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Spring Visiting Tips

Spring time is often our busiest time here at the Zoo, so we put together some tips to help you make the most out of your visit!

Tip #1: Best Time of Day to Visit

Weekdays – During April and May, the Zoo is especially crowded with school groups on Thursday and Friday mornings. If you are looking to avoid these crowds, we suggest you choose an alternate day or try visiting in the late afternoon. Remember, the Zoo is open every day until 6 p.m.

Weekends – Get to the Zoo bright and early. By arriving right when we open at 9 a.m., you get the chance to beat the crowds and see many of the animals when they are most active.

Tip #2: Best Way to Get Through the Gate Faster

The best way to get through the gate faster is to purchase or renew your membership online. By doing so, you will receive an immediate email confirmation that you can show for entry. Having your confirmation email/membership card and identification ready to show the gate attendant also expedites your entrance.

Tip #3: Best Parking Practices

Arriving early is the best way to avoid parking congestion. On days when our main lot fills, we will open an overflow parking lot. This area is not paved, so if you’re stroller or wheelchair is not all-terrain, it’s best to stay in the main lot. 

Tip #4: Best Chance to Encounter an Animal

Our animal shows at the amphitheater have returned and can be seen daily. We also offer animal encounters to give you a chance to meet our ambassador animal collection on the trail and after the show. Animal encounters occur every day. Check here for more details or pick up a schedule at the ticket booth on your way in.

Posted by Nashville Zoo at 11:20 AM


5/1/2015 at 04:16 PM by morgan

the zoo was a great place! had so much fun!!!!!!!!!111

5/3/2015 at 08:57 AM by Amber

What was going on with the film crew in the kangaroo area on 5/1/15?

10/6/2015 at 09:30 AM by Benjamin

I was there at the zoo yesterday, and i saw a film crew by the Crane. Why was the film crew there?

4/26/2017 at 04:46 PM by Suzy Baker

Was very disappointed today visiting the Nashville Zoo. Due to major construction going on ALL around the park I feel like me and my family were not given the entire "Zoo" experience. Due to all the construction ( some even inside "open" exhibits) the animals were either hiding out of site or cowered in a corner of the exhibit. The maps that you provided did not match the paths and walkways that were marked , thus WAY to much walking to only find closed exhibits or just closed walkways period. I understand that upgrades and new and exciting animals and experiences are needed... But I feel the off season would be a more logical time to do the renovations. IF that is NOT possible it should be good faith business practices to let people know that not all exhibits are open BEFORE you take their money!!! Period!!! We paid a lot of money to see A LOT of nothing. Sorry for the long rant , I just expected a lot more for the money having visited Other Zoos around the country. Just comparing my experience.

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