Top 20 Places to Take Kids In and Around Nashville
Nashville's favorite places to take kids for 2017
There are literally hundreds of wonderful places to take your kids in greater Nashville! Each year, we survey Nashville parents to find out where they love to take their kids. 2017's results are below. And make sure to sign up for our fantastic FREE weekly newsletter with dozens of ideas each week for local stuff to do with kids, many of them free.
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Lucky Ladd Farms
The Ladd Family is excited to provide a wholesome source of family entertainment for thousands of visitors each year with more than 60 acres & 70 exciting activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, playgrounds, hay rides and more!
Adventure Science Center
Igniting curiosity and inspiring the lifelong discovery of science. The Science Center also houses the Sudekum Planetarium, offering world-class programs on astronomy and other sciences on a 63-foot dome.
Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year.
Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary
Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary is a non-profit organization located in Brentwood. We are dedicated to a mission of education, conservation, and restoration. We offer many programs and events throughout the year.
Warner Park Nature Center
The Nature Center is a place where people and nature come together. We serve as a jump-off point for exploring the 2,684 acres of Nashville's Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Parks. We provide natural history and education reference for individuals and groups. We promote and serve as a resource for organic gardening and native plant landscaping. We offer a wide range of environmental education programs, school field trips, educator training workshops, outdoor recreation programs and other special activities for people of all ages.
Centennial Park is one of Nashville's premier parks. Located on West End and 25th Avenue North, the 132-acre features: the iconic Parthenon, a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center, a beautiful sunken garden, a band shell, an events shelter, sand volleyball courts, dog park, and an exercise trail.
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on museum and nature center that inspires exploration, enhances learning, and builds confidence through diverse programs and exhibits.
Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center
We are a family owned event rental company and a indoor inflatable play center. We specialize in hosting private parties in the indoor play center. We also specialize in event rental services. We can coordinate weddings, corporate and social events. We have any rental item of your liking for your next event or special day.
Come see for yourself why visitors like you rate the Tennessee Aquarium the best aquarium in America for overall guest satisfaction. Enjoy a remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea as you explore above and below the surface in the Aquarium’s two buildings. Discount ticket packages with the Aquarium's IMAX 3D Theater and River Gorge Explorer make your travel plans easy and affordable.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
Each year, Cheekwood welcomes over 250,000 annual visitors, making it one of the city’s top cultural attractions, with approximately 13,000 member households. Visitors enjoy family activities, programming for all ages and year-round festivals celebrating the four seasons. From 150,000 blooming bulbs in the spring to one million holiday lights in the winter, there’s always something to see at Cheekwood.
Musicians Corner is a central point in Nashville's Centennial Park, free and open to all, where Music City gathers to perform and enjoy its music. Music in all forms. Music that entertains us, build bridges within our community, welcomes our visitors and connects us with the world.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing arts.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
19-acre park where you can experience many facets of Tennessee’s history including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains.
Monkey Joe's has two local locations in the Nashville area: Monkey Joe's - Rivergate and Monkey Joe's - Cool Springs. We are your main location for fun, bouncing, sliding and jumping for kids!
National Hockey League, Western Conference, Central Division
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The mission of the Frist Center is to present and originate high quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. The vision is to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. Families can enjoy thirty hands-on stations in the colorful, interactive Martin ArtQuest Gallery!
Historic Mansker's Station
Historic Mansker's Station consists of a reproduction 1779 log station and the Bowen Plantation House, said the be the longest standing brick structure in Middle Tennessee. Tours of both sites are conducted Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm, closed from 12:00-1:00pm
Brentwood Skate Center
We offer beginner Sk8's for those youngsters in your life, 8-years old and younger !! Every Saturday morning, 9:30 - 11:00 - Games and prizes !! And one unbeatable way to introduce your youngster to sound aerobic exercise guaranteed to promote self esteem, balance, and dexterity.
Grand Ole Opry
Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry, an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee’s number-one attraction, is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages.
Originally built as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892 by Captain Tom G. Ryman, this National Historic Landmark and Mother Church of Country Music is a Nashville icon. Most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman is open for tours during the day and hosts concerts and events at night.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in several categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDEChuck E Cheese
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDENashville Zoo
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumAdventure Science Center
Favorite Performing ArtsNashville Children's Theatre
Favorite Kid-Friendly FarmLucky Ladd Farms
Favorite Nature CenterCheekwood Botanical Garden
Favorite Sports TeamNashville Predators
Favorite Miniature GolfGrand Old Golf & GoKarts
Favorite Arts EducationNashville Children's Theatre
Favorite Sports EducationTennessee Association of Vintage Baseball