Nashville is known for wild girl getaways. In fact, it has overtaken Las Vegas as the number one destination for bachelorette parties. But despite all the hullaballoo, there is still a ton of fun things to do with the whole family. There are gardens, science centers, zoos, and museums like with any other city. Here is a list of the standout things to do in Nashville with kids.
1. Adventure Science Center
The Adventure Science Center is a non-profit organization that has been in existence for over 70 years. The content and exhibits are meant for kids between 3 and 11 years old. However, adults and teenagers can also join in on the fun. The center occupies a whopping 44,000 square feet and has more than 175 hands-on exhibits and activities exploring the wonders of physics, biology, chemistry, space, medicine, technology, earth science, and more. The highlights of the center include the Adventure Tower, The Sudekum Planetarium, BodyQuest, and Space Chase. The kids will particularly enjoy the state-of-the-art Planetarium where they’ll take spectacular journeys to the starts, enjoy laser shows, and watch great films.
2. Bicentennial Capitol Mall
Fancy a sun-drenched picnic with the whole family during your visit to Nashville? This historic park is just the place for this. Not only is it free, but it’s also scenic and loaded with history. It may not be the most exciting destination on the list, but its definitely worth a visit for its educational value. There’s a 200-foot map of Tennessee carved out of granite, a war memorial, and the Pathway of history. Make sure to pack a bathing suit so you can run through the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains. The kids are bound to enjoy this. You don’t have to carry meals since the Tennessee Farmers Market is adjacent to Bicentennial Capitol Mall. You can buy your meals there are eat them at the picnic tables in the park. The park also has an amphitheater with a sitting capacity of 2000 people. If you’re visiting during the Tennessee History Festival in October, you can enjoy a show detailing life in the 18th and the 19th centuries.
3. Nashville Children’s Theater
This theater was founded way back in 1931 with the sole purpose of providing children with a cultural heritage. Here you can watch a myriad of play by talented actors suitable for the whole family. The guest experience has been vastly improved by the construction of the black box theater. There are remarkable amenities that include a “Comfort Room” where you can take your crying children while still keeping an eye on the older children. You’ll be a charged $15 for teenagers and $20 for adults to watch the plays.
4. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Both adults and kids can savor the diversity of the animal kingdom at the Nashville Zoo. It is home to more than 300 species of animals. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in Nashville. It is set in 200 acres of land with over 6000 animals and a 19th-century plantation house. The kids will have an amazing time brushing a goat, feeding a lorikeet or petting a kangaroo at some of the most popular exhibits. Some of the highlights in the zoo include the Wild Animal Carousel, the Jungle Gym, and the Wilderness Express Train.
5. Grand Ole Opry
Nashville is considered the Country Music Capital. This is all down to the Grand Ole Opry radio show, which started airing in the early 1920s. The show still hosts top country music performers like Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Brad Paisley. If you’re visiting Nashville with your family, you might want to put the Grand Ole Opry House in your itinerary. You can take a backstage day tour, a post-show tour, or a VIP tour. The day tour involves a guide sharing stories of the music legends who have graced the halls of this celebrated venue. They’ll also take you back in time by showing you photos of the Opry’s history and you might even get a chance to stand on the iconic stage. The Opry is open daily with timings pegged on the concert schedules. This is one of the things to do in Nashville with kids.
6. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Does your family love country music? If so, visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum should be top of your list of things to do. Here you’ll get to see the plaques dedicated to some of the finest county musicians in the world including Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. You’ll also get the chance to view several artifacts including Elvis Parsley’s Cadillac, Jimmy Rodger’s guitar, and others. There’s also a two-story wall dedicated to all the platinum and gold country music records ever produced. You can also take a walk down memory lane by taking a self-guided interactive lesson on the evolution of country music. If your kids don’t like country music, they’re unlikely to enjoy the experience. However, if they do, they’re bound to have the time of their lives.
7. Centennial Park
This is where the Parthenon resides. It is a replica of the Athenian temple of ancient times. At the Parthenon, you’ll find the statue of Athena and a rich collection of artwork. The Centennial Park has a lawn where your kids can play various ball games, a band shell where you can watch puppet shows and Shakespearean plays, and a duck pond.
8. Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
You can savor the sights of Nashville aboard a hop-on hop-off trolley. The trolley allows you to visit most of the city’s popular landmarks at your own pace. You’ll get a fully narrated tour of the city with a total of 15 stops available for your exploration. Some of the attractions you’ll get an opportunity to explore include the Vanderbilt University campus, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, Farmer’s Market, and the Parthenon at Centennial Park. You can easily get a trolley at each stop since they depart each stop regularly. There’s no better way to enjoy all the country music capital of the world than on a hop-on hop-off trolley.