Hours & Directions
Today at the Zoo
Plan Your Event
Zooper Birthday Party Inquiry
Meetings, Picnics, and Luncheons
After Hours Events
Taste of the Wild Catering
Boo at the Zoo
Scout and Group Programs
Donate to Conservation
Zoo Run Run
Volunteer at the Zoo
How to Renew Your Membership
Can I leave the Zoo and come back on the same day?
Yes. Visitors are welcome to exit and come back on the same day, but you must stop by the information hut and get your hand stamped. This is the only way to re-gain entry.
What are Zoo hours?
Nashville Zoo is open 9 am to 6 pm from March 15 to October 15, and 9 am to 4 pm October 16 to March 14.
Is the Zoo open on Sunday?
Yes, Nashville Zoo is open seven days a week, including Sundays.
Does the Zoo close during winter or holidays?
The Zoo is open year-round, closing only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. In the event of inclement weather, the Zoo may close and a notice will be posted on the website and on our social media pages.
Can you bring outside food in?
Yes. Guests are welcome to bring their own food to Nashville Zoo, but please refrain from glass, disposable straws and lids and balloons as they can be harmful to our animals. You are welcome to leave your food in your vehicle and retrieve it before eating, but please stop by the information hut to get your hand stamped as it is the only way to regain entry.
Are there lockers for rent?
Is there an ATM?
Yes. We have one atm located inside the gift shop in Entry Village.
Is there a way to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes – you can purchase print-at-home tickets through
What forms of payment are accepted?
Nashville Zoo accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, and cash. Personal checks are not accepted.
Will the Zoo accept an animal I cannot care for?
Nashville Zoo does not accept donations of pet animals or rescued wild animals. If you have an animal in need of a new home, please contact Aquatic Critter, a regional rescue organization or Walden’s Puddle.
Can I bring my pet with me on my visit?
No. Pets present a health and safety issue to our animal collection and are not permitted on Zoo grounds, including the parking lot. Service animals are permitted.
Click here to read our service animal policy.
Do you offer discounts?
The Zoo participates in a few discount programs throughout the year - those will generally be announced via social media or on our Upcoming Events calendar. Read our website section about discounted admission
Who do I contact to get donations for my organization?
Nashville Zoo is pleased to offer a limited number of complimentary passes to charitable organizations in the Nashville community. Please fill out the
Donation Request Form
Does the Zoo accept bamboo donations?
How long does it take to visit Nashville Zoo?
We recommend setting aside between 2 to 3 hours for your visit.
When’s the best time to visit the Zoo?
Animals are most active first thing in the morning, especially during the summer. The Zoo is least crowded late afternoon.
Does the Zoo give rainchecks?
The Zoo is a rain-or-shine activity, so we advise you check the weather before your visit and come prepared. Rainchecks are not given.