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There are a number of family-friendly attractions that the entire family will enjoy while staying in the Music City, from live music to fine art, and a little bit of everything in between.
The Grand Ole Opry is one of the best known attractions in town, and has regular performances by both famous and upcoming Country artists. If no performances are underway while you're there, there is an attached museum on the property dedicated to the country music greats who have starred there over the years. Country fans may also want to make a visit to the historic Ryman Auditorium on Fifth Avenue North, which was the original home of the Grand Old Opry. The Ryman still hosts live bands, and also holds exhibits that visitors can view during the day. In the downtown district near the Ryman, families may also enjoy a walk along the waterfront park and a trip through the the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Museum’s “Fun for Families” series offers youth-specific activities once per month. Most of these programs are free and take place on Saturdays. Discount Museum admission is available to families who participate in the program.
For a break from the country music, a trip through the Tennessee State Museum will showcase Tennessee's prehistoric and historic past. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts hosts rotating exhibits including fine arts, painting, and photography. Between May and October, the Frist hosts "Frist Fridays" from 6 to 9 pm on the last Friday of each month. These events include live music and hors d’oeuvres.
Nashville is also home to many parks which offer a variety of activities. Centennial Park along West End Ave. is home to a full-scale replica of the Parthenon, which contains a small museum. The park also hosts free outdoor movies and big band dances on summer evenings, a variety of art and craft fairs throughout the year, and in the early fall is home to the Nashville Humane Association's Dog Days celebration. Further away from downtown, the tree-covered ridges of both Radnor Lake State Park and Pearcy Warner Park offer miles of natural hiking trails.