Are you looking for some fun family activities in Nashville? Then you are in luck because Nashville has so much to do. From family outdoor adventures to indoor family exploration, you can do something new every day with your family, if you can find the time! As we enter the second half of September, harvest-themed events and fall festivals are happening all over Nashville. You can always find fun seasonal events going on at Nashville museums, parks, and local businesses and churches. There is also a long list of family activities in Nashville that can be done year round.
Some Of The Best Family Activities In Nashville, Tennessee
I am starting a list of family activities in Nashville, Tennessee. I would like to continue to add to this list so feel free to share your ideas @familyfocusblog! In the mean time, here are plenty of fun family activities to in Nashville to keep you active and engaged in your community.
1. Nashville Farmers’ Market
Buying produce from a farmers market is a great way to celebrate the harvest months while supporting local farmers! Located at 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., the Nashville Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week. Explore the North and South Farm Sheds and choose from plenty of fresh produce and other products. The market vendors sell all sorts of colorful and nutritious items, including cheeses, baked goods, fruit, vegetables, herbs, meats, eggs, and juices.
Chatting with the vendors about where all the food comes from and how it’s made can be a fun way to learn more about what you’re eating. Kids will enjoy learning about what local farms produce. Additionally, you can stop for lunch or dinner at one of the tasty food stalls inside that offer food from around the world! My husband loves the Colombian place, I love the Indian and my son loves the BBQ. You can also get a photo for Instagram while you are there!
2. Honeysuckle Hill Farm
There are several fun fall activities kids will love. Located 30 minutes north of Nashville in Springfield, TN, the Honeysuckle Hill Farm has given my family some truly enjoyable days in the autumn months. Try navigating the massive corn maze by collecting clues placed along the paths. Pick a pumpkin to take home, and split a caramel apple with a friend. If you’re feeling brave, check out Scream Creek after dark. From the Haunted Woods to Zombie Apocalypse Paintball, Scream Creek can be quite a scare for those who want to get in the Halloween spirit! For fun during the other seasons, the farm also hosts pig races, chicken shows, and an Adventure Park with ziplines and a rock wall.
3. Full Moon Pickin’ Parties
Take your family to a Full Moon Pickin’ Party for a relaxing night out. These Parties take place near the full moon and feature live bluegrass music. Bring a blanket, folding chairs, and a picnic dinner to set up on the grass in front of the stage. Buy tickets in advance at NowPlayingNashville.com to make sure you save a spot! All funds raised by the Pickin’ Parties go directly toward protecting the Warner Parks of Nashville.
Visit the Cheekwood Gardens for a fun day of outdoor family activities in Nashville. The grounds are beautiful and open for family exploration year round and there is almost always some special exhibit or event going on featuring the diverse Cheekwood artist community. The property is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, and offers a beautiful setting for a day of family fun. You can also tour the mansion and for a taste of history and to see some beautiful works of art.
5. Nashville Zoo At Grassmere
Visit the local Nashville Zoo At Grassmere for a full day of family fun. It is a very large zoo and with little kids, it can take a long time to get through the whole thing. When my kids were smaller, we would get the annual pass so we could just devote a day to a different area of the zoo each time we went and then allow the kids to play at the huge zoo playground. Tour the historic Croft House and explore its scenic lawn, garden, and farm. This presents a special opportunity to delve into Nashville history through a civil war display, pen and ink station, storytelling, and paper doll making. They also have various festivals and events throughout the year to celebrate live music, animal presentations, and other activities.
6. Edwin Warner Park
The Edwin Warner Park is a fantastic Nashville family resource. Whether you want to hike, run, or just hang out in Nature, Edwin Warner Park is always fun. You can play at the playground and make mud pies, check out the garden, visit the ponds and bird blinds. Additionally, there is a Nature Center at the Edwin Warner Park that is very fun to visit with your children and they offer lots of educational programming there as well.
7. Frist Art Museum
We love the Frist Art Museum. They always have really great exhibits going on. Most recently I saw a Native American Women Artist exhibit but over the years I have seen all kinds of great exhibits there. Plus, kids 18 and under get FREE admission and they have an amazing kids area called Art Quest with hands-on fun, family activities and opportunities to try different art methods. Oh, and the building itself is a gem by Frank Lloyd Wright!
There are so many family activities in Nashville! I will keep adding to this list to keep the family ideas fresh. In the meantime, it is always the perfect time to celebrate family and get out and have some fun. You may enjoy this printable fall activities bucket list for more ideas of what to do this fall. What family activities in Nashville do you enjoy most?
8. Green Door Gourmet
The Green Door Gourmet is a farm right here in Nashville! On this 350 acre farm you can enjoy the on-farm market with CSA options and check out what crops are in season. It is pretty cool is have this agritourism destination right here in Nashville, Tennessee. My son went on a field trip last year and it was so fun to watch as he and his classmates got to tour the greenhouses, look at the farm equipment and learn about how food crops are grown.
9. Chuck E Cheese
If you are in the mood for food and fun there is also the classic Chuck E Cheese. Their arcade is loaded with fun games for the whole family. You can get arm bands to an hour of unlimited play if you like.
10. Percy Warner Park
There are big covered eating areas that can be reserved for parties or you can just enjoy the wide open spaces and have a family picnic in the park. So much to explore or bring along a frisbee for an active family game outdoors.
Nashville has lots of great places to golf if your family is into the sport. You can hit the driving range at Topgolf Nashville (one of my son’s friends had his birthday party there). Alternatively, the Harpeth Valley Golf Center is perfect for beginners and families because they have a fun 9-hole, par-3 golf course.
We love to go bowling as a family. The one we use as a family is Kings Bowl in Cool Springs. It is a great place to grab a bite, get a drink, and bowl. My son uses the Donelson Strike & Spare for his school team practices.
13 More Fun Family Activities In Nashville, TN:
Broadway Theater Performances At TPAC like the SpongeBob Musical
Get A Tour of the Historic Belmont Mansion (Dates back to 1864.)
Attend an annual festival like the Italian Lights Festival or the Music City Food Festival.
Visit Gaylord Opryland Resort– amazing to just walk around and look at their beautiful indoor gardens, check out the shops, try their restaurants, and ride a gondola. You can also check out their SoundWaves indoor waterpark if you are in the market for a staycation.
Trampoline Parks like Defy Nashville
Rock Wall Climbing like The Crag
The Tennessee State Museum was surprisingly fun. My kids and I enjoyed our trip and there was too so much to learn about from Natural History, to the first people all the way through the Civil War. Oh, and there is no admission charge so it is FREE to go!
Green Way Trail for running, rollerblading, walking the dog, etc
Harpeth River State Park – Hidden Lake – for hiking, fishing, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding
Dragon Park- also known as Fannie Mae Dees Park is a great playground with a large mosaic dragon sculpture
So there you have 25 fun family activities to do in Nashville to get you started out. There are loads more family activity ideas and I’d love it if you tag me on social media as you discover them so I can add them to the list. Now, go enjoy some quality family time in Nashville, y’all!