Our most recommended things to do in Knoxville

Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

Pigeon Forge: Family-Friendly Floating Tour at the Smokies

Cruise through the Smoky Mountains on this Pigeon River float for the whole family. Get up close to nature as you splash your way through laid-back rapids that require no previous experience. Get access to a 10-acre island with a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground. Meet your guide at the outpost and get fitted with your helmet and life jacket. Listen as your guide provides you with a safety briefing to ensure you are confident throughout the whole experience. Head out to the Pigeon River and embark on your whitewater trip. Be escorted by your guide down 6 miles of this laid-back section of the river while having fun with your family amid gentle waves and bumpy splashes. Soak in spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon River Gorge. After your ride, enjoy the amenities at the rafting outpost which has a nature trail, beanbag toss games, and a playground at the water’s edge.

Pigeon Forge: Smoky Mountains Rope Obstacle Course Adventure

Pigeon Forge: Smoky Mountains Rope Obstacle Course Adventure

Embark on an adventurous high ropes course in the treetops surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains near Hartford. Each course has a series of fun and challenging activities that wind their way through the treetops — it all gets wobblier, longer, and more challenging as you progress. Don your full-body harness, attach yourself to an overhead belay cable with ropes and carabiners, and work through each of the obstacle courses at your own pace. Leap, grab, and pull through the first levels to build confidence, working your way up to the more difficult courses. Challenge your personal boundaries in the breathtaking scenery at the Outpost’s Family Adventure Island, with a view of the Pigeon River and the Great Smoky Mountains as your backdrop. There’s something here for everyone, from first-timers who enjoy a more laid-back adventure to experienced enthusiasts.

Knoxville: Scruffy City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Knoxville: Scruffy City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Knoxville may be known as a “scruffy little city” that stays out of the spotlight, but the ghosts are happy to soak up the attention… From Civil War soldiers to murder victims, the restless souls of Knoxville have been tormenting the living for decades… Are you brave enough to meet them? With Knoxville Ghosts, you can visit the most nightmare-inducing places the “Marble City” has to offer. Stand in the shadow of the Bijou Theatre, where Union General William Sanders is still commanding forces… And feel the eerie chill of the Gay Street Bridge. If you see the infamous flickering light, the spirits are watching…  Tours are held nightly. If you’re not a believer, you will be when it’s done… 

Knoxville: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Knoxville: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of historic Knoxville, Tennessee while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your private group as the game guides you through the town. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. Explore Knoxville, Tennessee at your own pace. See Charles Krutch Park, Civil War historic sites, Blount Mansion, Lawson McGhee Library, Knoxville’s Market House, Grand Lodge of Tennessee and much more. Discover some of what makes this area so popular with both locals and tourists alike. Enjoy fun challenges with family and friends that are perfect for all ages. Work together with your group to solve the 22 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 1.5 miles. Play any time that fits your schedule.

Knoxville: Hidden Gems Walking Tour with Ice Cream & Coffee

Knoxville: Hidden Gems Walking Tour with Ice Cream & Coffee

Explore Downtown Knoxville on a guided walking tour and discover some of the hidden gems of the city. Enjoy some local ice cream and coffee as you gain a local perspective on the city. Begin the tour in the Old City and hear the stories of the founding of the city. Stroll along Gay St where the state of Tennessee originated. Hear fascinating stories and anecdotes about the city's past. Stop for some ice cream sourced from a local farm. Enjoy a tasty coffee at one of the top cafés in the area. Discover wonderful street art and murals which reflect the vibrant cultural scene of the area.

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4.9
(24 reviews)

My family had a wonderful time on this adventure. We were placed with another family that had similar aged kids, which was nice. We had a four year old (who doesn't sit still!) with us, so I was a little nervous, but the ride was very tame and the guide was excellent. Would highly recommend.

We appreciated the accommodations made for my father and father-in-law who had physical difficulty getting into the rafts. We are glad they were still able to share this experience with the rest of us.

Enjoyed every moment of it. Our guide, Moss is very informative of everything pertaining to the rafting as well as the river and the surrounding areas. My kids enjoyed it a lot too.

Our guide Chad was great. First time rafting and taught us what we needed to know for our rafting experience. Was a great experience for the the kids and was fun for Dad too!!

Loved our guide Keri! Definitely recommend. Had a great time with my 5year old!