Straddling the Cumberland River in North Tennessee, Nashville has rightly earned its reputation as a thriving musical hub. The very name is synonymous with country music, gaudy neon, whiskey and downtown’s infamous status as one of the country’s premier party spots. It may not be the first place your subconscious mind would rush to when it comes to an ideal spot for a family vacation. But if you look beyond the shot swilling, guitar strumming Nashvillian stereotypes , you’ll find a whole lot to recommend as one of America’s most family friendly locations.
Nashville has a surprising array of family friendly, fun and educational attractions that are ideally suited to moms, dads and kids of all ages. Here are just a few of the family friendly activities with which you can fill your Nashville Days:
Free Puppet Shows at the Nashville Public Library
If you have young children and a limited budget, then here’s a fun activity that’s completely free. Nashville Public Library is not only the perfect place for imaginative kids to lose themselves in the magical world of books, they also host a range of fun and imaginative puppet shows based on popular kids’ stories that are perfect for kids of all ages.
Experience the Musical “Petting Zoo” at The Country Music Hall of Fame
Whether they’re a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll or a little bit hip hop, musically gifted kids can literally get a feel for the music biz by trying out a huge range of new and familiar musical instruments. Aside from its ubiquitous Johnny Cash Museum, The Country Music Hall of Fame offers a fun and interactive experience for the whole family, giving everyone a chance to play instruments, sing, be a DJ or record their own track (a great memento).
Learn and Have Fun at the Adventure Science Center
Kids learn best when they’re having fun, and there are few places more educational and fun than Musc City’s own Adventure Science Center. Hosting a wide range of year round exhibits that offer a fun and interactive experience for kids of all ages, the center features its popular Little Labs program in which children aged 3-5 can participate in age-appropriate lab activities, experiments and crafts. Kids with their heads in the stars can get to be an astronaut for the day by exploring the outer reaches of the universe in the Space Chase. They can even feel what it’s like to walk on the surface of the moon by taking the Star Walk, followed by a spectacular laser show at the Sudekum Planetarium!
Long Family Walks at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden
What better way to start the day or walk off a delicious meal than strolling the gorgeous grounds of the Cheekwood Botanical Garden? This 55- acre park has a spectacular range of trees and plants as well as hosting an award winning jungle gym.
When it comes to fun activities that the whole family can enjoy, you’ll be surprised at the quality and diversity of Music City’s family friendly attractions.