Are you looking for reviews of the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park?
The Chattanooga Zoo is one of my kids’ top picks of places to visit in the Scenic City. It’s small enough to not feel overwhelming, yet it has a variety of animals that make it a completely worthwhile visit.
And, the zoo recently got a brand new giraffe exhibit!
In this post, I will discuss the animals and activities you and your family can experience at the Chattanooga Zoo. I’ll also let you know how long it typically takes to tour!
- Where is the Chattanooga Zoo located?
- Animals at the Chattanooga Zoo
- Chattanooga Zoo Events
Where is the Chattanooga Zoo located?
The Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park is located near Erlanger Hospital in downtown Chattanooga.
Because of its convenient location to the popular downtown area, the zoo a short, easy drive from the Tennessee Aquarium and Chattanooga Lookouts stadium.
After parking your vehicle in the FREE parking lot, you will notice the gatesd entrance to the zoo. Here, you will find a ticket counter where you can purchase admission tickets.
The Chattanooga Zoo is really reasonably priced for both kids and adults. Additionally, kids under age 3 may visit for free!
Since we frequent the zoo many times throughout the year, I purchased a membership for my family.
The Chattanooga Zoo’s membership passes are also priced really well, and they are some of the cheapest annual passes you can buy in Chattanooga!
If you do not want to purchase an annual membership, another great way to save money on zoo tickets is to purchase your passes online.
The Chattanooga Zoo is currently offering discounted prices to those who pre-purchase their admission tickets on the zoo’s website.
You can visit the official site of the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park for full information on pricing!
Animals at the Chattanooga Zoo
As you enter the gates to the zoo, you can follow the signs along the pathways that will point you toward the different animal exhibits. These paths are all stroller friendly and well-shaded, which make visiting the zoo really pleasant even in the summer time.
You will first see the exhibits for the giraffes and the camels, which are located near the massive tortoises.
My kids and I like to start our tour in the Corcovado Jungle area. This is the home to the jaguars, which are really beautiful. They also tend to come right up to the glass so you get a great view!
Near the exit of the Corcovado Jungle is the Deserts and Forests area. Here you will see all kinds of animals including a sloth, meerkat, and Komodo dragon.
Once you exit the Deserts and Forests buildings, you can follow the path to the bobcats, prairie dogs, and cougars. I love that the viewing area for the cougars is in a train car. My kids always get excited when they get to go inside too!
The petting zoo, Warner Park Ranch, is usually the next stop of our tour. Here, you can pet and brush friendly goats of all sizes. We’ve also seen pigs, chickens, and miniature horses in this area.
After leaving the Warner Park Ranch, you can visit the Himalayan Passage to see the red pandas and snow leopard.
We always check out the Gambe Forest and the chimpanzees on our way out. These are my absolute favorite!
They hang out by the windows a lot and usually try to interact with visitors. The one on the right was too busy nibbling on the other’s arm to notice us on this visit though.
Inside the zoo, you will notice a small climbing area for kids to play near the petting zoo. However, if you are looking for a more elaborate play are, the Miracle League Playground is a super fun (and clean!) park located next to the entrance to the zoo.
This park provides plenty of climbing features, slides, and swings appropriate for kids of all ages!
Visitors to the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park are able to view and even interact with several different types of animals. In addition to the animal exhibits listed above, the zoo offers really fun rides for little kids.
Guests can purchase tickets at the admissions counter to participate in the zoo’s riding activities. These super fun kid-friendly attractions include:
- camel rides
- train ride
My kids especially love the train ride because you get to ride along the pathways throughout the zoo, waving at other visitors and animals.
Near the entrance to the zoo, you will see the dining area called Zoo’s Wild Burger where you can purchase food and drinks. This dining area serves burgers, chicken tenders, hot dogs, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to name a few.
Wild Burger is situated right beside the zoo’s carousel and near the entrance to the train ride.
**Note that the carousel is currently closed for refurbishment.
Chattanooga Zoo Events
Throughout the year, the Chattanooga Zoo hosts multiple special events for visitors. These events require guests to purchase special tickets outside your regular admission pass.
Boo at the Zoo
During certain days during the month of October, guests can attend the Boo at the Zoo event. During these Halloween themed nights, visitors can wear their costumes and participate in meet and greets with popular characters.
The Chattanooga Zoo offers bouncy houses on the lawn, trick or treating at the animal exhibits, and pony rides during this festive event.
On select nights in December, visitors can purchase tickets to the Christmas Lights event. These holiday themed nights are full of Christmas decorations and twinkling lights.
Visitors can watch animals open Christmas presents, participate in craft activities, search for items on a scavenger hunt, and see Santa himself.
Hug a Bunny
During the Hug a Bunny events, guests can enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny as well as interactions with real, live bunnies and tortoises.
Also available during this even held each spring are crafts, an egg scavenger hunt, and bounce houses.
Final Review of Chattanooga Zoo
You exit the zoo through the gift shop, which has a ton of really great merchandise.
So, how long does it take to tour the Chattanooga Zoo?
All in all, you could tour the zoo’s animal exhibits within an hour.
You will want to add on extra time if you plan on experiencing any extras like the carousel or camel rides though.
Since my kids also like to spend quite a bit of time playing at the Miracle League Playground next door, we typically allow for a good two hours when visiting the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park.
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What is your favorite animal exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park?
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