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Sunsphere Tower

810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
+1 865-251-6861
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A "Towering" View of the Knoxville Area

This is a free admission attraction which makes it good to start off with. An excellent view of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
Shows it’s age..but it’s free

Free elevator ride to the top for a 360degree view of Knoxville. A relic from the 1983 worlds fair... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ocean City, Maryland
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300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good36%
  • Average21%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“degree view” (20 reviews)
810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
+1 865-251-6861
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a free admission attraction which makes it good to start off with. An excellent view of downtown with maps indicating t various points of interest. There is also a history of the World's Fair for which this tower was built. Well worth the...More

Thank wbk215
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free elevator ride to the top for a 360degree view of Knoxville. A relic from the 1983 worlds fair that’s showing its age. Easy to visualize the lines around the block waiting to ride to the top when it was new...now it’s just you and...More

Thank GV27OCMD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a chance and went to the observation deck despite the rain that had been coming down all day. It was still a wonderful 360 degree view of the city and the UT campus.

Thank Cortney P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a nice view and it's free, but it really could use some maintenance, as it's starting to show its age. The drawing inside are a little kitschy but it has its charm. You can see quite far around the town, and it's quite nice....More

Thank sanzochu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We cycled in to this area not knowing you could go up inside the sphere. Us and our bikes took the free elevator ride to the enclosed observation deck and had a good panorama of the city. The coating on the glass did diminish the...More

Thank cityglow
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to cool off close to up town.. kids love it. Great place for kids to run around and play places to set while you watch your your kids

Thank smiller2692
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Finally made it to the Sunsphere of The Simpsons and World Fair fame. Free admission to the lifts which take you up to the panoramic view of Knoxville. Another tick on my list after seeing it from afar 2 years ago.

Thank Omar S
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We were a little confused at first because the elevator reads "4- observation deck" and then continues up through 8. We assumed level 4 would be below the "golden golfball" (yes- it's the Sun Sphere but everyone calls it the golden golfball). I was pleased...More

Thank Malinda U
Reviewed 26 September 2017

A relic from the 1980s that is now free to visit with views over the city. The structure could use some work though, since it feels rather dated. I still think the visit is worth it, it is a landmark of the time, it is...More

Thank penelopeia
Reviewed 20 September 2017

It was a nice view but we could not find enough activities to keep us there more than 20 minutes. We would maybe return.

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26 October 2015|
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Response from A T | 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