Knoxville With Kids- A Weekend Getaway


Knoxville With Kids- A Weekend Getaway


Knoxville has changed quite a bit in the last decade and all in good ways. The thriving downtown has become a huge destination for outdoor enthusiasts with the addition of the Urban Wilderness and its opportunities to explore world class mountain biking trails, try your hand at paddle boarding, or go for a short hike with the family. All only 4 miles from downtown Knoxville.

And downtown is booming--new restaurants, local shops, craft breweries, and art galleries are opening every day. There are plenty of activities for any family to enjoy a weekend getaway in this city, whether you are an adventure sports enthusiast or just like to explore fun cities and eat lots of good food.

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Need a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of life? Want the kids to unplug from their devices for a while and connect together as a family? A family weekend getaway can do wonders for everyone, kids and adults alike. Enjoy exploring Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness together during the day while savoring the amazing food and charm of Knoxville’s thriving downtown at night. This is our hometown so we tell you all ins and outs that only the locals know.

In this 42 page itinerary, you’ll find all you need for a fun family weekend in Knoxville including:

Where To Stay

  • Our favorite downtown hotels plus specific rental apartments that are a great base for exploring

  • The lodging choices for each destination have been carefully selected  for their ideal location, price point, safety, and proximity to the day’s activities. We tell you the best area to stay so you  can minimize driving or walking distances and maximize your moments  having fun. Knowing what part of town to stay in is a huge part of making a trip a success, and that’s hard to do when you are not familiar with a destination. We save you time and energy by doing all the research for you.

Where To Eat

  • Top choices for dining- the kind of local places where children are welcome but isn't necessarily a restaurant geared primarily towards kids. You won't find many restaurant chains in our itineraries, just good local food mirroring the destination's culture. This could mean a food truck, a pizza place, or a nice sit-down restaurant, but always delicious. If there are any local brews, specialty foods, wines, or coffee houses around, we'll mention those too.

  • We list our favorite places in downtown Knoxville and it is a detailed list— we love to eat and this is our backyard. We tell you the best brunch and happy hours in town that are kid- friendly as well as where to get the best tamales in town.

Where To Play

  • The Urban Wilderness is 4 miles from downtown and has opportunities for hiking, climbing, biking, and paddling. But knowing which section is the best for what activity as well as where some hidden playgrounds are located is information that you won’t find in other guides.

  • Detailed maps of downtown and the surroundings so you don’t waste your weekend lost and searching.

  • Rainy day activities in case Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.

  • What is a must do and what is skippable. We also tell you about how long it will take you to do that bike ride or tour that museum.

  • The organization of each day has been thoughtfully planned in order to group activities together by proximity, ideal time of day to visit, and the best nearby dining choices. It’s all been laid out for you, along with directions, maps, travel tips, links to more info, and more. We cover the most worthwhile activities to do in a destination (based on our own family’s reviews) without forgetting that vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, not a list to be checked off while hauling around whining children.

  • You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities for the family as well as cultural and historical sites unique to the destination. Many of our itineraries include easy hikes, bike rides, and float trips that have been selected for their kid-friendly length and ease of difficulty as well as their scenic beauty. (Always worth it!) We are all about getting families outdoors so we include as much fresh air as we can in our itineraries, whether it is a day-long trek in a national park or just the location of a fantastic playground perfect for a break from sight-seeing.

  • If you love to get the family out on 2 wheels, we include our favorite bike trip in Knoxville--an easy 6 mile, greenway ride that passes a fun playground and takes you to some delicious restaurants.

  • To see more photos from this trip, visit the album on our Facebook page.

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