Summer Family Fun in Nashville
Enjoy fun in the sun at Nashville Shores, including a 25,000 square foot wave pool and 1,000 foot long lazy river, a water park, group event sites, festival areas, a 323-slip marina, and other attractions. The water park includes eight huge waterslides, pools, Kayak Cove, Parker Sandbox, an Aqua Park, a white, sandy beach, and pontoon and Jet Ski rentals. If you'd rather stay dry, head over to Treetop Adventure Park, an aerial adventure course set in the beautiful woods of Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort featuring 100 exciting and challenging obstacles including suspended bridges, 10 zip lines, cargo nets, ladders, Tarzan jumps, and many other thrilling elements.
The Nashville Zoo offers nearly 350 different species thriving in beautifully natural habitats along cool, wooded pathways. Experience up-close encounters with clouded leopards and red pandas along Bamboo Trail, see giraffes grazing on African savannahs, wander through Flamingo Lagoon and discover amazing creatures in the Unseen New World. You can also monkey around on a 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym, take a spin on the Wild Animal Carousel, ride the Wilderness Express train, be surrounded by more than 50 Australian parrots at Lorikeet Landing, or marvel at the brilliant color and interesting behavior at Flamingo Lagoon.
Take the family to Centennial Park, and see The Parthenon: the world’s only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon that houses Athena, the tallest indoor structure in the Western world. Inside The Parthenon are fine art galleries, including a rotating gallery featuring the museum’s collection of American art.
A museum of art, botanical gardens, and loads of family-friendly events and activities make Cheekwood an ideal spot for the entire family. Everyone will delight at the glowing landscape of Light: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood. Every Thursday evening in June and July, Family Night Out, offers magic shows, puppet shows, and musical acts for kids of every age.
Since opening in 1889, President Andrew Jackson's Hermitage has welcomed over 15 million guests. Located only minutes from downtown Nashville, this National Historic Site consists of 1120 gorgeous acres of family fun for all ages. Guests are welcome to step back in history and explore the grounds, Hermitage Mansion, the first Hermitage, gardens, museum, enslaved memorials and much, much more.
ArtQuest’s thirty incredible hands-on stations inspire visitors to become artists as they learn about art. Visitors of all ages are invited and encouraged to create prints and collages, sketch and paint, or explore the essentials of art, including color, pattern, texture, and perspective. The activities at the stations change as the Frist Center’s exhibitions change, so there’s always something new to try!
Your visit to Belle Meade Plantation will include a tour led by a trained and costumed guide through the plantation’s beautiful Greek-Revival mansion commissioned by John Harding in 1845. Your ticket also includes access to Belle Meade’s many other historic buildings on the plantation grounds including a dairy, horse stable, carriage house, mausoleum, gardens, and a log cabin.
Follow the rhythm of country music past and present to the home of priceless artifacts, dynamic exhibitions, Nashville’s legendary recording studio, and more. Special events like the Musical Petting Zoo are suited especially for the little ones to introduce them to new music.
Adventures for individuals, families, and groups of all types. Explore aerial trekking: figure out how to navigate the obstacle course, high in the trees, full of nets, ropes, and broken bridges. If you want even more adventure, climb 30 feet to take the quantum leap, or pull your rip cord and swing out 60 feet on our giant swing!
Prepare to journey to the outer reaches of the universe in Space Chase, discover the amazing systems of the human body in BodyQuest or scale the seven levels of the Adventure Tower when you visit Adventure Science Center. For more than 65 years, the Center has brought science to life for all ages through hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors to explore how science is relevant in their lives.