Attractions in Knoxville

Clarence Brown Theatre
Currently in its 35th year and part of the University of Tennessee campus, Clarence Brown Theatre is the home of three different theatrical groups during the season. They have their own performance company, a University of Tennessee theater group, and a group of undergraduate students who perform. The productions are quite varied throughout the year and provide a high level of entertainment.

Knoxville Zoo
Just east of downtown, the Knoxville Zoo is currently home to over 900 animals from all over the world. The exhibits are spread over 53 acres and include 27 endangered and threatened species. There are scheduled zookeeper chats about specific animals on the weekends, as well as seasonal camel rides and carousel rides for additional fees.

Ijams Nature Center
Also east of downtown is the Ijams Nature Center. It is 275 acres of natural area and protected wildlife habitat. There are ponds, lakes, interesting rock formations, and 10 miles of scenic trails. The lake covers 25 acres and is part of an old marble quarry. Visitors can rent paddleboards, canoes and bikes nearby. There is also a whimsical area for children called Jo's Grove and a stunning boardwalk along the Tennessee River that affords beautiful views of Great Blue Herons and other birds.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Located near downtown is the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in its 32,000 square feet of space devoted to the history of women in the sport. It includes a variety of historical items, video presentations about the game, and basketball courts with areas to test your skills. The largest basketball in the world weighs 10 tons and is located on top of a net-shaped glass staircase at this facility.

Knoxville Museum of Art
Downtown overlooking Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair Park, visitors will find the Knoxville Museum of Art. It is a contemporary art museum encompassing 53,200 square feet of concrete and steel sheathed in pink marble recovered from a Tennessee quarry. This stunning facility houses both national and international art. They are also amassing a growing collection of important work from regional artists. The museum is one of very few facilities in the country that are permanent home to a collection of exquisitely detailed dollhouse-sized rooms known as the Thorne Rooms.

Bijou Theatre
Located in the heart of downtown, the Bijou Theatre and its colorful history are part of the very fabric of the city. Originally constructed in 1909, the theatre was built onto the back of a hotel that dates back to 1817. Since the 2006 grand reopening as a performing arts center, the Bijou Theatre has been host to a number of independent musical acts and other artists.