Families Connect : Guide to Nashville Family Fun Activities
Here at Families Connect, we love Nashville! It is home base for us, and we are continually amazed at how this city continues to grow and change! Since it’s not a massive city compared to the likes of Chicago or New York, it is the perfect place for a family weekend. There is so much to do here that even locals are known to enjoy the occasional staycation. Music City is a vibrant town with an abundance of live music, kid-friendly activities and an exciting night life! Check out our Guide to Nashville Family Fun Activities for our favorite city! We hope you’re as crazy about this town as we are!
Free Places to Visit
Established in 1897, this park is a masterpiece! You can easily enjoy the grounds, ponds and playgrounds for an entire afternoon, and it is home to the only full-sized replica of the Parthenon! After your park day comes to a close, you’re still located within minutes of restaurants, universities and music venues.
Located in the beloved 12 South neighborhood, Sevier Park has pathways, playgrounds and a community center that is open to the public. If you visit on a Tuesday afternoon from May – October, check out the 12 South Farmers Market!
Walk from one side of the Cumberland River to the other via our pedestrian bridge and take in the most amazing views in all of downtown Nashville.
The downtown Cumberland Park is home to a totally free Splash Pad that’s the perfect place to take kiddos!
The Warner Parks
The Warner Park system was established in 1927, and Nashville is lucky to have it. The 3,000 acre parks have trails for walking, running, hiking and mountain biking. The Little Harpeth River runs through the property and provides a beautiful backdrop to their numerous picnic shelters!
Downtown Farmer’s Market
Nashville certainly has no shortage of Farmer’s Markets! The downtown locale also has an amazing food court with Jamaican, French, Italian and American fare. In addition, there is an indoor international market that’s open every day.
Downtown Nashville Public Library
Located South of Nashville, Franklin is the perfect place if you want to spend your day on Mainstreet, USA. Are you a history buff? Enjoy one of the many historical or ghost tours!
Admission Required Nashville To-Do List
There’s a reason this place is called the Mother Church of Country Music. If you have the opportunity to see a concert at this historic venue, TAKE IT.
Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry continues to operate as a live radio show. It is a unique and fun way to experience some of your favorite artists and is a bucket list location for country music fans!
The Nashville Zoo
The Zoo is a kid favorite! Check their calendar for the special events such as zoo sleepovers and movie nights!
The Nashville Sounds
Take the kids out to the ballgame at the new Nashville Sounds stadium! Located near downtown, it’s sure to be the perfect family friendly evening!
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
This one only requires admission for people over 18 years old! Children 18 and under are ALWAYS free! Nashville’s art museum plays host to multiple art displays throughout the year. While planning your visit, check their calendar to see what’s currently on display!
This gorgeous botanical garden also has amazing art exhibitions, as well as an impressive holiday light display and a large historical home that is open for tours.
Centennial Park (Inside the Parthenon)
While you can spend an entire afternoon or more enjoying the outdoor offerings of Centennial Park, you can also visit the inside of the Parthenon. For a small admission fee, you can see the replica of Athena as well as view their museum.
Multiple days each month, The Adventure Science Center holds family friendly events ranging from yoga in the planetarium to adult only beer tastings. Have a look at their website to see what’s coming up!
Head to the Nashville Speedway for a night of fun and fast cars!
Built in 1799, this historical site holds daily tours and is a beautiful wedding venue!
The home of President Andrew Jackson is perfect for history lovers! In addition to tours of the property, you can buy an additional ticket for things like sunset wine tours!
Local Nashville Eats
What’s more southern than biscuits? Check out this new-to-Nashville favorite!
Located in Hillsboro Village, Pancake Pantry has been around for decades. Go enjoy some breakfast comfort food, but be prepared to stand in line!
With multiple locations, there is more than once place to sup at Martins BBQ.
If tater tot fondue sounds like something you would like, then you definitely need to eat at Burger Republic!
This unique eatery houses not only a top of the line restaurant, but a bowling alley as well! Make a night of it with food, cocktails and strikes!
It wouldn’t be a trip to Nashville with hot chicken.
Located on the far west reaches of Nashville, the Loveless Café is southern cooking at its finest. The grounds also include its historic motel, shops and an event barn.
Make sure to take plenty of pictures of your time spent in Nashville! Upload your photos, videos and memories to your Families Connect page so that your community can see what a great town this is! We hope to see you soon!
Torrey Swan is a former pediatric nurse who now spends most of her time chasing two red-headed daughters. Her favorite hobby is cooking with a proclivity for Mexican food and margaritas. She has resided in Nashville since the age of 11 and has been married to her husband, a Blackhawk pilot for the Army, since 2008.