Nashville, Tennessee, is a fantastic city to visit, whether you’re planning a family-friendly trip or not. The city is home to the country music industry, and it’s located in central Tennessee. It’s vibrant, full of excitement, and it’s lively.
So, if you do happen to be considering Nashville for your next family trip, what should you know? What are the best family-friendly activities you can do while you’re there?
The following are great things to do with kids in Nashville.
The General Jackson Showboat
The General Jackson Showboat offers lunch and dinner cruises. This Nashville attraction takes you along the Cumberland River, with views of downtown Nashville.
You can see all that the city has to offer from a different perspective, which is something a lot of people like.
The General Jackson Showboat is also one of the largest cruises of its kind in the country, and it was originally launched as a cruise boat in 1985. The boat includes not only scenic views but live entertainment and shows during your cruise as well.
The musical performances on-board are uniquely Nashville and take you through a musical history of the city and the state, and you’ll enjoy a traditional southern meal during the day.
The Grand Ole Opry
It’s hardly possible to plan a trip to the Music City without a show at the Grand Ole Opry, and these shows are appropriate for all ages.
There are nightly shows at the Grand Ole Opry, and you can also arrange to do a backstage tour.
The Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame is located right in downtown Nashville. It’s a large, modern and beautifully designed museum. Along with exhibits, family-friendly activities happen throughout the year.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s core exhibition is called Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. This showcases the origins and traditions of this style of music, and there are artifacts along with video and sound.
In any city with a hop-on-hop-off bus option, it can be a great thing to take advantage of. These buses are available in Nashville, and you can see the city and do so in the way that works best for your kids and family.
You’ll be able to get off the places that interest you most, and there’s commentary from an insider.
Go Across the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge
If you want something free and fun for the whole family, go across the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge. This lets you hear the music from the downtown Honky Tonks on Broadway, and you can see the skyline of Nashville.
Sunrise or sunset can be an especially scenic time to go across the bridge, and there’s a small park too, which is located close to Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans football team.
The Parthenon is such an interesting and unexpected feature of Nashville. The Parthenon is a replica of the Parthenon from ancient Greece. It is in Centennial Park, and it’s home to shows and exhibits, as well as 63 permanent paintings.
Since a park surrounds it, it gives kids plenty of places to run and play.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
If you’re going to Nashville, you might want to think about staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention center if you can. It’s extremely family-friendly. You have to drive to get there from downtown, but it’s one of the largest hotels in the world with 2888 rooms.
The hotel features SoundWaves, which is described as an upscale water experience. It includes four acres of a waterpark, that’s both indoor and outdoor. There’s a beautiful atrium, and there are plenty of restaurants on site. The hotel regularly hosts seasonal events geared toward kids and families too. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel, it’s worth going to have a look.
Finally, if you want to enjoy some nature during your Nashville trip, go to Radnor Lake State Park. It’s a park that spans 1,368 acres and is a protected area. There are six miles of trails for hiking and wildlife observation. The only trail allowing for biking and jogging is the Otter Creek Road Trail.
The park is home to the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center, and there are interpretive canoe floats that are free to visitors from Memorial to Labor Day.
No matter the specific activities you choose, Nashville is an excellent family-friendly destination.