14 Things to do this Spring with Family

Who says the parents get to have all the fun? Not Music City. 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 children's playground this spring.

Spring flowers
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, walk through simulated weightlessness, and create structures in the Imagination Playground. Spark your curiosity at this family fun playground of science and wonder.

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.

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 LynnGarth BrooksTrisha YearwoodDolly PartonJohnny CashReba McEntireKings of Leon, and Jimi Hendrix are just a handful of the nearly 100 stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. 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.

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. Chihuly at Cheekwood will also come to the beloved attraction during the spring. Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor whose exhibit features large-scale installations in the gardens of the estate as well as pedestal works presented in the art galleries.

The Escape Game
Escape Game Winners

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.

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.

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

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 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. 

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.

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.

SoundWaves

SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland, one of TIME magazine's World's Greatest Places, is just a short walk from the Grand Ole Opry House. Enjoy indoor surfing, water slides, a lazy river, and more. 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.

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.

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.

Visit the Past

Start your journey through Nashville's history by taking 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. A few years later, President Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President was completed in 1889 and has welcomed over 15 million guests ever since. 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 trip over 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. Next, travel to Belle Meade Plantation, 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.