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May 28, 2024

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Day Trip: Drive-Thru Tennessee Safari Park Has Babies

New animal babies are at the park — a visit is worth the two-hour drive with the kids

It’s a two hour drive from Nashville, but worth the trip. Bring your kids to get up close with a variety of animals at Tennessee Safari Park, located in Alamo, Tenn. Your kids will love riding along with you while on “safari” and seeking out animals. And, according to Tennessee Safari Park’s Facebook page, the park currently has several baby animals!

A baby Takin with its mama.

Tennessee Safari Park

The park takes guests approximately 1-and-a-half to two hours to get through, and the last car is taken at approximately 4 p.m. There are lots of animals to see as you drive! Animals include Addax, Alpaca, Aoudad, Axis deer, Bactrian Camel, Bennetts wallaby, Bison,  Blackbuck, Blesbok, Damara zebra, Dama gazelle, Dromedary camel, Eland, Emu, Fallow deer, Gayal, Gemsbok, Giraffe reticulated, Guanaco, Hog Deer, Kangaroo grey, Kangaroo red, Llama, Mini donkey, Nilgai, Nyala, Ostrich, Pere david deer, Red lechwe, Red river hog, Rhea, Roan antelope, Sable antelope, Sika deer, Sitatunga, Springbok, Takin, Tapir, Warthog, Waterbuck, Wildebeast, Zebu.

The animals are free-roaming, so you drive through with car windows open along the route and stop and go. Various animals will dig into your food bucket (buy at the park entrance) if you hold it out from your window. If by any chance an animal succeeds at taking your bucket, do not get out of your car!


A young camel rests near its mama.


Tennessee Safari Park
618 Conley Road, Alamo, TN 38001

• No online ticket sales
• Free parking
• No Dogs or pets of any kind are allowed

Hours of operation are Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last car in at 4 p.m.); Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Cash-Only Admission: Adults $24, children 2 – 12 $16 and children 1 and younger are free.
Feed Cups: $3 or four cups for $10

Learn more and plan your trip by checking the website and Facebook pages. You can also call 731-696-4423.

What else is there to do near Alamo, TN?

A little less than an hour from the safari park is Discovery Park of America.

Cypress Grove Nature Park is in Jackson, TN, 26 minutes southeast of Tennessee Safari Park. Cypress Grove is a nature preserve for wildlife and features a boardwalk through a cypress forest, over a mile long.

Also in Jackson, TN is the Casey Jones Village and Railroad Museum.





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