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Knoxville Zoological Gardens

350 Knoxville Zoo Drive, P.O. Box 6040, Knoxville, TN 37914
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Ranked #17 of 40 Attractions in Knoxville
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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.
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Corbin, Kentucky
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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100 reviews 100 reviews
16 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Knoxville Zoo has something for everyone!! We really enjoyed our day at the zoo. Didn't get to feed the giraffes but it was a good day!!

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Springfield, Missouri
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Wide array of exotic animals for viewing, some for petting, and some for riding! Colder weather on my visit so several of the animal exhibits were closed for the winter. My only wish is that I had come during the spring or summer!

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Powell, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I really like this zoo. Personally though, I think it is one of the higher priced zoos. We have been to many. I think they have updated a lot of their exhibits and the place is always clean and well-kept up. More discount coupons or just a lower admission fee would be nice.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Very nice for a smaller city, good focus on local wildlife as well as exotic animals. The nature trail is also quite nice and a good way to learn some interesting facts about TN.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We find that becoming a zoo member saves money for a large family, plus it gives free parking and free admission to other zoos when traveling. It also allows us to visit the zoo several times each year. There are lots of nice exhibits at the Knoxville Zoo that can be easily overlooked. Such as the fairy gardens with a... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Knoxville Zoo is not just for children. Yes they have anything a parent could need to entertain the kids but teenagers and adults alike will love a visit to the Zoo. The animal habitats are beautiful and interactive. There are several different kinds of animals to keep everyone interested. The Zoo is clean and there are always helpers around.... More

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