Nashville might be called Music City, and it certainly has a lot of musical flair, but the city has so much more to offer visitors. Downtown has tons of fun and interesting things to do with kids or head outside the city limits to experience nature in all its beauty. Whether you live in Nashville all year long or just visit for a vacation, every day can be filled with fun adventures for kids of all ages.
Kids like to play and explore while parents love seeing them learn something new. Luckily, Nashville has plenty to do that provides both. So many events and locations in Nashville are designed to entertain kids and adults alike so there is never a dull moment.
Here is a list of 50 — yes, 50 — things to do in Nashville with kids from toddlers to teenagers. If you're only planning a visit to Music City you might want to make sure it's a long one so you have time to fit everything in.
1- Explore the atriums at the Gaylord Opryland Resort with waterfalls, flowers, and long paths. You don't have to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy this treat.
2- Explore Nashville's recreation of the Parthenon at Centennial Park.
3- Listen to emerging and well-known bands at Musicians Corner in Centennial Park.
4- The animals at the Nashville Zoo are very active in the Spring months and there are always babies!
5- Cheekwood Estate & Gardens has 12 gardens to explore including a Japanese garden a sculpture trail.
6- Every Easter, Lucky Ladd Farms has its baby animal days with the Easter Bunny and cute creatures to pet and feed.
7- Visit the Nashville Farmers Market in April for fresh fruits and veggies while checking out crafters, merchants, and tons of special events.
8- The American Artisan Festival features hundreds of artists and offers plenty of fun crafting areas for kids to get creative.
9- For one day a year, Tennessee offers a free fishing day with events for kids at several parks.
10- Teach kids about Japan at the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival.
11- Learn about Nashville history and sights with Urban Adventure Quest that uses your smartphone to guide you through the city.
12- Get tickets to the Grand Ole Opry to see a show and get a backstage tour.
13- Test your wits and take a 60 minute break from the heat with The Escape Game.
14- The Discovery Center has plenty of hands-on kid fun with new exhibits and events regularly.
15- Get your bounce on at Hoppy Hop Inflatables with open play times to get out of the heat for a bit.
16- Just looking at fish swimming in water will cool you down so make sure to visit the Tennessee Aquarium.
17- Monkey Joes has unlimited all day play so kids can run and play while adults sit and rest.
18- Listen to a symphony outdoors with Nashville Symphony concerts.
19- Dance along to a big band concert in Centennial Park. Dances take place June through August.
20- Introduce the little ones to the Bard with Shakespeare in the Park performances.
21- Cool down at the Cumberland Park spray park with fountains kids can play in.
22- Take a dip in the lake and have a picnic at one of Nashville's many state parks.
23- Take a big bite into famous Nashville hot chicken at the Hot Chicken Festival.
24- Take pictures at the many painted murals throughout the city.
25- Catch a game and cheer for the Tennessee Titans.
26- Get lost in a corn maze and pick out pumpkins to carve at Lucky Ladd Farms.
27- Wander trails, watch wildlife, and take part in regular events at Warner Park Nature Center.
28- Explore Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park with a tour guide or as a family with a self-guided tour.
29- Dyer Observatory has open house days and Fall usually has clear skies to see the stars well.
30- Learn about and experience cultures from around the world at Nashville Cultural Festival.
31- Play with goats and listen to music at the Goats, Music, and More Festival. Don't forget to watch the three legged goat triathlon.
32- Take in the city skyline while walking the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.
33- Attend the Kidsville Festival in Centennial Park with events and activities all designed for kids.
34- The Country Music Hall of Fame has a scavenger hunt and recording studio the kids will love.
35- Kids will enjoy watercolor, stopmotion animation, sketching, and more at the Frist Center for Visual Arts.
36- Fun awaits at the Nashville Adventure Science Center with a farting slide and climbing area.
37- Catch a match at the rink and cheer for the Predators.
38- Experience A Country Christmas at the Gaylord Opryland Resort with events and activities with Christmas themes.
39- Learn how to use a letterpress at Hatch Show Print workshop.
40- Watch a play designed with kids in mind at the Nashville Children's Theatre.
41- See weird and unique cars that actually work at the Lane Motor Museum.
42- Learn about and experience Mexican and Latin culture at Plaza Mariachi.
Food and Fun
Between all the events and fun places to visit, the kids are going to get hungry. Nashville has lots of fun restaurants that also provide some additional excitement for kids.
43- Pfunky Griddle lets you make your own pancakes right at the table.
44- The Grilled Cheeserie food truck takes these staples sandwiches to a whole new level.
45- Dave and Busters has food and tons of arcade games to play.
46- Olive and Sinclair Chocolates has tours to see how the candy is made.
47- The Old Spaghetti Factory is slurping fun for kids.
48- Mikes Ice Cream has lots of unique flavors to enjoy on hot days.
49- Introduce kids of the classic candy at the Goo Goo Shop.
50- Bang Bang Candy is every kid's dream come true. Prepare for a sugar rush!
And that's it! 50 places in Nashville to take the kids and they won't be bored for one moment. Cheers to spending time with your family and exploring the city.