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Chattanooga Zoo
301 North Holtzclaw Ave
Chattanooga
TN
37404
Tel: 423.697.1322

Where are we going today?

Who's ready for a day at the zoo! And not just any zoo - Chattanooga Zoo!

This super fun and family friendly Tennessee attraction is FILLED with all sorts of animals from all over the world - and is the perfect place for kids to not only have amazing animal encounters, but they can learn about them too!

Have you ever been face to face with chimpanzees? At Chattanooga Zoo, you can get right up close to these African beauties as they play in their waterfalls and outside play yard. In this Gombe Forest attraction, kids might even think they are part of their grooming ritual!

From Africa to the Himalayas, you can retrace the journey of Marco Polo (and if you don't know who Marco Polo is, why not learn at the zoo - another great reason to go!) and discover all the amazing creatures he might have encountered. Kids can also learn about endangered creatures like the snow leopard, so there are invaluable lessons for them. 

Did you know that Chattanooga has a long standing association with the railroads? And what does that have to do with the zoo we hear you ask? Well, the Walkin' The Tracks exhibit is just for the animals you would find in the USA, and it's theme relates to that relationship. It's great for the family to see how amazing your own country is!

Deserts and forests your thing? Then head to the very fittingly named Deserts & Forests of the World exhibit, with alligators, foxes, vipers and komodo dragons.

What's great about the Chattanooga Zoo, is that every exhibit has information about the animals that are on show, so if there are any questions the kids have - the more the better! It's all about learning. 

So for that animal filled family day out in Tennessee, the charming Chattanooga Zoo is waiting just for you! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8.95
  • Children$5.95 (Ages 3 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years old
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily

Daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year

Teachers corner

It's a great idea to take the students to the zoo! They can travel the world without leaving the state and you can add an education program to your trip.

I'm Hungry!

There are concession stands in the zoo for you to fill up on those snacks. .

Healthy Eating!

There are picnic areas outside of the park in Warner Park if you want to bring your own lunch. Outside food and drink is no longer permitted. .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you check out the fun rides at the zoo! You can ride a camel for those over 38" for just $5, or ride the carousel! .

Doing our bit

The zoo's mission is to inspire and engage everyone to understand how to preserve wildlife.

Need a little extra help?

If you do have special needs or need wheelchair access, call the zoo before hand if you have any questions. Service dogs are allowed.

Can I get one of those?

Get those pennies out because there is a gift shop! Take home something fun and animal related (or educational!) to remind you of your day .

More information

If you want to try something really special, you can spend the night at the zoo and find out what the animals get up to after dark!.

What people are saying?

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    Dear Zoo Folks: Please LEAVE THE HELLBENDERS ALONE !

    You are hurting populations in the wild! Stop sending hordes of people into the rivers, flipping their rocks, handling, and collecting them to breed unsuccessfully for zoo exhibits, beer and donations.
    How many hellbenders have you killed when you flip their rocks and crush them in the "name of conservation?" You are doing more harm than good!!!! Please STOP exploiting Hellbenders!

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    Super Small. Walked through in 1 hour tops. The Camel ride is good but you only walk in a small circle once. The train is nice but I wish it was able to go through the whole property. They Definitely need some expansion and add a few exhibits. Other than that the staff is very nice and there is a rouge peacock that followed My cousin, my daughter and I, around the whole park... Was cool.

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    When my family visited this zoo we loved it. We were in Chat for the weekend we went to the zoo on Saturday and on Sunday. We got the guided tour and got to find out so much about these animals and their background. Before everyone puts down this zoo they should know some of the conditions of these animals. A lot of these animals didn't come from the best conditions. I think the zoo keepers do an amazing job with the animals and truly love them. Some of these animals were truly mistreated before coming to the Chat Zoo and they are doing the best...Read More

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    I've been going to this zoo for years now. I remember when they had the $1 Wednesday, which was AWESOME... too bad that ended. I love the zoo. The animals are not at all depressed as some of the other reviews stated. Some animals are just nocturnal. Some, such as leopards and jaguars, sleep an incredible amount of time per day. The staff there may not initiate conversation very often, but when you ask them a question, they are more than happy to answer, and they give lots of interesting facts.

    The exhibits are wonderful.They have a species of frog...Read More

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    We planned to spend the day here but the kids got bored too quickly to enjoy a long visit. I think an hour, maybe two, would be enough. Unfortunately, we came on a day that the Camels had 'off' so the kids didn't get to ride them. The carousel was dated and too loud to be indoors. The food options were VERY limited so I suggest making other eating plans. On the up side, we paid 1/2 price admission because of a reciprocal zoo pass!

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by Donnelle Rockinger

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When my family visited this zoo we loved it. We were in Chat for the weekend we went to the zoo on Saturday and on Sunday. We got the guided tour and got to find out so much about these animals and their background. Before everyone puts down this zoo they should know some of the conditions of these animals. A lot of these animals didn't come from the best conditions. I think the zoo keepers do an amazing job with the animals and truly love them. Some of these animals were truly mistreated before coming to the Chat Zoo and they are doing the best they can to keep them happy and comfortable. I live near Nashville and their zoo is amazing but it is so big and you don't get that small setting like you do at the Chat zoo. I would recommend this zoo to anyone. I saw animals at this zoo that i didn't see at some of the other ones. Before you put down the zoo please take the time to have to zoo workers tell you the background of the animals.

by NoruNorukage

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I've been going to this zoo for years now. I remember when they had the $1 Wednesday, which was AWESOME... too bad that ended. I love the zoo. The animals are not at all depressed as some of the other reviews stated. Some animals are just nocturnal. Some, such as leopards and jaguars, sleep an incredible amount of time per day. The staff there may not initiate conversation very often, but when you ask them a question, they are more than happy to answer, and they give lots of interesting facts.

The exhibits are wonderful.They have a species of frog so rare, they can only be found in one area of a Brazilian rainforest near a giant waterfall. They exist nowhere else in the world (in the wild). Their Red Pandas are also pretty rare... and quite adorable.

My favorite is the Crow. I even named him... and he will even (sometimes) talk to you. I think the some of the reasons people give this zoo a bad review is because the talking animals wouldn't talk to them... but let's face it... some people just are interesting or smart enough to converse with. Just go to Walmart if you want proof.

The price is fair, and they often have deals on Groupon. I bought a year's pass for my family, and I don't regret it at all. If you don't like this zoo... that is your problem. But don't give it a bad review because it's small, or the animals were sleeping. That's just your experience. Other people have had great experiences. If you want to give a bad review... do it based on things such as cleanliness. And please, if you are going to review... spell your words correctly. It seems all of the bad reviews belong to people who can't spell or have trouble deciding whether to use 'they're', 'their', or 'there'.

The only bad thing I can say about this zoo is that sometimes (especially when food is involved) the goats get a little aggressive. And for an exhibit meant for children, I try to leave or avoid this exhibit if there are people who purchase the alfalfa pellets.

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