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Zoo Knoxville

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Closed Now: 09:00 - 16:00
Open today: 09:00 - 16:00
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Pretty-good. Will take almost a half day (~4 hrs) to do the complete walk though.

A hilly walk of about 4 hrs. If you have young children bring a 'wet set' of clothes, as they have... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kimberlybO7737FT
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Overall a good zoo.

We live near this zoo and choose to get annual passes. Day tickets are expensive. Food and drink... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2019
carrie k
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Fun on the outside and serious about animals on the inside, Zoo Knoxville is committed to giving our guests an unforgettable experience.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr, Knoxville, TN 37914-4416
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+1 865-637-5331
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Reviewed today via mobile

Knoxville zoo has really turned into a top notch zoo with the addition of the tiger and monkey exhibits!! We have always enjoyed the zoo but are now yearly zoo membership holders!!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank nrbushman
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I were in Knoxville for a short getaway, and I was looking forward to visiting the zoo as one of our activities. I have visited zoos all over the country and was a docent at the Buffalo Zoo years ago. I have...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jim H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A hilly walk of about 4 hrs. If you have young children bring a 'wet set' of clothes, as they have a splash pad area. The Giraffe area has ability to buy food, climb up high and fee the giraffe face-to-face (way cool). Overall pretty...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank kimberlybO7737FT
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Knoxville and decided to take my 14 year old granddaughter to the zoo - just to hang out and visit. Pleasantly surprised by the variety of animals - - a little different from other zoos we have visited. The weather was nice and few...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sibtraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During the winter months, fewer animals are on exhibit. However, there are reduced admission rates. There are new exhibits since our last visit a few years ago. The tiger exhibit is fairly new. We loved watching the 4 or 5 baby gorillas. They were very...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 373arlenef
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Trim paved walking trails . watch the ducks in the water splashing around and just chill. Great place to have some fun.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 12franallpaul
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Knoxville Zoo is a fantastic place to take children and old folks alike. The variety of animals is unique for a small city and the entire place is clean and laid out so all can enjoy. I pushed a wheelchair around the whole day and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Gary C
AbbieE37, Public Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Gary, we are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Zoo Knoxville! We think we are a pretty great zoo for any city! We hope you will visit us again soon!

Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

We live near this zoo and choose to get annual passes. Day tickets are expensive. Food and drink charges are high. The zoo itself has spacious walkways, nice viewing spots and several kids areas. The splash pad, included in the price, is lots of fun....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank carrie k
AbbieE37, Public Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Carrie, Thanks for taking time out of your day to review Zoo Knoxville! We appreciate your feedback, and your concerns are heard. Remember that for your next visit, you can bring in outside food and drink to the zoo! We have had construction for the...More

Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

We took the family to the Knoxville Zoo on a cold Saturday in November. It had been a long time since any of us had been to the zoo. Since it was cold that day, some of the animals were kept inside but despite that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Angie S
AbbieE37, Public Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Angie, wow! We are blown away by your review! We are so happy you and your family had a great experience at Zoo Knoxville. We hope you have an equally great time this summer!

Reviewed 6 January 2019

As a parent with a toddler, I am always looking to get my child engaged outside of the home. Zoo Knoxville is always a great visit for the family and educational. The annual pass is a no brainer for those living in Knoxville or in...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank chizack12
AbbieE37, Public Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy your family enjoys being Annual Pass Holders! Thanks for giving Zoo Knoxville 5 stars, and a great review!

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Yeah. We did and had no problems.
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Response from Billie H | Reviewed this property |
Outside food and drinks are permitted... however, glass items and or straws are not allowed.
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Response from Kimberly M | Reviewed this property |
The zoo lets you bring in snacks and drinks. They also have snack vendors inside the zoo. I think they are ok going out and eating and coming back in on the same day. You might want to call for sure about the reentry. We ate... More
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