Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum#9 in Best Things To Do in Knoxville
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This 47-acre property dates back to 1786 when it was a private family-owned horticultural business. In 2001, it was founded as the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Today, visitors will encounter eight display gardens, including a butterfly meadow, walking trails and 2 miles of distinctive stone walls.
Recent travelers said the garden is a tranquil and beautiful place to visit. Others praised the knowledgable staff.
The garden sits about 5 miles east of downtown Knoxville. The arboretum, free to visit, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the garden's website for more information.
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#1 Market Square
Since the 1860s, Market Square has been a community center of Knoxville, with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars drawing a large number of locals and visitors. Recent travelers said it's a lively and fun place to walk around, with plenty of places to eat or just hang out. From outdoor concerts and movies to Shakespeare on the Square and other live entertainment, the area is usually bustling. There are also two water play fountains, a magnet for kids in warm weather.
From May through November on Wednesday and Saturday, the open-air Market Square Farmers Market offers products grown or made by vendors in the East Tennessee region. Products, which vary by the seasons, include eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, baked goods, coffee, crafts and much more.