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End-of-Summer Knoxville Staycation Ideas

(Published on - 8/15/2019 7:40:05 PM)

 

With back-to-school season in full swing, many families are looking for ways to spend time together without breaking the bank. If you’re a Knoxville local, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of fun and affordable activities for a Knoxville staycation so you can have a blast right in your hometown area and soak up the rest of summer before the kids head back to school.

Visit the Animal Kingdom

There are few things more fun than taking a walk on the wild side and visiting your local zoo! Located just east of downtown Knoxville, Zoo Knoxville is the perfect place for a daytime trip with your kids to explore and learn all about wild animals. Whether you go here with your family or on a date with someone special, Zoo Knoxville is a great place for a summer day!

If you’re an animal lover, you should also check out Alpaca Picnic Farm for something a little more unique. Alpaca Picnic Farm is in the Knoxville area in Greenback, where you can tour the farm for a low price, meet some adorable alpacas, and learn all about these peaceful animals.

Take a Food Tour of Knoxville

Want a taste of something local? Head to Halls Deli & Cuban Cafe for a mix of Cuban culture with a Tennessee twist. This sandwich shop has enough flavor for the experienced foodie and plenty of options for more picky eaters, so be sure to stop by for an unforgettable Cuban bite.

Head downtown to Knoxville Chocolate Company for some delicious sweets to celebrate the end of summer. This delicious shop sells handcrafted, locally made chocolate right in the heart of historic Market Square, so you can pick up some dessert before taking a stroll around the streets of Knoxville.

If you don’t want to take a self-guided food tour and instead want to get your grub on with a tour guide, visit the official website of Knoxville Food Tours to discover the flavors of Knoxville the local way. Whether you’re a long-time resident of the area or you’re new to town, there’s always something delicious to try in the heart of Tennessee, and a guided food tour is a fantastic activity for a laid-back summer weekend.

Adventure Awaits

Knoxville has so much in store for anyone hoping for a little end-of-summer adventure. You’ve got to take your kids to Defy Knoxville, an indoor trampoline park where your whole family can live out their wildest stunt-person or gymnast dreams. This is a great activity for those hot late August and September days when the cool fall weather hasn’t quite arrived yet.

If the great outdoors are more your style, have a day adventuring through nature, since Knoxville has plenty of outdoor sights and attractions to explore. We suggest having a picnic and game day at Fountain City Park. If you go with kids, they can enjoy the fun-filled playground. Or if you want a romantic summertime date, you and your significant other can have a picnic by the scenic Fountain City Lake.

There’s so much to do and see in Knoxville. So if you’re looking to spend a weekend locally with your loved ones before the hustle and bustle of fall begins, try out a hometown staycation!


Summer Travel Guide to the South

(Published on - 6/11/2019 9:41:40 PM)

 

 

With school out and summer in full swing, you’re probably looking for some fun vacation ideas for your family. Several southern U.S. states offer plenty of relaxation and activities for the whole family, and with so many places you could visit, it can be hard to choose just one! Our summer travel guide to the south makes vacation planning easy, so you can spend less time worrying the details of your summer vacation and more time having fun with your family.

 

Sanibel Island, Florida

If your family wants fun in the sun like no other, Sanibel Island, FL is the place to be. This family-friendly island is only 25 miles south of Fort Myers and is filled with enough fun and relaxation to satisfy every member of your family. Spend time on white sandy beaches covered with the most beautiful and unique seashells, or rent some kayaks and visit the mangrove-lined trails. We recommend staying at Casa Ybel or the Island Inn for seaside sunset views. Whether you’re a short drive away or you’re willing to catch a flight here, Sanibel Island is one destination you won’t want to miss this summer.

 

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GA will give you a taste of authentic, slow-paced southern living. Families flock to Savannah every year for its leisurely lifestyle, summertime events, beautiful beaches, and variety of activities for every taste. During your stay in Savannah, rent some bikes or segways to explore the adorable downtown from a different point of view. Take your kids to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center before spending the afternoon at the beach, or tour the area’s historic waterways by boat on a Dolphin Magic Tour. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to find some fun and adventure on your trip to Savannah.

 

Knoxville, Tennessee

You haven’t seen the beauty on Tennessee until you’ve made the trip to Knoxville. If your family loves the great outdoors, you’ve got to take them to visit Knoxville this summer. This beautiful city in the south is full of activities and adventures to last all summer long, and it’s within driving distance of other breathtaking destinations, like Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore the beautiful Tennessee River via the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, or hike through Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This is a must-see destination for any nature-loving family.

 

Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is another hidden gem on the East Coast. Legends of pirates and the spirit of the outdoors come alive in Ocracoke Island, a charming travel destination for North Carolina locals and tourists alike. Charter a yacht to try your hand at fishing, rent some kayaks for a seaside adventure, or go for a sunset bike ride to dinner and ice cream. For a true taste of Ocracoke, stay at Blackbeard’s Lodge or Captain’s Landing Waterfront Inn, two hotels with a pirate twist. Kids will love the legends and fun of Ocracoke and parents will love the romance of the beachside place.

 

Charleston, South Carolina

You can never go wrong with a visit to Charleston almost anytime of year, but summertime is when this southern city comes alive. Charleston is full of a rich history that anyone can appreciate, from its colorful, quaint streets to the charming downtown area constantly bustling with local events and fare. Charleston’s close proximity to beaches like Isle of Palms and Folly Beach and its variety of family-friendly tours and museums make it the perfect weekend getaway for every family. While you’re here, be sure to take a food tour of the city for a taste of what southern cooking is all about.


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