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Wee Play Adventure 
Sponsored by Pilot Flying J 

Knoxville Zoo has a new experience designed to inspire preschool and elementary-aged visitors to take an imagination-fueled adventure! Located n the Pilot Flying J building, Wee Play Adventure involved extensive construction to create a jungle island that gives kids the chance to immerse themselves in an exotic expedition, just like real animal researchers in the field.

Visitors of all ages can get an intimate view of the zoo's female Komodo dragon, Khaleesi, in a new 1,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor habitat and zoo's juvenile make Komodo dragon, Drogo, in his new home where he has plenty of room to grow. Guests will also have the opportunity to see one of the best giant lizard habitats in the country. Wee Play adventure is the perfect place to encourage creative play and physical activity year-round!

Clayton Safari Splash 

At 5,000 square feet, it is the largest splash pad in Knoxville.  It includes play areas that will appeal to everyone from toddlers to teenagers, and there's even an area for the entire family to enjoy a little water fun.

In a stroke of design genius, the play area features two life sized "giraffes" that spout water when kids work together to direct the flow.  We've got to confess, we think that's pretty cool.  It also has water hoops and loops, team sprays and colorful larger than life water flowers.

And to really sweeten the pot, all of this fun is INCLUDED with your zoo admission - OR if you're a zoo member, it's included with your zoo membership - so you can play all summer long!

So put on that swimsuit and head to the coolest place in town to see some animals and have a SPLASH at Clayton Safari Splash!

Camel Rides

Kids and adults can hop on the back of a camel and enjoy riding these  "ships of the desert."

Open Daily from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 
Cost: $5.00


Carousel Rides

Due to mechanical issues, the carousel is closed. We apologize for any inconvenience and will update the status as we get more information.

Open daily, weather permitting.
$1 members
$2 non-members


Stroller Rentals:

Single - $8 per day
Double - $10 per day

Wheelchair Rentals:

$11 per day
$30 per day for an ECV (electric scooter)

Food Services / Concessions:

Safari Grill offers full meals for the entire family
Additional concession stands and vending machines are located throughout the zoo (open seasonally)

Zoo Shop Hours:

10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every day
Zoo Shop hours are extended during the spring and summer months.
Knoxville Zoo members receive a discount on most items every day at the Zoo Shop

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Create customized keepsakes featuring your visit to Knoxville Zoo! Visit www.knoxvillezoophotos.com and create custom made calendars, photo books, posters and more featuring your very own images. You can also choose from a variety of our animal images to enhance your keepsake.

It's fun, it's easy and it benefits Knoxville Zoo! Once you create your timeless keepsake, 25% of your purhcase is donated back to Knoxville Zoo. Visit www.knoxvillezoophotos.com today and get started sharing your favorite memories.