Free Friday: Attractions in Downtown Knoxville, TN (5 drive by pics)

Hubby and I didn’t have time to walk around Downtown Knoxville in Tennessee, but we wanted to take a peek. So I took pictures from the car as we drove around.

Knoxville is the 3rd largest city in Tennessee. It was the state’s 1st capital, having been established in 1786. It hosted the 1982 World’s Fair. The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee is located here. It is one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Here is a glimpse of 5 of Knoxville’s no fee attractions.
The Sunsphere

Location: 810 Clinch Avenue

The building was constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair. It is 266 feet tall and has an observation deck at the 4th level which offers views of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee River, Univeristy of Tennessee, and Smoky Mountains. The 5th level has a bar and lounge.

Tennessee Theatre

Location: 604 Gay St

The theater is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also known as the Official State Theater of Tennessee. It shows movies and hosts Broadway shows.

The Oarsman

Location: Corner of Gay St and Church Avenue

It is a sculpture of a man rowing a boat that is half sunk in a brick sidewalk. This art by David L. Phelps represents humor and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Krutch Park

Location: 504 Market St.

The park is in the middle of Downtown Knoxville and is presently home to various sculptures which are presently open for voting the title of Most Favorite. In the photo are “Stroll in the Park” by Robbie Barber and “Mantra” by Ray Katz.

Church Street United Methodist Church

Location: 913 Henley St.

Built in 1816, the church served as a hospital and stable during the Civil War. It is an eye catching structure, made so by its tower. 

I wish hubby and I had time to explore Knoxville. It seems to be an interesting city to get to know. It was fun snapping pictures from the passenger seat of the car. I hope you all enjoyed the photos.


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