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.
Visit Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art and take a stroll through their beautiful 55 acres and enjoy the season's changing colors. This summer they will feature Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape. This major exhibition of large-scale sculptures by internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa featured indoor and outdoor installations. Take a stroll through the lovely botanical gardens and sculpture trail while you're there. Head over to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere to see giraffes, elephants, alligators, owls, and the newest addition: red kangaroos! Plus, you can take part in one of the Zoovie Nights happening throughout the season, the annual Ice Day, and a lot more. 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 summer exhibit Identity: An Exhibition of You exploring the physical, psychological and social elements in your life that make you tick. And feel free to check out what else they are doing to celebrate the summer months here: visitmusiccity.com.
Develop your artistic skills at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with the Kids Club program, a program designed for 5 to 10 year olds to help them discover their inner artist. Due to a limited number of spaces, please call ahead to reserve a spot. Also, check out the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for all ages to enjoy. 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. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's new exhibit, Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary spotlights the country star's career, from his roots in south Georgia, growing up the son of a peanut farmer, to his move to Nashville, where he initially saw success as a hit songwriter for other artists before becoming one of the new century’s country superstars. 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. There are also a ton of great parks, shopping centers and movie theaters around town. 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.
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.
SPORTS AROUND TOWN
Families will enjoy watching a game a the new First Tennessee Park, home of Music City's Triple A Baseball team the Nashville Sounds. You can take the whole family zip lining at Adventureworks. Try a little indoor/outdoor rock climbing with Team Green Adventures. Head to Dave & Buster's at Opry Mills for hours of fun with dinner, games, and prizes! During the warmer months, take part in the action at Treetop Adventure Park! There are over 10 different zip lines, and 100 challenging obstacles including suspended bridges, cargo nets, ladders, Tarzan jumps, and many other thrilling elements. Exploring Music City's waterways has never been so easy with the Nashville Paddle Co. They offer short and long term rentals for stand-up paddleboards so you can cruise along Nashville's rivers and lakes. And just in case you don't know how, don't worry, they offer how-to-classes, intermediate technique instructions, and more to show you the ropes. River Queen Voyages is Nashville's first kayak rental company on the Cumberland River. They provide a beginner level tour-guided kayak route that goes from Shelby Park to Downtown Riverfront Park and an intermediate level self guided kayak route from Lock Two Park to Shelby Park. Make sure to check out Defiance Flyboard (must be 16 years of age). These crafty folks allow you to soar above the water using the propulsion of a jet ski. Water pushes down, and you go up in the sky like a spaceman with a jet pack.
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!