Knoxville sunsphere

Have you ever driven past a landmark or tourist destination many times until you finally decide that today is the day to explore? We have driven through the city of Knoxville many times over the past 15 years and seen the shiny sunsphere towering over the downtown skyline and never stopped till this past summer. The kids and I took a couple of hours to drive down and explore the Knoxville Sunsphere and Worlds Fair Park.

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.

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.

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.

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

Traveling to Knoxville?

Don’t miss Ijams Nature Center – Also FREE!

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  1. April 12, 2013  11:28 am by sharon martin Reply

    What a wonderful view from the observation tower. We haven't been but both my boys would absolutely love it especially the fountains.

  2. April 12, 2013  12:20 pm by Maureen Timerman Reply

    Looks like you had a great time, wish it weren't so far away, the boys would love it!!

  3. April 12, 2013  12:23 pm by Kiera - Easy Travel Mom Reply

    Funny I should read this as last year we drove for the first time through Knoxville both to and from Florida, which I foresee happening MANY more times! I am definitely going to take my daughter to this park now as she has finally gotten out of the fear of large fountains. Looks like fun for both kids and adults! I never would have known so THANK YOU! :)

  4. April 12, 2013  12:46 pm by Annemarie Reply

    I have not been there, but it looks like a lot of fun. Another nice destination to add to my list of places to see!

  5. April 12, 2013  1:57 pm by Melissa Reply

    This brings back such great memories! I was actually at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville with my family. It was a really cool thing to experience as a kid. We'll have to put this on our list of trips to take!

  6. April 12, 2013  2:23 pm by Ann Reply

    I had no idea that you could go in it! My husband remembers when they had the worlds fair there. I bet he doesn't know you can go in, but next time we are down there I am going to suggest going if we have time.

  7. April 12, 2013  5:39 pm by self sagacity Reply

    Never have been to Knoxville yet, but looking for coordinate a family trip soon. I will look into this town. Your trip sounded fabulous!

  8. April 13, 2013  3:05 am by Susan Broughton Reply

    I love Knoxville! We live a couple of hours from there. I went to the 1982 fair and it was so much fun. I was so young then. The downtown area was all abuzz with people and cars etc. But I remember the different foods the most. I enjoy the city of Knoxville a lot. I am going to take a look at your other suggestions for free fun too. Thanks for the info. I would love to hear more about this area from Knoxville, Gatlenburg, Pigeon forge and then in Kentucky as well.

  9. April 14, 2013  4:26 am by Michelle Reply

    Okay, I've definitely decided to route through Knoxville! Thanks for so many great ideas.

  10. September 7, 2015  1:40 pm by Robin Rue (@massholemommy) Reply

    That sounds like a fun place to visit. I would love it check it out one day.

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