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Sunsphere Tower

Address: 810 Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: 865-251-6861
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Ranked #14 of 42 Attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting or live in Knoxville you have to go check out the Sunsphere. If you can afford a little pricier of a meal then grab a great meal at the Icon lounge with their new star chef.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Icons is a nar/lounge located on the fourth level and its a great place to hang with friends and watch the sundown. Its very nice, well decorated, top self alcohol and beer with a selection of great appetizers. .Its moderately priced and great service and staff.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a good place to see the World's Fair Park, downtown Knoxville, and one end of the University of Tennessee campus.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

In any other city an attraction like the Sunsphere Tower would cost you to visit but in Knoxville, its free! We took the elevator up to the observation deck on a sunny saturday morning and we were literally the only people there at first! You get good views of the city - the only disappointment was that one of the... More 

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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139 reviews 139 reviews
60 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Not much there really. You get to see the bleak expanse of the remnants of the WF parking areas from above. The windows are so dirty you can barely see through them. Worth the admission price LOL! Better things to do and see in Knoxville.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

If you are traveling through Knoxville this is a must stop, it's free, and you get great views of the Mountains and UT campus. The sky lounge bar is a great place to get drinks.

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Marietta, Georgia
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25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Visiting the sunsphere in Knoxville is easy and free. The sunsphere is the only obvious remaining structure from the 1982 world fair. It is easy to access from I40, there is plenty of free parking nearby and it is free. Ride the elevator to the observation level for a view of Knoxville and the surrounding area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We had a great time at the Sunsphere Tower. The observation deck was neat but the restaurant was unexpected and wonderful!! The chef came out and talked to my children and made them special off the menu food. We loved the view and all of the staff was great!

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Knoxville, TN
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Iconic Knoxville skyline mainstay, however it is best viewed from a distance. Not really anything special about actually going up into the Sunsphere. It is free however to visit the observation deck, so if you are in Wolds Fair Park anyway and have a few minutes to kill why not give it a try!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We stop in a few times here and there. It's pretty cool and the kids just love it. Inside their is info on a lot of other places to visit. Only complaint is they are closed a lot during times you'd think they should be open, like noon on a Saturday. I thinks it's for repairs? Other than that it's... More 

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