After the merger of the Nashville Zoo and the Grassmere Wildlife Park in 1996, the current incarnation of the Nashville Zoo was born. The zoo is just 20 minutes from downtown Nashville and a great day our for families. There are plenty of animals to see as well as a variety of different attractions to keep children of all ages happy.
Things to Do
- Take one of the zoo's guided tours in order to gain more insight and learn about the animals that live here. The backstage pass allows visitors to enter certain areas of the zoo that are usually not accessible by members of the public.
- Learn about the animals in various interactive exhibits. You can even pet a kangaroo in the Kangaroo Kickabout area or feed a lorikeet at Lorikeet Landing.
- Stretch your legs as you head along one of the zoo's walking trails.
- Ride the Wilderness Express Train.
- Have you seen all the animals? Why don't you hop aboard the Wild Animal Carousel?
- Be sure to check out the historic home on the grounds and consider taking the farm tour.
Nashville Zoo Insider Tips
- If you're visiting during the colder months, you can check the zoo's winter visiting guide which includes temperature guidelines to tell you which animals you'll be likely to see.
- Find out more about the events happening at the zoo by visiting the zoo's calendar of upcoming events.
- Save money by bringing your own food to the zoo. The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere actually allows visitors to bring their own food and drinks!
- If you plan to return regularly to the zoo, consider buying membership in order to save money.