There are little parks and playgrounds tucked throughout Knoxville. Some of them are worth a little bit longer drive to reach, especially with bored kids who need something new and exciting to do for the summer—and Fort Kid is definitely one of those parks that’s worth the trip. Just a short distance from the World’s Fair park, Fort Kid isn’t a convenient drive for everyone, but it might be worth taking a little trip off the beaten path to check it out.
An all-wooden playground designed to resemble a castle (or, perhaps, a fort), Fort Kid is fenced in; patrolled regularly by security, park employees, and police officers; and offers plenty of shade and benches for adult seating. Park rules state that adults are only allowed inside the fenced-in area if they are accompanied by a child. Better yet, during the week, it’s fairly empty, so that you can easily keep an eye on your child the entire time they’re there.
The toddler review: “I don’t want to go home!”
The big kid review: “When can we come back?”
The mom review: This is a great park to take the kids to for a few hours. There are plenty of things for them to do: towers to climb up to; swinging bridges to walk across; rope ladders; plenty of bars to swing from and climb. It has a structure that’s appealing for all of its posted age range (2-12), with activities that keep each kid involved on the same playground and within the same structure. It’s very clean, well-kept, and kept the kids entertained the entire time they were there—including begging to keep playing after a quick picnic lunch.
The only downside is a lack of a bathroom—something that toddlers, in particular, won’t appreciate. To find a bathroom, you have to take a long walk to one of the surrounding buildings; so make sure that your child visits the restroom before they go.