If you're looking for a weekend activity for the whole family, you can take the kids to the Tennessee Safari Park in Alamo, Tennessee to see (and feed!) exotic animals up close and personal. This drive-through park is a definite draw to the rural area.
Although it is the county seat of Crockett County, Alamo (with a population of about 2,500) would be relatively unknown if it weren't for its primary claim to fame, the Tennessee Safari Park.
Many West Tennessee residents don't even know this park exists, making it one of the area's hidden gems. The park is situated on a working farm that is used for growing cotton and raising cattle.
Tennessee Safari Park boasts over 400 animals from 80 different species. Some of the animals you may see on your visit are llamas, zebras, emus, kangaroos, giraffes, monkeys, and warthogs. There are frequently new babies being born at the park so if you are lucky, you may even get a chance to see some little ones during your visit.
There are two parts to the park—a two-mile driving tour and a petting zoo. When you enter the park you can purchase a bucket of feed. As you drive through the park, animals will come up to your car looking for food. Many of them will eagerly stick their heads in your car, giving you the opportunity to pet and to feed them. This is a great photo opportunity and a lot of fun for kids and adults.At the petting zoo, you have the opportunity to feed and pet other animals, including a giraffe!
Before You Go
- Currently, the Tennessee Safari Park does not accept credit cards or checks so be sure to bring some cash.
- The park is about an hour and a half drive from Memphis and about thirty minutes from Jackson.
- Plan to spend between one and two hours at the park depending upon how crowded it is and how fast or slow you go through the tour.
- Try to visit the park in the morning, if possible. The animals tend to be hungrier and more eager to interact then.
- Visitors are encouraged to purchase buckets of feed to feed the animals. Feeding them outside food is not permitted.
Hours of Operation
The park is open 7 days a week from early spring until late fall.
- Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am. - 4:30 p.m. (last admittance)
- Sunday, 12:00 noon - 4:30 p.m. (last admittance)
Tennessee Safari Park
637 Conley Road
Alamo, TN 38001
Updated by Holly Whitfield, January 2018