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!

Adventure Science Center

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.

Boo at the Zoo & Zoolumination

Everyone comes out for the Nashville Zoo's holiday celebration, Boo at the Zoo. This year, they are offering 10 nights of fun that includes trick-or-treat stations, carousel rides, hayrides, and so much more. New this year is Zoolumination! From Nov. 15 to Feb. 2, families can see one of the country's largest light displays with 500 custom-made silk lanterns spread across 60 acres.

Cheekwood LIGHTS

Celebrate the season during Nashville's beloved Cheekwood Estate & Gardens' 5th annual celebration, Holiday LIGHTS, November 23-January 5. New this year, Cheekwood will introduce Pinnacles of Light, an outdoor display showcasing 17 custom-made LED trees with programmed lights. A new poinsettia wall, antique train display, and pet portraits with Santa will also be available. Guests can expect to see returning favorites like live reindeer, s’mores stations, seasonal cocktails, and nightly performances from holiday carolers. Step into a winter wonderland at Cheekwood's Holiday LIGHTS that has become a favorite Nashville holiday tradition.

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.

Festivals, Festivals, Festivals

What better way to have fun with family than with a fantastic festival. And Music City has plenty to choose from. Music festivals that can be heard all over, cultural festivals to celebrate, and food festivals to experience.

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.

Fall Fun at the 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.

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.

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.


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.


Nothing like sitting with your family and watching a great sporting event in Music City. It's something everyone can enjoy as you cheer, scream, paint your face, and channel your inner fandom together. Nashville has the NFL Tennessee Titans and SEC Football Vanderbilt Commodores to provide you with plenty of action. Plus, the all-star NHL Nashville Predators will take the ice and bring you a fast-paced offense which will have you on the edge of your seat.