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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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  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • Bounce Bristol

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    (105 miles)Bristol

    Bounce Bristol is an indoor family entertainment center for children up to 12 years old. We have inflatables, host parties, and have a great snack bar featuring Domino's Pizza. Parents are always ...

  • Ghost Town In The Sky

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    (55 miles)Maggie Valley

    Ghost Town offers rides fit for the youngest buckaroo to the bravest outlaw. Ghost Town also features staged gunfights, live music and shows, crafts, food and lots more fun.

  • Dollywood

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    (25 miles)Pigeon Forge

    Unique as its namesake Dolly Parton, Dollywood theme park is a one-of-a-kind Smoky Mountain Family Adventure! Spanning 125 acres and nestled in the lush foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

  • 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, ...

  • Hollywild Animal Park

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    (119 miles)Wellford

    Home to over 500 animals, many of which roam freely inside large natural enclosures or on man-made islands. Try not to miss the Outback Safari where you are driven through 80 acres of free-roaming ...

  • Tennessee Aquarium

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    (100 miles)Chattanooga

    The Chattanooga skyline features six magnificent peaks that top the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings. River Journey is the original Aquarium building and features ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Rainforrest Adventures Discovery Zoo

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    (21 miles)Sevierville

    Located in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, this all indoor RainForest Zoo is open year round. Meet some of the most amazing live ...

  • 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.

  • Ruby Falls

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    (103 miles)Chattanooga

    Anticipation builds, the temperature drops, a cool fresh breeze surrounds you as you are immersed in darkness. There is the thunderous sound of water splashing directly in front of you, and you feel ...

  • Chattanooga Riverboat Company

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    (101 miles)Chattanooga

    Welcome to the pride of the South and one of the best Chattanooga attractions the Southern Belle Riverboat! Take a great Chattanooga cruise along the scenic Tennessee River while enjoying one of our ...

  • Chattanooga Ghost Tours

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    (100 miles)Chattanooga

    Spooooky ghost tours and hunts through the beautiful city of Chattanooga! Nightly tours through spring, summer and fall.

  • 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 ...

  • Creative Discovery Museum

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    (100 miles)Chattanooga

    The Creative Discovery Museum is recognized as one of the premier hands-on children's museums in the region. Gather the young and young-at-heart and make plans now to visit us at Creative Discovery ...

  • 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.

  • Wheels Through Time Museum

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    (56 miles)Maggie Valley

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...