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July 19, 2024

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DinoTrek Returns to Nashville Zoo through July

Journey back in time and come face-to-face with 20 Jurassic beasts along a hidden path.

Nashville Zoo visitors can once again embark on a prehistoric adventure with DinoTrek, with more than 20 new life-size animatronic dinosaurs, running now through the end of July.

The experience begins at a hidden entrance near the Zoo’s Historic Grassmere Home and Farm. It winds along a forest path where you can discover life-like prehistoric beasts that move, growl, hiss, roar and even spit. Educational signs help visitors learn more about the 20 different species on display. Young paleontologists can conduct their own mini-excavation in a fossil sandpit.

DinoTrek Includes a Variety of Species

The animatronic dinosaurs are built on a steel frame and covered in intricately painted epoxy skin. Species include Allosaurus, Amargasaurus, Carnotaurus, Citipati, Coelophysis, Compsognathus, Deinonychus, Diablocertops, Dilophosaurus, Edmontonia, Megalosaurus, Pachyrinosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Quetzalcoatlus, Suchomimus, Utahraptor, and Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Admission to DinoTrek is $4 per person. Children under 2 years old are free. Tickets are available for purchase online, at the Zoo’s Entry Village, and at the entrance to the exhibit. For more information on DinoTrek, visit




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Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.