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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 48 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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Ooltewah, Tennessee
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The zoo was well maintained. I really thought that there would be more animals to see. Seems like we walked a bit before we saw any animals. Zoo layout is a bit odd...a lot of back tracking.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Zoo was very clean and the animals were out. Little on the expensive side. They should not charge $5 to park. Takes around 2 hours to go through the entire zoo. Bought tickets at AAA.com and saved around 20%.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I visited this collection for the first time 22 July. For years this zoo has been famous for its African Elephants and its reptiles. Both were very much in evidence. I especially enjoyed a graphic discussing in detail every one of the African Elephants that have lived in Knoxville, commencing in 1963. The reptile collection deserves its reputation. Much of... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took our 2 year old for a day at the zoo. Pleasant surprise to find a 2 dollar off admission for adults in a local coupon book we picked up at a restaurant. We have been to many zoos but we found the people here to actually care. Not just about the customer put the animals... More

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Winchester, Virginia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Although not as large as the National Zoo in DC, the ability to get up close to all of the animals made this trip a great experience.

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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

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 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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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