3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN | Directions 3721136.088854 -86.741502
Mon. - Sun. 9am - 6pm
Large city zoo featuring cuddling creatures in all shapes in sizes. – In Short
Located on more than 200 pristine, spring-fed acres in the heart of Nashville, Grassmere is the city's primary zoological park. On display are more than 350 animals, including Bengal tigers, zebras, cheetahs, ostriches and river otters. Families will enjoy the old Croft House, built around 1810 and now home to a working farm exhibit and petting zoo. The 66,000-square-foot jungle gym near the amphitheater is a great way to see children in their natural habitat.
One of the best zoos anywhere! – I enjoy visiting zoos, and I've been to quite a few around the country. This is truly one of the best, not only because of the variety of animals here, but because of the way they're obviously cared for. The keepers give talks on a regular basis, and their rapport with the animals is evident. The animal enclosures are, for the most part, quite pleasing to look at and obviously adequate for the animals -- I've never seen animals here looking stressed or displeased with their environments, and, sadly, I've seen a lot of that in other zoos.
Another point worth noting is that the zoo is increasing its programming geared towards adults, which is a wonderful perk for us child-free adults who love animals.
Overpriced – This zoo is overated. They don't have any big animals. They mostly have birds. All you do is walk through a "jungle of weeds". Be sure to bring bug repelant, this zoo has an ample amount of mosquitoes but not animals! We had planned our vacation around the zoo and boy were we disappointed. The price is a ripoff! I would recommend going somewhere else.
A review to balance – Nashville is a major large city yet the zoo is the caliber of a much smaller less funded township. Sure it is a great value and very fun for the kids because they do not know better. But let us be honest, our zoo is not one of our adult tourist draws nor is it up to par.
Heartwarming – Seeing the animals through the eyes of a child makes you relive that exciting moment you shared with your family years ago.
Lots of animal fun – The zoo has many different activities. There are frequently big cats when they are babies in the nursery, the historic farm and a great playground. Don't forget the petting zoo. Who wouldn't want to feed a bottle to a baby camel? Oh yeah, there are also wonderful animals.
A nice afternoon at the zoo – Nashville has a decent zoo that seems to be growing at a nice rate. Seemingly a couple of new attractions come each year, recently the Gibbon Monkeys and Meerkats. However, a number of animals missing that you might not expect: lions, tigers, bears (you thought I was going to say "oh, my" didn't you?). The zoo is spread out so plan on walking. Parking is available, but like most things go during the week when it is less crowded. Walk the trail first (if you have kids count on spending an extra $5 to ride the elephants), then go into the Reptile house to cool off. End the day with a trip to the playground so the kids can run off any excess energy. If you go more than a couple of times a year, go ahead and get the $35 membership. You'll save money in the long run.
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