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Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, 37211-3324

The Basics

Popular sections of the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere include the Alligator Cove, the Giraffe Savanna, and the African Wild Dog exhibit. The zoo’s main attraction, though, just may be the Jungle Gym. Spanning more than 66,000 square feet (6,131 square meters), the playground has a vast array of slides, cargo netting, swings, and climbing structures. Kids spend hours running around this expansive entertainment area.

Purchase a skip-the-line admission ticket ahead of time, and go behind the scenes to learn about animal care, behavior, and conservation with a backstage pass. Seasonal guided tours of the Grassmere Historic Home are available, and explain the history of the property, plus how the zoo ended up on the land.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nashville

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Fantastic outing!
Kellie_R, Dec 2020
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The Kangaroo park was beyond amazing and seeing a baby in its mothers pouch was beautiful to see! There was many hand sanitizing stations set up which was great to see :) Washrooms were nice and clean :)
star-5
Nice zoo
Jennifer, Sep 2020
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Great zoo. It was clean and had a great atmosphere. They had all one way walking trails which made things easy for social distancing.
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Zoo on Tuesday
Michael_S, Sep 2020
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Exhibits were very nice and clean Limited access due to Covid Animals appeared to be well taken care of
star-5
Great time at the Nashville Zoo
Riley_S, Aug 2020
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The new set up due to covid makes you feel safe while still allowing you to see most of the animals. We had a good time!
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A good walk in spite of Covid-19
Jacob_B, Jul 2020
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Right now, not a lot of the main attractions, like walking with kangaroos, are open due to covid, but they have definitely added a lot more animals than my first visit. Many of the animals were in easy to watch and photograph shaded areas due to the heat. The one thing I will say is don't buy tickets from Viator. It is four dollars cheaper if you buy them directly from the nashville zoo website.
star-5
Enjoyed our time at the zoo
Michael_G, Mar 2021
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While on a vacation/anniversary, we enjoyed visiting Nashville Zoo! Even tho it was raining off and on...we still loved the zoo. My wife loved seeing the monkeys in the women's restroom! How fun!
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My Beautiful Day at the Zoo
RhondaOgburn, Mar 2021
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My daughter took my granddaughter and they enjoyed all of the zoo. They both came back with wonderful stories....
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Very Beautiful Enclosures
Jessica, Sep 2020
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This zoo is very well maintained & we liked the layout. The animal enclosures were beautiful, many included waterfalls. Make sure the use the women’s restroom at bear enclosure, there’s an exhibit there!
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1st time Nashville Zoo visit
Crissy_M, Jun 2020
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If your near the Gibbons around roughly 10 or 11am, you can hear them yelling. They were very interesting to watch. I loved how active all the animals were. Could be that we were there at 9am before it got too hot. It was a great experience.
star-5
The zoo employees are the most awesome folks
Nancy_R, Jun 2020
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The zoo had just reopened and many of the exhibits were unavailable but the employees made it all worthwhile...lost my grandson for a couple of minutes and they were so professional and amazing..💕💕💕
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Very enjoyable
Kynsi, Jun 2020
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We loved getting to explore the farm and seeing all the animals. We are planning another trip soon with friends and neice soon. Would have loved a guided tour of the farm though.
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Exceeded expectations!
Caitlin_B, Feb 2020
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Amazing zoo! We were expecting a small, town zoo, but this far exceeded our expectations! Even in 40 degree weather; there were plenty of animals out for us to see. Perfect for my 3 year old. Only downfall was that parking was 7 dollars...

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most visitors spend about two or three hours at the zoo.

  • Manual wheelchairs and electric scooters are available to rent at the entrance.

  • Avoid taking glass, disposable straws and lids, and balloons into the zoo, as they can be harmful to the animals. There are a few on-site snack stands and cafés.

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How to Get There

The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) southeast of downtown Nashville. It takes roughly 15 minutes to get there by car, from I-65 or I-24. Alternatively, take the #52 (Nolensville Pike BRT lite) bus route to the Nashville Zoo Station Outbound stop, a little more than an hour from downtown.

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When to Get There

There are fewer visitors in the late afternoon, but the animals are most active in the morning, especially during the summer. Check the Nashville Zoo website for the dates and times of zookeeper talks and animal feedings. The zoo sometimes closes due to inclement weather.

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Centennial Park

Another family-friendly attraction, Nashville’s Centennial Park, near Vanderbilt University, offers plenty of outdoor fun, including movie screenings, concerts, festivals, and more. Feed the ducks in the lake; explore the Parthenon replica, which serves as Nashville’s art museum; and listen to the city’s musicians via custom tree signs with QR codes that allow visitors to watch videos on their smartphones.

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