Nashville Family Fun
It's time take a break with the family and follow the music to Music City. The whole family will enjoy the sights and sounds that can be found around ever corner in Nashville. Family-friendly attractions, arts and historical sites, family fun, children's theatre and, of course, music!
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PLAN A FAMILY ROAD TRIP TO MUSIC CITY!
Need help with visitor information while in town? Call our Visitor Center at
615-259-4747 or 615-254-1725.
Nashville is host to some great events over the next several weeks. Check out our upcoming events page for the scoop on all the events. Nashville is also affordable so make sure to check out all the free things you can do with your family.
Nashville doesn't stop during the winter. We heat up with killer concerts, stunning art exhibits, incredible shopping deals, and unique special events. From the holidays through New Year's Eve and beyond, we invite you to change it up a bit. Beat the cold. Dance it out in Music City. For all the fun and amazing events you can experience go to: visitmusiccity.com/winterinnashville.
Visit Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art and take a stroll through their beautiful 55 acres and enjoy the season's changing colors. Head over to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere to see giraffes, alligators, owls, and the newest addition: red kangaroos! And their Jungle Gym was just named one of the World's Coolest Playgrounds by Travel + Leisure! Make things easier and purchase a Nashville Zoo Vacation Package. That way, you can do more in Nashville for less!
OH THE SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE
Check out the Tennessee State Capitol building where the Tennessee State Museum resides. The museum features wonderful and informative exhibits about Tennessee's history from prehistoric times, the Civil War, Antebellum to the New South in addition to other traveling exhibitions. Take a ride on the Music City Trolley Hop and hop on to see some great Nashville attractions, hop off to stay awhile, and hop back on for another ride!
LEARN SOMETHING FUN
Looking for some more fun? Go to the Adventure Science Center. Along with its year-round exhibits, the Center offers the Little Labs program that invites children (ages 3-5) to participate in age-appropriate lab activities, crafts and more. Explore the outer reaches of the universe in Space Chase as you take a Star Walk, feel what it's like to walk on the moon, and learn the story of our solar system. All members of the family will enjoy a star or laser show at the Sudekum Planetarium! Make sure to check out their exhibit Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived exploring the story of this amazing ancient creature with a full-scale jaw sculpture.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a world-class art center dedicated to presenting an everchanging schedule of exhibitions. Children love to take part in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, a colorful interactive space offering thirty incredible hands-on stations relate art concepts to Frist Center exhibitions & examine ways in which art relates to everyday life & culture. Admission is FREE for children under the age of 18.
Find a comfy seat at a Nashville Public Library and dive deep into a good book, or join one of their story times held at many locations around the city. The Library is also having biweekly puppet show performances perfect for all ages and it's free!
EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC
Be musical at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Musical Petting Zoo, offering young musicians the chance to try new and familiar instruments. Some of the new exhibits at the The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's include Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips explores the life and career of Sam Phillips, and the social and cultural impact of the music he created. Also, check out Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, which tells the story of Nashville's music scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s. And before you go make sure to look at their family programs. Other free family programs include a Country Dance Workshop, Costume Design with Katy K and making letterpress art with Hatch Show Print. Be serenaded by the Nashville Symphony with several performances of all types of music at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Johnny Cash Museum holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. And kids 5 and under get in free! They have an awesome exhibit called Legends of Sun Records featuring artifacts that spotlight Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and drummer W.S. Holland.
EXPLORE NASHVILLE'S PAST
Be transported to another time with visits to Nashville's historic sites. Stroll around Belle Meade Plantation's grounds and see the house behind the Thoroughbred horse legacy. Tour around Belmont Mansion, the home of the famous Adelicia Acklen or the Carnton Plantation, the house in the book Widow of the South. Pay a call to the Overton Family at Travellers Rest and join in on fun activities. And don't forget to stop by Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President featuring special activities year round.
FUN AROUND TOWN
Stop by the Music City Marketplace in the glass tower of the Bridgestone Arena in the heart of downtown and browse through the unique music themed gifts or even shop online. Feel like a music star and take a photo of your family on the Center's stage. Introduce your little ones to the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry with performances every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Make your way to Music Valley - a one-stop-shop area filled with attractions, music, shops, and restaurants for the whole family. There are a ton of great parks around Music City like Centennial Park which features the iconic Parthenon, and a really special program children will love called Kidsville. It's always free, open to all, and provides excellent activities to get children engaged in arts, storytelling, crafts, and more. See their upcoming events.
CATCH A SHOW
The performing arts community in Nashville wants to add something fun to your visit, too. Founded in 1931, Nashville Children's Theatre provides a series of plays for kids and families by professional adult actors and has year-round drama workshops for youth. The recently renovated theater was ranked as one of the top five children's theaters in the U.S. by TIME magazine. You can also catch an awesome kid show at the Belcourt Theatre located in Hillsboro Village. This historic theatre shows a special screening of a children's movie each Saturday at 10am for families to enjoy. At the moment the Belcourt Theatre is being renovated. The project should be complete by summer. Stay tuned!
This is a hockey town
The Nashville Predators offer non-stop action from the moment the puck drops until the whistle blows. It's hit after hit, shot after shot, and blocks from one of the best goalies in the league. We call it Smashville and you have plenty of opportunities to experience it. Don't forget the NHL All-Star Game comes to Music City January 31 with the NHL Fan Fair, a hockey lover's paradise, happening January 28th through 31st. OH! And Nashville's Walk of Fame Park is the location for NHL All-Star Bridgestone Winter Park featuring an outdoor ice rink and tons of events for families to enjoy. See it all!
BE YOUR OWN TOUR GUIDE
Stop by the Visitor Information Center in downtown Music City (in the glass tower of the Bridgestone Arena) where you can shop for souvenirs, get free maps and one-on-one assistance. Get your Music City Total Access Pass here and see four attractions for one low price! Personalize your family vacation by letting everyone pick their top four choices from a list of 16 uniquely Nashville experiences.
For more family fun ideas, take a look at our events calendar and see what's happening during your visit. There's always something going on!