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Where Animals, Nature & Fun Converge

General Info
Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year.
BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Services/Products
Guided Tours, Youth Programs, Photography Classes, School Services, Community Outreach, Conservation Camp, Summer Camp, Zooper Heroes Camp, Veterinary Camp, Event Planning, Birthday Parties, Weddings, After hours Events, Meetings, Picnics, and Luncheons, Internships, Events
Payment method
discover, visa, master card, debit, cash
Neighborhood
Grassmere
Amenities
Zoofari Cafe, Snakes Bites, Jungle Gym, Critter Encounters, Croft Historic Home, Kangaroo Kickabout, Lorikeet Landing, Shell Station, Soaring Eagle Zip Line, Wild Animal Carousel, Wilderness Express
Associations
Association of Zoos & Aquariums, WAZA
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Categories
Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Meeting & Event Planning Services, Zoos, Tourist Information & Attractions, Places Of Interest, Party Planning, Children's Party Planning & Entertainment
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

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Dawn W.

03/24/2017

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This is a wonderful zoo! One of my favorites, and I've been to several through the years. It seems to get better every year. Go early to avoid the crowds, especially on nice weekend days.

The exhibits are top notch, the zoo is easy to go through without missing anything (using a map or their signs), and the animals have plenty of room to move around. My favorites were the zebras and elephants.

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We love this zoo and got a membership (recommended - no lines and free parking, plus you can hop in and out for a stroll). Though some of the cages need work (others have been under construction for a while), the overall impression is that there is genuine care and concern for the animals and that the animals live in a relatively nice environment.

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This is truly a beautiful zoo, which blends the feel of native Nashville's landscape with global exhibits. Best in spring and fall when weather is pleasant, although you can bring coolers/food in all year (no straws to protect animals). Membership is worth it because you can make many short trips. You can even add on unlimited rides on the Eagle, train, carousel for a fee to the membership.

Angel G.

08/20/2015

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The Grasmere zoo is the best. It's still relatively new when compared to all the older, much better grounded zoos, which makes it cost more. They're still building the zoo, so many exhibits are still in the future. I'm not complaining on the "lack of other animals"; on the contrary, I just count myself fortunate that I can see what they do have. If others want to complain about the imagined "lack of animals", then why don't they just build their own zoo and see how it's like?

Stephanie C.

07/06/2015

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I've been to many zoos, this one was by far the worst. There were hardly any animals, and you had to walk so far to get to each exhibit. There was alot of construction, so several exhibits were closed. What zoo does not have lions, bears, or wolves? No rare foxes? For the amount of money it costs to take your family to the zoo it simply was not worth it. The best part of our entire day was feeding the birds. Which costs extra. Everything does! Next time we're going to Memphis, I don't plan to ever return to Nashville's zoo.

Shanna B.

04/27/2014

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Cute

Cute ids the only word that I can think this fits for the zoo. It's a small intimate place with a decent layout. It is small so it feels overcrowded very easily. I thought that the animal enclosures were very small and didn't allow the animals enough room to roam. But since it is a small zoo they don't have a lot of animals. No lions, sea life, etc. It's $15 to enter and they do offer a membership. For the size I think the price is a little over, but it's not unreasonable. All in all, we probably won't be back, but we did enjoy our day.

mason3423

04/26/2012

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love are zoo keep geting better

I have membership to the Nashville zoo love it I come alot to it all way have fun seeing the animals. I been to the Memphis zoo it may have more animals but the cage space for some is OS small . Are zoo has better cages space . the zoo keep getting better look at there master plan it will get better and it is .

earltdickersonjr

04/05/2012

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Inaccessible

The zoo at Nashville is the most inaccessible I’ve ever been to. The parking for handicap persons does not meet federal guidelines (ADA.gov Not enough Van accessible spaces) Wheelchair bound persons are charged full price but cannot get to every exhibit. The concrete is texturized to be very difficult to chairs. Yet I saw eight persons in three hours in wheelchairs. Duh! Serve the public or at least meet federal regulations.

Sally14

12/06/2011

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Best Zoo ever

I love the zoo. I am a member so I can get in for free. The food in the little cafe is always good. I love seeing all the animals and touring the grounds around the Croft Family home. However the cemetary needs some maintence like weeding, the grass is always high and its hard to read the markers. I love getting discounts in the gift shop and snack areas. I love the Red Pandas and The Tiger Leopard Cubs and the Flamingos are so cool. It might not be the biggest Zoo in the world but it is still really cool to visit.

EvieEve

06/17/2011

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NOT VERY MANY ANIMALS

A TRIP TO THE ZOO IS ALWAYS FUN, BUT THIS IS NOT THE BEST ZOO I HAVE BEEN TO.

carrie2065

03/01/2011

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Love the Zoo

My family loves the zoo we have a membership, and have found it worth the price!
The zoo is always clean and the animals have more natural environments than many other zoo's i have visited. The animals seem pretty content. There is a lot of walking but many of the trails are shaded so even on the hot days of summer its not too hot.
I have a young child and he loves riding in the stroller and seeing the animals the fish/reptile building is great because you get to see many creatures up close.
I'm excited to see the zoo expand even more and get more animals for us to visit.

Stephen P.

11/02/2010

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lots of fun

We bought a yearly pass. I love taking my daughter weekly. There is so much to do we never get bored. the employees are also very friendly.

Michelle M.

10/21/2010

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Relaxing and educational!

I love the Nashville Zoo. It has some nice and unique features and they're adding new animals every year! Sure, it's a hike getting to some of the features, but what better way to spend the day strolling along studying the animals. As for the animals not being up and around, they aren't trained to be at our beck and call, they have to sleep...it just gives you reason to find out their sleeping habits and come back when they're there.

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