Nashville's science & nature attractions
Be mesmerized by the science of the universe in Nashville at our various attractions perfect for those with a big curiosity.
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.
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens has over 10 unique gardens for those who enjoy the art of gardening. Every garden on their 55-acre estate is a beautiful showcase of unique flowers with each season Mother Nature brings. They offer both self-guided and docent-led tours of its permanent collection, botanical garden, and special traveling exhibitions.
Not too far from Nashville is the Cumberland Caverns, a cave system with more than 32 miles of passageways. It's open year-round, seven days a week, with daily scenic walking tours, daytime adventure trips, and overnight spelunking with camping in the cave.
Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is located in the Upper Cumberland plateau offering a mountain retreat to each visitor. Guests can enjoy daily yoga classes, miles of hiking trails, and more.
Kentucky's ONLY underground boat tour is just one hour from Nashville. Lost River Cave offers a delightful escape into nature with a seasonal butterfly habitat, hiking trails, and so much more.
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is perfect for the future zoologist in your family. Head there 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.
The Tennessee Agricultural Museum has an extensive collection of home and farm artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries all housed inside a plantation barn. Some of the cool things include textiles, woodworking collections, a blacksmith shop, and more. They even have some cool trails to see the natural side of Music City.