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Memphis Zoo, Memphis

4.6
#1 of 13 in Outdoors in Memphis
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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 get the most from your holiday in Memphis, create itinerary details personal to you using our Memphis trip itinerary builder.
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  • I've not been to a lot of zoos but this was the best one! Everything was clean, the animals seemed well looked after and seemed to have a lot of space to move around, they weren't in small cramped cag...  more »
  • We had a great time with our first graders on a trip to the memphis zoo. We loved the huge selection of animals that we saw. Lots of attractions.  more »
  • The award winning Memphis Zoo is byfar the best zoo experience I have ever found. As a Memphis local, I have visited the zoo many times. It seems as though there is always something new to see and exp...  more »
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  • Best zoo around. Great enclosures that make it easy to see the animals. Wonderful layout so you don't spend a lot of time back tracking. Zoo membership makes it affordable to go everyday if you want. We live 40 minutes away and come almost once a week. There are plenty of things to keep the kids busy as well. Highly highly recommend this zoo.
  • This is the first zoo that I have ever seen that had a wading pool/stream for kids. As we entered the we saw kids having so much fun in the water, and they have a lifeguard, though it's not too deep, I love that safety factor. The attention to detail, they made a point in the layout, to have several advantage points to see the animals. This was great thinking, on almost all the exhibits we were able to see the animals wherever they were from the different viewpoints around their enclosures. Loved it!
  • I love that you can see all the animals. Prices are reasonable. I always have a great time with my kids here. Kinda wish they had benefits like the St. Louis Zoo for membership. Also, I think where the hippo camp was maybe could build an attraction for penguins like the St. Louis Zoo with the artic walk through. Would be awesome to see.
  • Recommend getting in early especially during the summer. My wife and I had a great time. Plenty of exhibits and a wide variety of animals. This is the largest zoo I have been to and the layout was done well. There is quite a bit of walking that is involved (as expected), but it isn't exhausting. Much of the walking is accompanied by different sights and exhibits so you cover more ground than you realize. My wife and I spent a little over 3 hours here.
  • It's so refreshing to walk around and learn about the wildlife from around the world. And, what better place to go than the Memphis Zoo. Of course, almost any local zoo would have its own theme, and special animals from other countries. But, Memphis is unique because of its own rich history. The staff is helpful, and knowledgeable of the species. As busy of a day it can be, they still have a smile on their face. Unless one misses a specific event, or animal before they leave, hardly anyone leaves unhappy.

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From budget to luxury, Memphis offers accommodations suitable for every traveler. If you're planning just a short visit, consider staying at an inexpensive inn near the airport. For easy access to the city's shopping, dining, and nightlife, book a room at a downtown hotel, offering complimentary parking, free Wi-Fi, and a convenient shuttle service to and from the airport. If you come to Memphis in order to splurge, stay at one of the city's luxury hotels overlooking the Mississippi River, featuring stylish rooftop gardens.
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