Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo was originally located in Joelton, Tennessee, but was later relocated in Grasmere when the wildlife park there closed due to low attendance. The relocation in Grasmere endowed Nashville Zoo with an additional 100 acres to cater to more animals and conduct more exhibits.

Since its 1996 relocation to Grasmere, Nashville Zoo had created several new exhibits, hosted various community events, and designed different children’s programs. Some of these exhibits are Giraffe Savannah, Gibbon Island, Alligator Cove, Bamboo Trail, Red River Hog Habitat, Flamingo Lagoon, and the Unseen New World.
The most famous attraction in Nashville Zoo, however, is the Jungle Gym playground. This playground is considered as the largest community-built playground in the US with more than 66,000 square feet. Built in 1998, the playground has slides, swings, and cargo netting among others.


Nashville Zoo Coupons

There are specific ways by which you can save upon visiting Nashville Zoo. This is through Nashville Zoo coupons and discounts.

Gift Membership Special: Members of the zoo may purchase gift card at up to 20% discount.
Membership: Zoo members will receive discounts like free admission for 1 year, free parking, free admission to special events, free or discounted admission to over 170 zoos and aquariums in the US, 10% discount on gift shops, and 100% tax deductible. Members will also receive special coupons on “Members Only” events such as specific educational programs.

Group: School and non-school groups with 20 or more members will receive a group discount of up to 10% provided that a single payment must be made.

Military: Military personnel and their company will receive $1 discount for everyone upon the presentation of a valid military ID.

City$aver: Schools usually sell this at the start of the school year. There will be a coupon offering a 50% discount for one admission ticket. The coupon will expire on 31 December 2013.

Total Access Pass: Convention and Visitors’ Bureau in Gaylord Entertainment Center sells this pass. The ticket is priced at $50 allowing admission to any four local attractions including Nashville Zoo.

Abenity: The zoo offers a $1 off coupon to Abenity members (

Access: The zoo offers $1 off coupon to Access members (

Nashville Zoo posts new discounts and coupons on an ongoing basis. Thus, check the site from time to time specifically the Zoo Discount Deals page.


Hotels Near the Nashville Zoo:

There are various options for accommodations if you intend to stay longer in Grasmere. Some of the hotels within 1.86 miles are La Quinta Inn, Travelodge, America’s Best Value Inn, and Red Roof Inn.
Hotels within 2.48 miles are M Star Hotel and Knights Inn Nashville.
Hotels within 3.10 miles include Rodeway Inn, Crossland Nashville, and Days Inn.
Finally, a hotel within 3.72 miles is Super 8 Downtown.

There are many sites that allow visitors to book a hotel such as Travelocity, and You may check any of these sites to determine the most cost-effective hotel option.

Zoo Hours

Nashville Zoo Hours:

Nashville Zoo Hours:

Nashville Zoo is open daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Nevertheless, the management may decide to close the zoo due to inclement weather to protect both the guests and animals.

Dates Hours
October 15 to March 14 9 am to 4 pm
March 15 to October 14 9 am to 6 pm

Zoo Info

Nashville Zoo Prices:
Nashville Zoo members are free. For non-members, the following rates apply:
Adults and Teens: $15
Seniors (65+): $13
Children (2 to 12): $10
Children under 2: Free

Groups: Group rates are as follows:
Adults and Teens: $13
Seniors (65+): $12
Children (2 to 12): $9

Parking: Free for members and $5 per vehicle for non-members

Phone Number: 615-833-1534


Email Address:

Directions: There are at least three routes in getting to Nashville Zoo. The zoo can be accessed from I-24, I-65, and I-440. Here are the directions:
From I-24: You have to make an exit on Harding Place (#56) on the east side of Nashville. Afterwards, head west about 1.5 miles to Nolensville Pike. Then, turn right on Nolensville. Nashville Zoo is about 1 mile on your left.
From I-65: You have to make an exit on Harding Place (#78A) on the south side of Nashville. Then, head east to Nolensville Pike about 2 miles. You have to turn left on Nolensville. Nashville Zoo is about 1 mile on your left.
From I-440: You have to make an exit on Nolensville Pike (#6) on the south side of Nashville. Afterwards, you have to head south about 2.6 miles. Nashville Zoo is on your right.


Nashville Zoo Jobs:

Nashville Zoo posts available positions on its Career Opportunities page. The zoo management accepts applications anytime. Completed applications must be sent to
If you are applying for a veterinary position, you have to submit a comprehensive resume and cover letter.
As of the moment though, Nashville Zoo needs a Video Intern.
Other jobs will be posted soon, so keep checking the page.

After exploring Nashville Zoo, you might want to visit other places in the area.

The top 5 attractions in Nashville that you must visit are the Schermerton Symphony Center (symphonies), Fontanel Mansion (architectural buildings), Rayman Auditorium (theaters and concerts), RCA Studio B (historic and education site and specialty museum), and Opryland Hotel Gardens (gardens).

These are just 5 of the best attractions in Nashville. There are plenty of other attractions that you must explore. Actually, there are more than 90 attractions in Nashville that you may opt to visit instead, that is, after visiting Nashville Zoo.