Nashville, TN

Have an Animal Adventure at the Nashville Zoo

Kimberly Ritter

If you’re looking for a family friendly adventure to do in Nashville, look no farther than the Nashville Zoo. Here’s why you’ll want to make a visit to this attraction.

When traveling with kids, a popular stop in many new cities is the local zoo. Always a fun and educational adventure, zoos offer kids and big kids at heart the opportunity to view, learn about and even the chance to interact with some of their favorite animals.

My family has visited many different zoos and aquariums in different states over the years and one of our new family family favorites is The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

We recently made a visit to the Nashville Zoo during some of our summer travels and it’s easy to see why this top ranked zoo is middle Tennessee's number one family attraction. With gorgeous exhibits, lots of interactive opportunities and over 3000 animals there is a lot to see and do for families.

While we didn’t quite make it to see everything that we would have liked due to the heat on the day of our visit, we’ll definitely be back to this fun family attraction and would recommend it as a stop for your family. Here’s a little bit to know about the Nashville Zoo if you’re planning on making a visit.

COVID-19 Precautions
Currently face masks are no longer required for zoo visits and advanced timed-entry tickets are no longer required. However as health conditions continually change, be sure to visit the zoo website for current updates on requirements.

Nashville Zoo Rides

The Nashville Zoo has several rides available for a small additional fee (in addition to admission and parking). The rides open at 10:00 a.m. and do have limited capacities due to current health conditions. Prices for the zip line is $8, the carousel is $2 and the train is $2 per person.

Discounts for Nashville Zoo
Kroger shoppers with a Kroger Plus Card can take advantage of special buy one get one tickets at the Nashville Zoo on Fridays during July and August as part of Kroger’s Safari Fridays summer promotion. The offer is only valid on Fridays in July (2, 9, 16, 23 & 30) and August (6, 13, 20 & 27) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Click here for more details.

The Nashville Zoo also offers $1 off zoo admission for military personnel and everyone in their group when they present their military ID.

Memberships are also available for those who live near Nashville and who want to save on multiple visits.

Outside Food and Drink Policy
Visitors to the Nashville Zoo are permitted to bring in outside food and drink. The zoo asks that guests not bring glass, disposable straws and lids or balloons into the zoo since these items can be harmful to animals. Guests can leave food in their vehicle and leave the zoo to access it, just obtain a hand stamp when leaving if you plan on re-entering.

Hours of Operation
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours for the zoo currently are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October, 11th 2021. From October 12th to March 2022 hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo may occasionally have unannounced closings during inclement weather for the safety of guests and animals.

Directions to the Nashville Zoo
The Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike in Nashville, TN 37211. It can be accessed from either I-65 or I-24 at the Harding Place Exit. For more complete directions visit their website here.

For more information on the Nashville Zoo, visit

For tasty food while in the Nashville area, be sure to check out our review of Monell's at the Manor and for more animal fun learn about the Tennessee Safari Park.

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