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.

  • Adventure Ranch

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    (31 miles) Morristown

    Adventure Ranch is an active farm entertainment venue located on the picturesque Great Smoky Farm in Morristown, TN. Located at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Adventure Ranch has been called ...

  • Obed Wild And Scenic River

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    (39 miles) Wartburg

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was ...

  • Lost Sea Adventure

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    (41 miles) Sweetwater

    Stroll through an 18th century village, explore huge fascinating caverns. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as Americas largest underground lake

  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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    (45 miles) Bryson City

    Upward of 200,000 passengers enjoy the scenery each year aboard the excursion trains. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is truly spectacular with 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges.

  • Abraham Lincoln Museum

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    (45 miles) Harrogate

    Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the ...

  • Cherokee Fun Park

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    (48 miles) Cherokee

    If you fancy blazing around the corners of one of our state-of-the-art go-cart tracks, splashing and bumping friends in our gigantic playboat pool, or picking a slower pace by playing through one of ...

  • Big South Fork

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    (53 miles) Oneida

    Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area ...

  • Ghost Town In The Sky

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    (55 miles) Maggie Valley

    A unique amusement park in North Carolina great for the family! With staged gunfights, shows, live music, food, and rides fit for the youngest buckaroo to the bravest outlaw!

  • Kentucky Splash Waterpark

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    (55 miles) Williamsburg

    The Hal Rogers Family Entertainment Center is home to the Kentucky Splash Water Park. The center includes an 18,000 square ft. wave pool, a drift river, a kiddy activity pool, a triple slide complex, ...

  • Wheels Through Time Museum

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    (56 miles) Maggie Valley

    A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.