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!
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!
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!
Ijams Nature Center is a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center, providing community-wide connections and experiences through education, conservation, recreation and responsible environmental stewardship for all people.
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.
A fun kids museum that features interactive exhibits all about science and art! Hands-on learning and fun with the ONLY public access Planetarium in Knoxville!
Enjoy tag and hide & seek combined with a high-tech twist in a large, multi-level arena featuring specialty lighting, swirling fog and heart-pounding music!
Indoor fun for kids up to 6 years at Little Peeps Fun Place in Maryville! Bounce houses, slides, monkey bars & more!
A living history museum of pioneer, frontier, and early artifacts of mountain life in the Southern Appalachians.
A children's museum dedicated to learning through play with interactive exhibits, for those children of East Tennessee!
Water adventure awaits with these self-guided rentals of kayaks, paddle boards, or hydro-bikes, as well as classes! The great Tennessee outdoors awaits!
Kids can learn, explore, and experience history all aboard this amazing ship-shaped classroom called Titanic. That's only the tip of the iceberg!
8 exciting tracks NASCAR style tracks, with unlimited fun with mini golf, bumper cars and more!
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!
Come face to face with your favorite A-list celebrities at this fun Hollywood Wax Museum...it's Hollywood in the heart of Tennessee!
Transport into a modern day fairytale and try and make your way out of a challenging mirror maze in Pigeon Forge!
A scary, fun adventure awaits at this combination of a ride, 3D film and video game all in one, part of the Castle of Chaos!
Alcatraz East is home to the largest collection of crime & law related artifacts in the US, with over 100 interactive exhibits!
Laser tag in a giant 6000ft arena with mini-golf, go-karts, and arcade fun to top it all off! Great for active kids in Tennessee!
Experience the freedom of human flight without having to jump out of a plane at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, Pigeon Forge!
Over 23 water slides, thrills and adventures to be had at Dollywood's Splash Country! Family fun with a SPLASH for all!
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!
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!
Experience Gatlinburg's #1 Scenic Overlook with the Sky Lift, taking you 1800 ft off the ground!
A tour through Star Cars Museum is a trip through some of the most famous movies and TV shows of the last 50 years, with some truly iconic automobiles!
Enjoy incredible views of the Great Smoky Mountains with the Space Needle, where kids can enjoy 360 views, learning, & an arcade !
See the amazing book come to life with unbelievable exhibits at the Guinness World Records Adventure in Gatlinburg!
Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – their 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species!
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 USA!
Seasonal family fun with corn mazes, pumpkins, jumping pillows, pony rides, petting zoo, fire trucks, and SO much more!
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 a hospitable fishing and hunting area for trappers....
Stroll through an 18th century village, explore huge fascinating caverns at Lost Sea Adventure, & Americas largest underground lake
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 country.
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 boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs,....
Hike on gorgeous trails with your own friendly llamas! The trails are easy passing creeks, waterfalls, bridges & mountain views!
Camping fun in Big South Fork, with RV sites, fire pits, events, fishing, camps for horses and horse riding. A true Tennessee camping experience for the family!
The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site honors the life of the 17th President. Andrew Johnson's presidency, 1865-1869, illustrates the United States Constitution at work following President Lincoln's assassination and during attempts to reunify a n....
7 acres of family fun in Crossville, with laser tag, mini golf, go-karts and more! Great for those active kids!
A peaceful and eco-friendly experience with nature in this family campground.
Wetlands Water park offers a host of water fun including leisure, lazy river, 3 flume slides & more! Great family fun in Tennessee!
Prehistoric museum fun in Tennessee with interactive exhibits, discovery carts, and a dig pit offering something for all ages!
A fun discovery center in Tennessee with hands-on exhibits offering roleplay, creative and constructive zones with a science focus
Indoor fun in Tennessee, with fun inflatables, obstacle course, party rooms and much more for those active, bouncing kids!
We are an Seasonal Agritourism Farm with lots of hands-on learning and fun for the entire family. We have farmer play areas, petting farm and mini donkey rides, food concessions, gift shop, covered pavilion, pumpkin patch in the fall, hayrides, 50 ....
A fascinating living history museum taking you back to 1791, with recreated buildings, costumed characters plus museum, heirloom garden & more!
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is proud to offer a wide variety of rides to suit your needs. For a quick trip, our Missionary Ridge Local takes only 55 minutes but packs all sorts of excitement from a ride through a Civil War era tunnel to a g....
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!
Kids can understand American history in more detail through the art that was created through the centuries. Great inspiration in Tennessee
Spooooky ghost tours and hunts through the beautiful city of Chattanooga! Nightly tours through spring, summer and fall.
Explore one of the most popular aquariums in the USA, with creatures from all over the world, an IMAX 3D Theater, a boat trip, and so much more!
The pride of the South is ready to entertain family members of ALL ages with the Southern Belle Riverboat! Cruise along the Tennessee River and experience sightseeing and delicious meals!
A fun, interactive and hands-on children's museum in Chattanooga, with attractions perfect for kids to learn, play and get creative!
An underground adventure in Tennessee at these incredible caverns, with day tours, overnight adventures, and caving too!
Amazing adventures to be had in this scenic Tennessee spot - with this fun incline railway to take you up on Lookout Mountain
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 an invigorating mist. Suddenly, there is light, you....
Welcome! Located in downtown Murfreesboro, TN, the Discovery Center is a hands-on museum for children & adults of all ages!
Kids fun all around with tenpin bowling lanes, super bumper cars and arcade, plus thrilling high tech laser tag!
Explore this fun outdoor education and recreation facility, with back country hiking, campfire programs and educational activities! Tennessee nature is calling!
A historic 570-acre park & cemetery with a visitor center & marked trails along Civil War battlefield
An animal-tastic family fun day at Tennessee's largest petting farm, Lucky Ladd Farms
Water park with loads of slides, wave pool, lazy river and water tree house plus interactive water playground. For over 7s the Treetop Adventure Park features over 100 challenges up in the trees, with zip lines, bridges, swings and more.
Walk through the life of president Andrew Jackson, with tours of his home, explore a vintage farm, and delve into history in this historical Tennessee attraction!
32 lanes of bowling fun with Cosmic Bowling too, as well as Lazer Frenzy, arcade, bumper cars and more!
Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Laser Tag, Gyroxtreme, Time Freak, Roller Skating, Bungy Trampoline, Billiards, Bowling, Soft play Gym, Arcade and Redemption games.
A family owned indoor inflatable play centre providing fun filled family time and exciting parties! One of the top things to do in Tennessee with toddlers. Wide range of inflatables for all ages that continually change so visits never get boring!
A great family friendly water park , with one of the area's only wave-action swimming pools! One of the great family activities in Nashville.
There are many standard screens here but also a full size Imax screen which always impresses the smalls. Options include decriptive video and captioned.
Add some exotic to your everyday at Nashville Zoo. great idea for things to do with toddlers in Nashville. Go on an African safari, visit the rainforest, explore a 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym & more!
Fun open bouncing at this inflatable filled indoor play center in Nashville. Great for birthday parties too!
Come and explore and discover at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. One of the best fun places to go in Nashville with kids. Great for the kids hungry little minds!
Parents get back to your roots, and introduce kids to a whole new genre of music at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame!
Experience tag and hide & seek with a high-tech twist played in a large, multi-level arena featuring specialty lighting, swirling fog and heart-pounding music!
The ultimate playground for kids up to 8 years, with casual play, toddler areas and birthday parties!
Out of this world open play and birthday parties in Franklin with this fun glow in the dark indoor play area with inflatables, mini golf, and sports!
Experience the thrill of seeing Tennessee from the air with incredible Hot Air Balloon adventures in Middle Tennessee!
History is ready to be explored at this 30 acre historic mansion built in 1853. A trained and costumed guide will lead your tour through these amazing grounds!
The Warner Park Nature Center is an environmental education and recreation facility of the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, Bill Purcell, Mayor. The Nature Center is a place where people and nature come together.
It's the perfect place to spend the day with your family. We have a Pumpkin Patch, Corn Mazes, Hillbilly Pig Race Show, a 67 foot Jumping Pillow, the Pumpkin Cannon, Pumpkin and Cow Train Rides, a Farm Market with great country cooking and so much mo....
aMuse'um Columbia Children's Museum is filled with hands-on learning for kids, plus events like princess/superhero day for extra fun!