Get to Know Knoxville TN

Ideal Corporate Housing provides temporary housing that offers corporate travelers, families in-between homes, students, military or government employees quality, safe and upscale apartments for either short or long-term stays. Stay as long or short as you need, with no leases or all the red tape of short term leases or the high costs of hotels.

Ideal Corporate Housing currently specializes in Kentucky and Tennessee, providing you customized services, quality communities and a vast knowledge of these areas.  Our cities include Nashville TN, Knoxville TN, Chattanooga TN, Louisville KY, Lexington KY and Bowling Green KY. We understand how daunting living temporarily in an unfamiliar city where just finding the basic necessities (grocery, utilities, schools) can be frustrating. So we will be posting local area information, recommendations and various upcoming events in each of these areas on our website.

This month we’ll focus on getting to know Knoxville TN!

We have put together a list of links for area/city information, tourism attractions as well as school information on our website at:  Knoxville TN Information page. But once you get settled into your upscale apartment or townhome, exploring the area is important to make your temporary housing feel like home. So check out the following attractions, something for everyone:

Getting to Know Knoxville

I. The Worlds Fair Park 

The iconic Sunsphere makes an impression on the city’s skyline since Knoxville hosted the World’s Fair in 1982. At just 266 feet tall, its become a symbol of the city as well as offer an observation deck that provides a 360-degree view of the city and beyond.  The World’s Fair Park is divided into three sections — a festival lawn, a performance lawn and a lake area. Lush green turf carpets the Park, creating a wonderful landscape for recreation, festivals, and performances.

The Court of Flags Fountain’s interactive water play area operates seasonally from March until the end of October, creating a beautiful backdrop for photographers. The fountains are favorites for summer-time play and the playground area is open year-round, so bring the kids! There are also paved walking trails throughout the Park that connect to the Second Creek Greenway, which carves a route down to the riverfront, passing along the edges of the UT campus before connecting with the Neyland Greenway over to Volunteer Landing Park.

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II. Navitat Canopy Adventures

For those looking for a little outdoor adventure during their stay, try ziplining at Navitat! Navitat Knoxville’s Ijams Canopy Experience, a tree-based zipline adventure park, is designed to thrill, educate, and inspire! Zipline adventures high above the ground are serious fun, but they’re serious business, too! Get to know Navitat, and discover what it’s like to hang out (literally!) with an experienced company whose sole focus is tree-based adventure.

With more than 60 adventure elements – from ziplines and bridges to swings, nets, elevated tunnels, and more! – the park is a treetop wonderland full of surprises.

  • six different elevated “adventure trails”
  • unique educational themes and environmental artwork
  • choose your own adventure! Stick to the easier trails if you like or challenge yourself to conquer the more difficult trails.

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III. Tennessee Theatre

For movie buffs or those who prefer live theatre or music, visit the historic Tennessee Theatre, which is one of the few great movie palaces from the Roaring ’20s still in operation. The theatre hosts live music, dance, and drama.  Check out their calendar as they host numerous classic movies as well as concerts with Melissa Ethridge, Ben Rector, Celtic Thunder, Bonnie Raitt, Corey Smith, ZZ Top and Amos Lee (all coming up soon). Live theatre coming soon includes Dirty Dancing, Chicago, Mark Twain Tonight, Cinderella, Riverdance and Rent. Truly something for everyone!

*While you’re there, pick up the book: The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace by Jack Neely, which tells the history of the Tennessee Theatre through fascinating narrative and hundreds of images: photographs, advertisements, posters & tickets, and more.

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IV. The Museum of East Tennessee History

The Front Porch to the Region’s History. The Museum showcases an array of ever-changing, award-winning exhibits tell the history of the people, places and events that shaped this region. The interactive displays found in the signature exhibition, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, allow visitors the opportunity to not only be in the presence of original artifacts that stood witness to the region’s past but also to hear first-person accounts of what life was like, all amidst a backdrop of compelling, historic imagery. Upcoming exhibits:

  • First Families of Tennessee Reunion & Jubilee
  • Smokies Splendor
  • Civil War Families of Tennessee

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V. Tennessee Smokies Baseball

For the sports lovers, we have sports events all year round. For Spring and Summer, the local fans cheer for the Tennessee Smokies Baseball. Watch East Tennessee’s baseball team from the stands, a porch, or a luxury suite. The Tennessee Smokies are a Minor League Baseball team based in the Knoxville, Tennessee, metropolitan area. The team, which plays in the Southern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball as of the 2011 season. Smokies Park, the team’s ballpark, is located in the suburb of Kodak, and seats up to 8,000 fans.

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VI. Turkey Creek Shopping Center

For visiting shopaholics, don’t miss the haven of quality retailers right off Interstate 75. Turkey Creek offers selection and convenience unmatched in the Knoxville area with more than 200 stores, shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it. A sampling of stores includes:  DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Earth Fare, French’s Shoes & Boots, Gander Mountain, ULTA Beauty, Super Target, Old Navy, Ann Taylor Loft, World Market, Kirkland’s, Hobby Lobby, Belk, Talbot’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy and much more.

Turkey Creek is also home to Regal Cinema’s Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX. 

For a full list of stores, restaurants and more, visit the Turkey Creek website.

VII. Knoxville’s Vibrant Nightlife

Whether your searching for a quiet speakeasy, live music, or some of the best nightclubs inTennessee, Knoxville can more than satisfy.  Knoxville’s nightlife scene offers a variety of diverse and eclectic offerings. There’s something for everyone …

  • The Half Barrel: the Half Barrel has one of the largest bourbon/whiskey selections outside of Kentucky. Serves American cuisine and offers more than forty beers on tap.
  • Hanna’s Old City:  ’80s and ’90s retro dance party weekend Thursday through Saturday nights, featuring three fully stocked bars, two dance floors, and an outdoor patio.
  • Hanna’s Cafe: With a laid back atmosphere, nightly specials, great food, and a staff of experienced bartenders, Hanna’s offers the perfect hangout for you and your friends on a nightly basis.
  • Time Warp Tea Room: This warm, eclectic venue hosts a variety of activities including the Vintage Motorcycle Club meetings on Tues. night, Music Fri. and Sat. nights.
  • Sassy Anns House of Blues:  Designed by famous architect, George Barber, over 120 years ago, Sassy Ann’s is listed on the National Historic Registry. The 3 story Victorian house has two full bars, a patio, lots of warm woodwork and antiques, with a wrap around balcony overlooking the second floor bar, stage, and a cozy dance floor.
  • Preservation Pub:  Preservation Pub is a great place to make new friends and meet old ones while listening to some of the best music around Knoxville.

This is just a small sampling of what Knoxville TN has to offer in the way of culture, recreation, fine dining, nature trails, night life and shopping. If you need temporary housing that is lease-free, hassle-free and much more cost-effective and comfortable than a hotel stay, please call Ideal Corporate Housing at our Lexington office, (859) 273-3303.

We understand the needs of those living away from their home cities, so our team is focused on helping professionals or families in the transition process to a new city with information and recommendations for all ages.  Whether its’ school, dining, shopping, or nightlife, we will help you find what you’re looking for.  Check out our website and social media regularly for upcoming events in KY and TN, as well as reviews of local attractions.

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