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Plan Your Day

To prepare for Santa's Village, Wee Play Adventure will be closed Thursday, November thru Wednesday, December 3rd. Santa's Village will open at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 4th.

Knoxville Zoo's Carousel and Zoo Choo Train have closed for the season.

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

*Closes for Season on Monday, October 6, 2014

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

Please Note: There will be no camel rides on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays September 5th - 14th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Carousel Rides

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

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!

Show Schedule:

Forest Amphitheater Shows will start a new season April 2015.  Open April through September.

Keeper Chats

Do you want to get to know some of the animals that call Knoxville Zoo home?  What better way than to chat with a zookeeper!  Keeper chats are a great way to learn about your favorite animals and rotate around the zoo.  Please check the schedule below for your favorites and come for a visit!  Be sure to check the sign at Crossroads in the zoo's plaza for keeper chat updates.

 Lions 10:30 a.m.
  Bog Turtle
 10:00 a.m.
  Baboons     10:30 a.m.
 Giant Tortoises 10:00 a.m.    Education Station/Crossroads
 3:00 p.m.
 Red Pandas
Chinese Alligator
10:30 a.m.   Saturdays  
 Owls                     11:00 a.m.
  Giant Tortoises  10:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.   Lions  10:30 a.m.
 African Forest Cobra 2:00 p.m.   Gorillas          1:00 p.m.
 Education Station/Crossroads     3:00 p.m.    Penguins
Komodo Dragons
 2:00 p.m.
 Wednesdays      Giraffe 2:30 p.m. 
 Baboons     10:30 a.m.   Beavers
 3:00 p.m.
 Marmosets     11:00 a.m.   Sundays  
 Education Station/Crossroads 3:00 p.m.   Giant Tortoises  10:00a.m.
 Thursdays   Baboons  10:30 a.m.
 Lions 10:30 a.m.   Rhinos  11:30 a.m.
 Eagles 11:30 a.m.   Chimps  1:00 p.m.
 Education Station/Crossroads 3:00 p.m.    Elephants
 3:00 p.m.


Stroller Rentals:

Single - $7 per day
Double - $9 per day

Wheelchair Rentals:

$10 per day
$25 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. - 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


An ATM (courtesy of ORNL Federal Credit Union) is located inside the Zoo Shop.

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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.