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Zoo Knoxville

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Address: 3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr, Knoxville, TN 37914-4416
Phone Number:
+1 865-637-5331
Today
09:30 - 16:30
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

Knoxville's largest year-round attraction, Knoxville Zoo is situated on 53...

Knoxville's largest year-round attraction, Knoxville Zoo is situated on 53 acres and home to over 800 animals from around the world.

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Very nice zoo

On October they have Boo at the Zoo very nice activity for the kids to wear their favorite costumes!! They will have a new area dedicated to tigers!! On summer time they have an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Iris D
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Morristown, Tennessee
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50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really do have a very nice zoo with a lot of kid friendly attractions and family orientated. Friendly staff that is very helpful. Very neat and clean. Well cared for animals. Reasonable price and a lot of photo opportunities.

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1 Thank kimsipe
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Zoo Knoxville is really trying to update and reach new horizons. They have some REALLY sweet new babies you HAVE to see!! Continue the updates guys and you will be fine!!!!!

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Thank Redleaf1
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On October they have Boo at the Zoo very nice activity for the kids to wear their favorite costumes!! They will have a new area dedicated to tigers!! On summer time they have an small water area!!! I love feed the giraffe!!

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Thank Iris D
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34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the zoo. There were a few things closed or under construction but that didn't take away from it. We loved the animals and the ease of navigating the zoo.

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Thank Melissa B
Knoxville, Tennessee
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43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Zoo Knoxville is spectacular! The place is clean and the animals are lively. It's quite an experience with a little one. There are plenty of places to eat, take your time enjoying the animals or to just play! New Tiger area coming soon

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Thank Kim B
Knoxville, Tennessee
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Animals are all well cared for. The staff is very knowledgable and friendly. Good variety of animals, something for everyone!

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Thank Angie H
Corbin, Kentucky
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

It's fun for the whole family it has a good variety of animals it has a super good show for the family.

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1 Thank kentuckyroads
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37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This zoo was under construction but the kids area were great. The new Tiger enclosure looked cool. I would say major every enclosure was interactive and state of the art. I rate this Zoo higher than the National Zoo in DC.

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Thank Gerald B
Powell, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

This is a really nice, small zoo. It is currently constructing what will be a very nice tiger enclosure. It is well-known for its display of red pandas, which one doesn't see in zoos very often. They have a pretty wide variety of animals and do a good job of displaying them in habitats that appear to be well-designed for... More 

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Thank Thomas M
Maryville, Tennessee
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52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This zoo is in desperate need of upgrading and making more room for the animals. It was not a place that made me feel happy, instead it made me as sad as the animals looked to see them confined to their very tight spaces. It was only a step above just having them in a cage.

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Thank Sherry B
Tina R, Public Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this review

Sherry, Your review was very troubling to us, since we take the care and well-being of our animals very seriously. I forwarded your review to our Director of Animals and asked him to respond since I though you should here from the person who is in contact with our animals daily. I am posting it here and sincerely hope you... More 

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