Are you in town visiting now or plan to in the future? No matter what the reason or the season of the year, we would like to suggest 10 romantic things to do in Knoxville, TN during your stay.
1. The Knoxville Visitor Center
The Knoxville Visitor Center is a great place to start during the day. Beside picking up a few souvenirs and choosing a several interesting travel brochures together, plan your visit before noon, any day Mon-Sat, for the free noon day concert. WBVX is the in-house radio station with a studio in the building. Monday through Saturday, they host a “Blue Plate Special“, which is a live performance held at noon. Grab something to eat together from the lunch bar. Then, you can sit down in front of the two bands which play for 30 minutes each and the entertainment is truly enjoyable. You will have a chance to meet lots of friendly folks too. There is a small parking lot for visitors or street parking nearby, so afterwards begin your journey walking around beautiful downtown Knoxville to visit the shops, parks, museums and find other great places to eat. Learn more about the Knoxville Visitor Center and download a brochure here to plan your visit.
2. Knoxville Historic Homes Combo Pass
Do you love history and imagining what life was like over a hundred years ago? Or what it was like to settle a part of the country in a fort that was on the fringes of wilderness? Then you’ll love visiting some or all seven of the Historic Homes of Knoxville. Visit a home individually or take advantage of a combo pass which saves money and offers guided tours at any of the seven locations throughout the year. You can purchase a combo pass from any one of the home museums or from the Knoxville Visitors Center. If you are visiting during January or February, you will need to contact the homes in advance. Enjoy Knoxville’s amazing history together!
3. Stroll, Shop and Dine on Historic Market Square
Knoxville’s Market Square is a perfectly romantic place to be in the evening just as the sun is setting and the lights are coming on. We love to stroll the pedestrian walkway and window-shop or step inside to browse. Parking is convenient in the Locust Street Parking Garage. There are many restaurant to choose from, from delicious burgers and fries, southern favorites to main course dinners always served in a fun relax atmosphere. From time to time, Market Square hosts concerts and movies, a farmer market, festivals and craft fairs. Centrally located downtown, Historic Market Square is walking distance from your downtown hotel.
4. Star of Knoxville Riverboat
If you happen to be in Knoxville on February 14, Knoxville’s authentic paddlewheeler offers both a romantic lunch or dinner cruise on the Tennessee River. Can’t make it that date? Plan to take a cruise Tuesday through Sunday, complete with entertainment and perhaps a walk on the upper deck in the moonlight. This is a must do for anyone coming to Knoxville and even locals alike. The charm of splashing water on the paddles and the feeling of life slowing while rolling down the river is sure to relax anyone. This is high on our list for the 10 romantic things to do in Knoxville, TN. You can check out their upcoming cruise schedule at Tennessee Riverboat Company.
5. Museums of Knoxville
From fine arts and galleries to a museum dedicated to women’s basketball, the Museums of Knoxville offer something for any age and interest. From 1861-1865 all of Knoxville was consumed by the events of the Civil War and now over 150 years later we are still connected to these life-changing years. The Emporium Center for the Arts is a great place to start and where friendly folks can direct you to more information about all of the Museums of Knoxville or visit the list of museums online at the link.
6. The Melting Pot of Knoxville
The Melting Pot of Knoxville is one of the most romantic spots for dining out. I can tell you from experience, this is the place that many dating couples to spend quality time together over a 3-5 course meal. The dining experience is leisurely and private, the food is cooked at the table which lends itself to an intimate experience. Make a reservation online at the Melting Pot of Knoxville here.
7. Clancy’s Tavern and Whiskey House
Irish pubs are usually at the top of this list to visit, so if you haven’t been to one recently visit Clancy’s Irish Tavern, which is located on a safe and bustling side of Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. This tavern has a unique appeal, delicious food and lots of friendly people. Dress up a little and spend the evening together sipping your favorite brew or enjoying one of the tavern’s famous entries. It will be a night of pleasant memories as if you are visiting another country.
8. World’s Fair Park
Knoxville has many beautiful parks and waterways and the historic World’s Fair Park is one of them. The iconic Sunsphere overlooking downtown Knoxville is located in this park. You can ride up the elevator and stroll observation deck giving you a complete 360 degree view of Knoxville and the rolling hills and mountains in the distance. The park is quiet and peaceful, with walkways and fountains. Lots of green grassy areas to spread a blanket and catch some rays. Be sure to take your camera!
9. Three Ridges Golf Course
If you are the outdoors type and like to golf too, swing by Three Ridges Golf Course for an afternoon to get away from it all. Three Ridges is just a short 20-minute drive from Knoxville and they even rent clubs and anything else you need. Once you are all set up with a golf cart, get ready to enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains from the fairways. They offer grill-type lunches in the pro shop which you can take out on the veranda to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Schedule a tee time online here.
10. Ye Olde Steakhouse
Dining out is the all time favorite of romantic activities and a great steak dinner tops this list. Besides being one of the 10 best steakhouses in the U.S., Ye Olde Steakhouse is definitely a favorite for University of Knoxville fans. You can meet people from all over the country any night of the week. Family owned for over four decades, this is a destination that can’t be beat. More history and details can be found at Ye Olde Steakhouse online.
You can find lots more fun romantic things to do in Knoxville, TN by visiting the TownMagic Travel Guide at TownMagic.com. Enjoy your visit!