Best Knoxville, TN Attractions

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    10. Ijams Nature Center

    This sprawling nature center includes 3.5 miles of marked trails, rolling meadows, colorful gardens, and dramatic bluffs, all intersected by the Tennessee River. The main mission at this 80-acre park is to educate...

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    9. World's Fair Park

    Knoxville was the host of the 1982 World's Fair. Decades later, the area where the fair was held is still a top draw for visitors. Attractions include The Candy Factory, a conglomeration of Victorian homes hosting...

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    8. Alex Haley Statue

    Befitting the great author, this incredible honorary statue is located by a children's playground. The statue is interactive (would Haley have it any other way?) and provides a unique backdrop for Knoxville photos.

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    7. Armstrong — Lockett House (Crescent Bend)

    This mansion, known as the Armstrong-Lockett House, is a magnificent home built in 1834 and positioned as a centerpiece on 600 acres of rolling Tennessee land between the river and the mountains. Painstakingly...

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    6. Knoxville Zoo

    This 80-acre zoo is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon, with a petting zoo, an acclaimed bird show, and an array of well-kept animal exhibits. Don't miss the bears, the penguins in their natural-looking habitat,...

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    5. Ramsey House Plantation

    This two-story Georgian-style home, which was built for Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey, was the center of social, political, and religious life in Knoxville at the turn of the 19th century. Completed in 1797, the...

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    4. Obed Wild and Scenic River

    Less than 50 miles to the west of Knoxville is the wild, untamed Obed River. The park itself is spread over 8,500 acres of beautiful virgin woods and mountains. The whitewater courses are considered some of the most...

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    3. Star of Knoxville

    Cruise down the lazy river in an authentic 325-passenger sternwheeler riverboat. Cruises are available for sightseeing, lunch, dinner, entertainment, and moonlight romance.

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    2. James White Fort

    James White was the founder of Knoxville, and his original home from 1782, still stands. Visitors can relive the historical periods that this proud home still reflects. Period furniture, tools, and memorabilia can be...

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    1. Dollywood

    Fun in the Great Smokies awaits at this celebrated theme park co-owned by Dolly Parton. If you're lucky, you'll catch a live performance by the country music songstress! Rollercoasters, kiddie rides, craft shops, and...


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