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Address: 350 Knoxville Zoo Drive, P.O. Box 6040, Knoxville, TN 37914
Phone Number: 865-637-5331
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fee: Yes
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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Pandas!

The Red Pandas at the zoo were adorable! We loved the unique walk-in enclosure they have. We were a bit disappointed that they did not have the feed the giraffes open when we were... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Whitney K
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The Red Pandas at the zoo were adorable! We loved the unique walk-in enclosure they have. We were a bit disappointed that they did not have the feed the giraffes open when we were there but it was a cold day so we were not that suprised.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The Knoxville Zoo is a great way to spend the day with the kids. It is a well planned path of great animal exhibits and a strategic place to stop and rest along the way. You will get your exercise as the zoo is landscaped on a hill and good walking shoes are recommended. There are single and double strollers... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I have been going to this zoo for years and I am always excited by the new attractions I find. This is, of course, a wonderful outing for children Considering its large children's area,but the variety of animals will amuse people of all ages. This attraction is very interactive as well. You can feed giraffes and travel through tunnels to... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I liked the various animals. I liked the Penguins. I didn't like the elephant enclosure. I felt it was to small.

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Gary, West Virginia, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I had the privilege to take my Granddaughter to the Knoxville Zoological Gardens on March 18. We had a wonderful time!! She rode a Camel, fed the Budgies and brushed the Goats. We delighted in seeing Lions, Bears, Elephants and many more beautiful animals. There were several spots on the grounds dedicated to fun for the children and many educational... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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120 reviews 120 reviews
30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It's a full day's outing for the family. Special touches make the zoo special, like the Nature Play section for the kids that offers them a brush so they can brush the goats' hair inside an enclosed area. When they leave the area, there are sinks with soap and water to clean up. Other interactive things for children to do... More 

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Dandridge, Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

This Zoo is laid out perfect. The exhibits are very clean and they are also educational. We went with 5 kids that range in age 9 months to 12 years and they all loved it. This Zoo is reasonably priced and can be seen in a few hours or you can spend all day it's up to you. They have... More 

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Lynne, Fl
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10 reviews 10 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

First of all I understand writing this review that we visited the zoo in the "off" season that is why gave it an average rating and not a poor rating. Our visit was 3/12/15. This zoo really does have great potential. But it was far from the "amazing" time we were expecting. For being in the "off" season and most... More 

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

We are so disappointed to hear your visit was underwhelming! While we are in a transitional time as we get all our experiences, such as keeper chats and animal encounters, up and going for the spring, we make every effort to make sure all animals are on view, although we do incorporate spaces where they can have some "privacy" if... More 

Mount Carmel, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We have taken our daughter several times as well as she has gone with school and church groups. Each visit was a thrill and exciting. If it is hot out, only suggestion, animals like to stay cool, they will stay in their houses. A morning, cooler day, is best for the animals. Plus drink plenty of fluids if it is... More 

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60 reviews 60 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Great Zoo with many things to do. Fun for the whole family and very educational. The lay out is very well thought out and the variety of animals was surprisingly good. All employees were courteous. It is also a good value.

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