80 Fun Things to Do With Your Family in Knoxville in 2012

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The new year is a time for resolutions.  How about making a resolution to be a tourist in your own city?  Here are 80 things to do with your family in and around Knoxville!  Also, Check out Blount Moms Today for their list of great things to do in Blount County!

1.  Catch the UT Vols or Lady Vols basketball game at Thompson Boling arena
2.  Watch a Knoxville Ice Bears hockey game
3.  Dinner and a movie date to the Carmike 7 Dollar Theatre and Roman’s Pizza
4.  Visit American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge
5.  Visit the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
6.  While in Oak Ridge anyway, grab lunch or dinner at Big Ed’s
7.  Visit the East Tennessee History Center
8.  Catch a performance at the Tennessee Theatre, maybe Shrek the Musical?
9.  See Monster Jam at Thompson Boling Arena
10.  Visit Litton’s in Fountain City for a burger and a lemon cookie.
11.  Visit the Beck Cultural Exchange Center
12.  Visit the Blount Mansion
13.  Visit the Farragut Folklife Museum
14.  Visit James White Fort
15.  Visit the Knoxville Museum of Art
16.  Visit the Mabry-Hazen House
17.  Eat at Louie’s Drive In on Old Broadway
18.  Visit Ramsey House Plantation
19.  Visit the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
20.  Grab a pizza and a Greek Salad at Pizza Palace


21. Dogwood Arts Festival
22. Explore Knoxville’s fantastic greenways on bike or foot
23. Visit the Knoxville Zoo
24. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg
25. Visit the Sunsphere at World’s Fair Park
26. Enjoy the WDVX Blue Plate Special free noon concerts and Uniquely Kids Fridays at the Knoxville Visitors Center
27.  Eat at Sam and Andy’s
28.  Hike or take a class at Ijams Nature Center
29.  Visit the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum
30.  Visit the 2012 Children’s Festival of Reading
31.  Spend a day downtown visiting the Lawson McGhee Library and eating lunch on Market Square
32.  Rossini Festival downtown
33.  Eat at Chandler’s Deli
34.  Visit Dollywood for KidsFest
35.  Go to Sundown in the City on Market Square
36.  Catch a flick at the Parkway Drive-in in Blount County.  Here are some great suggestions for enjoying the drive-in with kids!
37.  Visit a pick your own farm, like The Fruit and Berry Patch or Kings Hydrofarm
38.  Visit UT Gardens, or enjoy Books and Blooms on Thursdays.
39.  Enjoy delicious ice cream at the Tic Toc Cafe in Loudon
40.  Eat at Soccer Taco
41.  Set up camp at Elkmont to see the synchronous fireflies


42.  Take the kids to Safety City and let them ride their bikes, scooters, and motorized cars
43.  Enjoy the “beach” at The Cove at Concord Park
44.   Cool off at one of the area’s splash pads or swimming pools
45.  Go to a Garrison Weekend at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area
46.  Shakespeare on the Square, downtown on Market Square
47.  Second Saturday concerts at The Cove at Concord Park
48.  Jonesborough Days, a celebration of  Tennessee’s oldest town
49.  Visit Splash Country in Pigeon Forge
50.  Eat at Sunspot on the strip
51.  Visit Cherokee Heritage Days at James White Fort
52.  Rent a pontoon boat for some fun on Loudon or Tellico Lake
53.  Eat at Hard Knox Pizza
54.  Watch a Tennessee Smokies game
55.  Visit East Tennessee Discovery Center
56.  Visit Marble Springs for John Sevier Days
57.  Get some fresh, locally grown produce at the Market Square Farmer’s Market and grab lunch at Tomato Head
58.  Greekfest
59.  Boomsday
60.  Watch the UT Vols play football at Neyland Stadium
61.  Tennessee Valley Fair
62.  Autumn Steam Train Ride on the Three Rivers Rambler
63.  Visit Long’s Drug Store for a Saturday pancake breakfast or burger and shake lunch


64.  Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia
65.  Visit one of our area’s corn mazes and pumpkin patches
66.  Knoxville Zoo Boo at the Zoo
67.  Louie Bluie Festival in Caryville
68.  Foothills Fall Festival in Blount County
69.  Go to the East Tennessee Chili Cook-Off at World’s Fair Park
70.  Eat at Nick & J’s Cafe
71.  Catch a performance at the Children’s Theatre of Knoxville
72.  Fantasy of Trees
73.  Run the Hot to Trot 5K and 10K on Thanksgiving Day
74.  Eat at Kitt’s Cafe
75.  Ice Skate at Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice on Market Square
76.  See the Nativity Pageant at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum
77.  See the Living Christmas Tree
78.  See the holiday lights at Dollywood
79.  Visit Christmas in the Cave at Cherokee Caverns
80.  See the Holiday Express at UT Gardens

Have any suggestions of things that should be added to the list?  We’d love to hear your ideas, just comment below!

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