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.
Nashville Zoo is open 9 am to 6 pm from March 14 to October 13, and 9 am to 4 pm October 14 to March 13.
Yes, Nashville Zoo is open seven days a week, including Sundays.
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.
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.
Yes. We have one ATM located inside the gift shop in Entry Village. There is an ATM located inside of the gift shop.
Yes – you can purchase print-at-home tickets through our website.
Nashville Zoo accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, and cash. Personal checks are not accepted.
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.
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.
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 here.
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.
We recommend setting aside between 2 to 3 hours for your visit.
Animals are most active first thing in the morning, especially during the summer. The Zoo is least crowded late afternoon.
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.