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Family Fun in Nashville

Nashville’s varied assortment of child-friendly attractions make it an ideal destination for kids of all ages.
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 15.5 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Nashville’s laid back atmosphere and countless kid-centric attractions make it an ideal destination for a family getaway. Recognized... more »

Tips:  Things to bring: Camera, tripod, notepad and pen (for taking notes), umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, tote bag (if you shop) and... more »

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Points of Interest

First stop on a family tour of Nashville can be at the Tennessee State Capital building where the Tennessee State Museum resides. The museum features entertaining and informative exhibits about Tennessee's history from prehistoric times, Antebellum to the New South in addition to other traveling exhibitions such as the Civil War in Tennessee... More

Nashville's Adventure Science Center has more than 75 interactive exhibits. Tour the solar system in the new Space Chase exhibit wing or learn how the human body works in the BodyQuest exhibit.

One of the newest additions to the Adventure Science Center is the Sudekum Planetarium, said to be one of the best planetariums in the country. It offers... More

If you are ready for a lunch break, Hattie B's is a Nashville landmark known for its hot chicken: large pieces of chicken coated in a fiery breaded mixture that includes cayenne pepper, pan fried and served with white bread and pickle slices. (In some dishes at Hattie B's, hot chicken is served with waffles.) Don't worry, the chicken can be served... More

For a bit of Old South history, stop by Tennessee's premier plantation estate, the Belle Meade Plantation. A visit includes a tour led by a trained and costumed guide through the plantation’s Greek-Revival mansion commissioned by John Harding in 1845. Your ticket also includes access to Belle Meade’s many other historic buildings on the plantation... More

Next on your family-friendly tour of Nashville is the Lane Motor Museum that features 150 unique cars and motorcycles and is home to the largest European collection in the U.S. The vehicles date from the 1920s to modern day and feature a varied collection of microcars, amphibious vehicles, military vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, prototypes, ... More

6. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

This is a good first stop, especially on sultry summer days. From alligators and lorikeets to clouded leopards and zebras, these scaly, feathery and furry creatures all call the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere home. Children can see animals from across the globe in natural habitats resembling the many environments of the world, like the plains of... More

7. Nashville Children's Theatre

Ranked by TIME Magazine as one of the top five children’s theaters in the country, the Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) is the oldest professional children's theatre in the U.S. Founded in 1931 by the Junior League of Nashville as an amateur theatre, the NCT recently underwent a complete renovation.

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