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June 25, 2024

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Zoo to Offer Sensory Friendly DinoTrek

These special experiences will provide a quiet, comfortable environment for those who may find the typical DinoTrek experience overstimulating. 

Nashville Zoo is excited to offer sensory friendly DinoTrek mornings for visitors who may have sensory sensitivities. Enjoy DinoTrek without movement, sound and spraying water from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, Wednesday, June 21 and Sunday, July 23.

During this hour-long experience, Nashville Zoo’s education team will be stationed along the trail to chat with guests about the dinosaurs and share biofacts. Guests are encouraged to prepare for their sensory friendly DinoTrek experience by reading the DinoTrek social story. The Zoo has additional accessibility resources for those with sensory sensitives including a complimentary Zooper Pack which includes a visual schedule, sensory-friendly map, fidget toys, ear plugs, ID bracelets and more. Those interested in these packs can ask for them at the ticket counter in Entry Village.

This year’s DinoTrek features the ultimate prehistoric journey through a wooded area, including a 23-foot-tall Brachiosaurus (the first of its kind to be featured in the United States). Educational signage located by each dinosaur will allow dino-enthusiasts to learn fun facts about their familiar favorites and lesser-known dinosaurs.

DinoTrek runs daily through July 30. Admission is $4 per person and children under 2 years old are free. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Zoo’s Entry Village and near the DinoTrek exhibit.

For more information on DinoTrek’s sensory friendly experiences, visit


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Michael Aldrich

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.