By: Shane Embury

Weekends in Knoxville, Tennessee are far more than a time for homework and solitude. The city appeals to its many extroverted teens with a vast array of activities to experience. Here are some new things to try this weekend:

  • Airsoft: The military dream comes to life with Knoxville’s several airsoft opportunities. Battlefield Airsoft and Tennessee Tactical Airsoft Facility (TENNTAK) both offer the thrill of airsoft gameplay, and Parafrog Airsoft supplies eager airsoft players with the best guns and ammunition.
  • Bowling: Bowling is a classic form of fun, and the Strike & Spare family entertainment business has three bowling locations right here in Knoxville: West Avenue, Fountain Lanes and Family Bowl. Downtown Knoxville is home to a fourth bowling alley, called Maple Hall, creating an exciting arrangement of bowling alleys to take advantage of.
  • Escape Games: A relatively new addition to Knoxville is the variety of escape game facilities, including Breakout Knoxville, Escape Game Knoxville and Which Way Out. In an escape game, up to eight participants of any age are trapped in a room and challenges to solve puzzles and riddles to escape within the 60 minute time limit.
  • Ice-Skating: Cool Sports’s Icearium and the Ice Chalet both provide eager Knoxville skaters with the chance to go ice-skating year-round. These ice-skating rinks also host practices for sports such as ice hockey and figure-skating, making them great sites for both fun and exercise.
  • Laser Tag: People can play laser tag, a less physical alternative to the aforementioned airsoft gaming, at Battlefield Knoxville and the ever-popular Laser Quest. Pigeon Forge, located only an hour away, also excites its visitors with the facility Lazerport Fun Center, which boasts laser tag, miniature golf, go-karting and an arcade.
  • Miniature Golf: Lazerport Fun Center is not the only place in Knoxville that presents people with miniature golfing opportunities. Putt-Putt Golf and Games is the city’s most favored miniature golf chain, followed by Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center, which also offers paintball and go-karting.
  • Market Square: Downtown Knoxville bustles with people from all over the city. Shops and restaurants line the borders of Market Square, and several alleyways are adorned with astonishing murals. Kids can play in a splash-pad area in the center of Market Square, and in the winter, an open air ice skating rink takes center stage for everyone to enjoy.
  • Pigeon Forge: For people desiring a wide range of activities, driving the short distance from Knoxville to Pigeon Forge is the best decision. It offers several museums, including the Titanic museum, which is one of only two in the United States. Pigeon Forge is packed with arcades, dinner theaters, parks, go-karting and countless other attractions, including the exhilarating amusement parks Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country.
  • Zoo: Animal lovers can observe approximately 800 different animals at the popular Knoxville Zoo. The Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue is located in Clinton, only 30 minutes away from Knoxville, where exotic animals are rescued from across the country and showcased for visitors.

Although Knoxville is no Las Vegas, there are clearly still countless opportunities available for everyone to get involved in.