Zoo Knoxville#5 in Best Things To Do in Knoxville
More than 700 animals live at this 53-acre zoo, which is a delightful spot to take kids and animal lovers alike. A major highlight of the zoo is its red pandas; more than 100 red pandas have been born at the zoo, which is more than any other location in the world. Other popular activities at the zoo include feeding giraffes, riding the Zoo Choo Train and going on camel rides, all of which do have extra fees.
Recent zoogoers praise the staff and facility's cleanliness, saying the animals look well-cared for and happy.
You'll find the zoo about 5 miles northeast of downtown. The zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 5 p.m. on weekends. Admission costs $19.95 for adults and $16.95 for seniors and children ages 4 to 12. Parking costs $5. For more information, visit the official website.
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#1 Knoxville's Market Square
Since the 1860s, Market Square has been a community center of Knoxville, with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars drawing a large number of locals and visitors. Recent travelers said it's a lively and fun place to walk around, with plenty of places to eat or just hang out. From outdoor concerts and movies to Shakespeare on the Square and other live entertainment, the area is usually bustling. There are also two water play fountains, a magnet for kids in warm weather.
From May through November on Wednesday and Saturday, the open-air Market Square Farmers Market offers products grown or made by vendors in the East Tennessee region. Products, which vary by the seasons, include eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, baked goods, coffee, crafts and much more.
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