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Glad we went.

The ride in the elevator was a bit shaky, but worth it. The view from the observation deck was... read more

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Free view of downtown

Cool to be able to get a great view of downtown for free from a funky looking tower. Thanks... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2018
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300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.
810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
+1 865-251-6861
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ride in the elevator was a bit shaky, but worth it. The view from the observation deck was great with information along the walk. We'll have to go again in spring or summer for a different view.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank shooiec
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For the longest time I didn't know if I would ever C inside this place but today was my absolute first time ever going 2 the 4th floor observation deck and it was okay but the only thing U could do is look out on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank William B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its an OK high rise view of the city and its free. The observation deck does have some information about the city's history. I would not go out of my way to visit - it is not always open and the windows are way beyond...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JWBGrapevine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The beauty is the outside. If you go, there’s a ramp that will take you to the elevators & make sure you go to the public elevator, you just go to the 4th floor & then that’s it. The windows were dirty & had a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank iparker5611
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not much of a view. Some interpretive signage with area information. Windows don’t provide a very good view because of the gold coating. Don’t make a special trip, park grounds are more interesting than the dome.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jra3
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Cool to be able to get a great view of downtown for free from a funky looking tower. Thanks Knoxville

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank O986
Reviewed 27 November 2018

Easy access with nearby parking, walkways and elevators to the observation deck. Entrance is free, with great views of K-ville and surrounding country. Nice art and information displays at observation deck. Must see in K-ville.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter S
Reviewed 21 November 2018

I attended a private event at the sunsphere a few weeks ago at night. There were 400-500 people attending the event. One elevator broke and 911 had to be called. There was no one staffing the sunsphere besides caterers and a band, so no one...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

This is an icon of the 1972 World's Fair and is the centerpiece if the World's Fair Park. Take the free ride to the observation deck, where you have a great view of Knoxville.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Becky H
Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

If you’re lucky enough to be able to get into the observation area views of Knoxville are incredible it’s an odd looking creature but it is a Knoxville landmark built for the 1982 worlds fair and also featured on the Simpsons as a wig shop

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank thetoddd
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14 March 2018|
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Response from wbk215 | Reviewed this property |
I just checked the Visitor's Center website. They say that Primo Ristorante Italiano 810 Clinch Avenue Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 249-7321 is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm. I called the number... More
26 October 2015|
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Response from 533at | Reviewed this property |
Yes, to get inside it is free and the observation deck is also free. I believe there was a restaurant on one of the levels, which obviously would cost you, and you might have to pay for parking nearby to check this out, but... More
19 July 2015|
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Response from Gene H | Reviewed this property |
April through October: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. November through March: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. the Sunsphere Observation Deck, 4th Level is open to the public. It offers a 360-degree view of the original 1982 World's Fair... More