10 Things you can only do in Nashville for Kids & Families
The whole family will enjoy the sights and sounds that can be found around every corner in Nashville. Whether you are looking for a great adventure or a hands-on educational experience, Music City provides a symphony of options. We invite you to discover for yourself what makes Nashville special. Also, make sure to check out what new things Nashville has to offer while listening to a “Music City Playlist” and plan your trip to Music City!
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- See How it Works — Visit
the Adventure Science Center and discover the wonders of the universe in Space Chase, how your body works in BodyQuest, and enjoy other interactive exhibits like Mission: Possible. Experience the Adventure Tower, Blue-Max, and the state-of-art Sudekum Planetarium in the Sky & Space Wing.
- Talk To The Animals — Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is an animal adventure for everyone. Ride the Wilderness Express Train Ride, tour the Grass- mere Historic Home, swing and climb at the Jun- gle Gym, and explore beautiful habitats featuring a troop of red kangaroos in Kangaroo Kickabout
and a baby giraffe named Bahati. Also, see animals from around the world including African Elephants, Caribbean Flamingos, South Asian Tigers, In- donesian Komodo Dragons, and many more.
- Hands On Art — The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a world-class art center dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions. Imagination is all that you need for the Martin ArtQuest Gallery at the Frist. Thirty incredible hands-on stations relate art concepts to Frist Center exhibitions and examine ways in which art relates to everyday life and culture.
- Rev Your Engines — The Lane Motor Museum is one of the few car museums in
America to specialize in European cars. Approximately 150 cars and motorcycles not typically seen in the U.S. are on display. Come see the largest Tatra collection outside Europe, a substantial micro car collection, amphibious
vehicles, competition cars, one-of-a-kind vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, military vehicles, and a collection of motorcycles.
- Rock Out — Rocketown, a teen entertainment center, has all-ages venues, three stages for live entertainment, Middle Tennessee’s only indoor skatepark, The Hub snack bar, a recording studio, and photography, art, and dance studios.
- Explore Nashville's Past — Tour Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Home of the People’s President, featuring special tours and seasonal activities. Learn about the Civil War at the Tennessee State Museum or at Fort Negley, the largest inland stone fortification constructed during the Civil War. Stop by Belle Meade Plantation, once a world-renowned Thoroughbred horse farm, now a historic site and museum. Be sure to also see the world’s only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon that houses Athena, the tallest indoor structure in the Western world at Centennial Park.
- Breathe Fresh Air — Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art features 55 acres of gardens, sculpture trails, and family-fun events. The holidays begin at Cheekwood with artfully trimmed trees and unique holiday activities including Portraits with Santa in his Workshop, Reindeer!, and Cookie Decorating.
- Experience The Music — Engage in the history of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Expose the entire family to some of country’s greatest stars at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Take in a show at the legendary Bluebird Cafe where songwriters perform in an intimate “in-the-round” setting and older children can hear from the songwriters behind their favorite tunes.
- Soar in the Trees, Ride the Waves — Experience the highly-exciting zip line tour, Adventureworks, nestled in 40 acres of old-growth forest which also has obstacle courses full of nets, ropes, and broken bridges. Plus, there’s Treetop Adventure Park at Nashville Shores, an aerial ad-
venture with over 10 different zip lines and 100 obstacle courses for you to explore. Later in the season, Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort opens featuring eight of the largest waterslides in Tennessee as well as giant pools, Kayak Cove, a wave pool, pontoon, and jet ski rentals.
- Special Events — Summer in Nashville is a season full of festivals, food, and, of course, live music. CMA Music Festival might just be the hot- test ticket in town as country music stars take the stage for four days in early June. The CMT Music Awards also take place during the downtown festival. Celebrate America’s birthday with food, family fun, and multiple days of live music along the banks of the Cumberland River during Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th. Be sure to also check out the Nashville Sounds baseball games, Triple-A afliate of the Oakland A’s.
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