Memphis Zoo

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Memphis Zoo

Grizzly bears, African elephants and white rhinos share this expansive terrain in Overton Park, perfect for an outing with children.

Thousands of animals big and small live in the Memphis Zoo, on grounds covering 76 acres (31 hectares). Dating back to 1906, this long-running Memphis institution brings in more than 1 million visitors per year. Look for some of the most exotic and impressive creatures from your list of favorites when you visit this spectacular zoo.

Step into the African Veldt zone to get close to giraffes, elephants and rhinos, as well as antelope and ostriches. The China area is home to cute, furry pandas, while the Dragon’s Lair has Komodo dragons. Spot penguins, monkeys and tropical birds as you move through the park.

Visit the aquarium to see the range of colorful aquatic creatures in the tanks. Let your kids take part in the Zoo Camp during spring break or summer. Birthday parties and school programs can also be organized for little ones.

Embark on a Sunset Safari for adults after dark to learn about nocturnal animals or try one of the similar Twilight Tours. Rest and have a meal at one of the many cafés and restaurants, such as Shakes & Sliders, the Hot Dog Shack and the Snack House. You can also try Zambezi Snacks, the Dragon Wagon and Ray’s Grill.

Buy tickets at the zoo entrance or online. Discounts are available for children and seniors at the zoo, which opens daily from morning until late afternoon. Consider renting the zoo for various ceremonies, including weddings.

In the eastern reaches of the city, find the Memphis Zoo across the northern part of Overton Park. It skirts the eastern boundary of the Evergreen zone. Cycle east from the Downtown Memphis district for about 20 minutes to reach the zoo. You can also drive and leave your vehicle in the parking lot for a fee. Travel through the surrounding park for its various attractions, including the Lenox Bayou, the Rainbow Lake Playground and Veterans Plaza.

Top Hotels Close to Memphis Zoo

NEW Midtown Serene Studio with KING Bed & Netflix
NEW Midtown Serene Studio with KING Bed & Netflix
Memphis, TN
The price is $97 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Located in Midtown, this vacation home is steps from Mississippi River and Memphis Zoo. Levitt Shell and Rhodes College are also within 15 minutes.
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Wonderful Spot
"Great place to stay. The courtyard is fantastic for a fire and relaxing."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

NEW Midtown Serene Studio with KING Bed & Netflix
Historic Neighborhood.  Home Overlooks Overton Park.  Luxury Accommodations.
Historic Neighborhood. Home Overlooks Overton Park. Luxury Accommodations.
Memphis, TN
The price is $475 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Located in Midtown, this family-friendly Memphis vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Mississippi River, Memphis Zoo, and Levitt Shell. Overton Park and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (81 reviews)
Beautiful Memphis Experience
"Elizabeth has created an amazing VRBO experience that should not be missed. The house is very well decorated and from the moment you walk in you feel at home. We arrived to lights on, music playing, and a delicious cake! I would say our stay was perfect!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Historic Neighborhood. Home Overlooks Overton Park. Luxury Accommodations.
Cottage on the park.
Cottage on the park.
Memphis, TN
Located in Midtown, this cottage is steps from Mississippi River and Levitt Shell. Overton Park and Memphis Zoo are also within 10 minutes.
4.9/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
A Wonderful Stay
"This cottage really is perfectly located, especially for visiting our child at Rhodes. We were minutes away from all the fun things both downtown and in Midtown, and the zoo is just outside the front door. It was very comfortable and clean, and was equipped with everything we could possibly need. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

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NEW Midtown Serene Studio with KING Bed & Netflix
NEW Midtown Serene Studio with KING Bed & Netflix
Memphis, TN
The price is $97 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
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Historic Neighborhood.  Home Overlooks Overton Park.  Luxury Accommodations.
Historic Neighborhood. Home Overlooks Overton Park. Luxury Accommodations.
Memphis, TN
The price is $475 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Historic Neighborhood. Home Overlooks Overton Park. Luxury Accommodations.
Cottage on the park.
Cottage on the park.
Memphis, TN
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Best Western Plus Gen X Inn
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1177 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN
The price is $104 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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J 82 · Peaceful Retreat in Gated Midtown Community
Memphis, TN
J 82 · Peaceful Retreat in Gated Midtown Community
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Jefferson Red Door....Charming Renovated Cottage in Midtown
Memphis, TN
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J 80 · Gated Midtown Retreat near Overton Square!
Memphis, TN
J 80 · Gated Midtown Retreat near Overton Square!
Jefferson Blue Door ......Charming Renovated Cottage in Midtown
Jefferson Blue Door ......Charming Renovated Cottage in Midtown
Memphis, TN
Jefferson Blue Door ......Charming Renovated Cottage in Midtown
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