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Review of Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo
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Ranked #41 of 253 things to do in Nashville
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Add some exotic to the everyday with Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Wander through a lush canopy of bamboo, come face to face with a clouded leopard, feed some Australian parrots, and delve into the far reaches of the Amazon. Nashville Zoo is your ticket to African giraffes, poison arrow frogs, zebras, red pandas, kangaroos, gibbons, meerkats and much more! Children of all ages will be fascinated with the zoo’s Highlighted Habitats. Find out why a baby giraffe likes warm temperatures. Walk the winding path through 4,500 square feet of naturalistic Australian landscape in the Kangaroo Kickabout. In the Kickabout, you will be in the home of a troop of red kangaroos. Keep your eyes and ears open for the cockatoos that also live in Kangaroo Kickabout. In between your animal adventures, be sure to take a spin on our Wild Animal Carousel, get a new view of the Zoo from Soaring Eagle zip line, monkey around our 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym, or even step back in time on the walking tour at our Grassmere Historic Home and Farm. When you visit the 1810 historic home, you will learn about the name “Grassmere” and how the zoo came to be located there.
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Nashville, Tennessee
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We went to the Nashville Zoo in mid-January and had a wonderful time. There were fewer people. The animals were active and vocal. I had the flamingo experience of my life. The fence to the flamingos is short and one of the taller flamingos came over and nibbled on my sleeve and looked me in the face. WOW!

Visited January 2014
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Columbia, Tennessee
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“Fun at the Nashville Zoo”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

I've been a member of the Nashville Zoo for the past year and just renewed my membership. My family loves the zoo although it is smaller than other zoos. The Nashville Zoo is younger than many zoos and just hasn't had the time to grow that other zoos have had. I love that the Nashville Zoo has many interactive exhibits such as Kangaroo Kickabout where you can pet kangaroos. Also, the shady walkways are great in the summer. I'm sure my family will continue to enjoy the zoo as it grows and adds more animals.

Visited February 2014
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“The potential is there...”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

It was a nice zoo but it was a bit underwhelming. The layout was odd albeit spacious. Kids enjoyed it though so that's what counts.

Visited December 2013
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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115 reviews
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“A Family Favorite -- Great Day Outdoors”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

We have been members of the zoo for the last 6 years and have watched its growth. The zoo continues to add new animals and improve the overall site.

Expect to spend several hours. We usually arrive about an hour after the zoo opens. (Large crowds usually gather at opening time.) Bring lots of bottled water as it can get very hot as the day progresses.

Don't forget to purchase tokens for the carousel or train at the front of the zoo (there is only a token machine that does not have change once you get to these attractions.)

The children ADORE the playground area. You could easily plan to spend an hour here alone. There is only one entrance or exit. Wait at the seating near the exit or adventure in with your child.

The cafe is pleasantly good. The food has always been good and the staff is quite friendly (unless they are really, really busy.)

On of our favorites is the ALL DAY slushie. Purchase a tall container (you can bring it back at your next visit for a discount) and get it refilled all day for free!

If you are not a member, you will have to pay for parking. Members get their parking stubs stamped when they enter.

We have been to BOO at the ZOO as well as the Extravaganzoo. Both were fun but really geared for very young children.

DINOTREK was amazing -- we will visit when it opens again this year. Younger children may be scared by the lifelike attractions.

Favorite part -- the bamboo trail! The restrooms can get dirty quickly.

Visited July 2013
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Jupiter, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Lovely Little Zoo”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

My son lives near this little zoo in Nashville and we had passed by it many times, but since he was working, we had a day to ourselves and decided to check out the zoo. This was two days after Christmas and the day was quite cool and the animals that were out and about were not very active, but we still enjoyed the walk. The zoo is very well landscaped; we enjoyed reading about its history - from farmland to zoo - and admired the great job that was done in developing it. My husband has some trouble walking so he brought his cane along, but the sidewalks were well laid out and even so he didn't have any problem. I saw many families with strollers and I imagine they were very handy. We got a kick out of the well-stocked gift shop and ended up buying a piece of original art made by one of the in-house elephants. We have certainly enjoyed showing this to friends and saying that we "met" the artist.

Visited December 2013
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