Sunsphere at the World Fair Park Knoxville,Tennessee,  by raindancerwoman

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I have lived in East Tennessee 21 years, and this was the first time I have been to Worlds Fair Park. I took my first ever ride up into the Sunsphere. It has quite the view. It was a most enjoyable day. There was a group of children there for an Easter egg hunt. Looked like they had a lot of fun.

The Sunsphere and World’s Fair Park are what remain of 1982 World’s Fair that was held in Knoxville. It was built as a monument to the sun to complement the fair’s theme that year, “Energy Turns the World.” During the fair, the Sunsphere averaged 60,000 visitors a day.The fourth floor of the Sunsphere is an observation deck that’s open to the public daily.The park itself is a nice place to relax and have a picnic. Oftentimes, outdoor concerts or events are held on the grounds.The Sunsphere and World’s Fair Park are located next to the Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville Museum of Art and Chocolate Factory. The Holiday Inn is just down the street and the free trolley line runs by the park.

This unusual object was built for the 1982 World’s Fair. It is a 266 foot tall steel tower. At the top is a five-story globe made up of bronze-coated reflective glass. It is the most recognizable landmark in Knoxville.

The man-made lake that runs through the middle of World’s Fair Park is beautiful. It features a huge geyser-like fountain in the middle .
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  • Chuck Wickham
    Chuck Wickhamover 5 years ago

    Looks like a cover for a local magazine.

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 5 years ago

    What an awesome Sunsphere!!! Love the mirrored tiles!

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