Plan Your Day
We have apparently angered the Splash Pad gods this summer. A hose sprung a leak and the water invaded our control panel that makes the whole mechanism run; we've got the crucial part on expedited order but our Safari Splash water play area will be down until further notice. In the meantime, we're going to go sacrifice a bottle of sunscreen in a volcano to see if that produces any results. Our apologies for any disappointment to our guests!
Keeper Chats 2015!
Knoxville Zoo's animal staff and keepers want to share their knowledge with you. Check out our Keeper Chat 2015 Schedule to see when you can take part of a great Keeper Chat or even experience a training session up close!
Wee Play Adventure
brought to you 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 - FREE with Paid Zoo Admission!
Open everyday, weather permitting.
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!
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.
Open daily, weather permitting.
Forest Amphitheater Show
Sit down, relax, and experience beautiful birds (and some surprise guests too) from all around the world for free. These interesting creatures will help our trainers show you how they live, who makes a great pet, and who doesn't. Some of our feathered friends may even fly only inches from your head! You may even meet Einstein
, an African gray parrot with quite a vocabulary!
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday. Weather permitting.
No Shows on Mondays.
Single - $8 per day
Double - $10 per day
$11 per day
$30 per day for an ECV* (electric scooter)
*not available during inclement weather
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:
9:30 a.m. until 6:00 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