Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

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Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
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3777 Nolensville Pike

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Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you're an animal lover or just in the mood for a family outing, then the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is an excellent spot to visit. The zoo boasts 375 different animal species and more than 2,600 different animals, including clouded leopards, giraffes, meerkats, red pandas, white rhinoceroses, alligators and komodo dragons. Plus, there are fish and bird exhibits showcasing both local wildlife and exotic creatures. There are a number of hands-on exhibits that are popular among kids, including the Critter Encounters (where you can get up close with various animals), Kangaroo Kickabout (where you can pet kangaroos) and Shell Station (where you can see tortoises and touch their shells). What's more, the zoo also features a historic home and garden, a jungle gym and a Wilderness Express Train.

Recent visitors were impressed with this zoo, with many reviewers calling it one of the best they had ever been to. Several families recommended this attraction as a must-do when visiting Nashville with kids because of its various on-site activities.

The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. from early March to mid-October. You'll find the zoo about 9 miles from downtown Nashville. General admission prices typically cost between $17 and $20, depending on the day. There are discounted prices for children and seniors, and on-site parking costs $7. The best time to visit the Nashville Zoo is in the fall, when crowds have thinned and temperatures have cooled. Check out the zoo's website for a complete list of things to see and do when you visit.

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