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Fun things to do in KNOXVILLE

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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  • Ashevilles Fun Depot

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    (83 miles) Asheville

    Multi-level Laser Tag, 18 hole indoor mini-golf, a 24-foot climbing wall, soft play area, batting cages, and our newest attractions, multi-level outdoor go-cart track, indoor go-kart track, bumber ...

  • Leaping Lizards Family Entertainment Center

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    (85 miles) Kingsport

    Super Clean, safe place for your kids to come and have a blast while getting tons of exercise. 25 foot shark, 40X20 foot obstacle course, bubble gum machine bouncer and lots more! 5 party rooms ...

  • Mountain Play Lodge

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    (85 miles) Arden

    Kids can play, imagine, climb and stay active at this fun and colorful indoor play center.

  • 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!

  • Dollys Splash Country

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    (25 miles) Pigeon Forge

    For a unique summer vacation destination that's fun for the whole family, pack your bathing suit and take the plunge to Dollywood's Splash Country. This water adventure theme park combines the beauty ...

  • 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, ...

  • Wetlands Water Park

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    (83 miles) Jonesborough

    Offers an interactive kids' leisure pool with loads of fun features and a zero depth wading area for babies, plus lazy river and 3 flume slides at 80, 100 and 200 feet high!

  • Knoxville Zoo

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    (3 miles) Knoxville

    Let’s go to the ZOO! 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Western North Carolina Nature Center

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    (84 miles) Asheville

    The WNC Nature Center is Asheville's Zoo and Wildlife Park! Providing a one-of-a-kind adventure where guests can experience animals & plants native to the Southern Appalachian region. Featuring over ...

  • Chattanooga Zoo

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    (99 miles) Chattanooga

    Known as the best little zoo in the USA - this animal fun family attraction in Chattanooga will educate, excite and offer lots of fun animal encounters!

  • Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville

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    (80 miles) Asheville

    Discover what Asheville’s has to offer on a Gray Line RED Trolley Tour! Locals and visitors alike are sure to enjoy the fully narrated journey, highlighting the history, homes, and hot-spots of the ...

  • 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!

  • Children's Museum Of Oak Ridge

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    (20 miles) Oak Ridge

    Enjoy attractive exhibits on Oak Ridge, Appalachia and countries around the world. The motto of the museum is "please touch". Learn new ideas, develop useful skills. One of the many fun family places ...

  • 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!

  • 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 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 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Wheels Through Time Museum

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    (56 miles) Maggie Valley

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

  • Gray Fossil Site Museum and Visitor Centre

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    (85 miles) Gray

    Filled with interactive exhibits, Discovery Carts, a dig pit and touch-screen computer games, there is something for people of all ages to enjoy while learning about the prehistoric past of this ...

  • Hands On Regional Museum

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    (91 miles) Johnson City

    Offers over 20 permanent, interactive exhibits which provide fun and learning for all ages. Facilities include equipped roleplay settings, creative and constructive zones, physical play areas and ...

  • Hands On Museum

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    (93 miles) Hendersonville

    Features include mountain landscape indoor play, equipped roleplay settings, theatre, music room, arts and crafts, art studio and baby doll area.

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