12 Fall Family Things To Do

Fall back and follow the music to Music City. The whole family will enjoy the sights and sounds that can be found around every corner in Nashville. Plenty of attractions, fall festivals, and hayrides the little ones will love!

The Adventure Park
Firepit Friday at Adventure Park

The colder nights of Fall are better spent by a campfire. Join The Adventure Park at Nashville for Halloween Glow in the Park and Firepit Fridays and get cozy by the fire after your climb. Firepit Friday tickets include up to 2 hours of climbing and a 30-minute safety briefing.

Adventure Science Center
Adventure Science Center exterior

Unravel the mysteries of the world inside Nashville's Adventure Science Center. Children of all ages (even adult children) can experience live science demonstrations, pilot a full-motion flight simulator, and create something in the Tinkering Garage. Spark your curiosity at this family fun playground of science and wonder. Don't miss the Fall Into Science Festival on October 30 with trick-or-treating, up-close access to a curious collection of specimens, live music, pop-up maker space that will feature temporary tattooing and monster mask making, and more!

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President
Fall at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

One of the most beautiful times to explore the 1,100-acre grounds of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President would be autumn, especially because they have amazing events families will love. Embark on a distinctly spooky voyage at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage after dark for Hermitage Ghost Tours as you explore the mansion, grounds, and cemetery by lantern light. Along the way, encounter ghosts from the Battle of New Orleans and Jackson’s infamous meeting with Tennessee’s Bell Witch.

Cheekwood
Harvest Days Cheekwood Beer Garden

Celebrate the autumnal season during Cheekwood Harvest, September 18-October 31. The changing of the leaves is one of many garden highlights you’ll find as oaks, maples, dogwoods, and other trees greet you with their fall colors. You’ll find activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults, and families alike, making this six-week celebration the perfect time for a peaceful solo stroll, a crisp fall family day, or an afternoon date. Make sure to mark your calendar for October 30-31 to celebrate El Día de Los Muertos, their annual Day of the Dead celebration.

Experience the Music
Grand Ole Opry House Stage

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.

Frist Art Museum

The Frist Art Museum is a world-class art center dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions. Martin ArtQuest Gallery is a colorful interactive space offering hands-on stations that relate art concepts to Frist Art Museum exhibitions & examine ways in which art relates to everyday life & culture. Current exhibits include A Landmark Repurposed: From Post Office to Art Museum (January 8, 2021-February 27, 2022), American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918-1939 (October 8, 2021-January 2, 2022), and Mary Sibande: Blue Purple Red (October 8, 2021-January 2, 2022). 

Gaylord Opryland
Trick or Treat - Goblins & Giggles

Every Autumn, fall leaves flash yellow, orange, and red and the cooler temperatures help turn our thoughts to candy corn and pumpkin spice. Bring the family out to Gaylord Opryland to enjoy some indoor thrills and chills at Goblins & Giggles. Take part in the Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunt featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Trick or Treat Expedition, Jack-o’-lantern Walk, Monster Mash Bash, Haunted Hidden Treasure Escape Room, Ghouls Night Out Riverboat Ride, Wicked Brews Spookeasy, and more from September 10-October 31.

Lane Motor Museum

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.

Lucky Ladd Farms

Bring the entire family to Lucky Ladd Farms this fall to search for pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and colors in the pumpkin patch. Stay the day and explore acres of wholesome family entertainment, explore the corn maze, pick your pumpkins, bite into a juicy caramel apple, and discover why Lucky Ladd Farms has become a family tradition for so many.

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument. The museum showcases the stories of various artists throughout music history, and the instruments they used to record their classic hits. The GRAMMY Museum Gallery® is inside the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, too! The gallery is set up for guests to explore the history of the GRAMMY Awards, experience what it’s like to be on the stage, and the recording process.

Nashville Children's Theatre

Founded in 1931, Nashville Children’s Theatre provides a season of plays for kids and families by professional adult actors and has year-round drama workshops for youth. The theatre was ranked as one of the Top 5 children’s theatres in the U.S. by TIME magazine. Performances this Fall include The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (October 22-31, 2021) and  The Elves and the Shoemaker (November 26-December 19, 2021).

Nashville Zoo
Boo at the Zoo

Venture through the Nashville Zoo and find a new favorite animal amongst more than 350 species. Starting October 15, your family can celebrate Halloween with Boo at the Zoo which offers a night of fun that includes trick-or-treat stations, carousel rides, hayrides, and so much more.