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Nashville Zoo Tickets

Updated: May 11, 2024

If you're looking for a fun activity in Nashville that the whole family will enjoy, it's hard to beat the zoo!

This post will cover how to get Nashville Zoo tickets, opening hours, how to get here, and details about what kind of wildlife you can expect to see.

We'll also include information about nearby hotels and restaurants, just in case you want to stay in the area a bit longer.


This section will give you an overview of ticket prices.

Unlike other attractions in this city, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere only has general admission, and that covers every area on the grounds of the estate.

A crocodile at Nashville Zoo. Image source: Pixabay user Agnieszka.

Ticket prices vary depending on when you want to visit. Peak periods such as the summer and weekends typically cost more. If you want to avoid paying the highest price, consider coming on a weekday.

The zoo in Nashville, TN also offers stroller and wheelchair rentals for those who need them, and they also have additional attractions you can add onto your ticket.

TIP: To get up to 50% off general admission, check out our post covering Nashville Zoo concession tickets.

General Admission

Additional Attractions

The Nashville Zoo uses attraction tickets for all of their additional attractions. Tickets cost $2 each, so if you need 4 tickets for an attraction, it will cost $8 extra in addition to general admission.

  • Wilderness Express Train Rise | 1 ticket
  • Lorikeet Landing Feeding | 1 ticket
  • Wild Animal Carousel | 1 ticket
  • Adventure 4D Theater | 2 tickets
  • Soaring Eagle Zipline | 4 tickets

If you don't want to mess with individual tickets, you can get an unlimited rides Adventure Pass for just $11.

Parking Pass

  • $8 per vehicle.
  • Free for members.

Nashville Zoo Hours

  • Open Daily
  • October 11 - March 9 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • March 10 - October 11 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day

How to Get to Nashville Zoo

The Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211.

The Zoo is a 20-minute drive south from downtown Nashville, so we suggest using this Google link to get exact directions.


  • Use either I-65 or I-24 at the Harding Place Exit 

Bus Routes

  • Route 52 includes a 15 to 20 minutes' walk from the Zoo stops

Best Times to Visit

Weekends are the busiest time to visit the zoo, with the busiest hours hitting between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Luckily, however, the crowds start thinning out after 3:00 pm. This should give you plenty of time to enjoy the whole zoo.

Nashville Zoo Saturday Busy Times

However, if you’re looking for the most animal activity, the zoo recommends you visit in the morning. 

Nashville Zoo Map

Once you've arrived to the zoo, consider downloading the Nashville Zoo app for immediate access to the official map showing you where to find each animal and attraction on the grounds.

The app also provides details about each animal and activity available at Nashville Zoo, allowing you to learn about each exhibit in greater detail.

Alternatively, you can click here to view or download the Nashville Zoo map.

This is the official map of Nashville Zoo, but you can get a bigger one with more detail on their website.
This is the official map of Nashville Zoo, but you can get a bigger one with more detail on their website.

How long should you stay?

Most people stay for 2 to 3 hours at the zoo. If you’re a fan of catching zookeeper demonstrations, feedings, or the zoo’s train, you might want to budget some extra time.


The Zoo prohibits guests from bringing in glass, disposable straws or lids, and balloons because these items can be hazardous for the animals.

Alcohol and any weapons are also prohibited. You may bring in a cooler for a picnic, however. 

Dining Options

You can find multiple dining options available at the zoo.

The Zoofari Cafe is open every day with burgers, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas.

There will also be seasonal food stands throughout the park with BBQ, popcorn, pretzels, and soft drinks. 

Guests are allowed to bring in outside food to enjoy at the picnic dining areas.

You can also find several notable restaurants near Nashville Zoo, click here to know more.

Are there Lockers?

No, the zoo does not have storage or backpack lockers.

If you want to keep something safely stored for the day, why not use one of these bag storage services in Nashville?


This section outlines a few of the interactive exhibits, rides, and play areas the Nashville Zoo has to offer.

You can download the zoo map app (AppleAndroid) on your phone or download the maps using this link to get around the zoo.

Critter Encounters Petting Zoo

You can take selfies with a camel or pet a goat at Critter Encounters. This exhibit also houses Galapagos tortoises, an alpaca, and several species of birds. 

Keeper Talks

If you've ever wondered what exactly the animals eat, or need in their habitats to be happy and healthy, be sure to catch a Keeper Talk!

The zookeepers give entertaining and educational talks at specific exhibits on eating habits and what it takes to keep the animals thriving in their habitats.

Check out the daily Keeper Talk schedule on the zoo's website here.

Jungle Gym

Kids will love the jungle gym that features a huge treehouse with bridges, ladders, slides, and a giant snake tunnel.

The playground is 66,000-square feet, which leaves plenty of room for all the young visitors to enjoy. 

Kangaroo Kickabout

You don’t need to go to Australia to get up close and personal with a kangaroo.

Visitors can interact with the kangaroos in the Australian habitat. You must stay on the sidewalks and footpaths, but the kangaroos can approach you!

Soaring Eagle Zip Line

If you’re looking for something with a little bit more adrenaline, why not try the zip line?

You can ride the line both directions 110 feet over the zoo. The ride costs $8 per passenger.

Wilderness Express

The Wilderness Express train travels through a wooded area of the property on a small circular track. It is recommended for children up to 5 years old.

Train cars are decorated with leopard, peacock, and giraffe patterns, and tickets cost $2 per ride. 

Animal Exhibits

Of course, at the Zoo, you’ll find a myriad of animal species and habitats, from arthropods, reptiles, and mammals to fish, birds, and amphibians. 


This section will cover some of the best hotels and restaurants near the Nashville Zoo.

Hotels Near Nashville Zoo

Restaurants Near Nashville Zoo

  • King Tut's | $$
  • Chismes Cafe | $
  • Juicy Seafood | $
  • Whitt's Barbecue | $
  • Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet | $

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Paul Whitten is an energetic Nashville native and combat veteran with a passion for history. He's a true storyteller, dedicated to preserving the legendary tales that make his hometown so great. From intimate conversations to books and lectures, Paul seeks to bring history alive with contagious enthusiasm and captivating insight. He loves helping others learn more about Nashville, its unique culture, and the countless stories of adventure associated with it.
Updated: May 11th, 2024
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