Enjoy a Day of Fun Knoxville Attractions near Cosby

Flanked by the Great Smokey Mountains and the long wind of the Pigeon River, Cosby is a Southern paradise with charm to spare, but just an hour's drive beyond it are Knoxville attractions. This blend of open acres and city delights will please any vacationer. Cosby, founded in 1780, is a favorite of nature enthusiasts, offering an endless variety of peaks and forestry. When concrete adventures are craved, however, Knoxville is waiting to thrill. BBOnline recommends dividing your hours between them. The results will satisfy.

Knoxville Zoological Gardens
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37914
(865) 637-5331

Travel from the comforts of your Cosby Bed and Breakfast and into the wild. The Knoxville Zoological Gardens is an intimate experience, spread across a mere 53 acres. Within it guests will find more than 800 animals, including such rarities as the White Rhino and the first African Elephant bred in the United States. Its conservation efforts have led it to be recognized as one of the world's top zoos and visitors will be amazed by what they discover. From hands-on exhibits to eight diverse ecosystems, there is much to see. The Knoxville Zoological Gardens is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Guests should contact the administrative offices for a listing of upcoming events and special attractions.

World's Fair Park
1060 World's Fair Park Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37914
(865) 215-1158

Knoxville attractions offer family-friendly activities and the World's Fair Park is no different. Built on the former grounds of the 1982 World's Fair, the Park is a celebration of water, light and fun. Guests will be met by a series of fountains, festivals and games. Follow the Sergei Rachmaninoff Walk and discover statues and local beauty. Visit the famed Sunsphere, recreated from its days at the Fair, and receive aerial views of the city. Catch a show at the Amphitheater. Splash around in the cascades and small geysers of the Focus On Waters exhibits (perfect for escaping the heat). It's an always cheerful afternoon. The World's Fair Park is open daily from dusk until dawn. There is no admission fee but special events may require tickets. Schedule accordingly.

Ramsey House Plantation
2614 Thorngrove Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37914
(865) 546-0745

Find the past from your Cosby Inn. Visit the Ramsey House Plantation and discover the world as it was. Founded in 1797, this stone home has been restored, allowing guests to tour its many rooms and learn of the city itself. Ramsey was built by renowned Tennessee architect Thomas Hope and the preserved details capture his designs. Furnishings, clothing, toys and more are all on display, as well as 100 acres of heritage gardens. Spend your hours strolling through local blooms. It's a tribute to the state and to nature. The Ramsey House Plantation is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Large groups should reserve their tickets in advance.

Knoxville attractions are perfect for the entire family and, better still, they can all be reached from Cosby. It's easy and it's all for you.