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Sunsphere Tower

810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
+1 865-251-6861
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Great 360 Degree View of the City

The Sunsphere Tower gives visitors a great 360 degree view of Knoxville. You can see all of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
hsbvim
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Dublin, Ohio
Great view of downtown Knoxville

We went up to deck twice including a Sunday a.m. Good 360 view of downtown and beyond... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
beckyw872
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300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“free attraction” (21 reviews)
“degree view” (20 reviews)
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810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
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+1 865-251-6861
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"observation deck"
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"free attraction"
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"degree view"
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"world's fair park"
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"elevator ride"
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"great view of the city"
in 10 reviews
"surrounding park"
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"free elevator"
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"viewing area"
in 7 reviews
"world fair"
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"entire city"
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"points of interest"
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"the world's"
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"sun sphere"
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"the smoky mountains"
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"downtown knoxville"
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"afraid of heights"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Sunsphere Tower gives visitors a great 360 degree view of Knoxville. You can see all of downtown as well as the University of Tennessee in the distance. Parking is not available at the Tower, but there is free parking at the nearby Museum of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went up to deck twice including a Sunday a.m. Good 360 view of downtown and beyond. Free, good elevators, nice plaza including convention center with public restrooms and charging stations. Parking garages and meters about 2 blocks away.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a beautiful Spring day when I rode the elevator to the top of this curious landmark, and the view of the city and the surrounding hills was lovely. A visit is recommended if you are in the area. Free!Q

Thank George E
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If I didn’t read reviews for this I wouldn’t have known to take the elevator up to the observation deck. The forth floor doesn’t seem high enough but that’s the number. I was surprised when the doors opened and I was at the top. I...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have driven past this tower many times throughout our travels, but we had no idea that it is an open attraction. We stopped by on a Monday morning and were able to find a nearby parking space rather quickly. There were...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everytime we see the Sunsphere driving through Knoxville we would say "we'll have to go there someday" finally we stopped! Although finding parking spot was not easy, we took an enjoyable walk through World's Fair Park to the Sunsphere. The views are still beautiful even...More

Thank ANDREA B
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

We were just passing through town and saw that there had been a World's Fair here, so we went to check it out. The park was nice, and the tower was cool, but we had a really hard time finding a place to park. There...More

Thank Jeremy J
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

The weather finally cooperated on our last day in town. We took the elevator up to the 4th floor observation deck. I love the factoids all around the circle that help tell the story of the area. Great views. Doesn't take a lot of time...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Really cool view from the observation deck. Got some cool photos, read up on a little history. Had fun!

Thank Melissa C
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Free elevator ride to observation deck which affords stunning panoramic views to the surrounding area!

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foxcaughron
15 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
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Jomama1968
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
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bdawg4555
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
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