Here are some fun things to do on the Tennessee River


The temperature is warming up, which means there will be more activities to do on the water.

Although the East Tennessee lakes are popular warm weather destinations, don’t overlook the Tennessee River when considering what water activities you want to do.

Departing from Volunteer Landing Marina, Knoxville Cycleboats opened last year. The optional 20-person self-contained pedal boats allowed passengers to enjoy the river with family and friends for up to two hours while listening to personally selected music, eating and drinking beverages of their choice.

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But the Chicago-based company unveiled something new for Knoxville residents when it reopens on April 1. The 21ft Luxury Duffy offers a self-guided river cruise for 10 in style. The Duffy has the same amenities as Knoxville Cycleboats’ other boating options, but features a more intimate ambience, covered seating and an exposed aft deck for unobstructed views from the water.

Duffy boat prices start at $99 and can be rented for up to two hours. All Knoxville Cycleboats cruises depart from Volunteer Landing Marina Wednesday through Sunday.

Knoxville Cycleboats also intends to partner with local breweries, distilleries, restaurants and events during its 2022 season.

Are you feeling adventurous?

There are many other options for enjoying the Tennessee River besides cruising. Paddling, canoeing, kayaking, and even hydro-biking are also available if you’re feeling adventurous.

Knoxville Adventure Collective offers several guided and self-guided activities. Canoes, paddle boards, kayaks, and tandem kayaks can all be rented for up to two hours, starting around $20.

Exploratory or guided adventures can last up to three hours. You can also choose to paddleboard at sunrise, sunset, or full moon, or you might be interested in trying yoga on a paddleboard…while on the water.

Knoxville Adventure Collective welcomes all levels of experience.

Guided kayak fishing trips through River Sports Outfitters are another adventurous option on the Tennessee River. Starting at $50, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards can also be rented through River Sports. Check locations for hours and availability.

Whether it’s a luxurious cruise with friends or a rough kayak descent, there are plenty of opportunities to make fun memories on the Tennessee River this spring and summer.


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