Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Hours and Location

The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year.

Since opening its doors in 1991, the Zoo has grown from a small, private operation in Cheatham County to an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility with international conservation involvement. Over 960,000 visitors come to Nashville Zoo annually, making us one of the top attractions in Middle Tennessee.



  • Animal Species: 375
  • Individual Animals: 2,675
  • Annual Attendance: 964,760
  • 36,510 membership households
  • More than 48,500 school children visiting as part of their education
  • More than 2,500 volunteers contributing more than 41,000 hours

Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Mansion Nashville TN

About Belle Meade Plantation
Nashville TN
Tour Information

Come to Belle Meade Plantation to experience everything that is beautiful about the South. Guests are warmly invited to delve into the rich history of this lovely home and estate by taking part in a diverse list of both enjoyable and educational activities. This site is dedicated to the preservation of Tennessee’s Victorian architecture, history, and equestrian legacy.  Visitors can enjoy tours, educational outreach programs, shopping, diningwine tastingsweddings and other happenings knowing that their patronage supports the educational mission of Belle Meade Plantation.

The rich story of Belle Meade comes alive as our period-dressed guides lead guests through the mansion and tell the exceptional and intimate stories of the various people that created Belle Meade Plantation. Throughout the 45-minute guided tour of the Greek-Revival Mansion, a century of the plantation’s history is told through the stories of the Harding-Jackson Family. Another perspective is offered in our Journey to Jubilee tour, an experience in which you will uncover the stories of those skilled laborers who contributed so much to the preeminence and renown of this estate. Additionally, explore and enjoy the rich history and nature of Belle Meade on a Guided Segway tour of our property. From the complimentary wine tastings to the newly refurbished ice cream and fudge shop, Belle Meade provides many activities for the entire family.