This 200-acre walk-through zoological park is home to the rare and beautiful. Encounter cougars, black bears, Bengal tigers, ... More
This 200-acre walk-through zoological park is home to the rare and beautiful. Encounter cougars, black bears, Bengal tigers, zebras, cheetahs and playful river otters. Kids can go wild on the Jungle Gym playground. The Croft Center, named for the sisters who left the estate to Grassmere, houses the Unseen New World exhibit and a variety of reptiles. There is also a working farm exhibit and petting zoo.
Ilove are zoo it keep getting better it just need time look on there master plan it will happen one day . I been to the Memphis zoo it may have more Animals but there cages are OS small . Are zoo care better for the Animals cage room . I have membership and it is is OS good to have . I go there a lot and all ways have fun.
The zoo at Nashville is the most inaccessible I’ve ever been to. The parking for handicap persons does not meet federal guidelines (Not enough Van accessible spaces ada (dot) gov) Wheelchair bound persons are charged full price but cannot get to every exhibit. The concrete is texturized to be very difficult to chairs. Yet I saw eight persons in three hours in wheelchairs. Duh! Serve the public or at least meet federal regulations.
Over the last three summers we have taken our son to visit the Knoxville Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, and The Nashville Zoo this year. The Nasville Zoo is by far our favorite. Compared to the others we've visited, it is extrememly clean. Many of the exhibits offer multiple views of the animals. We were also impressed with the "natural" feeling of the habitats. They all seemed to be well incorporated into the landscape of the area. The water features were great. The animals all seemed content. We were able to see pretty much everything. Our son is five. He and our neice (also five) thoroughly enjoyed the carousel, the train, and the gigantic playground area. The Clouded Leopard exhibit was great, especially the cubs. We also got a very close view of the giraffe exhibit. The exhibits are spread out, and as others have said, there is a great deal of walking, but the grounds are beautiful. It makes for a great walk. Almost all of the paths are shaded. Being able to interact with the Lorikeets was cool as well. We took a picnic lunch. There are picnic tables in many locations throughout the park. It was very easy to have our own little spot to enjoy a meal. The Grassmere home and farm are wonderful as well. Being a person who enjoys history, especially southern history, I loved it. My wife enjoyed it as well. The little ones, not so much. It would be a spectacular place for a wedding or professional pictures. Overall we had a wonderful experience at the Zoo! We will definitely return. We live two and a half hours away, and we are considering buying a membership next year.
Even our toddler was disappointed -- no lions, bears, otters, hippos, or rhinos, and the elephants were so far away she could hardly see them. The zoo seemed like a great playground or park, but it was a little thin as a zoo. Admission was high ($14 per adult/$9 for ages 2-12), and parking was another $5. Concessions and gift shop items were expensive as well ($13 for a bottle of sunscreen). Exhibits were spread out, so there was lots of walking involved...which was frustrating as there was little to see. Not a place we're likely to visit again.
The zoo is very kid friendly, and has a variety of animals. But I've been to better zoos. It also seemed quite spread out between exhibits, so I would reccomend strollers for babies/toddlers and walking shoes! Also there is not many concession areas, so be prepared to wait in line for a long time if buying food or drinks.
it was very clean and avergae sized. when i went there were no children over the age of 8 by the looks of t. it seemed to be targeted more towards younger kids and thier parents. my 13 year old daughter was mortally imbarrassed to have come and kept saying: mom i think this is for younger kids as she watched aboundances of strollers go past
Ive been to other zoo's St.louis,phoenix,even this one before they moved it from cheahtam co.it was so much better at the other location,and according other people ive talked to its under construction every year with no real change,few animals for the price to say the least,no gorrillas,lions,bears,rhinos...i could go on and on so that should tell you.we will not be going back.but the animals that were there looked content and had plenty of room,if you could see them do to the fact the viewing areas were really small.
i loved the pictures i was online just looking at things to visit when i move to Tennessee. The zoo is the first place I want to go. I live in Virginia and I love Virginia Zoo till this day and I am 23 years old
I loved this zoo. The animals were well cared for and the park was clean. We took our own lunch and had a picnic. The playground was AMAZING and my two year old loved the carousel. We will go again if we are ever in Nashville
I loved how there were things for people of all ages. Just be prepared to wear walking shoes. They really isnt an easy way to get to each spot without walking and sometimes walking up a hill. In the summertime bring lots of water, especially for little ones, there isnt much shade. There is a house on the grounds is the origonal owners of the property were the zoo is located. On certain days and times you can tour it as well. Other wise you can peak in the windows and walk around the grounds, its very interesting. There is a cool place for young ones to play, its kinda like a huge tree house and one area has plastic mats that they can run and jump on. The petting zoo is a neat experiance for the children too. The gift shops are nice and the restuants are desant, but a bit expencive, I quess that is to be expected. There are MANY different animals to enjoy. But in the end it is fun for the whole family.
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