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Knoxville Zoological Gardens

350 Knoxville Zoo Drive, P.O. Box 6040, Knoxville, TN 37914
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Ranked #19 of 47 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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Monterey, Tn
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The zoo is nice for what it is, however my comparison points are the Miami Metrozoo and the National Zoo in Washington. The Knoxville zoo is nice for children, its has several features for them including a splash park which is much appreciated by my grands when they visit and a petting zoo area. However many of the large animal... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

It actually looked like a nice place on paper. After about 15 minutes if being there, a family member fell resulting in a bruised knee, black eye and a broken ankle! Not one single park personnel stopped to ask if help was needed! When I finally got someone to radio a park ranger for help, they escorted us OUT OF... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

There's been a lot of hype recently about all of the new things added since the new director took over last year. The zoo looks just awful. 1/2 of the exhibits are empty with signs that say "animal off exhibit". Why not just take these old exhibits down? The price is just ludicrous (thank goodness we are members of another... More

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Tupelo, Arkansas
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

A great zoo and compares well with the bigger and more expensive ones. The day we went everying was exception and wonderfully clean. I was concerned with the bathrooms because I have several small children. But these were wonderful. The staff was great. I am proud to have visited and we will go again.

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San Diego, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Definitely one of the best zoo's in the U.S. to visit.....lots of animals, great layout....many things to do and see inside and also great for any age.

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I was VERY disappointed when I took out of town guests to the zoo yesterday. It was very expensive compared to other ( and better) zoos I've been to ; plus , you had to pay $5.00 to park. The zoo is very confusing to get around, even using the map. Any animal behind glass was hard to see as... More

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Bristol TN
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

First off, if you're worried about your child being able to see certain animals.... PICK THEM UP and let them see! I'm not sure how that's really a complaint... some things my 2 year old IN A STROLLER couldn't see, so we picked her up and showed her. No big deal. The zoo isn't "tiny" by any means. Granted it's... More

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Weaverville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Was going from Chattanooga to asheville and wanted something half way to break up trip for 4 year old grandson. Was smaller, and more expensive than the NC zoo in Asheboro. So many were more like cages and less like natural habitats. Not what we expected for the price. To many extra charges once you were inside $5 to have... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a good zoo, and there is much to enjoy here. The exhibits are well maintained and the animals and birds are beautiful. Yet I am torn about animals being in cages at all, even though this zoo has a good reputation regarding the care of these animals, birds, and reptiles. If I can ever get over the trepidation... More

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

I wanted to first thank you for supporting our zoo with your money and your time. We as an organization couldn’t continue to do the things that we are doing without the support of visitors like you. I am very appreciative that you are thoughtful about what you support with your dollars, and I hope to be able to give... More

Knoxville, Tennessee
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The only reason we went to the zoo this year is because the kids are still free (under 2), and my husband got in free as well. It is so expensive to get in without discounts, this was our first trip there. Our kids still ride in a stroller when we do long outings like this, and at this zoo... More

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