The original plan was to take our daughter Holly to the Nashville Zoo on her 1st birthday back in April…
But between the rainy weather that weekend, and her being sick the next weekend, and our family being out of town after that, it took until this month to finally make our family’s first visit to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, as a family of four.
It actually suddenly made sense though, to buy an annual family zoo pass, since it pays for itself by the 3rd visit. We live in Spring Hill, which is about a 45 minute drive for us; not so bad of a trek.
It pretty much takes at least that long to get anywhere in the Nashville area anyway, if you’re lucky.
Something I didn’t realize was how much the Nashville Zoo has expanded since the last time our family was there, a couple of years ago when we were only a family of three.
They have this new swinging rope bridge that our whole family loved, for starters.
Our 6 and a half year-old son Jack was pleasantly surprised to see the Nashville Zoo now has a Komodo Dragon. To him, that’s one of the most fascinating animals, because it’s ultimately a living dinosaur.
He also really liked seeing the porcupines, which I don’t remember from our last visit back when he was only about 3 years old. His hair actually looks like a porcupine, right?
Which, speaking of, Jack was so excited to be able to feel an actual porcupine quill. Coincidentally, the high school intern who showed him the quill was also named Jack.
Oh! And the kangaroos…
The last time I had taken Jack to the Nashville Zoo, the kangaroo exhibit had just opened. He obviously was in his element, being able to pet the tame kangaroos.
I also don’t remember him being able to see the giant turtles up close until this time either. He could have chilled out with those guys all day!
As for our daughter Holly, she was equally thrilled by the whole experience. She is currently fascinated by any kind of animals, especially birds. Right now she’s working real hard on trying to say the word bird. So it was a big deal to see big birds up so close.
I think in her mind, every other kind of animal is basically a mouse, a cat, or a dog. She loved pointing at each new creature she discovered.
Perhaps by default, her favorite bird was the flamingo. Why wouldn’t it be? A giant, funny, pink bird… perfect.
So naturally, her souvenir was a small stuffed animal version of one.
As for Jack, he choose a clouded leopard, as ultimately, that was the animal he was most enthralled by during this visit.
We were at the zoo for only two hours and only saw half of place. Good thing we have a year-long pass.
Obviously, we had so much fun and are looking forward to our next visit. And yes, it’s a complete coincidence that our last name is Shell, and the zoo just happens to have a section now called The Shell Station. (In case you were wondering.)
As for our next visit, maybe we’ll get around to sharing our experience in seeing the other half of the Nashville Zoo.