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Recreational Activities


A marvelous surprise is in store for newcomers to the Tennessee Valley! Tennessee provides a wide range of native artistic talent and the opportunity to enjoy the many and varied cultural activities offered in the Knoxville and Oak Ridge area. The cultural atmosphere is characterized by high levels of professional achievement, excellent facilities, great variety, community support, and pride in the performing arts.


Throughout the area you’ll find specialty shops and super-stores, open-air markets and intimate galleries, up-to-the-minute fashions and vintage charm. Enjoy the selections offered by our local merchants, or choose from a variety of national chains you know and love. From eclectic boutiques to elegant antique stores to a myriad of avant-garde and unique shops, you’re sure to find a store that meets your style. If you are unsure where to start, Jackson Square in Oak Ridge and Market Square in Knoxville are both great places to stroll and shop. If you are craving fresh produce, check out the variety of local Farmers’ Markets.


Want in on the action? From basketball courts to tennis courts, swimming pools to pool tables, this area has the sports action you’re craving. Fly a Frisbee or roll a bowling ball. Swing a bat, ride a bike or throw a fastball. Round up a team and get out and play. Miles of area greenways also offer many options for walkers, runners and bicyclists.

Day Trips

The Knoxville and Oak Ridge area are driving distance from multiple, unique locations such as national parks, major cities and historical locations. Drive about an hour and play at the theme park Dollywood or visit Nashville to learn about Tennessee’s capital and explore the music scene!


Tennessee is known as the “Volunteer State,” so get in the volunteering spirit! Stay involved with causes you care about and connect with the community on a deeper level. Use the following websites to jumpstart your search for a volunteer opportunity: Volunteer Knoxville, Oak Ridge Volunteer Opportunities, Volunteer Match and Great Nonprofits.

Interns and mentors soccer match

The annual interns versus mentors soccer game.