A few weeks ago, Ryan and I spent the weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee, and we were both so surprised by how much we loved it! It’s such a fun southern city with so much delicious food, charming streets, a unique art scene, and beautiful outdoor spaces! There’s truly something for everyone in Knoxville, and it really is a-nature-loving-adventure-seeking-artsy-kinda-town. It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend getaway, so here’s our guide to what to do during a weekend in Knoxville:
A Weekend Guide to Knoxville, Tennessee:
Explore Gay Street:
Eat dinner at Chivo Taqueria:
Explore the Market Street Farmer’s Market:
Every Wednesday from 10 am – 1 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm, there’s a local farmer’s market on Market Street. From local grown produce to local artisans handmade soap, you can find just about anything at the farmer’s market. It’s a fun way to spend your morning and support the local businesses! We got the most delicious cookies and definitely wish we’d left with some fresh sourdough bread too!
Ijam’s Nature Center:
Grab Dinner at A Dopo Pizza:
I love a good, fresh sourdough pizza and A Dopo Pizza definitely did not disappoint! We loved the Pizzicletta and the Soppressata with the local honey added to it! They also have these cute vintage plates, which I just loved because it added to the whole vibe of the restaurant. Be sure to grab a scoop of their gelato before you leave too!
Enjoy the Evening at Peter Kern Library:
Peter Kern Library is such a fun and unique experience! It’s a speakeasy in the back of the Oliver Hotel. Walk down the back alley, and when the red light is on, it means it’s open. When you get to the door, you have to say the password of the day in order to get in (you can find it on their Instagram account). There is a dress code, so dress up and have fun! And get there early, because there’s limited seating and the line can get pretty long on the weekends. The bartenders are really creative and you can either choose a drink from the menu or leave it up to the them to decide what you should have for the night, just be sure to leave room for the s’mores dessert! This was one of Ryan and I’s favorite things we did in Knoxville! It was the perfect date night!
Eat Brunch at Oli Bea:
Oli Bea is a true southern brunch experience. You can’t go to Tennessee without eating flaky buttery biscuits, and the biscuits from Oli Bea are absolutely delicious! The lemon and cruz farm buttermilk pancakes were delicious, or if you’re really feeling up for a southern brunch, order the Oli Bea Chicken Biscuit!
Spend the morning at Zoo Knoxville! This is the perfect family friendly activity. There are elephants, rhinos, giraffes, monkeys, black bears, red pandas, and so many more animals! It’s such a fun place to explore and learn about these beautiful creatures. Zoo Knoxville is the Red Panda Capital of the World! More red pandas have been born there than anywhere in the world and they are dedicated to saving them from extinction, so be sure to visit the red panda exhibit while you’re there. We also loved watch the white-handed gibbons jump and swing across the park!
Grab a Treat from Cruze Farm Ice Cream:
Cruze Farm Ice Cream offers fresh churned ice cream from the local dairy farm! It is truly some of the best soft serve ice cream I’ve ever had in my life! They have incredible flavors like pumpkin and brown butter, peanut butter chocolate, and pineapple dole whip. But the Nutella soft serve was my favorite! They also have ice cream shakes, churns, and floats. The aesthetic is fun too, because it feels like a 50’s diner.
Knoxville Museum of Art:
Sunsphere at World Fair Park:
where to stay:
There are so many fun things to do, places to eat, and events going on in Knoxville, so be sure to check out Visit Knoxville’s website for the most up to date information on everything happening in the city when you’re planning your trip!