- The list below includes 107 free or cheap things to do in or near Knoxville, Tennessee, including 76 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Natural History Museums, Hiking Trails and Neighborhoods.
- From University of Tennessee to World's Fair Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Knoxville and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend and Maryville.
Affiliated with and run by the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train offers 14-mile, hour-long round trips on a restored 1940s-era train. The train offers group rates, and some rides feature dinner.
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Tremont Road, Townsend, TN MoreLess Info
Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a two-mile road in the center of the park that offers a unique area serenity. Many hiking and horseback riding trails begin here, and visitors also enjoy fishing.
92% 499 votes
1 Cades Cove Loop Road, Townsend, TN 37882 MoreLess Info
Your first stop when traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, should be a visit to Cades Cove Visitor Center. From here, you can plan your trip into the most popular area of the park, see a Ranger-led program, see the historic Grist mill, and more.
99% 630 votes
2820 Legacy Vista Drive, Sevierville, TN 37876 MoreLess Info
As the first eco-friendly zipline adventure available in the Great Smoky Mountains area, Adventure Ziplines of Pigeon Forge offers a thrilling adventure to those who visit. The company offers seven ziplines up to 2,500 feet long.
Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf offers two 18 hole miniature golf courses each with its own unique theme and decorations. One of the courses features a Davy Crockett theme, the other a barnyard theme.
88% 449 votes
510 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 MoreLess Info
Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens is a museum featuring 3D dioramas of scenes detailing the life of Christ. These dioramas utilize life size figures, music, and special effects. Visitors will also find a garden and a gift shop.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains as you play a whimsical round of mini-golf at Hillbilly Golf in Gatlinburg. Hillbilly Golf features two courses that are appropriate for all ages, but challenging enough to keep players coming back for more.
57% 1389 votes
800 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 MoreLess Info
Come to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a look at some of the craziest exhibits around. Guests always leave feeling utterly amaze and looking forward to their next visit.