Spring has descended upon Nashville, and that means that trees are in full bloom, the weather is balmy, and the days are longer. Those with families have many more options to get out of the house after school and on the weekends. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite activities for families this season below. (Are we missing anything? Let us know in the comments below.)
Admire the Flora at Cheekwood
Cheekwood always has a spectacular garden, but spring is by far the best time of year to see it. Touring the grounds will yield views of colorful tulips and other spring flowers. Cheekwood in bloom runs through mid-April. There is also a dog-friendly event (Dogs & Dogwoods) on April 21 for those with fur babies.
Catch a Nashville Sounds Game at First Tennessee Park
The Nashville Sounds have kicked off their 2018 season and tickets are always affordable. There’s also a mini golf course at the park! The bar tends to be packed at the stadium, so check our nearby restaurants Von Elrods or Geist for dinner & drinks before or after the game.
Attend a Festival
Nashville has no shortage of fun festivals that cater to every hobby. Some upcoming family-friendly festivals include Family Fun Day at Cedar Creek Farm (April 7), Edgehill Rocks (April 7), Dog’s Day at The Hermitage (April 14), or one of the many upcoming Earth Day festivals.
Take a Day Trip to Franklin
This picturesque town is a great mini-getaway from the city for the day. Walk through town to window-shop and grab a bite to eat (or some ice cream).
Go To The Zoo
The Zoo at Grassmere is the perfect place for families. Members admission, parking, and children under 2 are always free, and the zoo offers stroller rental to make travel easier. Take the opportunity to meet some elephants, giraffes, kangaroos, and their new clouded leopard cub.
Walk & Learn at Bicentennial
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park features great plaques covering the expanse of Nashville’s history, all the way back to 10,000 B.C.! Take a walk around the perimeter of the loop to read everything, and come across some surprises (fountains, statues, an amphitheater, and more) along the way.
Learn at the Adventure Science Center
This center is always a good option for kids & parents to be entertained for hours. Exhibits this season include Math Moves and Math Inspires Art with a Rubik’s Cube exhibit coming June 2.
Run with KiDS ROCK
This 1-mile fun run on April 29 is part of the Rock N Roll Marathon series that same weekend downtown. Whether you’re running the half or full marathon or cheering someone on the sidelines, the fun run is a great way to get kids active (and tire them out for one day).