Think you've seen everything Nashville Zoo has to offer? Think again! Join us on our behind-the-scenes Backstage Pass Tours to learn about everything that goes into running a zoo and meet (& feed!) some animals along the way.
Backstage Pass gives you behind-the-scenes access to areas not available to the public. These special tours are filled with experiences and information you cannot get anywhere else.
We recommend purchasing your ticket in advance to secure your spot!
Check out tour options!
Docent-led Walking Tours
Free with Zoo admission
45-minute tour, available every Thursday & Sunday.
Requires pre-registration at least one week in advance.
Enjoy a personalized visit to the Zoo with a guided walking tour led by our docents (trained volunteer educators).
Register your group (up to 40 guests) by contacting Chris Radek, the Zoo's Interpretation Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-833-1534 x146.
Nashville Zoo Around the World: Learn more about Nashville Zoo’s conservation efforts, both locally and globally, and how you can help!
We Are Family!: Many animals at Nashville Zoo live in family groups just like us. Why? Learn more about these animals that live in groups and how it helps them survive.
Historic Home and Garden Tours
Have you ever visited the Zoo and wondered what "Grassmere" means or who the Croft's were? Why are those names important to the history of Nashville Zoo? The answers to these questions can be found during a tour of the Grassmere Historic Home, located at the Historic Farm area of the Zoo.
- January 1 - March 12: closed
- March 13 - October 11: open daily
- October 12 - December 31: closed, except for Christmas tours.
- Christmas tours: December 5-6, December 12-13, December 19-20
Self-Guided Tour: Roam at your own pace between 10-11:15 am.
Kid-Friendly Tour: 20-minute guided tour at 11:30 am.
Guided Tour: 30-minute guided tour starts at 12:00 pm.
Learn more about the Historic Home