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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If you need a few more ideas, make sure you check out Ms. Cheap's 79 free things to do in Middle Tennessee between now and Thanksgiving weekend.
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.
The air is getting cooler. The colors are changing. The city is pulsing with great events going on this fall, offering a reason to celebrate the season. Enjoy! For all the fun and amazing events you can experience go to: visitmusiccity.com/fallfun.
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, red kangaroos, clouded leopards, birds from around the world, and the newest additions: white rhinos and spider monkeys! And their Jungle Gym was just named one of the World's Coolest Playgrounds by Travel + Leisure! Also, you need to see Madame Tussauds Nashville! The world-famous family friendly wax attraction will provide an interactive experience, allowing you to step into immersive iconic scenes and musical performances that cannot be found anywhere else.
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!
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.
Staying in a Nashville hotel? Show your room keycard at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and receive FREE admission (May not apply to all exhibitions). Click here for more details.
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 Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflection, Alabama: Song of the South, and Homegrown: Zac Brown Band. And before you go make sure to look at their family programs. 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! Families can get real hands-on experience at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum's GRAMMY Museum Gallery, where they can play instruments, sing karaoke, be a DJ, or record a song. A high school student can delve deep into the songwriting or producing portion of our museum, while younger kids can play the drums and adults can try their hand at playing instruments.
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, 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 Shop 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. Do you think your family has what it takes to play The Escape Game? Nashville's real life adventure game is designed for small groups of 2-8 people. In one hour families and friends must work together, crack codes, and solve ciphers to escape. Or, try Liveminds Adventure Escape, which is like stepping into an action movie. Your team has 60 minutes to solve puzzles, complete challenges, and save the day while in a fully-immersive environment. 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. You have to stop by Opry Mills while in Music Valley. It's a great mall filled with stores like LEGO, Dave & Buster's, plus you can eat at places like Aquarium Restaurant, an underwater dining adventure, and Rainforest Cafe, a tropical escape the family will love.
There are a ton of great parks around Music City like Centennial Park, home of the iconic Parthenon and a really special program called Kidsville which is always free, open to all, and provides excellent activities to get children engaged in arts, storytelling, crafts, and more. See their upcoming events. You can always journey to Tennessee's largest petting farm, Lucky Ladd Farms, featuring over 100 friendly animals and exotic livestock. This 60-acre farm park offers attractions which appeal to all ages, acres of playgrounds, exciting hands-on animal encounters, pony rides, nature trails, and more to satisfy 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. Another fantastic place to catch a show is Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre. Throughout the year, they provide a mix of comedic performances and popular productions like Mamma Mia! that entertain all ages. Plus, you can enjoy a fine spread of food from their buffet.
Sports & Outdoor fun
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.
Spring and summer are perfect for heading outside. Take the whole family zip lining at Adventureworks. Try a little indoor/outdoor rock climbing with Team Green Adventures. Treetop Adventure Park offers over 10 different zip lines, and 100 challenging obstacles including suspended bridges, cargo nets, ladders, Tarzan jumps, and many other thrilling elements. OH! And SOAR Adventure Tower is a perfect destination for your next family outing. This beast of a tower holds 4 levels and over 110 climbing elements that will challenge kids and adults mentally and physically. We can't forget about the water parks! Check out the Nashville Shores, a 385-acre water-filled play area for the entire family. Water slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, OH MY! The little ones will LOVE Kowabunga Beach, a massive water treehouse and spray ground, multiple water slides, three pools, and so much more! Have fun at Wave Country where you can ride the waves, and relax in the sun.
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. You could also check out Nashville Flyboard, the ultimate adventure in water sports. Water pushes down, and you go up in the sky like a spaceman with a jet pack. So cool! They offer master and certified Flyboard professionals to show you the ropes and have you surfing the skies in no time. And that's not all. Nashville has plenty more for families to enjoy under the sun. Just head to: visitmusiccity.com/outdoorfun.
If you are looking for a thrill, 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! 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.
Get into the action at Nashville Airsoft. You will have a great experience within this 30,000 square foot airsoft arena complete with a selection of specialty airsoft weapons, and accessories for sale, as well as rentals if you are just visiting.
Topgolf offers fun for the whole family. The golf entertainment complex offers point-scoring golf games for those with a competitive spirit, and an extensive food menu for those who prefer to sit back and watch.
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!