Honky Tonks and party buses are great for a grown-ups getaway to Nashville, but Music City USA is also a fun and educational destination for families and multigenerational groups! Here are just a few of the activities and places you can explore on your family trip to Nashville:
Take an iconic trolley tour or private golf cart tour and learn all about Nashville’s development over the years. You can visit Bicentennial Park and Centennial Park (with its full-size replica of the Parthenon), the Tennessee State Capitol, Marathon Motorworks, key sites that were part of the Civil Rights Movement, historic homes and much more! Another fun way to learn about Nashville and get the “lay of the land” is to participate in a scavenger hunt. You can sign up online to access a walking tour where you follow clues to different sites around the city. Once you find each location, you complete a challenge (trivia question, take a picture, etc.) and learn more about that site.
Families can enjoy Nashville’s vibrant music scene in many ways that don’t require squeezing into a crowded Honky Tonk or rowdy bar. For example, you can reserve tickets for a live radio show and backstage tour at the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium, or catch an early show and dinner at the Bluebird Cafe or BB King’s Nashville. Enjoy live, often free, concerts at one of Nashville’s outdoor venues and festivals, such as Musician’s Corner. And if you do want to experience the Honky Tonk Highway (aka Broadway), most venues have live music all day long, and all ages are welcome before 7pm. You can have a meal at one of the many rooftop restaurants and survey the scene before heading into the fray! Some honky tonks, like the Wildhorse Saloon, even have family-friendly activities during the daytime and early evening, like line dancing for kids. If your family is interested in historical side of the music industry, you can visit the National Museum of African American Music, stroll along Music Row and take a tour of the historic RCA Studio B, and explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Beyond its “Music City USA” moniker, Nashville has more recently developed a reputation for a wide variety of delicious food. From the famous Nashville hot chicken, biscuits and barbeque to international fare, Nashville is a food-lover’s dream. For a family-oriented treat, check out Pfunky Griddle near Vanderbilt University. It has personal griddles in the middle of each table so guests can cook their own pancakes, hash browns, eggs, and grilled cheese.
For arts and culture beyond country, blues, and pop music, check out the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Adventure Science Center, and the interactive exhibits at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. You can also visit and take great pictures in front of Nashville’s many the many “Instagram murals” that Nashville has become known for, and you can tour two great universities — Vanderbilt and Belmont.
Nashville is home to several sports teams, and it’s not too difficult to score a ticket to a game. Depending on the season, you can see a Tennessee Titans football game, a Nashville Predators hockey game, or let the kids run the bases at the Tennessee Sounds’ minor league baseball stadium. And if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and participate in some of your own sports and recreation, you can visit the fields and fountains in Nashville’s many parks, rent bikes or scooters, go SUP-ing or kayaking on the Cumberland River, have ziplining and water adventures at the Nashville Shores water park, or visit the gardens at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and take a ride on their Delta Riverboat.
There are so many things to do in Nashville for families and groups of all ages and combinations! Schedule a consultation call with Legacy Travel Designs today so that we can curate the perfect Nashville getaway for you and your brood!
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