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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!


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