- 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.
A fun activity for all ages, everyone is welcome to try gem hunting at the Nantahala Gorge Ruby Mine. An educated and knowledgeable staff will further assist with stone identification as well as cutting, cleaning and shining any discovered treasure.
73% 1858 votes
226 Everett Street, Bryson City, NC 28713 MoreLess Info
Train enthusiasts love the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, a 'living museum' of functioning passenger trains from a bygone era. Visitors may choose from a variety of fun ride packages, and families with children should not miss their chance to ride the 'Polar Express.'
Designed for use by all types of outdoorsmen, Tsali Recreation Area provides several trails for horseback riding, bike riding, walking or hiking. With beautiful views, this picturesque park further offers a boat ramp and camping grounds for added enjoyment.
Providing a full day adventure to older children and adults, Raft & Rail offers a special combination package. Guests ride a train up the Nantahala River Gorge then combine the trip with whitewater rafting, a zipline canopy tour, or a Jeep tour.
The regional and Appalachian history with emphasis on the Tellico Plains area is preserved in the Charles Hall Museum. The institute is actually named after local historian Charles Hall, and the collection currently has over 6000 artifacts.
93% 98 votes
225 Cherohala Skwy, Tellico Plains, TN 37385 MoreLess Info
Considered to be a necessity before starting up the actual Skyway, the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center has free maps, up to date driving conditions, and local area souvenirs and gifts. Picnic tables and restrooms are also available on site.
98% 1269 votes
2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441, Cherokee, NC MoreLess Info
The information hub of Oconaluftee Islands Park is the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The center sits inside Great Smokey Mountains Natoinal Park, and is one of the first park visitor centers to be built using completely clean, ecologically responsible parts, techniques and fuels.
96% 285 votes
135 Smokemont Riding Stable Road, Cherokee, NC 28719 MoreLess Info
Trail ride tours are a fantastic way to explore Cherokee, North Carolina. One of the most popular purveyors of equestrian adventures is Smokemont Riding Stables. Seasoned and novice riders love to appreciate Cherokee's beauty atop a calm, sure-footed horse.
84% 57 votes
9400 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713 MoreLess Info
Horseback riding excursions through the North Carolina Smokey Mountains are offered at the Nantahala Village Riding Stable. The stables are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day full time during the week and open on the weekends during April-May and September-October.