Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo featuring bird life, zoo animals and a garden
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Song birds, mating calls and monkey screeches the residents of this attraction make their own special brand of music.

Established in 1996, Nashville Zoo is relatively young compared to other major zoological gardens in the USA. What the zoo lacks in years, it makes up for in species diversity and community engagement. The centerpiece of this ever-expanding zoo is the nationally registered Grassmere Historic Farm and Home.The zoo is arranged in three sections: Zoo Central, the Jungle Loop and the Savannah Loop. Once you enter the zoo, follow the main path into Zoo Central, passing hyacinth macaws, red-crowned cranes and white-cheeked gibbons sitting on their own island. The zoo’s central village, with its café and gift shop, is just beyond. If you have children, prepare to stop a while at the Jungle Gym. The kids can swing, slide and splash through an incredible community-built adventure playground. Zoo Central is also home to the Unseen New World exhibit, an indoor section that features reptiles, an aquarium and aviary. Don’t miss the red-bellied piranhas, alligator snapping turtles and gila monsters.The mostly shaded Jungle Loop lays to the south of Zoo Central. Flamingo Lagoon, Alligator Cove and the Critter Encounters petting zoo are along the pathway. On the Bamboo Trail meet some of the zoo’s rarest species: clouded leopards and red pandas.Stretch your legs on the Savannah Loop, and see elephants and giraffes. Continue on to the Grassmere Historic Farm and Home where you can take a tour of the Croft House, built in 1810. Tours are offered seasonally and the price is included in zoo admission.Little ones will enjoy picking their own animal to ride on the Savannah Loop's carousel. They can also board a pint-sized train in the Jungle Loop to see areas not normally accessed by the public. The zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. It offers various seasonal activities such as Slumber Nights, Brew at the Zoo beer festival, and the annual Halloween extravaganza, Ghouls at Grassmere. The zoo is six miles (10 kilometers) south of downtown and is serviced from here by an MTA bus. There is parking on site, with a small fee per vehicle.

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La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Nashville South
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Nashville South
2.5 out of 5
4311 Sidco Dr, Nashville, TN, 37204
The price is $62 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
$62
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2.6/5 (1,017 reviews)
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Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville
Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville
3 out of 5
1501 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN, 37203
The price is $89 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27
$89
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Feb 26 - Feb 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Nashville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
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"Did not appreciate the $15 charge per day for parking"

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Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brentwood North-Nashville Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brentwood North-Nashville Area, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
5566 Franklin Pike Cir, Brentwood, TN, 37027
The price is $114 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
$114
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"Close to exit for easy off and on travel."

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brentwood North-Nashville Area, an IHG Hotel
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La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Nashville South
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Nashville South
2.5 out of 5
4311 Sidco Dr, Nashville, TN, 37204
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Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville
Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville
3 out of 5
1501 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN, 37203
Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brentwood North-Nashville Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brentwood North-Nashville Area, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
5566 Franklin Pike Cir, Brentwood, TN, 37027
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brentwood North-Nashville Area, an IHG Hotel
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Brentwood Suites
3 out of 5
622 Church St. East, Brentwood, TN, 37027
Brentwood Suites
Hyatt House Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
Hyatt House Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
535 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville, TN, 37203
Hyatt House Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
The Alexis Inn & Suites - Nashville Airport
The Alexis Inn & Suites - Nashville Airport
2.5 out of 5
600 Ermac Dr at Elm Hill Pike Corner, Exit 7, Hwy 155 N (Briley Parkway), Nashville, TN, 37214
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Hotel Preston
Hotel Preston
3.5 out of 5
733 Briley Pkwy, Nashville, TN, 37217
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BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
4 out of 5
321 Hart St, Nashville, TN, 37210
BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown
Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown
3 out of 5
300 Korean Veterans Blvd, Nashville, TN, 37201
Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown
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