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Plan Your Day

In order to transform Wee Play Adventure into a winter wonderland, it will be closed the following dates:

Friday, November 20th - Thursday, November 26 and Monday, November 30 - Wednesday, December 2nd. 

It will be open Thanksgiving weekend (Friday, November  27 - Sunday, November 29th) to enjoy with your family. Thank You for your understanding.

Keeper Chats 2015!

Knoxville Zoo's animal staff and keepers want to share their knowledge with you. Check out our Keeper Chat Fall 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!

Due to the cooler temperatures, our Safari Splash water play area is closed for the season.

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." 

Camel Rides are closed for the season. We will see you in the spring!


Carousel Rides

Winter Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday weather permitting.

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


Forest Theater 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!

Show Schedule:

Shows are closed for the 2015 Fall/Winter Season. See you in March 2016!


Stroller Rentals:

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

Wheelchair Rentals:

$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 4:30 p.m. everyday. 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