Free Things to See & Do in Knoxville

Boasting Southern hospitality, tradition, and charm, Knoxville, Tennessee is a fabulous city with plenty to see and do. From culture, to history, to outdoor experiences and plenty of attractions, there are many reasons to visit.

Luckily, keeping yourself entertained in Knoxville doesn’t have to be expensive. Below we’ve compiled a few budget-friendly options for exploring the great things to see and do in Knoxville so you’re not breaking the bank!

Visit the East Tennessee History Center.

Dive into the region’s history at the East Tennessee History Center. Here you’ll find the McClung Historical Collection, a premier genealogical research library, the Museum of East Tennessee History, and so much more. The museum offers free admission on Sundays, so be sure to take advantage!

Peruse the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Offering up exhibits from around the world, as well as a permanent collection of contemporary art, the Knoxville Museum of Art includes four galleries, gardens, and a beautiful museum shop. The Museum celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, serving up new, thought-provoking art and ideas. Admission is always free.

Check out the Ijams Nature Center.

A beautiful, 150 acre nature sanctuary located on the banks of the Tennessee River, the Ijams Nature Center offers plenty of mulched and paved trails, a waterfront boardwalk, and ample look-offs to view wildlife. During the spring and summer months, there are often concerts, canoe trips, plant sales, and other activities to enjoy.

Explore the Sunsphere.

An unforgettable landmark in Knoxville, the Sunsphere was built for the 1982 World’s Fair. It offers an observation deck boasting stunning 360-degree views of downtown, and beyond.

Stroll through the Historic Market Square.

Take an afternoon to wander through the historic Market Square – a multipurpose pedestrian mall that offers events, shops, artists displays, street musicians, and so much more.

Discover the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

A general interest museum offering exhibits on archeology, Ancient Egypt, decorative arts, fossils, geology, the Civil War, as well as local and natural history, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is the perfect place for passing time. Admission is free.

Take a walk through the Old City.

Stroll through the Old City to discover history and Knoxville’s independent alternative, located at the intersection of Central and Jackson Avenues. Home to some of East Tennessee’s most famous nightlife and hotspots, as well as plenty of authentic restaurants, coffee houses and art galleries, Knoxville’s Old City offers a unique experience for all visitors.

After you’ve explored the city and the many exciting (and, free!) things to see and do, you’ll soon be able to enjoy a budget-friendly stay in our newly renovated extended stay property in Knoxville.

The renovations will include many upgrades to guest rooms, common areas and the exterior. This is the start of a refresh of the entire Intown brand. Check back often for updates on our progress!

4 of America’s Most Romantic Cities

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, it’s the perfect time to finalize a few special plans for that special someone. This year, why not enjoy delectable cuisine, delicious drinks, and sights old and new as you explore one of America’s most romantic cities. Wondering where to go? Here are a few ideas:

1. Charleston, SC

A city ripe with Southern charm, hospitality, and history, Charleston, South Carolina, is well known for its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pre-Civil-War-era houses. Step back in time as you stroll along avenues lined with antebellum mansions and well-preserved churches. Uncover what makes Charleston such a unique destination by touring historic sites like the Dock Street Theatre, the Magnolia Plantation, and the Charleston City Market.

Afterward, end the day with a truly delectable and unforgettable Lowcountry meal. And don’t miss out on shopping, live music, and live entertainment options, especially shows at the often celebrated Performing Arts Center.

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2. Tucson, AZ

A place for the snowbirds and the lovebirds, Tucson offers up the best of both worlds when it comes to adventurous vacations and relaxing escapes. You’ll love the Old West vibe as you tour landmarks like the Hotel Congress built in 1919, as well as the Maynards Market & Kitchen, housed in an historic train depot. Be sure to spend some time in the unforgettable Saguaro National Park, perfect for hiking, exploring, and taking in sights of the beautiful mountains.

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3. Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque’s historic Old Town is teeming with romance for couples to enjoy. Start with the adobe-walled San Felipe de Neri church, followed by an afternoon perusing the countless museums, galleries, and shops. Rent a bicycle to explore the 16-mile Paseo de Bosque Trail, running parallel to the Rio Grande River. Take in unforgettable views from the tram to the top of the Sandia Mountains – an especially impressive sight at sunset!

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4. Tampa, FL

From sights and attractions, to climate, nightlife, and atmosphere, Tampa offers much for couples to discover. Warm climate means ample beach time, sunsets, and plenty of nightlife options (be sure to check out the nearby Ybor City neighbourhood – offering lively cafes and bars reminiscent of the area’s Cuban and Spanish past). Take a stroll along the Bayshore Boulevard – a popular 4.5 mile sidewalk near the waterfront – followed by a delectable dinner at one of Tampa’s fine restaurants.

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