Visiting During Winter Months

Animals have wonderful tools of survival, including the ability to adapt to Nashville’s climate. While some animals are often more active during the cooler months, others have a harder time adjusting to the temperature and must stay inside. Here is an animal gauge for your visit.

40-50 Degrees
When temperatures are in this range, keepers will look to certain conditions: Is the sun out? Is there a cold or warm wind? These factors will determine whether apes, monkeys, giraffes, tropical birds and tapirs will be outside.

Below 40 Degrees
In addition to the animals listed above, red river hogs, clouded leopards, kangaroos, other birds and elephants might be inside or have access to their inside areas during the day.

Daily Activities


The historic home tour, animal shows and concession stands are closed until spring. During cooler months, the Zoo will make daily decisions about operating the Wild Animal Carousel and Wilderness Express Train. The Zoofari Café will remain open daily.

Zoo Hours


Nashville Zoo is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. until March 15, when the hours of operations change to 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Holiday Closings
Nashville Zoo is open year round, closing only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.