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Nashville Zoo at Grassmere | Things to do around Nashville

Nashville is best known as Music City, but there are tons of fun things to do around town.


One of the best things you can do with the family is visit the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.


Chinese lights festival at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Zoolumination event Nashville Zoo

It's not a huge zoo, but there are plenty of animals and interesting exhibits to keep any family interested for a half day or day trip.


In addition to the bears, tigers, zebras and giraffes that make any zoo a fun trip, the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere has some other cool features.


For one, there's a huge high ropes play ground where kids (age 4 and older or so) can climb and have fun while mom and dad have a rest on the shade covered benches.


horned frog exhibit at Nashville Zoo
Horned frog exhibit

Another cool feature of the Nashville Zoo is the indoor exhibit housing rare insects, snakes, lizards, fish and birds.


There are plenty of walking trails offering shade, and even a kiddie train ride at the end of one.


In the center of the Zoo is a green space where you can sometimes catch a movie night, cocktail reception or special exhibit including the annual Zoolumination lights show.


When you buy your tickets, you might consider getting a pass that includes rides.


Some family passes include the unlimited rides option which lets your family zip line, ride the carousel, and feed the lorikeets.


Zoolumination event at Nashville Zoo house lit up
Zoolumination event at Nashville Zoo

For history buffs, the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere features a historic home and farm with seasonal programs and tours that take you back in time.


The food at the Zoo is pretty good, too. If you like burgers and fries, you'll be happy with what the Nashville Zoo has to offer. If you plan to visit more than once in a calendar year, you might consider investing in a refillable cup that you can bring back with you.


One of the best places in Nashville for homeschool families is the Nashville Zoo. They have tons of programs throughout the year, and offer curriculum relevant materials for all age groups. Some of our favorite family memories have been made at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.


Check the official Nashville Zoo at Grassmere website for updated hours and special event offers here.


Slideshow of pictures taken on a visit to Zoolumination event at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere


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