Sunsphere

Currently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
  • Address: 810 Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8652516860
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Tower, Observation Deck

Sunsphere - Review

The Sun-sphere Tower was built in 1982 for the World Fair which played an important role in balancing the economy of Knoxville.

The Sun-sphere’s classic golden design (and its 300 foot height) is hard to miss in the park and a ride to the observation deck offers you a panoramic view of the neighborhood. The tower tops the list of ‘free things to do in Knoxville’.

Highlights include:

  • The view from the deck
  • A walk around the World Fair park

Sunsphere Ticket Prices

  • Admission to the deck is free.

Sunsphere Opening and Closing Hours

  • Park Hours: 6.00 am to 12.00 am

Observation Deck Hours:

  • April through October: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • November through March: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Hours of observation are subject to change.

How To reach Sunsphere by Public Transport

  • Bus: Knoxville station
  • Trolley Bus/ Tram: KAT Trolley Bus Stop
  • By Taxi
  • By Bicycle
  • By Walking

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TripHobo Highlights for Sunsphere

  • Sunsphere Address: 810 Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902, United States
  • Sunsphere Contact Number: +1-8652516860
  • Sunsphere Timing: 09:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sunsphere Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Sunsphere(preferred time): 10:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Sunsphere: 00:30 Mins
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Things to Know Before Visiting Sunsphere

  • 95% of people who visit Knoxville include Sunsphere in their plan

  • 32.08% of people start their Sunsphere visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Sunsphere

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

92.13% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sunsphere

People normally club together Knoxville Zoo and Market Square while planning their visit to Sunsphere.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Sunsphere, Knoxville Reviews

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  • Pretty cool place to visit when in Knoxville. Also it was free so it's nice to go up if you have children and don't have to worry about having to pay a big price just to see a view. The only thing is that it seems like the windows are pretty dirty from the outside, but who is going to be cleaning windows that high up. Still a nice view. Something to look at when taking a walk in the city.

  • Free and fun. Nice fountain for kids to play in and a little playground also near the base and easy to walk to. Park at art museum and you will go right past them on the way to the sunsphere. Handy restrooms also at base for changing into swimsuits. Sunsphere stays open late but fountain closes early when kids are in school. This was our second trip. Always a favorite!

  • I was in Knoxville this weekend. Knoxville is a very interesting city. Life flourishes there. The atmosphere is wonderful and the people are very friendly. It just happened to be a big street party. The downtown is very clean and full of nice places I was also surprised by the many nice people. Which is not common for Tennessee, there was beer in the street sale. One was allowed to drink beer on the street. I was also in the Tennessee River Natural Park, which is wonderful and really natural. It was also very surprising that you do not have to pay admission there. Neither in the park nor on the lookout tower, it was all for free. This is not common in the US. I can only recommend everyone to see this city.

  • This is a nice thing to do for free. The observation level is free and a nice view of the city. It will not take a lot of time.

  • When I last visited my brother in Knoxville, I figured I might as well check out the Sunsphere (having seen it on an episode of "The Simpsons" years back) while I was in the area. It is neat structure that pops right out the closer you get. There is an elevator to an observation deck, which is where this attraction loses a star from me: Despite a great view of the city--especially the University of Tennessee campus--the windows at the top are filthy, making the city look cloaked in smog/smoke. Needless to say, the interior was not very conducive to capturing good pics of the city from above. Also, despite popular belief, there is *NO* wig storage area at the top within the "sphere" (the staff made that abundantly clear when asked.)

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