Spring has officially sprung, everyone! It’s time to shed the winter boots and put on your walking shoes, because sunnier days means you can head back outdoors for fun, family-friendly things to do in Knoxville. Now you can spend fewer weekends cooped up in the house, hiding from the cold. And we don’t know about you, but we’re ready to get out there and enjoy the sunshine.
Here’s a list of our favorite events, destinations, and things to do in Knoxville this spring.
Three Rivers Rambler
The Three Rivers Rambler is a tourist train operation located in the heart of Knoxville. Since 2000, the 3RR has provided memorable train rides from downtown Knoxville to the start of the Tennessee River for thousands of passengers of all ages. It’s a unique experience that you and your family are sure to remember.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
With 500,000 acres of gorgeous views, walking trails, and diverse plant and animal life for your whole family to enjoy, it’s no wonder that this is the country’s most visited national park. Visitors frequently see large numbers of white-tailed deer, plus black bears, coyotes, groundhogs, turkeys, raccoons, skunks, and other wildlife. Remember to bring the water and sunscreen!
Dollywood is a guaranteed hit in every season, but even more so in spring. This vibrant, exciting theme park contains more than 40 rides, 15 exceptional shows, five of the South’s largest festivals, Southern-style dining, and tons of other activities geared toward kids and families. Until April 9th, check out the Festival of Nations, a diverse celebration that offers a glimpse into the cultures of countries around the world.
The Muse Knoxville
Kids up to age 10 can play, learn, and discover at this children’s science museum with exhibits and interactive spaces, a planetarium, and tons of fun and educational activities for little ones. Combining the thrill of exploration and science is a great way to make sure your children stay engaged in learning, even when they’re at play.
Ijams Nature Center
Ijams is a lush, wild outdoor wonderland filled with trees, trails, and rivers. As you wander through, see if you can spot local wildlife, including owls and salamanders. Visitors of all ages and abilities can hike, bike, paddle, stroll, and simply enjoy the day here. It’s a sanctuary for all visitors to learn and connect with the natural world, right in your own backyard.
Market Square District
There’s always something fun happening in downtown Knoxville, especially in or around Market Square. Check out the link above for dozens of downtown activities this spring. Find new restaurants and shops to visit, along with free festivals, live music, theater productions, museums, galleries, greenways, and parks. You’ll find something for every member of the family.
Wildflower hikes at Norris Dam
Make sure to take your allergy medication because spring is in the air at Norris Dam. Guided wildflower hikes are available at this state park, where you’ll find a riot of color and blooms. The program here teaches visitors about the identification, natural history, and folklore of over 30 different kinds of spring wildflowers. For any “budding” young botanist, a trip to Norris Damn can be one of the best things to do in Knoxville.
The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
Located along Knoxville’s downtown waterfront, the Adventure Center is a popular destination for families in search of fresh air and sunshine. Enjoy time together with your loved ones while participating in new activities, on land and off. The Center offers stand-up paddleboard, canoe, and bike rentals, plus programs and events for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
Beardsley Community Farm
Since 1998, Beardsley Farm has worked to increase access to fresh produce in Knoxville through produce donations, educational programs, and community gardening. The farm grows over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables in six acres of Malcolm Martin Park with the help of over 1,000 annual volunteers. They host frequent tours and community workdays, which are a perfect way to teach your kids about sustainable living and giving back to their community.
Don’t waste all of the coming season indoors. There are plenty of things to do in Knoxville that will appeal to your whole family. If you have any suggestions for other fun local activities, please feel free to leave us a comment!
And as always, make sure to contact our office to book your next dentist appointment. It’s never too early treat your mouth to a good spring cleaning.