Does it ever feel like your out of town friends and family know how to have more fun in Knoxville than you do?
How could this be possible? You live here! And as a native, you would probably know about all there is to do… and you’d DEFINITELY know about all the FREE stuff there is to do… Right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case!
As locals, we should be more aware of all there is to do where live!
Warmer weather is upon us so let’s do a little research and have a game plan for sunny days – and even rainy days! Let’s Live Invested!
We invited Senior Marketing Director, Angie Wilson, and Communications Director, Kristen Combs from Visit Knoxville to come to speak to us!
Visit Knoxville is a nonprofit, private company that works together with the community, business leaders and local and state government to further develop Knoxville as a premier leisure, meetings and travel destination. However, Visit Knoxville isn’t just a visitor’s resource; they’re a local’s guide to all things new and old in Knoxville!
Here’s some things we learned from their presentation:
- There’s a free trolley that will take you all over Downtown – for FREE
- There are seven homes on the Knoxville historic homes tour!
- The Knoxville Museum of Art is FREE
- There are 75 restaurants all in walking distance of one square mile – many of which ran by famous chefs
- Ever heard of the local Pace bike share program? After downloading the app, you can bike ride all over Knoxville very cheaply – and you can pick up and leave them at any public bike rack or Pace rack.
- The International Festivals begin the fall and include an exciting celebration of several cultures: Latin, German, Asian, and Italian.
- The Tennessee Theatre offers free live music once a month!
- The Zoo Knoxville has been making tremendous renovations and upgrades the past couple years! It’s a very affordable family activity!
- Local radio station, WDVK 89.9 hosts a live performance called the “Blue Plate Special” at their studio Monday through Saturday at noon. Anyone can attend – for free!
- The Knoxville Urban Wilderness in South Knoxville consists of 1000+ acres of hiking and biking trails.
- There are 12 craft breweries in Knoxville. You can book a ride on the Knox Brew Tour bus to visit a few of them with your friends!
- Sugar Mama’s restaurant on Gay Street has more than just delicious, made from scratch food – they have all the local craft beers on tap!
Angie’s suggested actions for us:
- Get out of your neighborhood more often!
- Download the Visit Knoxville app
- Visit the Visitor Center downtown on Gay Street (P.S.- Don’t be afraid of parking downtown! There’s free parking most places. Here’s a parking guide.)
- Take the “Gotta Know Knoxville” class for an insider’s tour of Knoxville. (link)
- Angie says with these resources at your fingertips, you’ll never be able to say, “there’s nothing to do in Knoxville” again!
This month’s Breakfast With Us topic was an idea from one of our clients! If you have an idea, submit it to us here. We host events like this for a simple reason: to enrich lives!
Be on the lookout for April’s breakfast details on our events page.