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Three fun places for families in downtown in Knoxville, Tennessee

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Knoxville, Tennessee is a great family vacation destination. There are plenty of restaurants, shopping opportunities, history and attractions that kids may enjoy on vacation. It is only an hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The towns of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, Tennessee are just under an hour away. This list will help you plan your family vacation in Knoxville.

Sunsphere , World Fair site Knoxville, Tennessee
Sunsphere , World Fair site Knoxville, Tennessee Gayle Crabtree

Sunsphere , World Fair site Knoxville, Tennessee

The Sunsphere is possibly the most well known landmark in the City of Knoxville. It is on the site of the 1982 World's Fair. Parking is free at city-owned parking garages in downtown Knoxville. This helps make the town an affordable vacation destination for families. The park around the Sunsphere has fountains where children can play and a grassy area. Find out more online about the World's Fair Park.

Historic Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville
Historic Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville Gayle Crabtree

Historic Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville

The State Theatre of Tennessee is on Gay Street in Knoxville. Near the Tennessee Theatre is the East Tennessee History Center, Mast General Store, galleries and restaurants. It is also close to Krutch Park, Market Square Mall and other downtown attractions. Parking is available on Gay Street and city-owned parking garages.

Treaty of the Holston statue, Knoxville
Treaty of the Holston statue, Knoxville Gayle Crabtree

Treaty of the Holston statue, Knoxville

Park at Volunteer Landing to walk along the city waterfront. Not only is it a scenic walk with free parking but part of the walk depicts some of the history of the City of Knoxville. The photo in the picture is of the Treaty of the Holston statue. It was erected to commemorate the Treaty of Holston that was signed in 1771. Volunteer Landing also has a playground, fountains, a blueway and more. Read about Volunteer Landing online.