Our family recently went on a mini-trip, so I’d like to share places to stay and things to do in Knoxville, TN! Although our primary reason for visiting was to attend a worship service with Shiloh Ben Hod and his band, we were able to squeeze in a couple of things to do. Keep reading to learn about a few family-friendly things you can enjoy in the Knoxville, TN area.
Places to Stay in Knoxville, TN
If you’ve read any of our other travel posts then you know that we always stay in Airbnbs. Being a family of seven, staying in a hotel isn’t feasible anymore. Having home-like lodging is not only accommodating but it’s also very comfortable. For this trip, we stayed in The Sinclair Home. It was perfect for our family of 7, especially because we were only staying two nights and one full day. Check-in was at 4 and we arrived roughly an hour prior. We were able to check right in and quickly get settled.
One thing about the home that I didn’t pay attention to in the pictures was the lack of having a kitchen table. The outdoor patio table made up for that, except for when it rained. It wasn’t an issue having our kiddos eat on the kitchen floor and living room tables though. Not to mention, we spent the majority of our time outside the home.
Each room had enough space, nice-sized beds, ample pillows, and storage space. The Sinclair Home had all the basics you would need to make your stay comfortable. Overall, this seasoned home was fairly updated and kept up to par. It’s also conveniently located about 10 minutes or less from everything we visited. See a walkthrough below!
Things to Do in Knoxville, TN
Since we arrived a little early, Bryan and I took full advantage of grabbing a quick date night (thanks to my mother-in-love traveling with us)! After doing some quick searching, we ended up visiting Inskip Grill. Going by the pictures I saw online, I knew we were in for a real treat! Little did we know ALL that we’d be getting though!
Bryan ordered the Kane with Mac N Cheese and I had the Farragut. Needless to say, you’ll have to make your way to this place and try them for yourself because I can’t even begin to depict how amazing they were! We laso had an order of fried green tomatoes and both agree they’re the best we’ve ever had! For beverages, we tried some local tap beers – the Wiseacre Tiny Bomb and Wiseacre Coffee Stout.
Oh, and we finished up with a homemade Strawberry Shake!
Our sole purpose for moseying downtown was to take our train-loving son on a free trolley ride. This didn’t turn out as planned because apparently Knoxville (TN) is still pretty strict on their mask mandates for public/private transportation (KAT is who runs the trolleys). After rightfully claiming our religious exemption and Bryan talking to the Manager, we were still not able to ride the trolley. The Manager of KAT said they have the right to refuse service to anyone and although they are private, they still receive government funding. What that meant was (and I quote), “If we let you and your family on board, other people would question it and they could lose their federal dollars.”
We have not worn masks this entire time and will not start now. Just be mindful that all public transportation (in this area) are requiring masks, no exemptions.
Although we were hoping the free trolley would take us to World’s Fair Park, we ended up driving there. We were hit with another roadbloack because the Sunsphere Observation Deck was “closed due to renovations.” We were still able to enjoy the actual park portion and check out a super cool mural!
We had a little time to spare before heading to the main event of the evening, so we stopped by the Knoxville Botanical Garden. It was so huge and would’ve taken an entire day to explore. We enjoyed taking the trail through the bamboo cave and seeing the variety of trees planted along the way. Our kiddos were a little nervous thinking we’d get them lost, but all was well once they started picking and plucking suveniers to take (pine cones).
More Things to Do in Knoxville, TN
Being the planner gal that I am, I had many more things written down on our itinerary list:
- IJAMS Nature Center
- Urban Wilderness
- Historic Downtown Walking Tour
If you’re a Messianic Hebrew and find yourself in the Knoxville, TN area around Shabbat, we highly recommend visiting Shomair Yisrael. This is the congregation we attended to worship with Shiloh Ben Hod and his band from Israel. You can join Shomair live on YouTube and join their email list to receive daily devotionals!
Although our trip to Knoxville, TN was short and sweet, we were still able to take advantage of a few things this city has to offer. If you find yourself in the area, be sure to check out some of these places – and some! Also, don’t forget to use your travels as part of your homeschooling lessons! We grabbed a 6-pack of “Color the U.S.A.” maps so each of our kiddos can track each state we visit. While coloring, we talked about some map and geography concepts and recapped some things we saw while visiting Knoxville!
Have you been to Knoxville, TN before? Let me know in the comments below and tell me some must-visit places!