Water is a central feature in the Park, which contains some of the most innovative and exciting water features in the form of placid lakes, quiet streams, cascading waterfalls, and a unique one-story-high geyser that spouts high into the air. This water features not only add auditory and visual pleasure but also contribute towards the functional landscape design of the Park.
The World’s Fair Park can be explored via several trails that crisscross the Park. The HGTV Walk serves as the north entry to the park and can be found north of the Court of Flags Fountain. The HGTV Walk consists of two pathways leading through a variety of colorful flowers, stocky shrubs, and beautiful trees, along with benches for visitors to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The Sergei Rachmaninoff Walk is named in honor of the world-renowned composer and performer and features a bronze statue sculpted by Russian artist, Victor Bokarev of the artist. Other features of the pathway include a semi-circle of Tennessee marble clad benches and lovely groups of hemlock and rhododendron. The Lawn and Water Walks wind around the Park’s Festival and Performance Lawns, streams, and lake and are frequented by walkers, joggers, and runners who want to enjoy the natural scenery.
Constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair and towering 266 feet above the city’s skyline, the Tennessee Amphitheater and the Sunsphere are the only structures that remain in the Park today. The Tennessee Amphitheater was used to host classical, and country music concerts and the Sunsphere served as the symbol of the Fair.
The only structure of its kind, the Sunsphere is an iconic feature of the Knoxville skyline and provides a 360-degree view of the city and beyond. Diners can enjoy dinner at the Primo Ristorante Italiano restaurant on the 5th level of the structure, and there are event rental space and local businesses on the 6th and upper floors of the structure. A newly added Observation Deck on the 4th floor houses a gallery of Knoxville photographs and breathtaking 360-degree views of Knoxville. The Observation Deck can be reached by elevator and can be rented for weddings, receptions, social and corporate functions.
The World's Fair Park is located in Knoxville and is open to the public from 6:00 am until midnight every day.
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