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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 41 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I should've listened to the reviews on trip advisor ... The zoo is kind of a tradition for is though.. So we went. It was a cool, windy day. While it wasn't crowded... Lots of the exhibits were shut down. There was construction going on all over the place. It just wasn't worth the money this time... This time of... More

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Whittier, North Carolina
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We went to the zoo today. It is a very good sized zoo with a lot of animals. The animals have good size enclosures and were all eating while we were there. Right now the zoo is under a lot of construction and this causes a lot of extra walking and confusion. The map they give you is not updated... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I was surprised by how nice this zoo is considering Knoxville is not a big city. It's very big and open, clean, and has lots to see and do. Children and adults of all ages will love coming to this zoo. You can feed giraffes, play in a splash pad and even ride a camel. I would suggest bringing a... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

For a small city Knoxville can boast about a very good zoo. I recommend mid autumn visits as Knoxville is very unpleasant during summer and the trees throughout the zoo are pretty when they change colors. The zoo has a surprising wide variety of animals, and is a center for breeding Red Pandas. The zoo has been making improvements in... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Kids area fun for little ones, soft and safe. Nice petting zoo. Otters are the most fun to watch. The big cats just sleep, but that's what cats do. Eat before you go, the food is ho-hum.

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KNOXVILLE
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I love going to the zoo! Me and the chimp George have the same birthday. The Knoxville Zoo is nice but very expensive. I would like to go more often but can't afford it. Once you pay to get in and for parking... you are broke. Volunteering is even expensive. They have a wonderful program but it is pricey.

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Knoxville
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I am biased (a biology teacher) so I knew to go with my family when the animals are most active, not when it is most convenient for us. For its size it is a gem, with some exotic animals housed in ways that enables interesting behavior. Docents & keepers are very helpful.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This is a very boring zoo. It felt like you needed a cattle prod to get the animals to move. The glass on the reptile exhibits were faded and hard to see and the snakes listed on the signs were not the ones in the cage...You had to pay a lot of extra to do any thing.$5 to park a... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We planned a day trip to the zoo with our two daughters. Instead we were in and out in two hours. We arrived at opening time... Don't recommend. Wait till an hour or so after opening. A lot of animals weren't out. The animal exhibits were hard to see. Glass was dirty and tough to see through. Overall a disappointing... More

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Rougemont, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I visited the zoo on a day trip to Knoxville and was pleased with the variety if animals there, but with little else. Every picture I took was through a metal fence of glass so think you couldn't see through it (or glare so bad you couldn't see through it, much less take a picture). I just felt many of... More

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