Nashville Zoo makes a concerted effort to ensure our pathways, exhibits and facilities are accessible to all visitors. Below are resources that are available to help plan your next visit to Nashville Zoo.


Zoo visitors in need of a wheelchair are welcome to rent a manual wheelchair or one of our electric scooters at the Zoo entrance. Wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the popularity of these rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability and this equipment cannot be reserved in advance. 
  • Manual wheelchairs: $8
  • Electric scooters: $25

Personal wheelchairs are always welcome at Nashville Zoo.

Service Animals

Trained service animals that are leashed and properly restrained are welcome at Nashville Zoo. Guests with a service animal are asked to alert a guest services staff member at the front entrance upon arrival. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and are not permitted at Nashville Zoo.

Personal pets are also not permitted on grounds, including the parking lot. 

Restricted areas

Service animals are restricted from the following areas as a safety precaution for the Zoo animals in these exhibits:
  • Lorikeet Landing
  • Kangaroo Kickabout
  • Critter Encounters

Resources for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Nashville Zoo and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) have developed tools and supports to enhance a Zoo visit for families with children on the autism spectrum. 

Please consult our Parent/Teacher Resources page for resources to help prepare your child for a Zoo visit, these include social stories, a visual schedule, and map of quiet areas in the Zoo.