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3 Destinations to Enjoy a Beautiful Spring Day in Knoxville, Tennessee

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With spring right around the corner, we are daydreaming about getting outside and enjoying warmer weather. If you’re like us and ready to swap your sweaters for short sleeve shirts and soak in some vitamin D, we recommend checking out these three great outdoor Knoxville attractions this spring.

Choose your own adventure at Ijams Nature Center. 
Located in South Knoxville, Ijams is open from 8 a.m. to dusk and offers activities for every age and fitness level. Hike or bike one of the easy, moderate or difficult trails, rock climb at the Ijams Crag or exercise at the Ijams primal playground. If you have little ones, don’t miss the Ijams Nature Playscape at Grayson Subaru Preserve. This is a five-acre area where your child can dig, climb and explore nature. While spring may be a bit early for water activities, Ijams is a great place to enjoy leisurely watersports when the weather warms up more. You can rent canoes, kayaks and paddle boards to enjoy Mead’s Quarry Lake. Ijams Nature Center is part of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and is an iconic and well-loved destination by East Tennessee residents and visitors. Learn more about visiting Ijams.

Get to know the animals at Zoo Knoxville.
Zoo Knoxville is located in East Knoxville and is known as the Red Panda Capital of the World. More red pandas have been born in Zoo Knoxville than in any other zoo. While you certainly don’t want to miss the red panda exhibit, all twenty animal species at Zoo Knoxville are worth a visit! Spend a day visiting the animals and letting your little ones enjoy the three unique zoo play zones. When your stomach rumbles, stop in at one of the five on-site eateries for lunch or an afternoon snack. Zoo Knoxville is a perfect place to enjoy warm weather this spring. Make sure you check out their website for the latest details about rotating exhibits, events and activities.

Step back in time at James White’s Fort.
Often referred to as “Knoxville’s First Home,” James White’s Fort is located in Downtown Knoxville and is the original residence of Knoxville’s founder, James White. As you walk the grounds of the fort, imagine life in 1785. Stroll through the courtyard, the main house and the guest house while picturing a day in the life of James White and his wife. Check out original meat-smoking and soap-making devices in the well and smokehouse, explore the weaving house where clothes were made and catch a demonstration in the blacksmith shop. James White’s Fort will teach you so much about Knoxville’s rich history. After your visit, drive a short distance to Market Square to enjoy lunch or dinner on a patio to cap off a perfect spring adventure. Learn more about visiting James White’s Fort.

Whether you are a local resident, visiting from out of town, or looking to move to Knoxville, we hope this post encourages you to get out and enjoy our beautiful city this spring! If you have any questions about the post or need a Knoxville Realtor, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!

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