18 Things to do with the Family this Summer

Nashville has the attractions to see and places to be this summer. Just take a look below at all the fun things families can do to not waste a second of their summertime freedom.

Nashville Shores Water Playground
Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th

What better way to celebrate our country's independence than with FREE live music in the heart of the city built on music? Add to it a full day of family fun and an incredible fireworks show and you've got Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4. This year's lineup includes Brett Eldredge, Mac McAnally, Jessy Wilson, and Dylan Scott. 

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, the Sudekum Planetarium, walk through simulated weightlessness, laser showsway late play dates, and more.

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the people's President

Since opening in 1889, President Andrew Jackson's Hermitage has welcomed millions of guests. 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.

Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation tells the history of the Old South from slavery to prosperity to the Civil War. Each visit to Belle Meade Plantation includes a tour led by a trained and costumed guide through the plantation's beautiful Greek-Revival mansion commissioned by John Harding. Their Adventure Backpacks program is perfect for families traveling with young children. The program includes a backpack filled with coloring pages, crafting supplies, and more from the Victorian Age. Plus, there is a key to unlock 6 hidden treasure chests throughout the grounds.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens features 55 acres of gardens, sculpture trails, and family-fun events. All summer long, Cheekwood offers exciting and inspiring experiences, indoors and out.

The Escape Game

Does your family have what it takes to repair a spaceship, find hidden gold, or even solve an art heist? Now's your chance to find out! The Escape Game is Nashville's premier immersive, adventure experience. Here's how it works: You and your family are locked in a room and have one hour to complete a mission and escape. Escaping will require teamwork, quick thinking, determination, and a sense of urgency. Let us turn an hour of immense fun into a lifelong memory your family will talk about for years!

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 the 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.

Frist Art Museum

The Frist Art Museum is a world-class art center dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions. Children love to take part in the recently renovated Martin ArtQuest Gallery, a colorful interactive space offering thirty incredible hands-on stations that relate art concepts to Frist Art Museum exhibitions & examine ways in which art relates to everyday life & culture.

Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar

Over in Downtown Nashville is some of the finest handcrafted chocolate one can taste. It's created by Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar and their shop is a great stop for families this summer in Music City. The unique confection is a roundish mound of caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh roasted peanuts, and real milk chocolate. Each bite is more savory than the next. Go try it!

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

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.

Madame Tussauds Nashville

The world-famous family friendly wax attraction will provide an interactive experience, allowing you to step into immersive iconic scenes and musical performances that cannot be found anywhere else. Sing along with Patsy Cline, jam out with Elvis, take a selfie with Luke Bryan, and interact with some of the most iconic musical talents from Nashville and beyond.

Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum

The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument, showcasing the stories of various artists throughout music history, and the instruments they used to record 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 Shores Lakeside Resort

The Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort offers a perfect escape into a water wonderland and the awesome Treetop Adventure Park. Brave the waves in their gigantic wave pool, plunge down 8 thrilling water slides, or try their massive water playground, Aqua Park.

Nashville Sounds

Enjoy the thrill of baseball with the Nashville Sounds, AAA Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Peanuts, home runs, Cracker Jacks, and a game almost every single day.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

As the sun shines, the animals come out to play. Head to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and spend time at the unbelievable Flamingo Lagoon or Kangaroo Kickabout, getting you up close and personal with the animals. Also, make sure to check out their zipline experience called Soaring Eagle which takes you 110 ft. in the air to overlook the African Savannah, Historic Home, Festival Field, and Gibbon Islands.

Paddle through Nashville

Exploring Music City's waterways has never been so easy with River Queen Voyages, Nashville's first kayak rental company on the Cumberland River. They provide a beginner level tour-guided kayak route that goes from Shelby Park to Downtown Riverfront Park and an intermediate level self guided kayak route from Lock Two Park to Shelby Park. Paddle Up Nashville is another great option when looking to check out Nashville's waterways. They have a full service pro-shop, rentals, lessons, guided tours, and group events on the beautiful Cumberland River. 

SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland

Nashville's new indoor/outdoor water attraction is now open at Gaylord Opryland! SoundWaves features slides, a lazy river, rapid river, wave pool, cabanas, a splash pad for the young ones, and a pool for just the adults. There's something for everyone at SoundWaves.