PGD to TYS – Take Me To Knoxville, Tennessee
Zoo Knoxville has all the koala-fications for an amazing outdoor excursion. You can even pay the animals a nighttime visit if you go on a Thursday night! With numerous animal experiences and habitats to explore, Zoo Knoxville is sure to impress the animal lovers in the family. You might be surprised to learn that more red pandas have been born at Zoo Knoxville than any other zoo in the world. Therefore, leading them to be known as the “Red Panda Capital of the World.”
If you’re familiar with the original 1982 World’s Fair (now World’s Fair Park), you’ll be excited to visit the Sunsphere. This giant gold disco ball is the shining star of Knoxville’s skyline. And when we say gold we aren’t kidding – each glass windowpane is made with 24-karat gold!
Knoxville is also home to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The entryway for the museum is a 30-foot basketball statue, that also happens to be the world’s largest basketball. Not far from the Hall of Fame is the Knoxville Convention Center, which houses the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube. It was gifted by the Hungarian government during the 1982 World’s Fair.
Just a short drive away in Sevierville, hometown of Dolly Parton, you’ll find lots of family fun opportunities. The famed Dollywood, NASCAR Speedpark and The Apple Barn and Cider Mill are great places to start!
With so many unique experiences, Knoxville is a surefire way to make your summer one to remember!