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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 40 Attractions in Knoxville
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Knoxville's largest year-round attraction, Knoxville Zoo is situated on 53 acres and home to over...
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Attraction details
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: Yes
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I went to the zoo for the Kroger Free weekend in November, which waves the admission fee, and asks people for donations to several different local charities. The zoo is laid out very nicely, and is beautifully done. The animals are easily visible, and the staff I encountered throughout the day were very friendly. The gift shop was surprisingly affordable,... More 

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56 reviews 56 reviews
44 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

So I have been going to the Knoxville Zoo since I was a little girl. We would take field trips here. I still love the ever changing exhibits and the layout of the zoo. The staff is very friendly and there are always shows and special events going on. If you go around Halloween, you must go to Boo at... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

So if your in Knoxville or on your way to the smokies, stop and check out the zoo in Knoxville tn. It is a great family place with a variety of animals and things to do. It is convenient off the freeway and a place to enjoy. I would add it to my lists.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a great place to take the kids. It is a little expensive as most zoos are, but they have reciprocity with several other zoos and aquariums and the yearly family pass is a decent value. We have visited many times with our kids and always have a different but great experience each time. They have been adding things... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We are members and take our grandchildren twice a year when they are in town. We always have a fun time at one of the few zoos that support elephants. Good to see continuing upgrades to the zoo with new exhibits.

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Knoxville
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12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Knoxville Zoo used to be very run down and lackluster. They have built new enclosures and the animal encounters are way better than before. I especially liked going in and feeding the budgies seed sticks. This zoo is beautifully in bloom in the spring and makes for lovely pictures.

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Corbin, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Sunday, November 23rd, was a gloomy, rainy day to visit the Zoo but we had a wonderful time. We pretty much had the place all to ourselves without the crowds. The weather didn't stop us from getting to see all the animals on exhibit. A very special Thank You to Kristin, a zoo keeper, who was very nice and knowledgable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The zoo had free admission the weekend I was there, which was my good fortune. And the good fortune of Everybody in Knoxville it seems! The whole city seemed to come out to the zoo.

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Camden, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

My wife and I were in Knoxville last week and took advantage of the nice weather for a mid week visit to the zoo. What a pleasant surprise. The day was clear and breezy and for some reason the park was nearly empty. We had a marvelous time as nearly all the animals were out enjoying the weather as well... More 

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

We're so happy you enjoyed your visit with us and thank you for the kind words. You've discovered what is a relatively well-kept secret; this time of year is the perfect time of year for beautiful weather and active animals. We'll look forward to your next visit! More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This zoo is great,very unique.I love the nature walk idea,I love how animals have enough space ,out in nature,like u can almost touch and see them so clearly, love the animals so much!and they are not on concrete slabs.it's one of the best zoos for sure.in the warm weather they have alo t of water fun areas for kids to.in... More 

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