1600 Dandridge Avenue
Magnificent statue honoring Alex Haley, author of “Roots,”
who made Knoxville his home. Designed for interaction, the statue is
located next to a playground and is surrounded by a scenic city park.
American Museum of
Science & Energy
300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge
One of the world's largest energy exhibitions. Hands-on exhibits,
displays, models, films, games, and live demonstrations.
Beck Cultural Exchange Center
1927 Dandridge Avenue
One of the oldest museums and historical reservoirs of African-American heritage and achievement in the Southeastern United States, this museum depicts the history of African-Americans through its extensive collection of photographs, newspapers, audio and video recordings, biographies, books, and artwork.
200 W. Hill Ave., Downtown
Blount Mansion, built in 1792, was the home and territorial Capitol of Governor William Blount, a signer of the U.S. Constitution, and later a US Senator. Blount helped draft the first Tennessee State Constitution here making it "The Birthplace of Tennessee." The Mansion is Knoxville's only National Historic Landmark and has historical exhibits and an art gallery.
Candy Factory & Victorian Houses
1060 World’s Fair Park Drive
This 19th century building used to be a Candy Factory, but now
is home to Bradley's Chocolate Factory candy and gift shop. Fort Kid (kids
playground) is right across the street near.
Museum of Oak Ridge
461 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge
A unique educational resource, the museum provides children with
the opportunity to learn while playing - to create, discover, solve,
and experience, within non-traditional, interactive exhibit galleries.
War Sites in Knoxville
This list covers significant Knoxville Civil War sites. You can also pick up a free Civil War driving tour brochure at Visit Knoxville with info from the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable.
Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House)
3148 Kingston Pike
This 15-room, brick 1858 mansion, originally named Bleak House, has a rich
and interesting past. Completed in 1858 for Robert & Louise Franklin
Armstrong, it served as headquarters of General James Longstreet, C.S.A.,
during the “siege of Knoxville” in 1863. It features beautifully terraced gardens, period furnishings, museum and library.
of Country Music Tour
301 S. Gay Street
A downtown walking tour highlighting the early development of country
music in Knoxville.
The Armstrong-Lockett House
W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens
2728 Kingston Pike
Built in 1834. Contains exquisite collection of 18th century English
and American furniture and art. Three-acre formal Italian-terraced garden
overlooking the Tennessee River. Crescent Bend was constructed as a
residence for Drury P. Armstrong -- a merchant, farmer, and county official
-- in 1834. It is also called the "Armstrong-Lockett House"
for the first and last families to use it as a residence.
The Muse (formerly the Discovery Center)
516 N. Beaman St.
Hands-on science center offers educational fun for children of all
Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay Street
For nearly 170 years, the East Tennessee Historical Society has been
helping East Tennesseeans hold on to their unique heritage, recording
the events, collecting the artifacts, and saving the stories that comprise
the history we all share.
East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association
World's Fair Park Drive
This is a public plaza with a formal arrangement of granite pillars bearing the names of over 6,200 fallen heroes from 35 East Tennessee counties who died in military service during named conflicts since World War I.
Great Smoky Mountains
Approx. 40 miles southeast of Knoxville
520,000 acres encompass more than 850 miles
of trails for hiking and horseback riding; 735 miles of streams for
fishing; many developed and backcountry campsites; spectacular scenery
and views from peaks over 6,000 feet; several visitors centers with
interpretive exhibits and artifacts. The most visited National Park
in the U.S.
Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue
A 150-acre park with mulched and paved trails, a waterfront boardwalk
and wildlife viewing areas. Seasonal events include music concerts,
owl prowls, canoe trips, plant sales and guided nature walks.
James White's Fort
205 E. Hill Ave., Downtown
The fort was the home of Gen. James White who settled here with a land grant from North Carolina. The home is furnished with tools and artifacts of the period, giving visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of early settlers.
Knoxville Botanical Gardens
2743 Wimpole Avenue
The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is located on 47 acres of former Howell Nurseries, featuring walking trails, display gardens, unique & historic horticulture and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings, just five minutes from downtown. A privately owned and operated Garden, it is supported through donations which allows these beautiful Gardens to the public for free!
1050 World's Fair Park
The Knoxville Museum of Art showcases exhibitions from around the world and a permanent collection
of contemporary art. The museum contains four galleries, gardens and
a museum shop. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Discover a world of wonder at Knoxville Zoo. Through education, conservation, exhibition, research and recreation, the zoo tells the stories of the animals, the plants and the people who make up the communities of the earth.
1711 Dandridge Ave.
Antebellum home built in 1858. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Occupied by Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War while the Mabry family lived upstairs. A museum of family life during and after the war. Located on Bethel Ave. down the road from the Mabry-Hazen house is the Bethel Cemetery which contains ore than 1,600 Confederate dead, including several hundred soldiers who were killed in the Battle of Fort Sanders. Click here for more information about Bethel Cemetery.
Marble Springs State Historic Farmstead
1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway
Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier - Tennessee's first Governor. The home was built ca. 1792 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is a working farmstead including log structures and farm animals. Living history interpreters provide guided tours.
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park Drive
A general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative
arts, medicine, local history and natural history. The exhibits document
ways of life, cultural trends, and technologies from prehistoric times
to the present day, and showcase much of Tennessee's past -- its geology,
history, art, and culture.
of Appalachia, TN
Hwy 61, Norris
The most authentic and complete replica of pioneer Appalachian
life in the world.
Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
900 Volunteer Landing Lane
The Center has maps, flyers and other outdoor resources available to help everyone get out and play. The Center also offers a community room, theater and patio for a nominal fee for community and club events. Centrally located with easy access to the greenway and the Tennessee River, the Center makes outdoor recreation more accessible to everyone including bike and boat rentals.
543 N. Broadway
This 13 acres of beauty and history, is over 150 years old. Although
the land was purchased in 1850 the cemetery was not dedicated until
1852 when the first 40 lots were sold at public auction. Today Old
Gray clearly depicts Knoxville's history as well as the Victorian
era and provides an important example of cemetery planning and design
during the rural-cemetery or garden movement.
Ramsey House Plantation
2614 Thorngrove Pike
six miles southeast of downtown
The Ramsey House was built in 1797 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This house is noted as the first stone house in the region and it has notable 18th century architectural features such as gardens and period furnishings. It is the boyhood home of Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey.
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum
The Southern Appalachia Railway Museum is a non-profit organization located in Knoxville and is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historical railroad equipment, as well as the preservation of the railroad history of the Southern Appalachia Region. The museum sponsors the operation of the Secret City Excursion train in Oak Ridge.
Star of Knoxville
300 Neyland Drive
865-525-7827 or 800-509-2628
Enjoy the scenic Tennessee River aboard an authentic sternwheel
riverboat which offers lunch, sightseeing, dinner and party cruises.
The two-hour dinner cruise features live entertainment and different
themes each night.
810 Clinch Avenue or World's Fair Park Drive
A golden glass ball in downtown Knoxville, that was built as the
signature structure for the 1982 World’s Fair. It is 266 feet
tall and has 26 stories. The actual ball itself houses only five levels.
Tennessee Woman's Suffrage Memorial
The Suffrage Coalition was founded to create a lasting memorial to the suffragists of Tennessee. The Suffrage Coalition has erected a life-size, bronze statue featuring three Tennessee suffragists: Lizzie Crozier French of Knoxville, Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville, and Elizabeth Avery Meriwether of Memphis.
2560 University Commons Way
This vintage steam engine train takes guests on a 90-minute excursion
to the Forks of the River and back, through some of Knoxville’s
most historic and beautiful countryside.
University of Tennessee Football Hall of Fame
Neyland Thompson Sports Center
1704 Johnny Majors Drive on UT campus
It’s always Football Time in Tennessee at the UT Football
Hall of Fame. The museum stands as a tribute to the student athletes
who shaped 100 years of Volunteer Football.
Volunteer Landing runs parallel with Tennessee River to create a
beautiful riverfront Park. Visitors to the Park can enjoy fishing,
biking, and other water sports and activities while here. The River is a
site to see during UT home football games. The Vol Navy lines the
River along Volunteer Landing to create a sea of orange full of fun and
excitement to cheer on the home team.
Volunteer Princess Cruises
Volunteer Landing Marina
Downtown Knoxville, TN
Cruise the scenic Tennessee River aboard the finest luxury yacht in the heart of Downtown Knoxville. Located at Volunteer Landing Marina.
WDVX 89.9 Radio Station and Blue Plate Special
301 South Gay St. in Visitor Knoxville
The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance Monday through Saturday at noon at the Knoxville Visitors Center on the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive in Downtown Knoxville. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast and webcast around the world.
Hall of Fame
700 Hall of Fame Drive
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame honors the past, celebrates
the present and promotes the future of the women’s game.
1060 World's Fair Park Drive
Once the site of the 1982 World's Fair, this magnificent 52-acre
park includes a large variety of attractions, shops, galleries, restaurants,
and the Knoxville Convention Center.