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Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville
TN
37211
Tel: 615-833-1534

Directions

From I-24: Exit Harding Place (#56) on the east side of Nashville and head west about 1.5 miles to Nolensville Pike. Turn right on Nolensville and the Zoo is about one mile on your left.
From I-65: Exit Harding Place (#78A) on the south side of Nashville and head east to Nolensville Pike about 2 miles. Turn left on Nolensville and the Zoo is about one mile on your left.

Where are we going today?

Add some exotic to your everyday with Nashville Zoo. Wander through a lush canopy of bamboo, come face to face with a clouded leopard, feed some Australian parrots and delve into the far reaches of the Amazon. Nashville Zoo is your ticket to African elephants, poison arrow frogs, zebras, red pandas, gibbons, giraffes and so much more! See these beautiful creatures in natural surroundings, like the Alligator Cove, Red River Hog Habitat and Flamingo Lagoon. In between your animal adventures, be sure to take a spin on our Wild Animal Carousel, monkey around on our 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym or dine in the gentle shade of our Jungle Terrace. You can even step back in time at our Grassmere Historic Home and Farm.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15
  • Children$10
  • Free Under: under 2 admitted free
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

March 15 - Oct. 14: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 15 - March 14: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m

Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Teachers corner

Visit website for group field trip information, school group discounts, and a resource center filled with projects to enhance your visit..

I'm Hungry!

Nashville Zoo has a variety of tasty treats to suit any palate. Stop by one of our concession stands throughout the park, or opt for the casual dining atmosphere of our Zoofari Cafe. You can even pack your own picnic and settle down at one of our many picnic tables..

Any Top Tips?

Don't miss Lorikeet Landing, an interactive exhibit where you can be surrounded by more than 50 Australian parrots. For up-close and personal animal encounters, stop by Critter Encounters and mingle with goats, llamas, donkeys, sheep, alpacas and more!.

Doing our bit

Nashville Zoo supports a wide variety of conservation projects both locally and internationally. Our efforts range from breeding giant anteaters and providing valuable data to zoos nationwide; to working with noted field researchers in South America tracking tapirs; to initiating a conservation program in Thailand for clouded leopards. Nashville Zoo also supports many Species Survival Plans..

Need a little extra help?

Nashville Zoo is wheelchair accessible. Manual wheelchairs and strollers are available for rental at the Zoo's Guest Services Hut.All restrooms are equipped with handicap-accessible stalls. Most restrooms are equipped for baby changing. .

Can I get one of those?

Stop by the Zoofari Market, located across from our swinging primates on Gibbon Islands, for the wildest souvenirs around..

What people are saying?

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    My overall experience was great! however the food service at the concession/food area was horrible. I was in line waiting to be served , a couple skipped line and was serviced before me, after acknowledging to the the employee that i was next, she understood what happened and still proceeded to take yet another customer order who was on the other side of the counter and not in line. after addressing the situation yet another time , i was at this point livid and felt like my money was not needed nor wanted. I really dont complain about the small...Read More

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    I have always enjoyed the Nashville zoo and try to take the kids several times a year. It is smaller and not on the scales of the larger National zoos. They have a great cross reference of animals and the tours of the Grassmere mansion are great. I read some of the reviews and thought they were unfair comparing a small city zoo to the National museums (in one laughable review the person said “they didn’t even have a panda” – for your reference there are 15 live pandas in the U.S. right now housed in 4 different zoos). The zoo is well...Read More

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    My family and I are impressed beyond words. We're from Milwaukee, WI so we have a great zoo, and I was really skeptical about this zoo. It. Was. AMAZING! Just over the top.

    The zoo itself is beautifully designed, and has so much detail and is overall beautiful to walk through. The exhibits are outstanding. One, they are HUGE; two, there isn't just one, or two animals in each exhibit, but MANY whether it's a pack or herd of the same species or they have a bunch of animals together!

    The Kangaroo exhibit. It's beyond words. The fact that they jump...Read More

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    I should have went to Memphis zoo. I saw 4 parrots, 3 elephants, 3 pigs from the Lion King, and 4 giraffes. At one point I ended up walking for 15 minutes without seeing an animal. I was actually following signs for a place to get something to drink & sit down (it was 94 degrees outside). When I finally reached the end of the walk, the hut was closed & the water foundations next to the building were LOCKED. I went back to the ticket booth & asked for a full refund, which I received.

    Highlight: the tour of the old house on the grounds was very...Read More

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    A great assortment of animals for a small zoo. Lots of shade and greenery. The animal habitats are beautiful. Also, there are lots of good sitting spots and free wifi.

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by derica lowe

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My overall experience was great! however the food service at the concession/food area was horrible. I was in line waiting to be served , a couple skipped line and was serviced before me, after acknowledging to the the employee that i was next, she understood what happened and still proceeded to take yet another customer order who was on the other side of the counter and not in line. after addressing the situation yet another time , i was at this point livid and felt like my money was not needed nor wanted. I really dont complain about the small stuff, but this was completely unacceptable. needless to say i did not order any food and i let the clerk know how unprofessional she was.

by Paul Nordstrom

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I have always enjoyed the Nashville zoo and try to take the kids several times a year. It is smaller and not on the scales of the larger National zoos. They have a great cross reference of animals and the tours of the Grassmere mansion are great. I read some of the reviews and thought they were unfair comparing a small city zoo to the National museums (in one laughable review the person said “they didn’t even have a panda” – for your reference there are 15 live pandas in the U.S. right now housed in 4 different zoos). The zoo is well done, clean, and I don’t think the prices are much different than any of museums, national park etc gift/ snack shops that we go to. If you want to spend a nice day there its great –

by Mary Sankey

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My family and I are impressed beyond words. We're from Milwaukee, WI so we have a great zoo, and I was really skeptical about this zoo. It. Was. AMAZING! Just over the top.

The zoo itself is beautifully designed, and has so much detail and is overall beautiful to walk through. The exhibits are outstanding. One, they are HUGE; two, there isn't just one, or two animals in each exhibit, but MANY whether it's a pack or herd of the same species or they have a bunch of animals together!

The Kangaroo exhibit. It's beyond words. The fact that they jump right up to you...amazing!

by Danielle Randle

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I should have went to Memphis zoo. I saw 4 parrots, 3 elephants, 3 pigs from the Lion King, and 4 giraffes. At one point I ended up walking for 15 minutes without seeing an animal. I was actually following signs for a place to get something to drink & sit down (it was 94 degrees outside). When I finally reached the end of the walk, the hut was closed & the water foundations next to the building were LOCKED. I went back to the ticket booth & asked for a full refund, which I received.

Highlight: the tour of the old house on the grounds was very nice!

If I could give anyone some advice, just a make the drive to either the Memphis zoo or the Louisville zoo.

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