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

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

  • Admission to the deck is free.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 36.71% of people start their Sunsphere visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Sunsphere

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

93.65% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sunsphere

People normally club together East Tennessee History Center and University Of Tennessee while planning their visit to Sunsphere.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • A defining landmark in the downtown Knoxville area, it would be hard to miss if you're driving by. There's a free elevator you can take up to an observation deck within the sphere, which gives you a tinted, panoramic view of the city, along with an assortment of little infoboards that provide some history and context around the sphere and Knoxville itself. I'm glad I checked it out, and I would recommend anyone visiting to do the same.

  • It is definitely a neat building to look at. It's open to the public until 10pm. We went up at 730 on a Sunday night and we were the only ones up there. It is free which is very nice. Parking is not easy. We parked in a lot 3 blocks away and walked over. The part I didn't like is when you go up at night the lights inside reflect off the windows. It makes it very difficult to get any good pictures or see out that well. Definitely worth a visit but maybe better to visit during the daylight hours.

  • Wonderful area. Really nice to walk around. The Sunsphere is worth your time. Views are really incredible. Nice part of Knoxville and a must stop if you’re passing through.

  • 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 to public. Take elevator to the top to see what Knoxville looks like from an Elevated position. Not as tall as it seemed in 1982 worlds fair...or maybe Knoxville has built some bigger buildings. Either way, not a ton to see, but then again, did I say free? So I guess it is worth the price of admission.

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