World's Fair Park, site of the 1982 fair, is ten acres of green space in the heart of Knoxville. ((courtesy, Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation))

World's Fair Park was the site of the 1982 World's Fair and today is a city park with ten acres of green space and gardens. It houses the 300-foot Sunsphere, a glittering landmark constructed for the fair but now closed to the public. The park has four main areas—the festival lawn, the lake area, the performance lawn, and the amphitheater. The performance lawn, roughly the size of two football fields, is a natural amphitheater ideal for summer concerts, festivals, and community events. The nearby festival lawn, another two acres of green space, stands adjacent to the Court of Flags Fountain, another symbol of the 1982 World's Fair. Noteworthy strolls include the Lawn and Water Walks, which take visitors through the festival and performance lawns, the stream, and the lake; the HGTV Walk, which starts at the north part of the park near the Court of Flags Fountain and takes visitors through the park's beautiful flower gardens; and the Sergei Rachmaninoff Walk, which passes a statue of the famous Russian composer and celebrates his last public performance, at the University of Tennessee in February 1943.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • If it's hot in Knoxville, head to World's Fair Park, site of the 1982 World's Fair. Bring your kids' swimsuits and turn them loose in the park's interactive fountains with dancing waters shooting high into the air. Yes, they will get wet, so bring a towel and dry clothes, too.
  • There are miles of lawn and flowers, waterfalls and streams. Paved pathways weave through the 52-acre park. Look for the one leading to a statue of famous composer and musician Rachmaninoff, as his last public performance was at the University of Tennessee in 1943.
  • No glass containers are allowed in the fountain areas, and fountains operate seasonally.

World's Fair Park Dr.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

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Telephone Number: (865) 215-2246
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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