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Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville TN 37920
Ijams Nature Center is a city park and community nature center. In its eighty plus acres, foot trails wind across streams, meadows, fern banks, and past bluffs overlooking Fort Loudon Lake. The abundant variety of wildflowers, grasses, and native trees provides cover for the animal population which includes turtles, raccoons, and muskrats among others. Ijams is also a bird sanctuary. Over 40 species have nested on the property, with many others visiting.
Ivan Racheff Park and Gardens
1943 Tennessee Ave., Knoxville TN 37921
Botanical Gardens. Three acres of seasonal plantings
Open Mon-Fri. 10 am-4 pm
Knox Botanical Garden and Arboretum
The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum (KBGA) is located on 47 acres of former Howell Nurseries, featuring walking trails, display gardens, unique & historic horticulture and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings, just five minutes from downtown.
2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Zoological Park
The Knoxville Zoo has been rated as one of the best zoos in America. It is open year round and offers special programs such as Bedtime with the Beasts. Bedtime with the Beasts is where fun and learning come together. The Bedtime with the Beasts program is offered to any organized group of 15 to 30 people ages six and up. Enjoy private tours, activities, and animal encounters. Bring your sleeping bag and spend the night at the Knoxville Zoo! It happens March through November.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of nature's largest outdoor museum. It offers over 800 miles of hiking trails, wildlife viewing, miles of trout fishing, streams and waterfalls, flora and fauna, and majestic vistas.