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September 26, 2023

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Day Trip! Drive-Thru Tennessee Safari Park is Delightful

Only two-and-a-half hours from Nashville, enjoy driving the grounds of Tennessee Safari Park and seeing all kinds of free-roaming animals.

The Nashville Zoo may be closed, but you and the kids can still see animals live and in person. Get up close (and even personal!) with a variety of amazing animals at Tennessee Safari Park, located in Alamo, Tenn. The park is not an animal sanctuary, but rather a major breeding center. Many of the animals at the park are requested for display at major zoos.



Families have been flocking to the park, according to the operator’s Facebook page, so you may encounter a line at the ticket booth on arrival. The park takes guests approximately 1-and-a-half to two hours to get through, and the last car is being taken through at approximately 6 p.m. Animals you can see in the drive-thru portion of the park are: Addax, Alpaca, Aoudad, Axis deer, Bactrian Camel, Bennetts wallaby, Bison,  Blackbuck, Blesbok, Damara zebra, Dama gazelle, Dromedary camel, Eland, Emu, Fallow deer, Gayal, Gemsbok, Giraffe reticulated, Guanaco, Hog Deer, Kangaroo grey,
Kangaroo red, Llama, Mini donkey, Nilgai, Nyala, Ostrich, Pere david deer, Red lechwe, Red river hog, Rhea, Roan antelope, Sable antelope, Sika deer, Sitatunga, Springbok, Takin, Tapir, Warthog, Waterbuck, Wildebeast, Zebu.

The Walk-Thru portion of the park is currently closed due to social distancing.



• No Dogs are Allowed!

Hours of operation are Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (although the park is trying to accommodate visitors and will take cars in as late as 6 p.m. due to lines).

CASH-ONLY Admission is adults $16, children 2 – 12 $12 and children 1 and under free.

Learn more and plan your trip by checking the website and Facebook pages. You can also call 731-696-4423.


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Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this award-winning publication and all-things Nashville Parent digital creative. She's also an Equity actress, screenwriter and a mom of four amazing kids.