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. Its a place to see exotic animals up close and personal. You can even feed some of them. This drive-through park is a definite draw to the rural area.
Although it is the county seat of Crockett County, Alamo would be relatively unknown if it weren't for its primary claim to fame: hosting 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. The park has one of the largest collections of zoo animals in the United States.
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!
Tickets cost $16 for adults, $12 kids aged 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and under.
Buckets of feed cost $3. To save money buy $4 for $10. You'll be glad you have extra feed to attract the animals.
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.
- Pets, including dogs, are not allowed in the park. They might upset the animals.
Hours of Operation
The park is open every day of the year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving. If there is inclement weather check the park's Facebook Page. Snow and Ice can cause the park to close suddenly so it can protect the animals.
- Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am. - 4 p.m. (that's the time of last admittance although the park closes fully at 5 pm)
- Sunday, 12:00 noon - 4 p.m. (last admittance)
Tennessee Safari Park
637 Conley Road
Alamo, TN 38001
Updated by Holly Whitfield, January 2018