92 Days of Summer

The countdown is officially on. We are fewer than three weeks away from the first day of summer. In case you didn’t know, there are exactly 92 days of summer, and I’m kindly providing you with an activity in or around Knoxville for each day. 

  1. What would summer be without ice cream? Start the season off right with the some of the best in town, whether it’s Cruze Farm Ice Cream, Phoenix Pharmacy & Soda Fountain, Kilwin’s or even the trendy new rolled ice cream shop, Polar Pan. There’s an additional list, but not quite as updated.
  2. Bring a bike, a scooter, or some skates (just don’t forget the helmet!) down to Safety City.
  3. Check out the Bike Boat Brew & Bark Fest tomorrow, June 2!
  4. Tickets go on sale today, June 1 for the Mother Daughter Princess Tea Party.
  5. Enjoy one of the very few remaining drive-in theaters in the country by spending the evening a Parkway Drive-In Theatre in Maryville.
  6. Don’t miss out on a chance to see The Gentle Barn before they relocate to Nashville on July 22. 
  7. Rent a pedal boat, SUP, kayak, bike or canoe at Adventure Outdoors.
  8. Take a free trip up to the observation deck of the Sunsphere (or is it a wig shop?).
  9. Six words: Monday Night Madness at Main Event
  10. Attend one of Knoxville’s great many festivals.
  11. Spend the day in the basement — The Basement Community Art Studio that is. Starting June 4, summer open studio times are 1-3pm, Monday-Friday. A $10 donation is suggested. Rates vary for classes.
  12. Go on a swimming hole scavenger hunt.
  13. Go fish! But not with a pole, just visit Ripley’s Aquarium.
  14. Splash the day away at one of Knoxville’s splash pads.
  15. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to explore all of the amazing parks Knoxville has to offer.
  16. Run, don’t walk to your nearest KARM and buy some board games for a family game night!
  17. Make a kite and fly it at the picture perfect location: World’s Fair Park.
  18. What summer would be complete without a trip to Dollywood or Dollywood Splash Country? And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Kentucky Splash for only $10 admission.
  19. Dine at the most kid-friendly spot in town, the Central Filling Station! Plenty of food options for the little ones, plus a sandbox and sidewalk chalk.
  20. Choose adventure at Navitat Canopy Adventures.
  21. Go on a family-friendly daytrip.
  22. Buy all the things at the Dollar Tree, and craft until your heart’s content. Or for that matter, let your kids go crazy and give them $10 to spend.
  23. Don’t like the forecast for the day? How about open gym at Tataru’s and Gym Bugs or plenty of other indoor activities?
  24. Enjoy a First Friday at least once this summer.
  25. Have you checked out the Asian trek exhibit at Zoo Knoxville yet?
  26. Spend the day at Knoxville’s “beach.” 
  27. It’s picnic season! Truly you could spend several days picnicking in the best spots around town.
  28. Let your kids set up a lemonade stand (or something else fun) and consider visiting and donating the proceeds to Little Ponderosa Zoo, which recently sustained a pretty devastating fire and is still rebuilding.
  29. Maybe not for little ones, but how about leaving your kids in a trapped room and letting them find their way out? Just kidding, sort of. There are several options for great escape rooms around town.
  30. Take in a baseball game at the Tennessee Smokies Stadium.
  31. Save the hottest day of the year for indoor ice skating or hockey at Cool Sports or the Ice Chalet.
  32. Let your kids cook you a meal for once, or at the very least, learn to cook yourself a meal at The Cutting Edge Classroom.
  33. Whatever you do, don’t miss the sunflowers!
  34. It may not be Sundown in the City, but you can still enjoy a free concert on Market Square Tuesday and Thursday nights.
  35. On the second official day of summer, June 23, the Knox Area Rescue Ministries will host its 16th Annual Dragon Boat Festival. This is a terrific family-oriented event that raises money for a great cause.
  36. Did you hear the news? Chris Blue is headlining the Tennessee Valley Fair. Oh yeah, and there’s all that other stuff, like rides, games and funnel cake.
  37. Shaved ice, the perfect summertime treat. Find some at Pelican’s Snoballs or Beach Bums Shaved Ice.
  38. Admission AND parking are free at McClung Museum so family fun days are an absolute must.
  39. This might be cheating, but don’t forget to spend your 4th of July downtown taking in the spectacular fireworks. Of course, there are also nearby firework shows like Freedom Fest in Alcoa or Rockin’ the Docks in Lenoir City.
  40. Bring out the frisbee and play a round of disc golf at Victor Ashe, Admiral Farragut and Morningside parks.
  41. It’s OK to mourn the loss of the Fruit & Berry Patch, but do yourself a favor and check out the other great fruit and veggie patches around town.
  42. Beginning June 15th, don’t miss the 20th annual Summer Movie Magic at the Tennessee Theatre. Tickets for each movie are $9 for adults, $7 for children under age 12 or seniors 65 and older.
  43. And while we’re talking about movies, Ijams Nature Center hosts “Movies Under the Stars” starting June 2. Grab a picnic blanket or lawn chair! Doors open at 6pm and the movies start at dark. Tickets are $8 a person, $25 a family four-pack. Local food trucks and a beer garden will offer food and drink.
  44. Last but not least, have a Regal movie experience with $1 movies all summer long.
  45. Hop on down to Athens, TN for a tour of the Mayfield Dairy plant.
  46. Witness nature in all of its beauty during the synchronous firefly season, even if you didn’t win the lottery.
  47. Go for a boat ride underground by exploring the Lost Sea.
  48. Perhaps one of my favorite activities: paint pottery at Liza Moz Pottery or Mighty Mud.
  49. So many great summer camps, so little time!
  50. Let your kid be a kid at Fort Kid.
  51. While Knoxville doesn’t have a ton of pool options, there are quite a few options within a 30-minute drive. One of my favorites is Springbrook Pool, but there’s also Karns Pool and the Oak Ridge Outdoor Pool. And let’s not forget the Westside YMCA Pool too.
  52. Pitch a tent at a nearby campground, break out the s’mores and then share some spooky ghost stories.
  53. Speaking of ghost stories, if you’ve got some teenagers who are into spooky adventures, Knoxville offers a few ghost tours: Haunted Knoxville and Knoxville Walking Tours.
  54. See the sights of the Smokies with some relatively easy hiking trails.
  55. Don’t just see the Circus, be the Circus at Dragonfly Aerial and Arts Studio.
  56. Biking is boring, but hydrobiking, well, that just looks like fun!
  57. Amuse your kids with a trip to The Muse.
  58. Explore the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.
  59. Just because the kids are out of school doesn’t mean they can’t still brush up on their history. There are some terrific historic sites a hop, skip and a jump away. Why not start with the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center?
  60. And then off to visit the home of the first Tennessee State Governor, John Sevier at Marble Springs Historic Homestead?
  61. Take a trip back in time over 200 years to James White Fort
  62. Tour the historic Mabry-Hazen house.
  63. Visit the birth place of Tennessee, the Blount Mansion.
  64. Staying there might cost a pretty penny, but you could always take your kids for a drive to see a real life castle: the Williamswood Castle, that is.
  65. Speaking of castles and all things medieval, take in a Shakespeare performance on Market Square.
  66. Take advantage of free admission to the Knoxville Museum of Art
  67. Admire the scenic gardens at Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.
  68. Board the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure scenic train ride from Etowah. The ride rolls through parts of the Cherokee National Forest and Hiwassee River Gorge.
  69. Spend a day giving back to the wonderful community you live in.
  70. Shoot some hoops and then take a tour around the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
  71. Go belly up, down the Little River from the comfort of a tube.
  72. Chances are, if you’ve already been tubing, you’ve heard of a little place called the “Wye.” But it’s not just for tubing. Set up a picnic and go swimming.
  73. There are tons of putt-putt options just across the way in Pigeon Forge, but if you want to stay close, play a round at Sir Gooney’s.
  74. Where’s Waldo? You tell me after you participate in the Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt downtown during the month of July.
  75. See the Smoky Mountains like you’ve never seen them before, from a hot air balloon.
  76. Even if you don’t like bowling, you’ll still have a great time and a good meal at Maple Hall Bowling Alley, probably one of my favorite spots in town. And even if you don’t like bowling, they’ve got a separate parlor for board games.
  77. Strengthen those arm muscles at Onsight Rock Gym.
  78. Come out to the Knoxville Moms Blog’s 5th Annual Beat the Heat event at McFee Park & Splash Pad on Sunday, July 15.
  79. Did you know we had a Hummingbird Festival right here in our backyard? 
  80. Read a book, or two or three or four. But if you’re going to read that many, you might as well sign up for the Summer Library Club!
  81. Let your child’s imagination run rampant with creativity at the Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center.
  82. Have a brand new cinematic experience — Movies in the Cave — at Cherokee Caverns.
  83. Free concert alert! Turkey Creek is hosting the Sounds of Summer Concert Series the first Friday of each month this summer.
  84. Take a journey back in time on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. 
  85. I cannot vouch for having done this, but check out this Jungle Float Water Park. Doesn’t it look like a good time?!
  86. The Great Llama Race doesn’t happen until summer, but if you’re willing to drive a little ways, you can still ride a llama or alpaca!
  87. And if llamas or alpacas are too edgy for you, there’s always traditional horseback riding.
  88. Take some beautiful family photos at UT Gardens.
  89. Spend a rainy day at JumpJam or Max Air Trampoline Park.
  90. Catch Paw Patrol Live at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium August 18-19.
  91. Have a Retro ’90s Family Movie Night from the comfort of your own home. Or you if you really want to up your game, rent a projector and have an outdoor movie night.
  92. Live the ultimate summer dream. Rent a pontoon boat and celebrate the season in all its glory.

We hope you have 92 fun-filled summer days ahead!

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  1. Susie Vincent June 1, 2018 at 9:10 pm #


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