Nashville, TN, is renowned for its urban vibe, superb dining, daily entertainment, and flourishing nightlife. With so much to offer adults, visitors sometimes forget that there are plenty of things to do in Nashville with kids, too! We’re here to explain why Music City can be one of the best vacation spots in Tennessee. Keep reading to learn about the four best attractions to enjoy with your little ones!
Whether you’re traveling with toddlers or looking to entertain your big kids, Nashville has a cool activity or excursion for every family. We’ve listed our four favorites, but there are plenty of other engaging, educational, and downright fun things to do in Nashville with kids. For more vacation ideas, consult our complimentary Nashville Travel Guide! It’s packed with local recommendations for everything from kid-approved museums to parent-approved spas. Download yours today!
Here Are the 3 Best Things To Do in Nashville with Kids
Create at the Martin ArtQuest Gallery
Do you have an artsy kiddo? Part of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Martin ArtQuest Gallery is ideal for blossoming young artists. Even if your child is a beginner in the arts or has never expressed interest in harnessing their creativity, the ArtQuest Gallery is sure to ignite their imagination! This hands-on gallery is more of an art class, just without formal instruction. Instead, kids have access to their own easel and join in learning organically about perspective, color, pattern, and texture. Admission is free for anyone under 18, but adults must pay $10 each.
The best part of visiting is that you’ll also have access to the The Frist Center’s nonprofit exhibition center. The 24,000-square foot center displays some of the finest regional, national, and international pieces of art! Visit the Frist Center for the Visual Arts website for more information regarding parking, hours, and directions.
Discover at the Adventure Science Center
Perhaps one of the most popular things to do with kids in Nashville is spending a day at the Adventure Science Center. Whether your crew consists of smaller children or teens, the possibilities for discovering something exciting here are endless! This enormous, high-tech center features amazing permanent and traveling exhibits, a stunning planetarium, laser shows, and hands-on activities.
At the Sudekum Planetarium, gaze up at a breathtakingly realistic night sky full of 6.5 million stars, or check the Planetarium show schedule and catch an unforgettable visual presentation there. The Adventure Science Center’s exhibits feature interactive displays centered around beekeeping, dinosaurs, light physics, the human body, and so much more. Finally, try an Adventure Science Center activity tailored specifically to your child or teen’s interests and age group. Ready for a real adventure? General admission costs $15.95 for adults/teens and $11.95 for kids 12 and under.
Capitol Mall Bicentennial State Park
Nashville weather is gorgeous year-round, so it makes sense for you and your family to want some fresh air when visiting. The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is one of the best outdoor things to do in Nashville with kids! This public park is a monument dedicated to Tennessee’s long-standing history and natural wonders. Locals and visitors alike love traveling to the Park to walk its 19 acres and enjoy the numerous monuments on-site. Some of the most notable masterpieces here include a World War II memorial and a granite map of the state. On warmer days, kids are even encouraged to play in the park’s 31 “Rivers of Tennessee” Fountains! For this reason, the park is often referred to as the Bicentennial Water Park or Bicentennial Mall Splash Pad.
Stay in a Private Home Big Enough for the Whole Family!
We recommend staying in Downtown Nashville so you can be close to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and all of the other fun things to do in Nashville with kids! Playlist Properties features some of the area’s cleanest, most chic, and most comfortable rentals. All of our properties boast amazing city views, spacious gathering areas, and complete privacy! Plus, save money by cooking and enjoying quality meals together with the help of one of our fully stocked kitchens.
Unfortunately, your little ones don’t stay little forever. If you and your kids are ready to make some memories in Music City, don’t hesitate to start planning your next family vacation. Check our availability, book a vacation rental, then read about more Nashville hidden gems on our blog. We look forward to hosting you soon!