10 Things you can only do in Nashville for Kids & Families
The whole family will enjoy the sights and sounds that can be found around every corner in Nashville. Whether you are looking for a great adventure or a hands-on educational experience, Music City provides a symphony of options. We invite you to discover for yourself what makes Nashville special. Also, make sure to check out what new things Nashville has to offer while listening to a “Music City Playlist” and plan your trip to Music City!
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- See How it Works —
Visit the Adventure Science Center and discover the wonders of the universe in Space Chase, how your body works in BodyQuest, and enjoy other interactive exhibits, like the Virtual Reality studio. Climb the Adventure Tower, fly in Blue Max, and experience the state-of-art Sudekum Planetarium.
- Talk To The Animals — Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is an animal adventure for everyone. Ride the new Soaring Eagle zipline, tour the Grassmere Historic Home, swing and climb at the Jungle Gym, and explore beautiful habitats like the new Spider Monkey: Treetop Passage exhibit and guest favorite Kangaroo Kickabout. Plus, see animals from around the world including White Rhinoceros, Masai Giraffe, Caribbean Flamingos, Clouded Leopards, Red Pandas and many more!
- Rock Out — Rocketown, a teen entertainment center, has all-ages venues, three stages for live entertainment, Middle Tennessee’s only indoor skatepark, The Hub snack bar, a recording studio, and photography, art, and dance studios.
- Rev Your Engines — The Lane Motor Museum is one of the few car museums in
America to specialize in European cars. Approximately 150 cars and motorcycles not typically seen in the U.S. are on display. Come see the largest Tatra collection outside Europe, a substantial micro car collection, amphibious
vehicles, competition cars, one-of-a-kind vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, military vehicles, and a collection of motorcycles.
- Theatre At Its Best — Founded in 1931, Nashville Children’s Theatre provides a season of plays for kids and families by professional adult actors and has year-round drama work- shops for youth. The theatre was ranked as one of the Top 5 children’s theatres in the U.S. by TIME magazine.
- Explore Nashville's Past — Tour Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Home of the People’s President, featuring special tours and seasonal activities. Learn about the Civil War at the Tennessee State Museum or at Fort Negley, the largest inland stone fortification constructed during the Civil War. Stop by Belle Meade Plantation, once a world-renowned Thoroughbred horse farm, now a historic site and museum. Be sure to also see the world’s only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon that houses Athena, the tallest indoor structure in the Western world at Centennial Park.
- Breathe Fresh Air — Cheekwood Estate & Gardens features 55 acres of gardens, sculpture trails, and family-fun events. The holidays begin at Cheekwood with artfully trimmed trees and unique holiday activities including Portraits with Santa in his Workshop, Reindeer!, and Cookie Decorating.
- Experience The Music — Engage in the history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Expose the entire family to some of country’s greatest stars at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Take in a show at the legendary Bluebird Cafe where songwriters perform in an intimate “in-the-round” setting and older children can hear from the songwriters behind their favorite tunes.
- Ride the Waves, Soar in the Trees — Nashville Shores features the eight largest waterslides in Tennessee as well as giant pools, Kayak Cove, a wave pool, pontoon, and jet ski rentals. Enjoy the white sandy beaches on Percy Priest Lake, charge down a giant waterslide, or just relax on the lazy river. Families will also enjoy the thrilling zipline tour at Adventureworks. Nestled in 40 acres of old-growth forest, fgure out how to navigate the obstacle course, high in the trees, full of nets, ropes, and broken bridges.
- Special Events — If it’s spring, then it’s an awe-some season for fun in Music City. Kick off the festivities with the Tin Pan South Songwriters’ Festival, Nashville Fashion Week, Nashville Film Festival, and the Nashville’s St. Jude Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon. Be sure to also check out the Nashville Sounds baseball games, Triple-A affliate of the Oakland A’s.
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