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Knoxville Zoological Gardens

350 Knoxville Zoo Drive, P.O. Box 6040, Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-5331
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Ranked #17 of 51 Attractions in Knoxville
Type: Zoos
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: Yes
Description: Knoxville's largest year-round attraction, Knoxville Zoo is situated on 53 acres and home to over 800 animals from around the world.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Fort Myers, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

They had people parking in a side grass lot, but they were so overwhelmed we didn't make it past the front gate.

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Knoxville
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We love to spend a day at the Knoxville zoo! Our preteen enjoys it, as well as our toddler! This year we purchased season passes, for our family of 4, it was very close to the same price as going once! You don't have to pay for parking, and you receive discounts at some restaurants and concession stands, etc. Both... More

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Easley, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I don't suppose this is the zoo's fault, but the weather was humid and sticky. We got the zoo about 10-1030am. MOST of the animals were not out, or sleeping etc. I blame the weather. However, even with some animals in view while sleeping, many animals were not in their exhibits. The splash park and feeding a giraffe saved the... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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124 reviews 124 reviews
21 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

You can do everything in 3 hours (including lunch). It is improving with the new additions in play and explore areas for preschool and elementary aged children. This zoo has birthed more Red Pandas than any other and they do have a Sloth named "PJ". The collection of Elephants and Giraffes are notable. Prairie Dogs were very comical and active.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a nice little zoo. The prices weren't too bad. We were there mid week in the summer, and they closed at 5. Little disappointed that when it starts to cool down, they close. ? The polar bear exhibit was fun. Disappointed in the lion exhibit. They are doing construction at locations areas around the zoo, and this exhibit... More

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Tina R, Public Relations Manager at Knoxville Zoological Gardens, responded to this review

We're so happy you took time to stop for a visit with us, but I'm afraid we are a little confused by your review and are hoping you will help clarify details of your trip so we can do a better job communicating with our guests. I'm afraid we do not have polar bears here at Knoxville Zoo, but we're... More

Knoxville, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Last year I took my grandchildren for a visit. I love visiting zoos and was not disappointed. We had a great time. Will return.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Although small compared to big city zoos, this is a nice, tranquil place to visit on a lazy afternoon.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

Everything at this zoo is wonderful except the nasty, burnt,over priced food. For 2 adults and one child a lunch that was not fit to eat was 30$.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Enjoyed our trip to the zoo. It's fairly large and the exhibits are spread out but there is something for everyone. The Red Panda rocks!

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California, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Being animal lovers my boyfriend and I had to check out the Knoxville zoo when we were down in the area for a wedding. We loved it! We felt the admission price of $20 per person (plus $5 entry fee) was a little high, but still worth it. We live near the National Zoo in DC and have visited there,... More

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