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10 Family Friendly Things To Try In Nashville

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Lonely Planet named Nashville a must-visit destination in 2016. So what did we do? We hit up Nashville, of course, in the first month of 2016. What we found was more than just cowboy boots and honky tonk. We discovered a vibrant, country music-lovin’ city with a bucket load of things to do for families.

1. Mix A Tune At Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Filled with music, costumes and memorabilia, even non-country-music-lovers will enjoy this delve into history.

But best of all the kids will love it too. Especially the Taylor Swift touring bus where they can mix their own tunes and sings their heart out to popular country tracks.

2. Indulge At Goo Goo Cluster

The Goo Goo Cluster is a locally made chocolate, nutty, marshmallow caramel candy bar, and the flagship Goo Goo store is right across the road from the Johnny Cash Museum. Here you can taste free samples and watch the premium gooey goodness being hand-made.

3. Explore History At Fontanel Mansion

The largest log home in the world beckons children since it’s a fully “touchable” attraction. The kids can pick up guitars from their wall mounts to strum and won’t get scolded for sitting on the lavish furniture.

The unique home was lovingly built for country music and TV star Barbara Mandrell by her husband and is well worth the tour.

4. Play At Adventure Science Center

Recognized by The Tennessean’s 2014 Readers Choice Awards as the “Best place to take kids” this edutainment venue is one part indoor playground and one part art/science centre. Let the kids run free through 175 hands-on exhibits – they’ll have so much fun they won’t even realise they’re learning at the same time.

5. Get Creative At The Frist Center For The Visual Arts

What’s better than seeing art? Doing art! The Martin ArtQuest room was the highlight of our visit to the Frist. Multiple stations were thoughtfully designed for the kids to explore art through drawing, painting, sculpting, printing, movie making, block building and more. And better yet, children 18 years and under receive free admission.

6. Eat Lots And Lots Of Sugar At Rocket Fizz Candy Store

You will find plenty of candy and ice-cream shops in Nashville, but this one was a highlight for its vintage candy range and shelves lined with hundreds of varieties of soda.

7. See A Play At Nashville Children’s Theatre

If you aren’t exhausted from your day out then head indoors to America’s oldest professional children’s theatre and watch a professional show guaranteed to tickle your kids with delight. Creative sets, stunning costumes and a well-sharpened script make for a fun night out.

8. Unwind At Centennial Park

This 132-acre park will help you unwind from the day. Let the kids loose to run around, visit the playground, see the old train or weave in and out of the pillars of the famous Parthenon – a full-sized replica of the famous ancient structure in Athens, Greece.

9. Eat BBQ

Nashville is one of the best foodie cities in the US, so you will not go hungry. Try any number of different BBQ joints for ribs or pulled pork, but don’t forget the hot chicken and delightfully warm biscuits (not to be confused with our “biscuits”). Edleys was our favourite!

10. Retail Therapy At Opry Mills

Right beside the famous Grand Ole Opry is the Opry Mills Shopping Mall, complete with aquarium and cinema. If you are looking for a dose of retail therapy, you could convince the husband to take the kids to the aquarium while you shop your heart out.


Erin Bender is an award winning family blogger. Erin has been travelling with her husband and two children since May 2012. It’s an open-ended, unplanned, round-the-world trip discovering amazing places for families. They have stayed in hostels and 5 star luxury resorts, travelled on scooters and cruise liners, danced with leprechauns and cuddled tigers. Nothing is out of bounds or out of reach for this remarkable Australian family.


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