Nashville Zoo At Grassmere

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This could barely be called a zoo. Sure there are some animals but you have to hike to get from one to another. When you do get to an exhibit you have about as much chance of seeing an animal there as you do if you're hiking in the wild. There aren't a lot of impressive exhibits, either, though there are a couple. Like the white tiger, if you can find it. The elephants are always too far away. The giraffes seem to be the only exhibit right sized for seeing the animals.
If you have little children the experience can be boring or frustrating for them, depending on how badly they wanted to see some animals. Really this is just a long, expensive walk.

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★★☆☆☆

This could barely be called a zoo. Sure there are some animals but you have to hike to get from one to another. When you do get to an exhibit you have about as much chance of seeing an animal there as you do if you're hiking in the wild. There aren't a lot of impressive exhibits, either, though there are a couple. Like the white tiger, if you can find it. The elephants are always too far away. The giraffes seem to be the only exhibit right sized for seeing the animals.
If you have little children the experience can be boring or frustrating for them, depending on how badly they wanted to see some animals. Really this is just a long, expensive walk.

Pros: nice indoor exhibits

Cons: not much else, now they're charging the 2 yr olds

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I have lived in Middle TN for 29 years and never went to the Nasville Zoo just because of what it looked like from the entrance. Not much to write or talk about. Finally in August I decided to take my daughter, my cousin and her kids there for the ICE event. I thought the entrance price was reasonable. My first thought was, "were are the animals?" We had to literally SEARCH for the animals. The kids were asking us what were they suppose to be looking at. The best area was the AFrica safari area where the giraffes and elephants were. There are WAY too many trees and bamboos....it should be called the Greenhouse instead of the Zoo. But for Nashville, TN I guess that's as good as it gets.

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★★★☆☆

I have lived in Middle TN for 29 years and never went to the Nasville Zoo just because of what it looked like from the entrance. Not much to write or talk about. Finally in August I decided to take my daughter, my cousin and her kids there for the ICE event. I thought the entrance price was reasonable. My first thought was, "were are the animals?" We had to literally SEARCH for the animals. The kids were asking us what were they suppose to be looking at. The best area was the AFrica safari area where the giraffes and elephants were. There are WAY too many trees and bamboos....it should be called the Greenhouse instead of the Zoo. But for Nashville, TN I guess that's as good as it gets.

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Okay, I grew up sandwiched between Erie, PA and Cleveland, Oh. The Cleveland zoo is large and has the Rainforest bio dome. The Erie Zoo manages to make up just 15 acres...

But I'm not entirely sure you should compare Nashville to those zoos... First of all, N'ville's layout is much better. The animals are spread out in natural looking enclosures instead of smushed in rows of cages.

No, there aren't currently a lot of animals, but the zoo is on phase 1 of a 4 phase plan to massively increase their size and exhibits. Also, the zoo has 100 acres currently developed and is on the way to developing the other 100 acres.

Also, in addition to the zoo animals, there's a historical home (Tours are April-October, plus Christmas weekends, then Memorial Day - Labor Day all week long...) with it's out buildings, gardens and cemeteries, and the farm.

So yeah, the price is a little higher than some 'zoos', but there's a uniqueness to Nashville that makes the zoo worthwhile.

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★★★★☆

Okay, I grew up sandwiched between Erie, PA and Cleveland, Oh. The Cleveland zoo is large and has the Rainforest bio dome. The Erie Zoo manages to make up just 15 acres...

But I'm not entirely sure you should compare Nashville to those zoos... First of all, N'ville's layout is much better. The animals are spread out in natural looking enclosures instead of smushed in rows of cages.

No, there aren't currently a lot of animals, but the zoo is on phase 1 of a 4 phase plan to massively increase their size and exhibits. Also, the zoo has 100 acres currently developed and is on the way to developing the other 100 acres.

Also, in addition to the zoo animals, there's a historical home (Tours are April-October, plus Christmas weekends, then Memorial Day - Labor Day all week long...) with it's out buildings, gardens and cemeteries, and the farm.

So yeah, the price is a little higher than some 'zoos', but there's a uniqueness to Nashville that makes the zoo worthwhile.

Pros: Croft House and increasing size

Cons: a little pricier than other zoos

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Like many of the other reviewers have said, the Nashville Zoo doesn't have some of the animals you would expect to see at a zoo. However, it is a really nice place to go. The animals they do have are active and interesting. There are lots of oppportunities to learn more about them. The best things about the zoo are the facilities and environment. The animal enclosures are very nice.....no steel cages. They have an onsite cafe with virtually anything you or you kids would want to eat. Its very shady, so you're not just walking around on scorching pavement all day. Overall, a good deal for the price.

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★★★★☆

Like many of the other reviewers have said, the Nashville Zoo doesn't have some of the animals you would expect to see at a zoo. However, it is a really nice place to go. The animals they do have are active and interesting. There are lots of oppportunities to learn more about them. The best things about the zoo are the facilities and environment. The animal enclosures are very nice.....no steel cages. They have an onsite cafe with virtually anything you or you kids would want to eat. Its very shady, so you're not just walking around on scorching pavement all day. Overall, a good deal for the price.

Pros: facilities & environment

Cons: few animals

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The Nashville Zoo is kind of a sucky zoo if you compare it to "real" zoos like Memphis and even Birmingham. But you'd be better off not comparing it to those zoos, because it would make you weep with frustration. Really, the Nashville Zoo would be better off NOT calling itself a zoo at all, because it's more like an animal sanctuary or, really, a nature trail on which you just happen to see a few animals. I will admit, things are looking up for the Zoo, with the promise of getting several more animals that you might find in a stellar, or even standard, zoo, like hippos and rhinocerus. But we're a long way from competing with even an average zoo. Sure we have some elephants and some giraffe, and those exhibits are really wonderful. But when such random animals as elongs (whatever those are) and meercats are billed as the star exhibit, somethings wrong. The only thing they have close to a gorilla is a gibbon, which was interesting, but honestly, why can't they have gorillas, apes, orangutans, etc? My children were excited about seeing the Bengal tiger, but we were informed that that exhibit wasn't open on the day we went. What a disappointment.
Bottom line....I would advise the Zoo to start getting more animals if it intends to keep calling itself a zoo.

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★★★☆☆

The Nashville Zoo is kind of a sucky zoo if you compare it to "real" zoos like Memphis and even Birmingham. But you'd be better off not comparing it to those zoos, because it would make you weep with frustration. Really, the Nashville Zoo would be better off NOT calling itself a zoo at all, because it's more like an animal sanctuary or, really, a nature trail on which you just happen to see a few animals. I will admit, things are looking up for the Zoo, with the promise of getting several more animals that you might find in a stellar, or even standard, zoo, like hippos and rhinocerus. But we're a long way from competing with even an average zoo. Sure we have some elephants and some giraffe, and those exhibits are really wonderful. But when such random animals as elongs (whatever those are) and meercats are billed as the star exhibit, somethings wrong. The only thing they have close to a gorilla is a gibbon, which was interesting, but honestly, why can't they have gorillas, apes, orangutans, etc? My children were excited about seeing the Bengal tiger, but we were informed that that exhibit wasn't open on the day we went. What a disappointment.
Bottom line....I would advise the Zoo to start getting more animals if it intends to keep calling itself a zoo.

Pros: Great environment for the animals, better than average facilities like restaurants.

Cons: Few animals, exhibits are spaced too far from one another. Did I say there were hardly any animals?

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I enjoy visiting zoos, and I've been to quite a few around the country. This is truly one of the best, not only because of the variety of animals here, but because of the way they're obviously cared for. The keepers give talks on a regular basis, and their rapport with the animals is evident. The animal enclosures are, for the most part, quite pleasing to look at and obviously adequate for the animals -- I've never seen animals here looking stressed or displeased with their environments, and, sadly, I've seen a lot of that in other zoos.

Another point worth noting is that the zoo is increasing its programming geared towards adults, which is a wonderful perk for us child-free adults who love animals.

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★★★★★

I enjoy visiting zoos, and I've been to quite a few around the country. This is truly one of the best, not only because of the variety of animals here, but because of the way they're obviously cared for. The keepers give talks on a regular basis, and their rapport with the animals is evident. The animal enclosures are, for the most part, quite pleasing to look at and obviously adequate for the animals -- I've never seen animals here looking stressed or displeased with their environments, and, sadly, I've seen a lot of that in other zoos.

Another point worth noting is that the zoo is increasing its programming geared towards adults, which is a wonderful perk for us child-free adults who love animals.

Pros: clean, well organized, wonderful animals, beautiful enclosures

Cons: subject to weather

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When all the plans and construction are complete, this is going to be a first-class zoo. The African Elephant Savannah is an indication of the great things to come. My wife and I toured the zoo as part of the Nashville Arthritis Walk. I enjoyed the tigers and red pandas and thought the meerkat exhibit was a real hoot.

PROS: Big plans
CONS: Lots of construction

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★★★☆☆

When all the plans and construction are complete, this is going to be a first-class zoo. The African Elephant Savannah is an indication of the great things to come. My wife and I toured the zoo as part of the Nashville Arthritis Walk. I enjoyed the tigers and red pandas and thought the meerkat exhibit was a real hoot.

PROS: Big plans
CONS: Lots of construction

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I had never gone to the Nashville Zoo until I was an adult and I loved it. It might not be the biggest or best, but the atmosphere is what makes it special. Located in the middle of Nashville, that gives it a special zest. This will zoo will bring out the inner child in all of us. I always thought it would be a waste of time and money to go to the central park zoo when we have the Atlanta Zoo is so much bigger, but I was really impressed with it when I finally did go and see it. It is the perfect size so you are not tired out by the time you are finished. They have penguins, seals, polar bears and a great petting zoo. Recommended!

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★★★★☆

I had never gone to the Nashville Zoo until I was an adult and I loved it. It might not be the biggest or best, but the atmosphere is what makes it special. Located in the middle of Nashville, that gives it a special zest. This will zoo will bring out the inner child in all of us. I always thought it would be a waste of time and money to go to the central park zoo when we have the Atlanta Zoo is so much bigger, but I was really impressed with it when I finally did go and see it. It is the perfect size so you are not tired out by the time you are finished. They have penguins, seals, polar bears and a great petting zoo. Recommended!

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This is a wonderful place to have in Nashville. Our son loves going to see all of the different animals. They have excellent educational programs for children to learn about the different creatures.

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This is a wonderful place to have in Nashville. Our son loves going to see all of the different animals. They have excellent educational programs for children to learn about the different creatures.

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This zoo has a wonderful atmosphere. Each time you turn the corner, you find yourself in a new and unique environment. They really strive to create the atmoshpere that is native to the animal. The elephant safari just opened, and they really make it feel like you are in Africa! The best feature is probably the Unseen world. It is an aqarium-like building w/ everything from posion dart frogs to catfish. They have bats, snakes, sting rays, turtles, even an anaconda!

We have a family membership, which is a great deal! If you take the kids at least twice a year, it has paid for itself!

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★★★★★

This zoo has a wonderful atmosphere. Each time you turn the corner, you find yourself in a new and unique environment. They really strive to create the atmoshpere that is native to the animal. The elephant safari just opened, and they really make it feel like you are in Africa! The best feature is probably the Unseen world. It is an aqarium-like building w/ everything from posion dart frogs to catfish. They have bats, snakes, sting rays, turtles, even an anaconda!

We have a family membership, which is a great deal! If you take the kids at least twice a year, it has paid for itself!

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This was so much fun. My daughter who was only one at the time loved it! The animals are great and the play area was wonderful. We spent hours in the play area. We also enjoyes the snakes/ aquarium.

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★★★★☆

This was so much fun. My daughter who was only one at the time loved it! The animals are great and the play area was wonderful. We spent hours in the play area. We also enjoyes the snakes/ aquarium.

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This zoo is fantastic! The zoo is very clean it smells nice and the animals seem happy and well cared for. The zoo has a gift shop, and a restraunt. The playground is one of the highlights for this zoo. It is huge. It has a soft play area for little ones, and a giant climbing area for older kids. The only down-side I have found is that they allow smoking in the zoo.

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★★★★☆

This zoo is fantastic! The zoo is very clean it smells nice and the animals seem happy and well cared for. The zoo has a gift shop, and a restraunt. The playground is one of the highlights for this zoo. It is huge. It has a soft play area for little ones, and a giant climbing area for older kids. The only down-side I have found is that they allow smoking in the zoo.

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My son loved this zoo and loves to see the wide range of animals that you have. We love your shows and the HUGE play area you have for the kids. Food prices are the only thing that are outrageous.

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★★★★☆

My son loved this zoo and loves to see the wide range of animals that you have. We love your shows and the HUGE play area you have for the kids. Food prices are the only thing that are outrageous.

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My kids love the zoo. The prices are starting to get a little expensive, but I understand that they are still building, and the prices are high to fund that. They don't have a ton of animal exhibits yet, but the ones they do have are very natural looking. No tiny cages here!
The playground is wonderful for older kids. Can be a little scarey if you have little ones because it is just so big, and it is hard to keep track of them. They have a padded area with animal shapes for babies, that is shaded, and we loved this feature. I could see my older ones playing while the babies were comfortable.
Plenty of parking. Overall a great little zoo, and a fun way to spend a day!

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★★★★☆

My kids love the zoo. The prices are starting to get a little expensive, but I understand that they are still building, and the prices are high to fund that. They don't have a ton of animal exhibits yet, but the ones they do have are very natural looking. No tiny cages here!
The playground is wonderful for older kids. Can be a little scarey if you have little ones because it is just so big, and it is hard to keep track of them. They have a padded area with animal shapes for babies, that is shaded, and we loved this feature. I could see my older ones playing while the babies were comfortable.
Plenty of parking. Overall a great little zoo, and a fun way to spend a day!

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I love going to this Zoo. It is great to walk around and look at all of the animals and just get away from the city. The are always expanding and adding new exhibits. Great place to go on a nice day and the price is very reasonable. I have fun going alone, or with a date!

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★★★★☆

I love going to this Zoo. It is great to walk around and look at all of the animals and just get away from the city. The are always expanding and adding new exhibits. Great place to go on a nice day and the price is very reasonable. I have fun going alone, or with a date!

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The Nashville Zoo continues to expand to its already impressive development. However, if your family likes to take trips to this zoo, the best thing to do is to purchase the membership package. This will save you a lot of money if you plan to visit the zoo more than twice in the year. They even have special events for members only.

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★★★★☆

The Nashville Zoo continues to expand to its already impressive development. However, if your family likes to take trips to this zoo, the best thing to do is to purchase the membership package. This will save you a lot of money if you plan to visit the zoo more than twice in the year. They even have special events for members only.

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This zoo is overated. They don't have any big animals. They mostly have birds. All you do is walk through a "jungle of weeds". Be sure to bring bug repelant, this zoo has an ample amount of mosquitoes but not animals! We had planned our vacation around the zoo and boy were we disappointed. The price is a ripoff! I would recommend going somewhere else.

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★★☆☆☆

This zoo is overated. They don't have any big animals. They mostly have birds. All you do is walk through a "jungle of weeds". Be sure to bring bug repelant, this zoo has an ample amount of mosquitoes but not animals! We had planned our vacation around the zoo and boy were we disappointed. The price is a ripoff! I would recommend going somewhere else.

Pros: didn't see any

Cons: no open concessions, no big animals, price

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We had a great time. My kids loved the play area. The huge jungle gym is worth the price of admission to them. We joined the family membership with a very reasonable donation which is like a season pass to this zoo and many others for free or very cheap. Well worth the price.

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★★★★☆

We had a great time. My kids loved the play area. The huge jungle gym is worth the price of admission to them. We joined the family membership with a very reasonable donation which is like a season pass to this zoo and many others for free or very cheap. Well worth the price.

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Going to the Nashville Zoo is a great way to spend your day. I was very pleasantly surprised when I walked through-I have to admit I wasn't expecting much, but boy was it great! It's a wonderful place for people of all ages to learn about animals.

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★★★★☆

Going to the Nashville Zoo is a great way to spend your day. I was very pleasantly surprised when I walked through-I have to admit I wasn't expecting much, but boy was it great! It's a wonderful place for people of all ages to learn about animals.

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The Nashville Zoo may be small, but there is lots to see. They have a new elephant exhibit that is worth the trip alone. Every animal that you would expect to see at a zoo is here and they also have a small petting zoo where the kids can pet goats, pigs, llamas and other furry critters. The walk around the zoo is shaded from the sun and there are snack kiosks located throughout. Just watch out for the bees!

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★★★★☆

The Nashville Zoo may be small, but there is lots to see. They have a new elephant exhibit that is worth the trip alone. Every animal that you would expect to see at a zoo is here and they also have a small petting zoo where the kids can pet goats, pigs, llamas and other furry critters. The walk around the zoo is shaded from the sun and there are snack kiosks located throughout. Just watch out for the bees!

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The zoo is a fun place to visit. Although it isn't as big as some of the other zoos it still has plenty to see. The admission fee is reasonable and the parking is free. You should bring your own lunch though because it is expensive to eat there. We brought a cooler and left everything in the car. Then when we got ready to eat we came out to the car to eat. They will stamp your hand so that you can get back in. Unfortunately the playground was closed when we were there. We saw what a huge playground it was though. It looked really cool.

There is also an old Plantation house there called Grassmere. It was very interesting walking around the grounds especially at the old cemetery in the back. Some of the graves dated back to the 1700's. This is a fun place to visit for the whole family!

PROS: fun for the family, reasonably priced for admission
CONS: high cost for food & drinks

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★★★★☆

The zoo is a fun place to visit. Although it isn't as big as some of the other zoos it still has plenty to see. The admission fee is reasonable and the parking is free. You should bring your own lunch though because it is expensive to eat there. We brought a cooler and left everything in the car. Then when we got ready to eat we came out to the car to eat. They will stamp your hand so that you can get back in. Unfortunately the playground was closed when we were there. We saw what a huge playground it was though. It looked really cool.

There is also an old Plantation house there called Grassmere. It was very interesting walking around the grounds especially at the old cemetery in the back. Some of the graves dated back to the 1700's. This is a fun place to visit for the whole family!

PROS: fun for the family, reasonably priced for admission
CONS: high cost for food & drinks

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We've been members of the zoo for about three years now. The zoo has done a great job keeping up with demands, opening new exhibits often, providing summer camps for the kids, and even conducting member nights a few times a year. It's cheaper in the long run to become a member if you think you might go more than twice a year (it has a great HUGE playground!)

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★★★★☆

We've been members of the zoo for about three years now. The zoo has done a great job keeping up with demands, opening new exhibits often, providing summer camps for the kids, and even conducting member nights a few times a year. It's cheaper in the long run to become a member if you think you might go more than twice a year (it has a great HUGE playground!)

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This zoo is veryfun. I know you will love all the animals, they are well treated, and everyone is so friendly there.It was my first experience and I lookfor to going back I love all the animals . The bears, and elephants, and especially the monkeys. But I never liked snakes.

PROS: Fun Place responsible priced
CONS: needs to be bigger

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★★★★☆

This zoo is veryfun. I know you will love all the animals, they are well treated, and everyone is so friendly there.It was my first experience and I lookfor to going back I love all the animals . The bears, and elephants, and especially the monkeys. But I never liked snakes.

PROS: Fun Place responsible priced
CONS: needs to be bigger

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Nashville is a major large city yet the zoo is the caliber of a much smaller less funded township. Sure it is a great value and very fun for the kids because they do not know better. But let us be honest, our zoo is not one of our adult tourist draws nor is it up to par.

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★★☆☆☆

Nashville is a major large city yet the zoo is the caliber of a much smaller less funded township. Sure it is a great value and very fun for the kids because they do not know better. But let us be honest, our zoo is not one of our adult tourist draws nor is it up to par.

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Seeing the animals through the eyes of a child makes you relive that exciting moment you shared with your family years ago.

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★★★★★

Seeing the animals through the eyes of a child makes you relive that exciting moment you shared with your family years ago.

Pros: educational, convenient, great surroundings

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The zoo has many different activities. There are frequently big cats when they are babies in the nursery, the historic farm and a great playground. Don't forget the petting zoo. Who wouldn't want to feed a bottle to a baby camel? Oh yeah, there are also wonderful animals.

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★★★★★

The zoo has many different activities. There are frequently big cats when they are babies in the nursery, the historic farm and a great playground. Don't forget the petting zoo. Who wouldn't want to feed a bottle to a baby camel? Oh yeah, there are also wonderful animals.

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Nashville has a decent zoo that seems to be growing at a nice rate. Seemingly a couple of new attractions come each year, recently the Gibbon Monkeys and Meerkats. However, a number of animals missing that you might not expect: lions, tigers, bears (you thought I was going to say "oh, my" didn't you?). The zoo is spread out so plan on walking. Parking is available, but like most things go during the week when it is less crowded. Walk the trail first (if you have kids count on spending an extra $5 to ride the elephants), then go into the Reptile house to cool off. End the day with a trip to the playground so the kids can run off any excess energy. If you go more than a couple of times a year, go ahead and get the $35 membership. You'll save money in the long run.

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★★★★☆

Nashville has a decent zoo that seems to be growing at a nice rate. Seemingly a couple of new attractions come each year, recently the Gibbon Monkeys and Meerkats. However, a number of animals missing that you might not expect: lions, tigers, bears (you thought I was going to say "oh, my" didn't you?). The zoo is spread out so plan on walking. Parking is available, but like most things go during the week when it is less crowded. Walk the trail first (if you have kids count on spending an extra $5 to ride the elephants), then go into the Reptile house to cool off. End the day with a trip to the playground so the kids can run off any excess energy. If you go more than a couple of times a year, go ahead and get the $35 membership. You'll save money in the long run.

Pros: growing, design, playground

Cons: size, no lion, no tigers

 

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