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Knoxville Zoo
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville
TN
37914
Tel: 865-637-5331

Where are we going today?

Who is excited to see some ANIMALS! If you are heading to the largest attraction in Knoxville, then you certainly will be having an animal adventure - at Knoxville Zoo!

Knoxville Zoo lets the whole family experience wildlife up close, allowing kids to come face to face with some pretty incredible creatures. Over 800 of them in fact!

Here, you don't have to travel the world to see creatures from Africa, Australia, or Asia - you just have to travel to Tennessee. Pretty amazing!

Kids can experience creatures great and small, from the elephants and giraffes of Africa, to the majestic gorillas, grand lions, and playful river otters. There might even be some creatures you haven't heard of before!

Kids, have you any idea what a Chacoan Peccarie is, or perhaps a yellow-backed Duiker? There is only one way to find out!

What's great about Knoxville Zoo, is that the family can learn about all of the creatures as you walk around, as there is information everywhere.

The zoo also offers great interactive experiences too! Have you ever ridden a camel, or played zookeeper? You can also check out the fun Animals In Action show, or take a fascinating Behind The Scenes tour, to see what really goes on at a zoo.

If that wasn't enough, you can even cool off at Clayton Safari Splash - the largest splash pad in Knox County, with over 5,000 square feet of splishy splashy fun! So what are you waiting for, let’s go to the zoo!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$19.95
  • Children$16.95 (Ages 4 to 12)
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9:30am open. 4:30pm close weekdays / 6pm weekends

Everyday except Christmas Day

Teachers corner

Knoxville Zoo offers great deals on field trips, educational programs, outreaches and other eduZOOcational programming. What a great place for kids to learn!.

I'm Hungry!

Knoxville Zoo features a variety of great things to eat and drink throughout the park from ice cream, cold drinks and snacks to full meals at the Safari Grill..

Any Top Tips?

The animals are most active in the early and later parts of the day. But there are plenty of things to see and ZOO in between!.

Doing our bit

The zoo works with other zoos to maintain healthy genetically diverse populations in the zoos, to ensure we don't lose any animals to extinction. They are also involved with conservation work in the field!.

Need a little extra help?

They love helping guests of all ages and abilities enjoy the wildlife! There are accessible facilities throughout most of the park, and they also provide wheelchairs for those who need them.

Baby Facilities

There is a nursing room in the Wee Play Zoo exhibit located in the Pilot Traveling Exhibits Building..

Can I get one of those?

The Zoo Shop is the perfect place to find that special Zoovenir or check out one of our other specialty shops throughout the park! Make sure you bring that pocket money!.

More information

The last admission is one hour before the zoo closes.

What people are saying?

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    Terrible, we took our 5 month old recently because he's starting to learn things. The animals were beyond depressed and the habitats and enclosures were by far too small for any of the animals housed there. It was awful. Definitely not worth the $20! Most of the animals were born and bred there or older. Felt more than sorry for the animals. I've been to MUCH better Zoos before. The enclosures and most of the equipment there is very old and unkept un updated looking. The best I can say is that most of the animal cages were clean. Just by looking...Read More

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    The weather was nice so I expected to see a lot of animals and have a good experience. The animals were out, but it was a sad sight. The cages were small and dirty. I didn't see clean water for most of them. There weren't enough signs to direct you; the layout could use an upgrade to make it flow better. I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Everyone was very nice that we encountered at the zoo, and the camel rides and giraffe feeding were nice treats. There were several things that I feel could be improved. There were times when more signs were needed to tell us which way to go. There were several areas that were closed. The nocturnal animal exhibit was very minimal and wasn't a walk-through area. There wasn't even a sign that told you to turn around and go back. Some of the signs didn't look very professional. Some of the exhibits were small and viewing was difficult. I've...Read More

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    My family and I went to the zoo last Saturday. The weather was beautiful which was the only thing that was enjoyable about the day. This had to be the worst zoo that we have ever been too. First of all it was very expensive and not at all worth the 20 bucks to get in. There were very few varieties of animals at this zoo. The cages and pens the animals were held in were very dirty and a lot of them were on cement floor. Animals in the wild don't live on cement. I saw no clean water sources for the animals. There were very few if any staff members...Read More

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    Was disappointed with some aspects of this zoo. The reptile house uses plexi glass enclosures which is extremely scratched up and cloudy which obscures the reptiles inside. Even though the temperature was in the mid 70s, many of the animals were off exhibit due to temperature??? Small enclosures for a few of the animals, namely penguins and otters. They had a male gorilla housed by himself because the other male gorilla didn't tolerate him. If that's the case, why not find another zoo where he could receive the interaction higher primates need?...Read More

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by Colleen Redpath

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Terrible, we took our 5 month old recently because he's starting to learn things. The animals were beyond depressed and the habitats and enclosures were by far too small for any of the animals housed there. It was awful. Definitely not worth the $20! Most of the animals were born and bred there or older. Felt more than sorry for the animals. I've been to MUCH better Zoos before. The enclosures and most of the equipment there is very old and unkept un updated looking. The best I can say is that most of the animal cages were clean. Just by looking at that zoo, at $20 a person, there is no way that the money goes to (caring for the animals). Almost looked like more money went into their gift shop and food more than anything. Make your animals happier, buy more property for bigger enclosures. Not even sure how this zoo has won awards and still open?

by Alisa Inman

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Everyone was very nice that we encountered at the zoo, and the camel rides and giraffe feeding were nice treats. There were several things that I feel could be improved. There were times when more signs were needed to tell us which way to go. There were several areas that were closed. The nocturnal animal exhibit was very minimal and wasn't a walk-through area. There wasn't even a sign that told you to turn around and go back. Some of the signs didn't look very professional. Some of the exhibits were small and viewing was difficult. I've visited the Memphis zoo and Knoxville zoo and there's just no comparison. Memphis has really used their money well to attract visitors of all ages. Knoxville could do well to take some lessons.

by Jody andrews

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My family and I went to the zoo last Saturday. The weather was beautiful which was the only thing that was enjoyable about the day. This had to be the worst zoo that we have ever been too. First of all it was very expensive and not at all worth the 20 bucks to get in. There were very few varieties of animals at this zoo. The cages and pens the animals were held in were very dirty and a lot of them were on cement floor. Animals in the wild don't live on cement. I saw no clean water sources for the animals. There were very few if any staff members to speak with, the food prices were expensive and bad taste.
The whole experience at the Knoxville zoo was terrible. And a total waste of money and time.

by Shaun Fisher

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Was disappointed with some aspects of this zoo. The reptile house uses plexi glass enclosures which is extremely scratched up and cloudy which obscures the reptiles inside. Even though the temperature was in the mid 70s, many of the animals were off exhibit due to temperature??? Small enclosures for a few of the animals, namely penguins and otters. They had a male gorilla housed by himself because the other male gorilla didn't tolerate him. If that's the case, why not find another zoo where he could receive the interaction higher primates need? Overall, it seems the zoo has really gone downhill since the last time I was there years ago.

The Weather

Friday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 73° F / 23° C
Humidity: 61 %
Wind: W - 6 MPH

Saturday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 77° F / 25° C
Humidity: 57 %
Wind: SW - 8 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 78° F / 26° C
Humidity: 63 %
Wind: WSW - 6 MPH

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