Family Tour in Knoxville, 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.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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
Author: Sandra
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Downtown Knoxville Orientation Walk

Downtown Knoxville Orientation 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
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
Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville

Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville

Since the 1790s Kingston Pike, located on Knoxville’s west side, has been the city’s major thoroughfare and commercial district, including many cultural, religious, food, entertainment and retail establishments. The following tour of Kingston Pike includes the thriving Bearden District, the center of Knoxville’s arts community.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
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: 3.8 km
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
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Knoxville for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Knoxville has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Knoxville, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.