Looking for things to do in Knoxville? As the third-largest city in Tennessee and a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, there are a wide variety of fun activities and attractions for older adults in Knoxville! And with our transportation services, residents at Prime West Knoxville can see them all with ease. We’ve listed our recommendations for what to do in and around The Marble City.
Find great eats, cultural events, and live music at Market Square, the epicenter of downtown Knoxville. Pop into the nearby Knoxville Visitors Center for insider tips and free entertainment from the “Blue Plate Special” radio show, and then visit the World’s Fair Park to soak up 360-degree views from the Sunsphere’s observation deck.
If you love the outdoors, there are many beautiful parks and lakes in greater Knoxville for seniors to explore. Lakeshore Park offers inspiring views of Fort Loudoun Lake, the Smoky Mountains, and the Tennessee River. If you’re up for more of an adventure, Ijams Nature Center has more than 10 miles of hiking trails with picturesque woodlands and meadows (tip: pick up a map for only $1 at the visitor center). Zoo Knoxville and Knoxville Botanical Garden are also home to outdoor landscapes for nature-loving older adults.
Knoxville is within a day’s driving distance of many popular points of interest like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge. A family favorite, Dollywood Theme Park is known for thrill rides, dinner shows, and Southern food.
Have you ever been to a Tennessee Volunteers college football game? If not, you’re missing out! ‘Big Orange’ home games at Neyland Stadium, the fifth-largest in the country, are day-long celebrations. Even if traditional tailgating isn’t for you, check out the traditional ‘Vol Walk,’ a parade-like pep rally to support the home team.
Knoxville offers a robust calendar of year-round, outdoor festivals and events, including (generally) free live music and art shows on ‘First Fridays.’ If you prefer to stay indoors, the historic Tennessee Theatre hosts classic films, concerts, and Broadway shows. If you’re interested in the visual arts, visit the Knoxville Museum of Art’s diverse collection, including an ongoing exhibit of East Tennessee artists. Admission is free!
Between the hydroponic garden, free daily meals, and 18-hole putting green, most days you won’t want to leave Prime West Knoxville! But on the days where you and your neighbors feel like exploring, our list shows that there’s no shortage of fun things to do in the local area. Use Prime’s transportation services or take advantage of our walkable neighborhood to explore the great shops, restaurants, and attractions Knoxville, TN, has to offer.