Zoo Knoxville will be celebrating Father’s Day with their annual tradition of free admission for all dads on Sunday, June 21, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 safety protocols utilizing timed entry, visitors should make an advanced online ticket reservation at zooknoxville.org.  Father’s get free admission with a paid adult or child ticket using the promo code FATHERSDAY at check out.


Families can enjoy a day outdoors while maintaining a safe physical distance from other groups in the zoo’s 53 acre park.  Zoo Knoxville is currently in Phase 2 of their reopening plan, and guests can now enjoy the Safari Splash water play area, giraffe feedings, expanded access to the award-winning Boyd Family Asian Trek which is home to Gibbon Trails and Langur Landing, and indoor viewing in the Tiger Temple, elephant barn and langur day room.  Guests can also visit the zoo’s own dads, gorilla Bantu and his precocious young family in Gorilla Valley and Jumbe giraffe, father of the adorable Bea.  Tiana the giant anteater is also making appearances in her outdoor habitat between naps.


“The last few months have been a stressful time with a lot of fear and uncertainty.  Zoo Knoxville is a place our community can visit and feel safe and have some sense of normalcy again.  We are very happy we are able to help families celebrate Father’s Day,” said Lisa New, President and CEO.


Free admission for fathers is valid on Sunday, June 21, 2020, and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.  Due to current COVID-19 safety protocols, advance online ticketing reservations required.


Zoo Knoxville asks all guests to take the safety of other visitors, zoo staff and the animals seriously by following CDC recommendations:

  • Wearing a mask or face covering (not mandatory but recommended)
  • Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer stations throughout the zoo frequently
  • Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance between groups
  • Using ground markings and directional signs to maintain safe distancing in areas where people may gather
  • Staying home if you are sick or in a high risk group


Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville is Knoxville’s largest attraction and features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. The zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. beginning May 18, 2020.   For more information visit zooknoxville.org.