It is no secret that I’m a huge Nashville Zoo at Grassmere fan. I’ve been numerous times this season totally by myself and still love every minute of it. I’ve also been with kids in tow and my enjoyment is only multiplied by theirs, which is immense and precious to witness.
In itself, as is, the Nashville Zoo is one of the best bangs for your buck here in Nashville, for adults and especially for kids. That being said, it just keeps getting better with every event they put on.
I have had some of my most amazing times with my family at the Zoo, like when I took my Granddaughter Grace and Grandson Ethan to the 14th Annual Harvest Days Festival at the Zoo, celebrating the Croft Home, the second oldest residence in Davidson County. The kids soaked up the history and traditions and we all had a fantastic time. (view slideshow)
Then there was the “Wild Impressions” Animal Art Auction that was held at the Zoo, where guests enjoyed food, drinks and live music while bidding on more than 50 paintings from elephants, tigers, macaws, giant anteaters and more. (Art is a valuable form of enrichment for animals. Using nontoxic, environmentally-safe materials, animals use paintbrushes, claws, paws and tails to create their masterpieces.)
My favorite Zoo event of the year was the elegant evening event, Sunset Safari 2011, with guest Jungle Jack Hanna and his amazing animal friends, good music, open bar and incredible foods brought in by fine eateries from all over Nashville. (view slideshow)
And then the current event happening at the Zoo, which is a “Can’t Miss”, is “Ghouls at Grassmere” and is an incredibly delightful evening of activities which include 20 trick-or-treat stations along Trick-or-Treat Trail, games at Carn-Evil and rides on the Haunted Hayride and Scary-Go-Round. Guests can wander through the Gypsy Mystery Maze, take in an animal show at Monsterpiece Theater or visit the Zoo’s Historic Home for a special tour showcasing the dying traditions and superstitions of the late 1800s. (view slideshow)
Ghouls at Grassmere is $12 for members and $15 for non-members, and includes all activities, rides and parking. Tickets purchased before Oct. 14 receive a $2 discount.
Advance tickets can be purchased at www.nashvillezoo.org until Oct. 14 or at the Zoo’s Guest Services hut every day before 3 p.m. Ford Motor Company’sGhouls at Grassmere is presented by Target and Piedmont and Sponsored by Classic Party Rentals, Regions Bank, Gaylord Entertainment, HCA TriStar, Party Patrol and Gatlinburg.
Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is a non-profit organization located at 3777 Nolensville Road and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The mission of the Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership. For more information about Nashville Zoo, call 615-833-1534 or visit www.nashvillezoo.org.
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