There’s always something new at the Knoxville Zoo! The animals are always doing something interesting. The butterfly exhibit is fabulous. I hear the butterflies love read and hands that have sugar on them. Think Skittles, ice cream or other things kids regularly have on their hands. The otters and beavers keep me entertained longer than the kids want to watch them.
The Kids Cove has the best sandbox in Knoxville, and a great carousel. Take some towels and swimsuits and cool off in the water. If you don’t have Zoo passes currently, get them now and you can get a discount on Feasts With The Beasts, a fun adult night. Zoo membership information is here.
Tickets – buy one day passes at Kroger and get a discount with your Kroger Plus Card. Price information here.
Hours of Operation
Through September 2, the zoo will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Weekends: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Knoxville Zoo is open 364 days of the year. Knoxville Zoo is closed is Christmas Day, December 25. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes.
Next Day Free After 3:00
If you enter the zoo after 3:00 p.m., the next day’s visit is free.
Note: When the temperature falls below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, some animals, such as primates are brought inside. Although they are inside, there are visitor viewing areas to see many animals such as elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, penguins, and reptiles. Animals at Knoxville Zoo always have access to shelter where air conditioning and heat are provided during extreme weather. Click here for current weather conditions.
Rainy Day Discount
If it rains at any time during your visit, you may request a pass for a free return visit valid through the end of the year. Passes will be issued the same day only and must be requested by the guest. Passes will be given in exchange for those persons who paid admission only. In order to receive a pass for a free return visit, the guest must present a ticket stub showing paid admission for that day.