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Zoo Knoxville, Knoxville

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#2 of 23 in Parks in Knoxville
Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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A city zoo with 800 residents, Zoo Knoxville features Knoxville's wild side. Feed the tallest species on earth at the Family Giraffe Encounter. Other highlights include the Komodo dragon sunning himself on the rocks, and endangered species such as the African elephant and snow leopard. The urban zoo can be toured quickly and makes a refreshing stopping point on a larger tour of the city. By using our Knoxville day trip website, you can arrange your visit to Zoo Knoxville and other attractions in Knoxville.
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  • A high quality animal environment. Outstanding for a city the size of Knoxville. There are several new and/or improved exhibitions and new state of the art structures. Very child friendly. The only... 
    A high quality animal environment. Outstanding for a city the size of Knoxville. There are several new and/or improved exhibitions and new state of the art structures. Very child friendly. The only...  more »
  • Love the Knoxville Zoo. Visit many all over the states. This is one of my favorite! It is easy to walk around see lots of animals and very well taken care of. 
    Love the Knoxville Zoo. Visit many all over the states. This is one of my favorite! It is easy to walk around see lots of animals and very well taken care of.  more »
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  • I absolutely adore zoos. They're quintessential to childhood and are still a necessity for me as an adult. This is a cute little zoo, well spaced out, and has fun little events through the year. I've been at least 4 times in the last couple of months because what's better than walking around outside on a beautiful sunny day and looking at fun creatures you don't see just out and about? This last time I went I was finally able to see the tigers and I was SO EXCITED. Gosh they are just so pretty. And the bears were doing bear things and the elephants were snacking. It was absolutely great. If you're looking for a bigger zoo, this isn't for you. This is a small, cute, and quick in-and-out zoo that can take you maybe 45 minutes tops if you speed walk it. I like to take my time though and spend about 2 hours there wanting to pet every single fluffy butt. I haven't tried any of the food there, but the gift shop staff are always pleasant!
  • My family and I had an amazing time here. We loved the variety of animals that my kids have only seen pictures of, and feeding a giraffe was a dream come true for them! I especially loved reading the information about the animals, and the operations of the zoo. We felt like we walked away appreciating our animals even more. My kids also loved the souvenir stands! The staff was friendly, the walk was enjoyable, and the Zoo looks extremely well cared for. My family and I were here about 5 hours, and consider it money and time well spent. My only regret is that we didn't pack a cooler. I love that we have the option to do that! The price of the food was not the problem, but we felt like it lacked variety. Once we settled somewhere to eat, while not at very full capacity, our order took a while to get to us, and I was disappointed in the lack of cleanliness at the eating establishment we chose. It's a bit of a drive for us, but we would love to come back at another time!

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