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Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville

(3.5/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • First time at zoo. Was hoping it would have had more animals to see. Had a great walk to see the ones they had very clean  more »
  • We joined the zoo it well worth membership we already been four times in 2 months. We rode rides and and had a blast.  more »
  • no bears no tigers no elephants no rhinos no fun. very small amount of animals to see very disappointed. best part was zip line eagle ride that cost even more money. the food was good the kid play zon...  more »
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  • This is the worst zoo I have ever visited. I have visited 20+ zoos in North America. The exhibits were slim and half were closed or under construction. Should of been charging half price for those reasons alone. Plus you have to pay to park. There is plenty of land and this zoo has potential they just need someone to come in and turn it around. As for food and drinks, there were very few drinks stations and the lines for food were unbelievable. WAY OVER PRICED. I would not recommend this zoo to anyone and will never come back. I would give this zoo zero stars if it was possible.
  • The Zoo has great walking trails, the animals are usually part of a zoo exchange, a breeding program for endangered species, or unable to be released into the wild. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is clean, entertaining for kids as well as adults, there are several rest rooms and snack/food locations throughout the park, or you're welcome to bring your own food inside to eat at picnic tables.. The staff is friendly and kids love the playground.
  • We absolutely LOVE the zoo! We get a yearly pass with the unlimited ride pass, and it easily pays for itself in a month. My 3 yr old loves the animals and the rides, so we come almost every weekend, rain or shine. It's a great way to get outside and get some exercise. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about all of the animals. The interactive spaces: kangaroos larikeets, tortoises, goats Etc are super fun and a great educational experience. The food is very pricey , and not very healthy, but if you bring your own food there are plenty of picnic tables and places to sit on the ground for picnics as well. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars, is that there is a lot of construction currently occurring , which has about a third of the exhibits closed. I understand the need for this , but it is taking longer then originally advertised, and some exhibits have been closed for more than a year. Greatly looking forward to the opening of the new exhibits as well as the reopening of the ones that have had to close for construction. It is definitely worth getting the family out and enjoying this fabulous experience !
  • I'll start off by saying I had a really good time with my wife and child. We went in January, and that may need to also be taken into consideration when reading this review. Also, I'm from St. Louis and we are spoiled with a free Zoo that is absolutely wonderful. Now, the reason why i say we had a great time with this one and only visit here, is that we were quite surprised that they had a special for whatever reason where the whole carload was only $20 to get in, when normal pricing is $16/person and then $5 for parking. If I had actually paid that normal pricing, the review would have been lower. So, considering we only had to pay $20 for the whole visit, said and done for us three, it was a lot more worth it. There just weren't that many animals to see, but we as a family just love having a place to walk, and we can walk for hours. So, I think with our experience, a 3 star rating is appropriate. The zoo had a lot of construction going on and I'm sure if you go during warmer months it might be a better experience, or worth normal pricing. It was indeed really cool to be able to walk among kangaroos and a few other animals without restriction and to have a chance to pet them. That stood out for us. A lot would have to change for us to ever go back. Even if its just a pricing change.
  • I love taking my nieces and nephews here. Every time we go, at least twice a year, we see something new or find a path we missed. Some of the events they have are a lot of fun for adults as well. Don't miss the kangaroo and turtle areas, easy to miss but sometimes they'll let you pet them.