101 Family Day Trips from Nashville | Kids Out and About Nashville

101 Family Day Trips from Nashville


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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Nashville. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Get Wild on a Hike

  Beaman Park and Nature Center
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Old Stone Fort State Park
Rock Island State Park
Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail
Long Hunter State Park


Time Travel Today

  Battle of Franlin Trust
Fort Negley
Dunbar Cave State Park
Museum of Appalachia
Casey Jones Village
Shiloh National Military Park
Constitution Village


Make Life a Beach

  Anderson Road Recreation Area at Percy Priest Lake
Cook Day Use Area at Percy Priest Lake
Old Hickory Lake
Cheatham Lake
Paris Landing State Park


Splash into Some Water Fun

  Beach Bend Park and Splash Lagoon
Nashville Shores
Boro Beach
Tie Breaker Family Aquatics Center


Spend the Day at a Museum

  The Hermitage
aMuse'um: The Columbia Children's Museum
American Museum of Science and Energy


Explore These Cities

Huntsville, AL
Louisville, KY
Bowling Green, KY


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  U.S.Space and Rocket Museum
International Towing Museum
Casey Jones Museum
Music City Raceway
TN Central Railway Museum
General Jackson Showboat


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Lucky Ladd Farm
Three Creeks Farm
Hatcher Family Farm
Stoney Creek Farm
Bottom View Farm


Play Ball!

  TN Sports Hall of Fame
Nashville Sounds
TN Association of Vintage Baseball
Nashville Predators
Soccer Shots
Bellevue Steelers Football and Cheerleading


Treat Yo' Self

  Mikes Ice Cream
Las Paletas
Pied Piper Creamery
Legato Gelato
The Soda Parlor
Bobie's Dairy Dip
Elliston Place Soda Shop
Savannah's Candy Kitchen
Bradley's Creamery (visit their site to find where they are today!)
Bravo Gelato
Nucci's Gelato


Connect with Nature

  Arbortrek Treetop Obstacle Course
Cyprus Grove Nature Park
Nashville Paddle Company
Lookout Mountain
Natchez Trace Stables
Cumberland River Cruises
Lost Sea Adventure


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Lake Winnie Amusement Park
Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay
Holiday World and Splashin Safari
Southern Adventures
Alabama Splash Adventure
Wilderness at the Smokies


Talk to the Animals

  Nashville Zoo
Petting Zoo at Lucky Ladd Farms
Chattanooga Zoo
Knoxville Zoo
Memphis Zoo


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Cummins Falls State Park
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Twin Falls at Rock Island State Park
Burgess Falls State Park
Machine Falls at Short Springs Natural Area
Benton Falls in Cherokee National Forest
Foster Falls at South Cumberland State Park (Sequatchie)


Get Active Indoors 

  Hendersonville Strike and Spare
Jackson Bowling and Skating Family Fun Center
Holder Family Fun Center
Centennial Sportsplex
Skyzone Franklin


Challenge Yourself

  The Ascent
The Escape Game
Faithful Strokes Painting 
  Nashville Chess Center
  Nashville Improve




Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from Nashville. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away