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Zoo Knoxville

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3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr, Knoxville, TN 37914-4416
+1 865-637-5331
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Great little zoo

This is a well kept zoo with friendly, helpful staff. It was overcast the day we went so it was... read more

Reviewed May 30, 2017
jlcarter1975
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Metropolis, Illinois
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Good time. Splash park was a bonus.

We got to the zoo around 9:30am and loved that it was not overly crowded. As soon as we entered we... read more

Reviewed May 29, 2017
TheTravelerReporting
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Crossville, Tennessee
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Fun on the outside and serious about animals on the inside, Zoo Knoxville is committed to giving our guests an unforgettable experience.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“baby gorillas” (59 reviews)
“red panda” (41 reviews)
“tiger exhibit” (36 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr, Knoxville, TN 37914-4416
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+1 865-637-5331
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Reviewed May 30, 2017 via mobile

This is a well kept zoo with friendly, helpful staff. It was overcast the day we went so it was not heavily attended. They still held various keeper talks at different times and would answer any questions about the animals. A bird show was also...More

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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2017

Jlcarter1975, Sounds like a great day! So glad you were able to visit us and enjoyed our keeper chats and bird shows. And we really appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback. Thank you so much for that very kind and informative...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

We got to the zoo around 9:30am and loved that it was not overly crowded. As soon as we entered we were able to see two huge bears that were playing around with each other. All animals were visible from multiple angles. We were able...More

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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2017

Dear HIESCROSSVILE, We are so happy that you came to visit us! What a thrill to read about the Zoo Knoxville experience from your point of view, it sounds like you had an amazing time with your family. Thank you so much for coming and...More

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Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

A terrific zoo. Perfect size with exceptional attractions. Our elementary school age daughters were thrilled. Do not miss the gorilla exhibit, you will no doubt be amused and enamored with the wonderful resident gorilla family. On top of all the foregoing, the zoo plays a...More

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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

Greg, We are thrilled that your daughters and your family enjoyed themselves. Our gorillas are definitely a Zoo Knoxville favorite and it is nearly impossible not to fall in love with them all, especially the little ones. We truly appreciate your attention to our conservation...More

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Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

Not sure what prices are for zoo across the US, but admission and everything inside is expensive.. Great selection of animals however. Set up is pretty nice.More

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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

Ajperfect, Firstly I would like to thank you for your kind words about our zoo and our animals. We are very happy that you visited and we appreciate the feedback! We regret that you found our prices to be unreasonable. Our pricing is comparable to...More

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Reviewed May 25, 2017 via mobile

What a fun field trip to the Zoo. It just so happened, my neice's vlass was also there and my Brother was a chaperone. It made for some fun, impromptu family time.More

Thank Jen G
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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

Jen G, what an awesome and fun coincidence! We are so happy that you were all able to come and enjoy the zoo together. Thank you for the fun review, and for visiting Zoo Knoxville! We look forward to seeing you all again. Sincerely, Chelsea...More

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Reviewed May 25, 2017

The zoo takes pride in ensuring the animals are give the best opportunity that life can offer them in their situation. I have had several behind the scenes tours and found that the keepers truly LOVE their animals. It is a wonderful place to go...More

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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

Well, sgp2989, someone is trying to win some brownie points! But hey we can't agree more! The fact that you called us the "Best attraction in Knoxville, Tennessee" really means a lot to us. Thank you for advocating so well for Zoo Knoxville, and hank...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

This zoo has been steadily making huge improvements over the years. The new tiger forest is absolutely wonderful and the new sign makes the zoo much easier to find from the interstate. The staff is always friendly, the volunteers are knowledgeable, and the grounds are...More

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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

Well, DS13, you do know how to make a zoo blush! That you mentioned that "the staff is always friendly, the volunteers are knowledgeable, and the grounds are always clean" really means a lot to us! This is what we strive for everyday, that our...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

All the personnel were very friendly and informative. The animals were wonderful and everything was very well kept up.

Thank niota02
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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

Niota02, Thank you for visiting Zoo Knoxville! We appreciate the very thoughtful review! Sincerely, Chelsea Rinn

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Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

The Knoxville Zoo has grown so much since I was a kid. The enclosures are so much more friendly; toward the animals and the people. We got a season pass last year and will be renewing it next month. There are always so many special...More

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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

Bttldblndegrl, thank you so much! We are so happy that you are a Zoo Knoxville Annual Passholder, and have been able to experience all the many perks that come along with that! Thank you for supporting us and for writing such a great review! Sincerely,...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

The Knoxville Zoo has a lot to offer people of all ages. Come with a comfortable pair of walking shoes and enjoy many of the exhibits both indoor and outdoor. There's also a lot of interactive activities for children. There's also a small Playland type...More

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Chelsea R, Guest Relations Manager at Zoo Knoxville, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

Chrissy, Thank you for taking writing such a wonderful and very informative review! We do get many comments on the walking here and it is such a nice place to take a stroll. With the detailed and natural landscaping and ambient animal and jungle sounds,...More

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Mindy C
March 31, 2018|
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Response from Jamie G | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have shows. You can also buy animal feed and feed the animals. Petting zoo in children’s area where you can feed them too
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Nathan B
January 15, 2018|
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Response from don7614 | Reviewed this property |
Mostly all outside. Different exhibits are insde.
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Ashley B
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Response from Harvey K | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that you have to have the printed ticket but I'm not 100% sure. Call the zoo at 865-637-5331 to clarify the issue.
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