Free entry to museums, best shortcuts

Free entry to museums, best shortcuts

It’s the little things that make life better, and sometimes it’s life hacks that make all the difference.

For those who are not aware, life hacks are strategies and knowledge that not everyone knows. These can help save time, money and energy.

Originally inspired by this Reddit post by user u/LightningBoot, here are six Knoxville life hacks compiled by Knox News to make life a little easier.

The Sunsphere stands in front of the Smoky Mountains on a clear day as seen from Sharps Ridge Memorial Park in North Knoxville on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Read the City Explorer Pass

Knox County residents who have a library card have an additional way to gain knowledge and explore Knoxville.

The Read City Explorer Pass gives library cardholders access to several museums, historic houses and Knoxville activities for free or at a discount. All you need to do is book a visit on the day you wish to travel up to six weeks in advance and a confirmation email will be sent with instructions. There is a limited number of passes for each location, but it is updated with new passes every week.

These kids—and their moms—received their Discovery Passes at Zoo Knoxville as part of READ CITY USA, a collaborative project launched by Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs in January 2019. They'll be able to choose from even more library books thanks to a recent significant increase in government funding.  19 August 2021.

Participating institutions include the Clarence Brown Theatre, the Museum of Appalachia, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Blount Mansion and the Knoxville Zoo. This life hack is especially useful for families looking for something new to try, so get out there and start exploring!

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Back roads in Knoxville and Knox County

The Hardin Valley Road exit at Pellissippi Parkway is dangerously backed up into the right shoulder during rush hour on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Just about everyone in Knoxville knows the value of the back roads, but here’s a reminder just in case.

The interstate is fine until it gets backed up with traffic. But if you’re aware of Knoxville’s traffic patterns, you can usually get around it by taking the back roads. For example, there is Westland Drive onto Lyons View Pike which takes you from Concord Park in West Knoxville straight to Sequoyah Hills, bypassing Kingston Pike entirely.

This hack was submitted by reader Frances McMillan.

“I’ve lived here all my life, but my life is back roads,” McMillan wrote in an email to Knox News. “I’ve never used freeways in the last few years. I hate them. So I always use back roads.”

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