Activities & Recreation

Following is a selection of programs and agencies that offer activities for seniors. Some are free, others vary by cost.

Centers that offer fitness programs as the main focus or in addition to other activities are marked with an asterisk (*). The health and fitness clubs offer organized programs designed for seniors. Some charge initial enrollment and monthly fees; others have an annual fee or charge by the class. Some offer senior discounts.

Some churches offer senior fitness classes and activities, open to the public. Some elderly-only public housing units have activity centers that welcome community members as well as residents. They offer activities such as suppers, special and educational trips, classes and communal volunteer opportunities. See Housing for locations and phone numbers. For a list of Knox County senior centers that offer activities exclusively for seniors, see Senior Centers.

In this section, asterisks (*) indicate organizations that offer senior-specific fitness programs.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Programs*: 470-7909

Group exercise programs for those living with arthritis and related conditions are offered throughout Knox county and East Tennessee. The Walk With Ease program, Tai Chi and other exercise programs can be found through the Arthritis Resource Finder on the website. The website also offers a specific tool (Your Exercise Solution) that develops an individual exercise plan based on your disease. | Website »

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: 524-8461

1927 Dandridge Avenue, 37915
Oral history projects, reminiscence writing, exhibits. Tues.- Sat., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Free; donations accepted. | Website »

Covenant Health Bodyworks*: 541-4500

Group fitness program with low-cost classes for seniors; low-impact aerobics, toning and flexibility exercises. Classes throughout Knox and other counties. Call for locations
and schedules. | Website »

East District Tennessee Senior Olympics: 436-4990

Gatlinburg Community Center, 156 Proffitt Road, Gatlinburg, 37738 Olympic-style athletic event for adults age 50+, including golf, tennis, track and field, bowling, swimming, and others. District events held annually; winners qualify for state competition. Preregistration required. | Website »

Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center*: 531-5000

270 Fort Sanders West Boulevard, 37922
Senior Fitness classes offer toning, cardiovascular activity, and floor work. Aqua, Go Low, Jointercize, and yoga. Membership fee. | Website »

Humana Guidance Center*: 329-8892

4438 Western Avenue, 37921
Fitness classes such as Silver Sneakers and Tai Chi, health and wellness seminars, social activities, and customer support; information about Humana plans. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. | Website »

Jump Start Health & Fitness Program*: 687-4537

Associated Therapeutics, Inc.
2704 Mineral Springs Avenue, 37917
Aquatic exercise, strength and conditioning programs, weight management, group fitness classes, yoga. Membership fee. | Website »

Knox County Recreation Department: 215-6600

2447 Sutherland Avenue, 37919
Speakers and free or low-cost activities. | Website »

Knoxville City Recreation Department*: 215-4311

Main office: Lakeshore Admin. Building, 5930 Lyons View Pike, 37919
Recreation and Senior Centers offer activities such as dances, field trips, arts and crafts, and exercise programs at various locations. Indoor pools at South Knoxville and Knoxville Adaptive centers. Most activities free or low cost. | Website »

Knoxville Jewish Alliance/Jewish Family Services: 690-6343

6800 Deane Hill Drive, 37919
Regular programs, including speakers, luncheons, classes. Nonmembers welcome. Information and referrals for individual and family counseling available; eldercare consultations. | Website »

National Park Passes: 1-888-275-8747

For seniors and persons with disabilities, federal recreation passes offer lifetime entrance to most national parks, TVA campgrounds and other recreation areas with entrance fees. Also, 50% discount on fees for facilities and services such as boat launch and tours (some restrictions). Disabled persons can get a free Access Pass with proof of medically determined permanent disability. Persons age 62+ can get a discounted annual or lifetime Senior Pass with proof of age and residency. Call visit for a list of locations and how to buy passes. | Website »

SAIL–Stay Active & Independent for Life: 215-5175

Knox County Health Department 140 Dameron Avenue, 37917
Strength and balance exercises to help prevent falls; offered at area senior centers and other venues in Knox and surrounding counties. | Website »

Senior Centers*

For a list of Knox County senior centers that offer activities just for seniors, see Senior Centers.

Seniors for Creative Learning: 974-0150

Partnership between O’Connor Senior Center and UT Department of Professional and Personal Development. Organization of seniors (55+) dedicated to learning and sharing their love of learning with others. Courses are lecture-based and sessions are offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. Membership fees. | Website »

Silver Sneakers: 1-888-423-4632

Fitness program provided at no cost by more than 60 health plans nationwide. Classes designed for all abilities led by certified instructors at multiple fitness facilities throughout Knox and surrounding counties. Contact your health care provider or visit the SilverSneakers website to check your eligibility and find fitness classes. | Website »

Tennova Health & Fitness Center*: 859-7900

Member of Tennova Healthcare 7540 Dannaher Drive, Powell, 37849
Fitness program for people of all ages; some classes seniors only. Exercise equipment and classes; walking groups. Community health education and exercise classes. Membership fee. | Website »

Tennova Senior Circle

Healthy living program for adults 55+. Offers educational and social programs, health screenings, valet parking discount, seminars, and discounts at Tennova Health & Fitness Center. | Website »

Wesley House: 524-5494

1719 Reynolds Street, 37921
Luncheons, activities, and trips for adults 62+. Low cost. | Website »


Recreation; informal education. Branches offer level- appropriate fitness classes, including cardio, water, and low-impact aerobics. Payment options, scholarships available. Participates in Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit programs, in which membership is free. | Website »

Cansler Y: 637-9622

616 Jessamine Street, 37917

Davis Y: 777-9622

12133 S. Northshore Drive, 37922

Downtown Y: 522-9622

605 W. Clinch Avenue, 37902

North Side Y: 922-9622

7609 Maynardville Highway, 37938

West Side Y: 690-9622

400 N. Winston Road, 37909


Recreation, informal education, exercise classes. | Website »

Downtown: 523-6126

420 W. Clinch Avenue, 37902

Phyllis Wheatley: 546-0651

124 S. Cruze Street, 37915