Nashville Family Fun
Summer is here, and Music City is ready with plenty to do on a beautiful sunny day. There's so much to do that engages family members of all ages. Family-friendly attractions, arts and historical sites, outdoor events, children's theatre and, of course, live music!
Take a look at our Summer in the City section to find out how Music City is celebrating during summer. OR Check out our outdoor fun page to see all the great music festivals, outdoor attractions, parks, and more happening outside in Music City.
Check out what Ms. Cheap from The Tennessean has planned for the summer with: Ms. Cheap's Guide to Summer.
Find out why Parenting ranked Nashville #3 in the “Top 10 Best Cities for Families”.
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 filled with over 100,000 different flowers. May 23-September 7, enjoy David Rogers' Big Bugs, an enchanting outdoor art exhibition featuring 10 enormous insect sculptures created from natural materials with plenty of interactive activities for children and adults! Head over to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere to see giraffes, elephants, alligators, owls, and the newest addition: red kangaroos! Make things easier and purchase a Nashville Zoo Vacation Package. That way, you can do more in Nashville for less!
SPORTS AROUND TOWN
Check out Nashville's summer paradise full of fun! The Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort offers a perfect escape into a water wonderland and the awesome Treetop Adventure Park. 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!
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! Children will love to discover how biology and engineering are coming together with their latest exhibit Robots + Us starting May 24 and ending September 14.
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. Other free family programs include a Country Dance Workshop, Costume Design with Katy K and making letterpress art with Hatch Show Print. Explore current exhibits such as The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country. Be serenaded by the Nashville Symphony with several performances of all types of music at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The new Johnny Cash Museum is now open in downtown Music City! It holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. And kids 5 and under get in free!
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. See the renovations of The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson and his family, with special exhibits and activities.
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.
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!