Open daily excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

The Chattanooga Zoo is open daily from 9am - 5pm!

In order to ensure your visit is safe, enjoyable, and that social distancing guidelines are met or exceeded, we have made a few adjustments to the admissions experience. 

  • Online Only - All reservations/ticket purchases must be done online. Timed tickets will be sent to your email in a PDF attachment. Tickets can be printed off or scanned off your phone. 
  • Zoo Members are not required to reserve tickets online, but please have your membership card or confirmation of membership purchase ready to be scanned.
  • Face coverings will be strongly recommended to everybody visiting the Zoo. 
  • Quick Scan Zoo Entrance - We will have 2 gates open for quick scanning of your tickets. Please have your Print At Home tickets out facing the attendant. For mobile tickets on your phone, please have your tickets displaying on your phone as you approach the Quick Scan attendant. 
  • The Zoo Choo Train, Carousel, Camel Rides, the Petting Zoo, Nature Play, and most indoor exhibits will remain closed temporarily. 
  • Food & Retail - We will have drinks, snacks, Dippin' Dots, and some retail offerings available as we see appropriate. 
  • Wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers will not be for rent at this time. 
  • All indoor interpretive centers are now open. Entrance and exit doors will be propped open to reduce touch points. Indoor buildings only will have a one-way flow through the use of entrance and exit signs on doors.
  • The Gift Shop is open. 

Our first priority is your safety. Please note, these precautions are TEMPORARY. As guidelines are updated and relaxed, we will also edit our visitor guidelines. 

Our animals & staff miss you and can't wait for your next visit! 

admission prices

  • Adults

  • Seniors


    Ages 65+

  • Children


    Ages 3-12

  • Infants & Toddlers


    Ages 2 & under

  • Military & Veterans

    All those with military or veteran ID receive free admission, plus half off admission up to three dependants

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group rates

Bring your extended family, church, or civic group to the Chattanooga Zoo! Daily group admissions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To make a group reservation, please call 423.697.1319

Please note, outside food or beverages are not permitted in the Zoo.

Qualifications for Group Rates
  • Your group must have 15+ people
  • At least one adult chaperone to every 10 children.
  • Pay together at the same time to receive a discounted rate
  • Groups must make a reservation at least 3 days in advance


  • Adults

  • Seniors


    Ages 65+

  • Children


    Ages 3-12

School Groups

  • Students

  • NSLP Students

  • Adults


    Must register in advance with your school group. Adults that pay on arrival pay full price.

Zoo Rules & Policies

  • No smoking in buildings or enclosed areas. Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas.
  • Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Do not feed the animals, tap on the glass, make excessive noise or throw objects into the animal exhibits.
  • Do not reach into the exhibits or lift children over safety fences and barriers
  • Outside food and drink are not permitted. Food offerings are located within the Zoo.
  • Please respect and leave plants and native wildlife untouched.
  • Deposit trash in designated receptacles
  • No bicycles, skates, skateboards, etc.
  • Weapons of any kind are prohibited
  • Pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds. Service dogs and service miniature horses are allowed with proper identification.
  • Shoes and appropriate clothing is required while visiting.
  • As the zoo is a family friendly enviroment, vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate clothing, actions, or communications are prohibitted. 

Zoo Management reserves the right to escort from Zoo grounds any individuals or groups who are acting in ways deemed harmful to the animals, or the park, or that infringe upon the enjoyment of the facility by other guests.

Additional information

Please note that picnic facilities are no longer available inside the zoo and outside food and drink is not permitted. However, there are picnic areas right outside of the Zoo in the larger Warner Park. There are food offerings at the Zoo's Wild Burger located inside the Zoo.

Shoes and appropriate clothing are required while visiting the Chattanooga Zoo.

Daily zoo admission is honored for the entire day it is purchased during normal operating hours. With their receipt of purchase, guests may enter and exit zoo grounds as they wish at no additional charge on the day of their admission purchase only.

Become a member

Join the zoo and receive the benefits of a zoo membership including admission year round and discounts on special events and zoo shop purchases.



Zoo Rides are not included in Regular Zoo Admission. Zoo ride times and prices are subject to change without notice. For more information on Zoo Rides, please contact Visitor Services via email or call 423.697.1322.


Camel Rides

Open Friday-Sunday Must be 38” tall to ride unaccompanied

Camel rides are subject to animal health and weather and can be canceled or postponed at any time without notice

  • $5 per person for members $6 per person for non-members


Closed for renovation
Must be 12 years of age to ride unaccompanied
  • $1 per person for members $2 per person for non-member

zoo choo train

Currently closed for maintenance Not available during inclement weather
  • $2 per person for members $4 per person for non-members