The beautiful Knoxville TN area has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the southeastern United States. Located in the eastern have of the state, near the Great Smokey Mountains, Knoxville offers a wide variety of exciting and interesting things to do for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a sports fan, a brew fan, or a history buff, this town has something for you. A picturesque town filled with old south charm combined with a bustling and energetic modern city, Knoxville is a must visit destination. Let’s take a look at some of the cool things that you can do while in the Knoxville and the greater Knox County area.
WORLDS FAIR PARK
The worlds Fair of Knoxville, held in 1982, was without a doubt one of the most important events to occur in the state in modern times. The exposition received over 11 million visitors during its run which closed on October 11, 1982. When the Worlds Fair closed, however, unlike locations of previous worlds fairs, the city didn’t let the grounds of the exposition fall into ruin or be redeveloped into something else. Instead, the city embraced the park and has turned it into a jewel that is beloved by all citizens of the area and visited every year by thousands. The park includes the Tennessee Amphitheater, the historic Volunteer Landing, the Festival Lawn, and the massive performance lawn. There is always something happening at or near the Worlds Fair Park. Check out the website for more information. Hours and any admission vary by event, but the park is open to the public daily.
Constructed for the Worlds Fair, the Sunsphere was the fairs official symbol. There was an observation deck as well as a full-service restaurant. It is one of only two structures that remain from the fair, the Tennessee Amphitheater being the other. IN 2005 the mayor of Knoxville announced that the sphere and the amphitheater would be renovated for public use. In 2007 the observation deck reopened to the public and private businesses took up residence in spaces on the 5th thru 8th level. There is no charge to visit the observation deck which is usually open 9 am to 10 pm daily. More information can be found on the Sunsphere page of the Worlds Fair Park website.
KNOX BREW TOURS
Knox Brew Tours offers tours to all of the major breweries in the greater Knoxville TN area. There are also exclusive brewpub tours. All tours are conducted by professional guides and are transported on comfortable mini charter busses. Each tour includes four breweries. The brewpub tours include three brewpubs. Tours take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at set times. Tours for groups and on days Sun-Wed can be booked privately. Tours include three 4oz pours per brewery for a total of 12 beer tastings per tour. Tours average $49 per person per tour. Check out the website for Knox Brew Tours for more information.
These are just a few of the many great things to do while in the greater Knoxville TN area. Knoxville is a wonderful place to visit, once you see the charm, history, and excitement of this great old American city, you will for sure want to visit again and again.