Knoxville Sunsphere & World’s Fair Park

Today we spent the day being a tourist in Knoxville, TN with our friends Kayelynn and Lianna. We had hoped to spend 24 hours camping out in a Chick Fil A parking lot as part of the First 100 for the newest restaurant opening, but didn’t get chosen. So we chose to find a back up plan and enjoy our time in the city. We know the key to any successful day adventure is having options where the kids are exploring and having new experiences while keeping them from getting too hot in the summer sun! The Knoxville Sunsphere would be a great option.

The Knoxville Sunsphere

The Sunsphere was constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair and during that time, it served as the symbol to the Fair.

Knoxville Sunsphere

The Observation Deck is located on the 4th floor.
There is no admission charge and elevator usage for the Observation Deck is limited to the double elevators facing the lake at the base of the Sunsphere and at the Convention Center level. The 4th floor actually takes you to the base of the sphere where there is a full view of the city.

knoxville Sunsphere

The observation deck is completely glassed in and circles around the base so you can see on all sides.
No food or drinks are allowed on the observation deck.

The Fountains

The Worlds Fair Park boasts some great water features for the kids to play in.

There is a great playground area…

War Memorial to the Veterans….

Water Fountains, Beautiful Flowers…..
This is a beautiful place and well worth the visit.

There is no admission charge to visit the Observation Deck and access is limited to the double elevators facing the lake at the base of the Sunsphere and at the Convention Center level.

Observation Deck Hours

April through October:
9 am – 10 pm

November through March:
11 am – 6 pm

Parking Information

Have you been here? Isn’t it fun to find places to create memories that don’t cost a penny?

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


  1. says

    How cool that it’s free!!! I went to Knoxville once on a business trip. I didn’t have a bunch of time for sightseeing, but my impression was very positive and I’d love to go back with the kids. This will definitely be on my list of things to see!


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