Zoos in Tennessee with kids

It’s animal time in Tennessee, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Tennessee because The Volunteer State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Memphis Zoo

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    Memphis

    Over 3,500 animals waiting to be experienced in this century year old zoo in Memphis!

  • Tennessee Aquarium

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    Chattanooga

    Explore one of the most popular aquariums in the USA, with creatures from all over the world, an IMAX 3D Theater, a boat trip, and so much more!

  • Nashville Zoo

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    Nashville

    Add some exotic to your everyday with Nashville Zoo. Go on an African safari, see the many animals of the rainforest, and explore our 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym. One of the many fun family places ...

  • Knoxville Zoo

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    Knoxville

    Experience wildlife up close at Knoxville’s largest attraction as you come face to face with more than 800 of the Earth’s most fascinating animals.

  • Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo

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    Sevierville

    Over 600 animals from over 130 species are waiting for you to visit them at this unique Rainforest Zoo - with plenty of family fun to be had in Tennessee!

  • Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

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    Gatlinburg

    Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.

  • Lucky Ladd Farms

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    Eagleville

    An animal-tastic family fun day at Tennessee's largest petting farm!

  • Tennessee Safari Park

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    Alamo

    An animal filled 2 1/2 mile drive-thru park where you can feed many species of exotic animals, including a petting zoo with a giraffe in!

  • Chattanooga Zoo

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    Chattanooga

    Known as the best little zoo in the USA - this animal fun family attraction in Chattanooga will educate, excite and offer lots of fun animal encounters!

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  • Chuckles Family Fun Center

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    Crossville

    Greetings from Chuckles; Cumberland County's #1 family fun center! Lots of exciting things to do and great food! Come and have a "Jungle of Family Fun" with us. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • The Monkey's Treehouse

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    Brentwood

    The ultimate playground for kids up to 8 years, with casual play, toddler areas and birthday parties!

  • Glow Galaxay

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    Franklin

    Out of this world open play and birthday parties in Franklin with this fun glow in the dark indoor play area with inflatables, mini golf, and sports!

  • BounceU Nashville

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    Nashville

    Fun open bouncing at this inflatable filled indoor play center in Nashville. Great for birthday parties too!

  • Kids N Play

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    Clarksville

    The wide array of activities accommodate children 0 to 12 years old, with role play town, adventure climbing structure, ball cannon arena, hand powered kart track and redemption games.

  • Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Centre

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    Hendersonville

    A family owned indoor inflatable play centre in Tennessee providing fun filled family time and exciting parties! Wide range of inflatables for all ages that continually change so visits never get ...

  • Leaping Lizards Family Entertainment Center

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    Kingsport

    Indoor fun in Tennessee, with fun inflatables, obstacle course, party rooms and much more for those active, bouncing kids!

  • Kids Play

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    Germantown

    Kids Play is a children's indoor play center in Memphis, perfect for those playful kids and parents who want a space for themselves

  • Big South Fork

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    Oneida

    Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area ...

  • Mud Island River Park

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    Memphis

    Last year nearly 200,000 visitors experienced this unique historical, cultural and recreational attraction. Visitors will enjoy a variety of activities including: touring the ‚½ mile Riverwalk ...

  • Lichterman Nature Center

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    Memphis

    A piece of nature in the city of Memphis, with nature walks, hands-on exploration, live animals, forest boardwalks and gardens!

  • Warner Parks Nature Center

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    Nashville

    The Warner Park Nature Center is an environmental education and recreation facility of the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, Bill Purcell, Mayor. The Nature Center is a place ...

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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    Gatlinburg

    Explore that beautiful feat of nature that lies between the border of Tennessee and North Carolina - the Great Smoky Mountains! True family adventure out in the most visited national park in the ...

  • Obed Wild And Scenic River

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    Wartburg

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was ...

  • Memphis Botanic Garden

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    Memphis

    96 acres of beautiful botanic gardens in Memphis, perfect for those nature loving families! Also family activities, workshops, classes and concerts!

  • Cypress Grove Nature Park

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    Jackson

    Come and enjoy over 150 acres of beautiful river bottom land, view the nature center and enjoy picnic areas and an observation tower.

  • Ijams Nature Center

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    Knoxville

    Ijams Nature Center is a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center, providing community-wide connections and experiences through education, conservation, recreation and ...

  • Wilderness Station

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    Murfreesboro

    Explore this fun outdoor education and recreation facility, with back country hiking, campfire programs and educational activities! Tennessee nature is calling!

  • Nashville Shores

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    Hermitage

    Water park with loads of slides, wave pool, lazy river and water tree house plus interactive water playground. For over 7s the Treetop Adventure Park features over 100 challenges up in the trees, ...

  • Dollywood's Splash Country

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    Pigeon Forge

    Over 23 water slides, thrills and adventures to be had at Dollywood's Splash Country! Family fun with a SPLASH for all!

  • Wave Country

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    Nashville

    A great family friendly water park in Nashville, with one of the area's only wave-action swimming pools!

  • Wetlands Water Park

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    Jonesborough

    Offers an interactive kids' leisure pool with loads of fun features and a zero depth wading area for babies, plus lazy river and 3 flume slides at 80, 100 and 200 feet high!

  • CTI IMAX Center

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    Memphis

    It's a motion picture experience that totally immerses the viewer. The Crew Training International IMAX Theater is the only IMAX Theater in the Mid-South. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • A Jumpin Good Time

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    Clarksville

    We provide event and party inflatable rentals to people who want to make their event a hit. We service the needs of our customers from start to finish—from order, to delivery & set up, to the final ...

  • IMAX Nashville

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    Nashville

    There are many standard screens here but also a full size Imax screen which always impresses the smalls. Options include decriptive video and captioned.

  • Bellevue Recreation Center

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    Nashville

    Outdoor childrens adventure play center with wooden forts and trains to get the kids off the couch and moving about ! Adult relaxation area provided as well so you can watch whilst they wear ...