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World's Fair Park at Tennessee

The Sunsphere at World's Fair Park

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World's Fair Park in Knoxville

In 1982, the Knoxville International Energy Exposition, more commonly known as the World's Fair, took place in this fair city. Today, the site is known as World's Fair Park, The park is a delightful public space with rolling lawns, botanical gardens, waterfalls and fountains. The Sunsphere, which was the focal point of the Knoxville World's Fair, shines like a golden beacon 266 feet high. Each of its 360 windows reflects the sunlight with the help of 24-karat gold dust laminated within a vinyl film. The Park is a great place to relax in Knoxville.World's Fair Park is also home to several walks and lawns, as well as water features. Explore the Park via the HGTV Walk, which consists of beautiful plants, shrubs and trees. The Festival Lawn and Performance Lawn often host exciting events such as outdoor concerts and films. Kids love to put on their bathing suits and cool off in the Court of Flags Fountains. Our hotel is just minutes away, giving you easy access to one of the best outdoor things to do in Knoxville.


Prices -

Free admission.

Hours -

6am to midnight.


  • Bacon Festival
  • Great Llama Race
  • Relay for Life


  • Picnics
  • Sunsphere
  • Walking paths
  • Icon Lounge & Restaurant
  • Festivals


  • Is the Sunsphere open to the public?

    Yes, the Sunsphere reopened to the public in 2014. Admission is free to travel up to the Observation Deck on the 4th level. Visitors enjoy panoramic views of downtown Knoxville, World's Fair Park, the Smoky Mountains, the Tennessee River and the University of Tennessee. The Sunsphere is open from 11am to 6pm, November through March.; and 9am to 10pm, April through October. The 5th level is the Icon Ultra Lounge Restaurant.
  • What are the top World's Fair Park events?

    Some of the biggest and most well-known events at World's Fair Park include the annual 4th of July celebration and fireworks, Komen Race for the Cure, and the summer concert series. 


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