Family Tour in Knoxville (Self Guided), Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville is the best place to take a lovely daytime stroll. The following tour of attractions includes children’s favorites the Candy Factory and Fort Kid and several other family-oriented landmarks and entertainment venues.
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Family Tour in Knoxville Map

Guide Name: Family Tour in Knoxville
Guide Location: USA » Knoxville (See other walking tours in Knoxville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Sandra
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Fort Kid
  • Victorian Houses
  • Candy Factory
  • Tomato Head
  • Earth to Old City
  • Regal Cinemas Riviera Stadium 8
  • Bijou Theatre
  • Gateway Regional Visitor Center
  • Holston Treaty Monument
  • Volunteer Landing Marina
Fort Kid

1) Fort Kid

Fort Kid is a spacious playground located opposite the Museum of Art. Established by local activists in the early 1990s, children will love its wooden labyrinth, tunnels, swings, nooks and other exciting structures. This wonderful landmark is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists.
Victorian Houses

2) Victorian Houses

This complex of Victorian Houses, located opposite the Candy Factory, were built in the early 20th century. Carefully restored for the 1982 World’s Fair, it is home to several curio shops, cafes, galleries of local art and antique stores. Visitors of all ages are sure to find something special here.
Candy Factory

3) Candy Factory

The Candy Factory was constructed at the beginning of the 19th century near the present World’s Fair Park. Established as a candy factory, it was closed soon after, serving as a warehouse until the 1982 World's Fair when it was restored. Today it houses the South's Finest Chocolate Factory, as well as changing monthly exhibits of local and regional artists.
Tomato Head

4) Tomato Head

Tomato Head, located on Market Square for a long time, is one of downtown Knoxville’s most reputable eateries. Serving pizza and gourmet cuisine restaurant, its menu includes kid-friendly and vegan dishes. Featuring American and Indian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients, this popular attraction has a prompt and courteous staff and a gift shop.
Earth to Old City

5) Earth to Old City

If you a searching for great gifts, be sure to visit the family-run Earth to Old City on Market Square. Offering a wide range of unique local products, you can find anything from jewelry to funky lamps here. Its staff is friendly and its variety of merchandise can be found nowhere else in Knoxville.
Regal Cinemas Riviera Stadium 8

6) Regal Cinemas Riviera Stadium 8

Opened in 2007, Regal Cinemas Riviera Stadium 8 is located on Gay Street on the site of the historic Riviera Theatre, which was demolished in 1988. Its architecture is reminiscent of old cinema designs. Operated by the Regal Entertainment Group, this excellent entertainment facility has eight screens and nearly 2,000 seats.
Bijou Theatre

7) Bijou Theatre (must see)

Built in 1909 as an addition to the Lamar House Hotel, the Bijou Theatre has at various times served as performance venue for traditional theatre, vaudeville, a second-run moviehouse, a commencement stage for the city's African-American high school, and a pornographic movie theater. The Lamar House Hotel, in which the theater was constructed, was originally built in 1817, and modified in the 1850s. The building and theater were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

The Lamar House Hotel was built by Irish immigrant Thomas Humes (1767–1816) and his descendants, and quickly developed into a gathering place for Knoxville's wealthy. During the Civil War, the Union Army used the hotel as a hospital for its war wounded. Following the war, the hotel became the center of Knoxville's Gilded Age extravagance, hosting lavish masquerade balls for the city's elite. In 1909, the rear wing of the building was replaced by the Bijou Theatre structure, entered through a new lobby cut through the hotel building from Gay Street.

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Gateway Regional Visitor Center

8) Gateway Regional Visitor Center (must see)

Located in the Volunteer Landing Marina on the riverside, Gateway Regional Visitor Center was established in the late 1990s. Its exhibitions highlight such subjects as the mineral wealth of the Southern Highlands, Knoxville’s history and achievements, technological resources, regional geology and wonders of the Tennessee Valley.
Holston Treaty Monument

9) Holston Treaty Monument

The Holston Treaty Monument was erected in 1908 in honor of the treaty between the U.S. and the Cherokee Nation on July 2, 1791. Tennessee governor and superintendent of Native American affairs William Blount, one of the drafters of the treaty, resided nearby. Soon after the treaty was signed the regional capital moved to the newly founded Knoxville. The Holston Treaty Monument depicts several participants involved in its signing, both Cherokee and American.
Volunteer Landing Marina

10) Volunteer Landing Marina

Stretching along the scenic riverside, the Volunteer Landing Marina was established in the late 1990s. It features beautiful landscaping and lighting, as well as memorial stones along the paths detailing historical facts. It houses a visitor center, the Stair Tower, restaurants, the Star of Knoxville riverboat and much more. It hosts various city events and has a family-friendly atmosphere with picnic tables and a playground.

Walking Tours in Knoxville, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Knoxville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife in Knoxville

Nightlife in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to many great bars and clubs to hang out, many of them concentrated in the Old Town district. Take the following tour to discover some of the most vibrant places in the city, including the Sapphire, Hanna's Café, Patrick Sullivan's, Preservation Pub and more.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Knoxville’s Historic Buildings

Knoxville’s Historic Buildings

Knoxville County is home to nearly 100 listed historic properties and districts, representing the area’s prestigious and rich history. Check out the following tour of the most prominent historic and architectural gems Knoxville has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Downtown Knoxville Walk

Downtown Knoxville Walk

Knoxville is home to many historic and cultural attractions, places of interest including World’s Fair Park, Market Square, Gay Street, stunning skyscrapers, the Convention Center and more. Take the following tour to become better acquainted with the best sites Knoxville Downtown has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
University of Tennessee Walk

University of Tennessee Walk

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, located in downtown’s west end, draws many visitors to the city. Founded in 1794 as William Blount College, nowadays it covers 550 acres, including over 200 buildings and a faculty of more than 1,400. Take the following tour to discover UTK’s best attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Places of Worship in Knoxville

Places of Worship in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to over 450 churches of many religious denominations. Situated at the core of the Bible Belt, many of them are Protestant. The following tour highlights the city’s most impressive religious sites, including Knoxville’s first churches and other historically significant ones.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Art Walk in Knoxville

Art Walk in Knoxville

Art lovers will discover Knoxville full of creativity, with beautiful artwork on display at multiple galleries and the Knoxville Museum of Art. South Gay Street is home to several museums, art venues and shops specializing in local art. Take the following tour to explore Knoxville as eastern Tennessee’s cultural hub.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles