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Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville

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Interact with animals and visit a historical estate at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. In 1996, the zoo merged with the adjacent Grassmere Wildlife Park and now covers 81 ha (200 acres) and holds more than 6,000 animals, from colorful birds and fish to large predators. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the animals are taken care of and to get an opportunity to pet and feed the some of the zoo's residents. A guided tour of the Grassmere mansion is a window into the Tennessee's past. Be prepared for a lot of walking, because the zoo does its best to give the animals a lot of space. Plan your Nashville Zoo at Grassmere visit and explore what else you can see and do in Nashville using our Nashville itinerary builder.
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  • We are visiting Nashville from out of state and thought this would be a good way to spend the day because we have a toddler. We arrived at 9:30 and the woman at the ticket was not pleasant or helpful ...  more »
  • This is a very nice zoo! Lots of variety in animals so you can see a little from each area of the world. Employees seem to be helpful & friendly and there are several food spots throughout the zoo. We...  more »
  • We went for Easter weekend...and what a blast we had. The zoo is nice and has an adequate amount of animals. The layout of the zoo is also great...no long walks for restrooms or refreshments. There is...  more »
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  • I took three kids on a hot Thursday and we had a ball. Do the right side of the park, where the playground is, when it's cool. It's not shady. The animal side is very shady and nice. There is a cooling tent right past the playground so you can cool kiddos down in there. The playground, exhibits, animals and staff are great! The drinks and food are ridiculously expensive. The food at the cafe is good and large portions, but I recommend backpacking your drinks and snacks into the park. The carousel is not fun for any kid over 5. Didn't try the Zipline. Feeding the birds and tortoises was fun, but you have to pay. The animals are more active before 11am and after 5 pm, but we still saw most except cougar and red panda and rhinos. The elephants are gone for good and the bear exhibit is under construction. Do not miss hidden world, super awesome and also a nice cool indoor break!now All in all, we spent 5 great hours there. The gift shop was nice and the prices were reasonable!
  • The Nashville Zoo is incredible! My wife and I love to visit and walk along the exhibits. There are a lot of animals and plenty for kids to do, including a jungle gym and three rides. There's a petting zoo and a guest path inside the kangaroo exhibit, so we got to pet a kangaroo today! The zoo is very well designed and has a good breeding program. There was a baby red panda born recently that we want to go back to see. There's also a new spider monkey exhibit, although the elephant exhibit is gone. Overall, it's a fantastic zoo!
  • My family LOVED the zoo! It is so much nicer and shadier than any zoo I've ever attended. The enclosures seem right for the animals, and it feels like a good place. The food is a overpriced for the snacks, but the dinner/lunch options are reasonable compared to other amusement-type places we've been. I am sure we will go again when we visit Nashville.
  • The new construction they have done recently adds some nice touches. Parking is free which is nice. They have a new zip line that's fun for adults and kids. The only downsides were the lack of fans due to the heat, and there are multiple exhibits that are under construction which was disappointing for the kids. It's a great place to walk around with the family though.
  • The new spider monkey exhibition is Great, the design is well thought out. You can get much closer to the monkeys when your in the trees too. I also live the new entrance and I can't wait to see the black bears when their habitat is complete. My son's favorite is​ the huge playground!