Top 20 Places to Take Kids In and Around Nashville
Nashville's favorite places to take kids for 2016
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. 2016'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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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.
Holder Family Fun Center
Holder Family Fun Center boasts Middle Tennessee’s largest and most outrageous collection of indoor rides, games, attractions, arcade games and the area’s most modern bowling facilities. Learn more about our attractions in our Gallatin and Hendersonville Fun Centers. 460 W. Main St. in Hendersonville and 683 South Water Ave. in Gallatin. Visit us online for more information.
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!
Springhouse Theatre Company
Springhouse Theatre Company has been blessed with people who have genuine theatre credentials we take our theatre seriously. We strive to do high quality productions that will appeal to the secularist as well as the believer.
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.
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!
Chuck E. Cheese's
Where A Kid Can Be A Kid! Have a blast with food, games and prizes for the whole family. Chuck E. Cheese's features games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages will love.
Relax by the pool, swim, dive, play games and listen to music at the Sports*Com Boro Beach.
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.
Dave & Buster's
Choose your fun! The one and only place you can enjoy great food and drink, play hundreds of awesome arcade games, and watch your favorite teams on tv.
Fort Negley Visitors Center and Park
The Fort Negley Visitors Center is a historical education and outdoor recreation center of the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation. Fort Negley is a place where people and history come together. It is a place to learn that we are a part of history and not apart from it.
For more than 130 years, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee has been guided by its Christian mission and values to strengthen the foundations of our community and nurture the potential of the men, women and children who call the greater Nashville area home
Nashville Children's Theatre
Nashville Children’s Theatre produces professional productions for family audiences and year-round drama camps and classes for youth age 3 – 17. Founded on the belief that a cultural heritage is the right of ALL children, NCT is celebrating its 84th year of providing the children, families and educators of Middle Tennessee with extraordinary shared theatrical experiences that inspire imagination, develop creativity, and build community.
Bottom View Farm
400 Acres for you and your family to enjoy! Year round events, ziplines, Restaurant & Ice Cream, Fresh Berries & Fruit, Fishing Pond, Birthday Parties, and a Western town. Strawberries April-June, blueberries/ blackberries July, apples July-August.
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!
Greenways of Nashville
Greenways are linear parks and trails that connect neighborhoods to schools, shopping areas, downtown, offices, recreation areas, open spaces and other points of activity.
Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation
The Sam Davis Memorial Association preserves the Sam Davis Home to keep alive the story of Sam Davis, his family, and the people who labored on this Middle Tennessee farm before, during, and after the Civil War.
Bounce U has two local locations in the Nashville area: Bounce U - Nashville and Bounce U - Murfreesboro. With awesome bounce stadiums and easy planning, BounceU of Nashville is perfect for kids’ birthday parties, team fundraising, & more!
Honeysuckle Hill Farm
Honeysuckle Hill Farm offers plenty of outdoor recreational activities to delight visitors of all ages. We offer a number of seasonal attractions all year long. Corn maze, pumpkin picking, haunted attractions, zip line and more!
Lyon Family Farm and Corn Maze
From our special events, to pumpkin picking season in the fall, your family will have a great time at the Lyon Family Farm. It's family entertainment, country style.
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 INSIDEHolder Family Fun Center
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 GolfHolder Family Fun Center
Favorite Arts EducationNashville Children's Theatre