Nashville has always been known as one of the top tourist destinations in the South. Its historical honky tonks and deep roots in country music make it a special city promising an experience you won’t find anywhere else. But within recent years, it has rapidly climbed the ranks of top rated cities to visit in the nation – making a name for itself in areas from indie art and free festivals to creative foodie finds and craft beer breweries. There is never a shortage of activities or events to chose from –but what about for family fun? Nashville has you covered there too. Have a look at our top picks for family things to do in Nashville.
Here are 3 fun Family Things to Do in Nashville:
Adventure Science Center
The Adventure Science Center is perhaps the most popular outing place for families in Nashville and a can easily be spotted from the interstate for its uniquely designed building with an iridescent pyramid that glows throughout the night. There are always new exhibits for exciting ways to learn and engage the whole family. The Adventure Climbing Tower reaches several stories with physics demonstrations on every level. Or for smaller children, the Little Labs Zone is full of building materials and designated specifically for kids under 6. All exhibits are a general admission of $14.95 for Adults, $10.95 for Youth (ages 2-12), Toddlers (under 2) are FREE. The Sudekum Planetarium and Space Wing are an additional $3 for Adults and Youth. Opened daily 10am-5pm, Planetarium 9am-5pm. The Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203.
Cheekwood Estate and Botanical Garden is special attraction the city is proud of that hosts different activities and events throughout the four seasons. The 55-acre botanical garden and sculpture trail offer a break or breath of fresh air from the bustle of Downtown; while still showcasing the creative and natural beauty of Nashville. The Cheek Mansion located on the property has been converted into the Museum of Art where guests can admire the 19th-20th century American art collection as well as temporary traveling art exhibits. Visitors are also invited to grab lunch at Cheekwood Pineapple Room Restaurant or pick up a souvenir at the gift shop. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm; located approximately eight miles southwest of Downtown, neighboring Percy Warner Park and Golf Course. 1200 Forest Park Dr., Nashville, TN, 37205.
The Nashville Zoo
Another historical property that has been preserved and expanded into a more exotic destination is the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. In the 1980’s the Croft sisters donated 200-acres of land that is now home to countless animals and creatures from across the globe. Favorite exhibits include The Unseen World which houses 75 species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and insects all that have unique camouflaging defense mechanisms and the Bamboo Trail where clouded leopards, ring-tailed lemurs, and animals that typically are found in bamboo forests live. Price of admission is $16 for Adults, $11 for Children (age 2-12), and Children under two get in FREE. Opened 7 days a week; January 2-December 31 (hours: 9am-4pm) and March 11-October 12 (hours: 9am-6pm). The zoo can be accessed from I-65 or I-24; about two miles after taking the Harding Place Exit. (Address: 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN, 37211).