Location: 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN, 37211
Cost: $14 (Adults and Teens); $12 (Seniors); $9 (2-12); Free (under 2)
Mom’s Thoughts: The Nashville Zoo is located on the south side of Nashville and is very close to the I-65 exit which makes it easy to get to from Huntsville and that makes it an attractive day-trip. We left Madison at 9:00 a.m. and we arrived at the zoo around 10:30 a.m. The cost seems to be about industry average and if you really enjoy your visit you can think about a family membership which is paid for within two visits and cost $85 for the year (with military discount $75).
On the whole, I enjoyed our trip to the Nashville Zoo immensely. It was well-maintained and the staff was helpful. It does not have some of the animals that make Atlanta such a draw (no lions, orangutans, gorillas or pandas) but it certainly has a nice range of animals for a smaller zoo. The parakeet attraction is especially fun for kids, but watch where you stand!
There is also a “Jungle Gym” area that has age appropriate play equipment for most children (18 months – 12 years) and a big plus is the large shaded area. The food available is typical of this type of establishment (hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken strips, etc.) but a nice surprise was the salad and cold sandwich wrap selection and the relatively healthy options for children as well.
Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".