Outdoor Activities for Senior Citizens in Knoxville

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Seniors enjoying outdoor activities in Knoxville, TN

What’s the best thing about being retired? Being able to do what you want – when you want!

My friends, it’s time to get up & out, to take advantage of this beautiful, warm weather we’re having. Don’t miss the lovely season and all of its gifts.

Here are some of my favorite activities, right in the Knoxville, TN area. Share some of yours in the comments!

Classic Games

Whether you are athletic or more mellow about exercise, there is something for everyone when it comes to classic games.

Golf – You can play 9 or 18 holes of golf and enjoy the day at a golf course. Or consider simply going to a putting green, to work on your golf swing. Or working with a golf pro, to work on your golf game, get a few points off the next time you play with friends.

Tennis – This is not only great exercise but a terrific way to get together with friends. Playing doubles tennis you’ll need 4 players or against one person there are 2 players total. But seniors – be cautious: tennis is a game that can be tough on your knees to check with your doctor if you are uncertain.


Gardening is one of the best outdoor activities to enjoy great weather. Not only are you right up close with the season, seeing all of the fantastic things Mother Nature can create but it does your body and soul good to connect with the earth in that way. So get out there and work in your garden or plant something on your porch in planters. Here are a few favorite public gardens to explore too, to help you get ideas for your home gardening.

World’s Fair Park
525 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 215-1158

Don’t miss this large, well-known park in Knoxville if you enjoy gardening. It may give you inspiration for what to do in your home garden or simply let you admire the beauty of nature. The Dogwood trees are especially popular and you’ll find native species to the area here.

Gardens at Ramsey House Plantation
2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914
(865) 546-0745

I doubt you’ll have time to explore all 100 acres at once, but know you will certainly enjoy seeing this historic home in Knoxville and the beautiful garden that surrounds it. The Smoky Mountains are in the background. If you visit in the spring and summer you’ll see a lot more of the vegetable and flower gardens, but I think every season here is so beautiful.

Univ of Tennessee Gardens
2518 Jacob Drive
(865) 974-8265

Now this garden will appeal to you a) if you love gardening and b) especially if you are interested in the science behind what makes a garden great. Because basically this garden is a lab, filled with plants, trees and shrubs to help determine how to make them perform at optimal best. Don’t miss this garden if you are looking for tips on how to improve your garden or if you’ve moved to a new place and are trying to figure out what to do with the garden, it will give you a ton of ideas!


I don’t know how you’ll feel about saying “Om” all the time or if you’ll attain true inner peace. But yoga has been shown to improve deep relaxation, sleep, flexibility and has many health benefits. Even a new beginner can experience improvements. Remember with yoga to begin where you are – don’t twist yourself into a “pretzel shape” when you aren’t yet that flexible – it simply takes practice to get there!

West Side
400 N. Winston Road
(865) 690-9622

Here you’ll find Senior Yoga classes and other Senior exercise classes!

Bob Temple North Side
7609 Maynardville Highway

This Y facility has Senior Yoga and other Senior exercise including Silver Sneakers!

Davis Family
12133 S. Northshore Drive
(865) 777-9622

They have Silver Stretch (Senior Yoga classes) as well as Silver Splash (swimming for seniors) and Silver Sneakers too!

Jump Start Health & Fitness Program
Associated Therapeutics, Inc.
2704 Mineral Springs Avenue
(865) 687-4537

You’ll find lots of great exercise classes and yoga here as well.

Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center
270 Fort Sanders West Boulevard
(865) 531-5063

Many exercise classes including yoga.


It’s easy to get up and walk around the block. But try going out and exploring a place that is new to you. That keeps your heart a-pumpin’ and the sneakers a-movin’ too!

Knoxville Zoo

They’ve got more than 800 animals for you to discover. Everything from elephants, giraffes, gorillas and so much more. Don’t miss their well-known Red Pandas, which are bred right there at the zoo.

3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
(865) 637-5331

Ijams Nature Center

This stunning nature center offers you more than a place to walk. You can truly see nature change the seasons, right before your eyes. There are more active sports opportunities such as hiking and climbing. See wildlife and birds.

2915 Island Home Avenue
(865) 577-4717

Adair Park

Enjoy your regular walk through the peace and beauty of natural Knoxville. This park is 1.1 miles and includes access to a creek and pond, so there are many scenic views to make you smile. Remember to leave only footprints and to take only photographs. This is a city park run by the government.

1807 Adair Drive


Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 Worlds Fair Park Drive
(865) 525-6101

This museum features artists from Eastern Tennessee. See both classic and modern art at this fine museum.