Enjoy These 6 Summer Activities in Knoxville

As temperatures rise and your PTO days rack up, you’re likely looking for worthwhile summer activities in Knoxville. Though it’s important to check with each respective site or event for the most up-to-date information, you’re likely to find one or two solid ideas below. Here are a few of our favorite things to do when you’re feeling in the mood to explore. 

1. Hit the Pool

Summer is the perfect time to put on some sunscreen, roll up a towel, and head to the pool. Knoxville has two outdoor public pools: Inskip Pool in North Knoxville, and Ed Cothren Pool in West Knoxville. Both offer admission at less than $5 per person, with Splash Passes available for true pool fanatics. Check out Knoxville’s website for more information about hours, closures, and private rentals.

2. Adventure With Your Best Friend(s)

Knoxville is a dog-friendly city, with many local restaurants offering free treats and water, along with patios where they can sprawl out. Soak up the sun with your favorite canines this summer. When you’re not hanging with your pup at your favorite brunch spot or nature trail, be sure to check out the Downtown Petsafe Dog Park, where you’ll find a lot of two-legged and four-legged locals.

3. Enjoy Time in Nature

A walk through Ijams Nature Center is a must for visitors and residents alike when looking for summer activities in Knoxville. The nature center offers beautiful riverside views, biking trails, hiking paths, and vibrant native wildlife. Ijams keeps an events calendar during the summer, hopefully full of concerts, outdoor movies, and other family-friendly activities you’ll enjoy. 

4. Grab Some Ice Cream

You’ll find Knoxville’s best ice cream at Cruze Farm Dairy, where you can relax with a cone, shake, or float covered in your favorite toppings. If you want dinner before dessert, you can also order a pizza from the Cruze Farm Pizza Barn. A long history of traditional dairy farming with pasture-raised, hormone-free cattle contributes to this authentic taste of Americana. 

5. Freshen Up Your Routine

Local foodies can find fresh, homegrown produce and handmade crafts at several farmers’ markets throughout the week, but the most vibrant market comes to Market Square every Saturday morning. Knoxville natives make the Market Square Farmers’ Market a weekend routine between the months of May and November. Your summer activities in Knoxville aren’t complete without at least one visit. Be sure to check on the market’s event page for any schedule changes or important updates.  

6. Attend Knoxville Brewfest

If you’re a fan beer, you don’t want to miss out on Knoxville’s Annual Brewfest. While attendees are encouraged to drink plenty of water and enjoy food from a variety of exciting vendors, the focus remains on brews from tons of local and craft breweries. Better yet, all net proceeds of this event benefit CureDuchenne™, an organization fighting to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Now in its 10th year, the 2020 Brewfest will be held on June 20 — a pretty easy date to remember. 

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This post was originally published on July 13, 2018, but was updated on May 5, 2020

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