14 Things to do this Spring with Family

Who says the parents get to have all the fun? Not Music City. While following all of the necessary safety guidelines, Nashville has never provided more family fun in the span of three months. Explore, discover, build, and expand your curiosity through the bountiful events, exhibits, and attractions that make Music City a safe children's playground this spring.

Family at Cheekwood in Bloom
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, walk through simulated weightlessness, and create structures in the Imagination Playground. Shake off the winter blues with many of the Spring activities at Adventure Science Center. Become a mini meteorologist at the Spring Break Camp or step into Nashville's ultimate DIY workshop at the Tinkering Garage. Spark your curiosity at this family fun playground of science and wonder.

Spark Curiosity

Adventure Park at Nashville

Experience the highly-exciting zipline tour, Adventure Park at Nashville, Music City's newest and largest ropes course, and zip-lining park. Families may figure out how to navigate the obstacle course which is full of nets, ropes, and up to 10 trails.

Soar Through the Trees

Claim to Fame

Start at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where you will be immersed in the history and sounds of country music at the largest museum dedicated to popular music in the world! Just outside is the Music City Walk of Fame which recognizes artists and music industry professionals that have made their legendary endowment to the life of music - of every genre - across the world - but always with a connection to Music City. Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, Kings of Leon, and Jimi Hendrix are just a handful of the nearly 100 stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. Venture on over to Broadway to find the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) to discover the central role African Americans have played in shaping and creating all genres of American music. From classical to country to jazz and hip hop, NMAAM shares the untold story of more than 50 music genres and sub-genres. Take a walk just a few blocks down the street into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum which 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. In addition, the first Grammy Museum Gallery in the world is open inside the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum! 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.

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Cheekwood in Bloom

On the 55-acre estate of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, over 150,000 bulbs are blooming this spring. Cheekwood celebrates the occasion with Cheekwood in Bloom offering family fun events that will bring a smile to everyone's face this spring. Snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, magnolias, redbuds, and dogwoods put on an unforgettable show as warmer weather and longer days arrive in Nashville. Take the fun indoors with Cheekwood's Women to Watch: Celebrating the Centennial of Women's Suffrage Exhibition highlighting the strength of the points of view of the female artist, seeing where those voices resonate, and their impact on the canon of art history.

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The Escape Game

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. Escape or not, you're guaranteed to make a great memory for years to come.

Test Your Wit

Gaylord Opryland

Each Spring, guests can enjoy captivating entertainment, dining, shopping, and more at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Enjoy indoor surfing, water slides, a lazy river, and more at SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland. Pools, lounging areas, and private cabanas sit under a glass roof atop the tall atrium, ensuring that guests can sunbathe at 84-degrees year-round. Just a short walk away is the Grand Ole Opry House which houses star-studded performances each Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. But the fun doesn't stop there! During your stay, the whole family can take part in Once Upon a Spring with events like Paint Me a Fairytale, Spring-A-Long Scavenger Hunt, Sunshine and Sprinkles Cookie Decorating, Green Leaf Tour, rides on the Delta Riverboats, and even set sail aboard the mighty General Jackson Showboat for a midday lunch or evening dinner show happening March 12-May 16.

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Goo Goo Shop

Now, more than ever, you can discover the world's first combination candy bar (created in Nashville) at the Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar. You can stop by to watch the cooks do their magic, or just skip to the eating part. Either way, the store features a ton of different flavors including must-tries like the original Goo Goo Cluster.

Try a Goo Goo

Lucky Ladd Farms

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 that appeal to all ages, acres of playgrounds, exciting hands-on animal encounters, pony rides, nature trails, and more to satisfy the whole family.

Head to the Farm

Musician Museums

Begin your adventure by paying homage to the Man in Black at The Johnny Cash Museum located on 3rd Avenue. Featuring the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Just upstairs is The Patsy Cline Museum which holds never-before-seen artifacts from the songstress. Once you are done, grab a cup of coffee at Bongo Java Cafe at the Johnny Cash Museum or get a bite to eat at Johnny Cash's Kitchen & Saloon. Take a walk down to The George Jones and get an up-close and personal experience with The Possum like never before. The museum explores the complete life of the singer, from his childhood to his many accomplishments. Located at the corner of Broadway and 2nd Avenue, the Glen Campbell Museum & Rhinestone Stage features never-before-seen artifacts from Glen’s early years on the farm in Arkansas through his climb to super-stardom, including many of his guitars, instruments, and stage clothes.

Discover Museums

Nashville Children's Theatre

Welcome to the mystical wonderland that is Nashville Children's Theatre - a place that allows kids of all ages to explore their imagination through top-notch productions. Currently being offered are online classes, camps, and streaming productions.

Expand Your Imagination

Nashville Zoo

As the sun shines, the animals come out to play. Head to the Nashville Zoo and spend time at the unbelievable Flamingo Lagoon or Kangaroo Kickabout, getting you up close and personal with the animals. Check out the Zoo from up high with Soaring Eagle which takes you 110 ft. in the air to overlook the African Savannah, Historic Home, Festival Field, and Gibbon Islands.

Explore the Zoo

Topgolf

The golf entertainment complex known as Topgolf provides fun for the whole family. Play exciting golf games that will challenge everyone in your group, while enjoying delicious food that appeals to even the pickiest eater. Topgolf also has KidZone, providing special programs for children.

Tee Off

Treetop Adventure Park at Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort

The Treetop Adventure Park is an aerial adventure course set in the beautiful woods of Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort. There are over 10 different zip lines and 100 challenging obstacles including suspended bridges, cargo nets, ladders, Tarzan jumps, and many other thrilling elements.

Have an Adventure

Visit the Past

Start your journey through Nashville's history by taking a trip to the Historic Travellers Rest Plantation, built by Judge John Overton in 1799. Overton was close friends with Andrew Jackson and one of the founders of Memphis. Travellers Rest is the story of Frontier Nashville, the Civil War tragedy, and the story of General John Bell Hood's headquarters before the Battle of Nashville. A few years later, Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Mansion was completed in 1821 (200 years ago) and has welcomed more than 17 million visitors since opening as a museum in 1889. Like never before, families and friends can explore the 7th President's entire life from his humble beginnings to his presidency with their exhibit Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm. Take a one-hour personally-guided tour of Belmont Mansion, completed in 1853 by Adelicia and Joseph Acklen and recognized as one of the most elaborate and unusual homes in the South. Learn how Adelicia secretly conspired with both the Confederate and Union forces to emerge from the Civil War with her fortune intact. Next, travel to Belle Meade Historic Site, where 100 years of history come to life as costumed guides tell stories of plantation life. Today, guests may explore the remaining 30 acres and find the original cabin, a slave cabin, and a massive Carriage and Stable House built in 1892.

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