Here are the 8 things to do in Nashville with kids. Whether you are in town for a day or a week, Nashville has plenty of kid friendly activities to keep you busy!
We recently spent a few days of our Tennessee vacation exploring at eating our way through Nashville.
Nashville and its surrounding small towns with its southern charm did not disappoint. The city is kid friendly with plenty of sights and sounds to keep the engaged and having fun.
For a small town, it is actually spread out pretty far. I highly recommend renting a car, but if you want to leave the driving up to someone else, you can tour the city on one of the many hop-on-hop-off buses that stop at all the major attractions and hotels.
Top 8 things to do in Nashville with kids
Live Music – The Grand Ole Oprah is a must. The casual style and star studded lineup is the perfect destination. You get to see acts that play bluegrass, early country music and today’s hits without being in a crowded honky tonk.
Carton House in Franklin – Step back to in time to the Civil War. This plantation, turned field hospital when the battle of Franklin happened on the front lawn of the property. It’s an incredible history lesson and the home is stunning.
Explore the Parthenon – Climb the stairs and snap a photo in the front of the replica of the Greek Parthenon. Inside you can tour a small art gallery and see replicas of remnants you would find in Greece.
Country Music Hall of Fame – Wonder the halls & exhibits chronicling the history and birth of country music. Be sure to let the kids play with the guitars, banjos and even record a song.
Belle Meade Plantation – Step back to the 1800’s and take a guided tour of the plantation. The home and grounds are exquisite and our tour guide was even in costume, which my son found fascinating. I recommend purchasing the $10 backpack scavenger hunt for the kids. This will keep them engaged and entertained while roaming the grounds.
12 South – Walk around the hip 12 South area. Taste gourmet coffee, donuts, shopping and stop to take a photo of the I Believe in Nashville mural.
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge – Get amazing skyline views of Nashville by walking across the pedestrian bridge. It’s free and kids will enjoy walking over the Cumberland River.
Eat Southern Fried Chicken – Nashville fried chicken is delicious. My two favorite spots are The Loveless Cafe and Hattie B’s. Expect a 1-2 hour wait at The Loveless Cafe. The grounds are large and they have several shops, corn hole, games and picnic tables to sit while you wait. Hattie B’s is fast food, but again expect a wait. Their hot chicken is amazing and ranges from no heat to burn notice. I ordered the Mild because it’s just enough heat without burning my mouth.
Music City has plenty of kid friendly activities and we are already wanting to plan another trip back.