Knoxville is a city filled with endless fun and family friendly things to do. If you’re anything like me and the slightest bit of nice weather has you itching to get outside, then I have the perfect thing for you to add to your family-fun-to-do-list: an around town mural scavenger hunt! All over the city, you can stumble upon hidden art masterpieces that are just waiting for you to find them. From the sides of restaurants, shops, the ever-changing and popular Market Square graffiti, to the charming, smaller surrounding towns, you are sure to find walls with stories to tell and colors that captivate.
If you need a fun last minute family photo, want to show off our town to the visiting family this holiday season, or just need a day of entertainment for the kids, then head on out the door with this mural list in mind. Nothing beats a day of free family entertainment that involves anticipation and excitement around every turn. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means; so buckle those kiddos in the car, tell them you’re going on a scavenger hunt and that they need to keep their eyes wide open!
World’s Fair Park
Weaving Rainbow Mountain
You’ll find these colorful stairs between the UT campus and World’s Fair Park.
Who doesn’t love Dolly? Even though you’ll find her in Art Alley, I just love her so much I thought she needed her own recognition!
You’ll find these swirling swimming fish off Homberg Drive in Knox.
Not even the tiniest people can turn down a photo-op here on Kingston Pike! I mean, come on, can you blame them?
How adorable would this be for a new big sibling announcement?? It’s over at 798 Irwin Street. These are the lovely ladies that painted it!
I don’t know a little boy that would turn down anything Lego related, especially decked out in UT gear! He’s over at Java on Central.
When I was crowdsourcing for cute kid photos for this article, I had SO many for Market Square/Art Alley I couldn’t include them all. The backdrop there is always changing and what you see today may not be there the next time you visit, so be sure to take the photo!
Outside of Knox, in the sweet town of Clinton, you’ll find this hometown mural at Spindle Tree.
South of Knoxville, you’ll see beautiful butterfly wings fit for people both big and small. To the left of these big wings, you’ll find another pair small enough for all the littles in the family, including the dog! These are in the heart of downtown Maryville off Broadway.
Doors of The Standard
This one isn’t your typical wall-painted-mural, but who can turn down such a beauty of a backdrop?
Inside the Sunsphere
The Sunsphere is a staple of the downtown Knoxville skyline. Did you know you can go inside it?
The downtown Chilhowee Park location of The Muse has this adorable mural outside for little minds. They also have colorful steps leading up to the front doors of the building that would make a great photo spot!
You’ll find no shortage of butterflies in Sevier County. Dolly loves butterflies and her hometown pays homage to her any chance they can! This one is in downtown Sevierville.
If you have a mural to add to our list, please comment below and let us know where it is. Let’s get our local art seen and heard! If you know the artist or story behind the painting, please share it with us.