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Knoxville Zoological Gardens

350 Knoxville Zoo Drive, P.O. Box 6040, Knoxville, TN 37914
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Ranked #18 of 52 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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Chattanooga, Tennessee
4 reviews 4 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Knoxville Zoo is on par with big city zoos, even though it is a mid-size market. Looking for something outdoors but not as crowded or touristy? This is your place complete with African Plains, Asian tigers, American black bears, Bald Eagles, prairie dogs, lots of swining primates, camel rides and feeding giraffes.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The visit to the zoo was fun. The elephant exhibit was great!! Other exhibits are good and you get to see animals close. Got to see the giraffe up close during its feeding time. I wish we could have seen the other animals being fed. There is a list of feeding times so make sure you check it out before... More

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Portage, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I had a great time at the Knoxville Zoo! I think my husband and children did too. The zoo was clean and loved the animals! If I lived near Knoxville I would visit often and a zoo membership would definitely be worth the money.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Have lived in Knoxville for over 3 years, but hadn't visited the Zoo. With a free Saturday afternoon, I decided to take the camera and check things out. I was initially concerned when I discovered the parking lot absolutely crammed, and groups of kids gathered just outside the entrance gate. I almost went back to the car, but decided to... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I love our zoo! It's so pretty and clean. I love to walk here in the fall and enjoy the animals. There are always improvements going on and I know there are some major plans in the works. A great value for the money!

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Saint Charles, Illinois
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Friday September 12, 2014 Since this is a small zoo we thought we would stop here and walk around before we continued on our trip. We got there as they were opening up around 10am. It was an overcast day so most of the animals were very active. First habitat was the black bears. We enjoyed watching the 4 bears... More

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Vonore, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The Knoxville Zoo is great for small children. It's small enough to see in 3-4 hours. It's very clean and well maintained. There are lots of animals to see and they are shown in their natural habitat. This zoo seems to have mastered the art of hiding habitat boundaries so you are able to focus on the animals and not... More

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Seymour, Tennessee
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Knoxville Zoo is a very clean and well maintained facility with a great variety of animals, reptiles, birds, and the likes. Great trip for family or church youth group. Everyone is very polite and helpful throughout the zoo. Good place to spend the day! Company sponsored picnic was enjoyed and food was great too!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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

Oh, dear, we hate you were discouraged from visiting us. I'm afraid that your visit coincided with the Tennessee Valley Fair, which takes place on the fairgrounds next door to us. Unfortunately, that wasn't our staff you encountered, it was the parking service hired by the fair. You should have been directed to the zoo's upper parking lot, which is... More

Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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