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Memphis Zoo, Memphis

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#1 of 15 in Parks in Memphis
Home to over 3,500 animals, Memphis Zoo features more than 500 species spread out through more than 31 hectares (76 acres). Bring good walking shoes, because a full loop of the park's exhibits is a 3.2 km (2 mi) walk. You can visit different habitats and regions of the world and their native animals, like the African Veldt, the Crocodile Cove, the Northwest Passage, and China. Don't miss the Dragon's Lair, an area dedicated entirely to the Komodo Dragon, the world's largest lizard. Before you go, check the zoo's online schedule for information on zookeeper talks, animal encounters, and feeding sessions. To visit Memphis Zoo and other attractions in Memphis, use our Memphis road trip site .
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  • My son loves any zoos and this one is one of the best. I enjoy walking around seeing all the animals but I really enjoy watching my wife and son have fun.  more »
  • the zoo was a fun trip and admission was fair about 15 dollars for adult, the pandas were great as was the attraction with night animals and reptiles with bats, only lit by some day glo on walls and v...  more »
  • I have taken the grandkids for years, the special events are always special times. go early to see it all !! maybe eat outside , as the food is not cheap !! locals need to be members !!  more »
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  • Very nice place! It's huge so have on good walking shoes. One thing I noticed and loved that it had indoor attractions in between the outdoor attractions that way you could cool off from time to time. They also have a snack stand every few stops. That was helpful because it was the end of August and very hot. Great family place and children seem to love it!
  • Great zoo. Very neat and clean. It was super hot when we went and they have nice little spots to cool off in. Whether a theater to learn about animals or just one of the “rest areas” (the cabin) to just cool off. Most of the animals were out and got to see them. Its definitely a full day of fun at a reasonable price.
  • Beautiful landscaping on this very spacious park. Nice selection of animals. Enjoyed the sea lion and snake presentations. The zoo workers gave interesting details about the animals. The sea lions have been trained well. They respond quickly to the workers' commands. My family and I have visited several zoos; the Memphis Zoo is our favorite. We have visited it several times.
  • My family and I were visiting Memphis for the weekend. We have a 4 year old son and I'm well into my pregnancy, so we decided to go first thing in the morning when they opened. Of course there were the obvious benefits like the cooler weather and if you didn't have prepaid tickets the lines were incredible short (especially over a holiday weekend - we went over Labor Day weekend). Tickets were well priced for the type of zoo it was. It offered a lot in the way of exhibits and amenities such as playgrounds, cafes and a large wading pool at the entrance. I thought I would be miserable, but the park was in a older neighborhood in which we noticed the beautiful homes and mature trees as we were driving toward the zoo. There were so many shade trees that the heat didn't really bother me and the zoo had prepped for the heat (since it's of course Memphis) and had out fan with misters placed sporadically throughout. We were there only 2 and a half hours, so we didn't eat there other than ice cream. We couldn't tell you about the prices for food. And since our son can walk without easily getting tired we didn't use the zoo's rental strollers. The wading pool was closed as we entered and left the zoo because they hadn't brought out the lifeguard and that was one thing we were disappointed in not using especially by the time we left we all had worked up a good sweat. I definitely would recommend the zoo for families and there is a conference center there for those who would like an opportunity to do an offsite venue.
  • We went to the zoo on Tuesday for the free entry. Since school had just started, I'd consider it busy, but not too packed. Parking was $5 and readily available. Remember to bring your TN DL or military ID for free entry. The zoo now has a swimming area so if it is hot like it was the day we went, bring a swimsuit to cool off. Remember the sunscreen also! Really great zoo with a diverse amount of animals. The bats were awesome and the best we've seen at any zoo! Remember if you are bringing kids that are stroller age (mine is 16 months), you might end up carrying most of the time so they can see over the fences into the exhibits. You can also rent a large double push stroller which might be worth it if you also have older children. I think you might be able to bring a small cooler (in the bottom of the stroller) which would be a good idea. Overall, great experience!
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