I recently had one of my very best friends come to visit me in Nashville, Tennessee, all the way from Utah. She and her daughter were only here for a few days so I wanted to make sure she got to see part of what makes Nashville so awesome! There really is a lot to do and see here so I for this “perfect day in Nashville”, I had to narrow down the many family attractions in Nashville, TN. You can’t go wrong with this itinerary for families visiting Music City.
If you want to grab a bite to eat before you get started, I suggest the Pancake Pantry. Get some sweet potato pancakes, a southern favorite, or any other of their countless pancake options. They’ve been a favorite here in Nashville since 1960!
The Perfect Day Filled With Family Attractions In Nashville, TN
After your hearty breakfast, you can head over to the Parthenon for a lovely stroll in Centennial Park and an opportunity to see a little of bit of Classic Greek Architecture right here in America! Originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, this full scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, is full of details that will amaze you. From bronze doors that are over 20 feet tall to a full scale replica of the 42-foot statue Athena, it is impressive to behold. Go ahead and pay to get into the museum. It really has a great collection of historical artifacts and beautiful art. #worthit
Country Music Hall of Fame
Next, I suggest a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. This is a beautiful building with a massive collection of historic objects that tell the story of country music and its greatest country music stars. From actual outfits worn by country legends to outlandish cars, and interviews with the musicians and singers, they have a collection that will educate and amuse you! While you are so close, you may want to take a peek at famous Ryman Auditorium as well. Don’t forget to to do the Music City Walk of Fame as well. It is fun and free outdoors.
No visit to Nashville could be complete, without a trip to Lower Broadway! I brought my friend here to shop for cowboy boots and it made me want to shop for some too because they have a huge collection of cowboy boots that are art just to look at! Next we stopped into a Honky Tonk Central for lunch and some great live country music.
Belle Meade Plantation
We headed away from downtown Nashville to take in the huge luxurious houses of modern day Belle Meade and to see Belle Meade Plantation. I figure that Belle Meade Plantation is one of the most educational sites to see in Nashville as it is a well preserved piece of history that allows you to really envision the past. Founded in 1807, this plantation captures a monumental time in the history of the United States. Be sure to take a tour which will be led by a trained and costumed guide through the plantation’s beautiful Greek-Revival mansion and access to Belle Meade’s many other historic buildings including a dairy, horse stable, carriage house, mausoleum, gardens, and a log cabin.
After all that you can charge up batteries again out at the Loveless Cafe which is well know for down home southern food and it’s walls adorned with stars who have eaten there. The biscuits are worth the trip alone but while you are there be sure to try the fried green tomatoes and their shrimp and grits special! After dinner you can load up on some more souvenirs at the gift shops that surround the Loveless Cafe. Then, if you’ve stopped by on the right night, you can end your night with some great live music from Music City Roots at the Loveless Cafe Barn.
That is one full day of family attraction in Nashville, TN and it is loaded with fun for you!