Nashville has recently been chosen by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the most attractive cities in the United States to visit. Music City is such a diverse place, with activities that fit everyone’s tastes and expectations. When it comes to fun and healthy family activities, nothing beats it! Isabel Perez Pedreira (pictured, left) reports on places you can visit to make the most of your days off and Summer vacations:
1. Nashville Greenways
Nashville Greenways offers over 190 miles of trails in Davidson County, which include over 80 miles of paved greenway trails perfect for walking, hiking, mountain biking and even horseback riding! Open year-round, the Greenways are the perfect place to visit with your family and enjoy a great day outdoors. Plus, they’re completely free! To learn more about this amazing attraction, visit: www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Greenways-and-Trails
2. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Art Museum
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the Cheek estate. It was originally built in 1929 as the home of Leslie and Mabel Cheek, and was converted in 1960 into a museum of art and botanical garden. Since then, Cheekwood has created world-class exhibitions, incredible gardens and a historic estate like nothing else. Tickets are $20 for adults and $13 for children over three. Plan your visit here:
Adventureworks offers challenging adventures in two different Tennessee locations, only 20 and 45 minutes from downtown Nashville. Experience a thrilling zipline tour nestled in an old growth forest, or challenge yourself on the aerial adventure course high in the trees (cargo nets, swinging bridges, hanging vines) at the Nashville west location. For groups, Adventureworks will custom design indoor or outdoor team building experiences that focus on your own particular goals, so don’t hesitate to contact them! Tickets are $59 for adults and $49 for youth.
4. Nashville Paddle Company
Nashville Paddle Company offers short-term and long-term paddle board rentals, recreational how-to classes, intermediate technique instruction, endurance race training, PaddleFit and Fitness Onboard workout sessions, moonlight paddles and picking parties, team building events, bachelorette parties, fun group outings and lots of SUP yoga classes. Their focus is affordable paddleboard and kayak rentals and classes so that everyone can safely share the experience with friends and family. But this is not all—Nashville Paddle Company donates a part of their profits to local watershed organizations. They’re only open during the summer season, so check availability before you go! Rentals start at $20, and lessons at $40. www.nashvillepaddle.com
5. Team Green Adventures
Team Green Adventures is an outdoor adventure group created by Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio Station, to engage everyone in an active, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle! The group holds different events all year long, most of them starting at $5, so make sure to check their calendar to be in on all the fun!
6. Nashville Public Library’s Musical Petting Zoo
The Musical Petting Zoo is the perfect place to go with your family on a rainy day. Not only is it a great public library where you will find all kinds of books, magazines and things to do, but they also feature a Musical Petting Zoo that allows guests of all ages the chance to play different instruments, with help from instructors. Learn more about this amazing idea on their webpage: www.countrymusichalloffame.org/calendar/event/community-outreach-musical-petting-zoo-at-the-
7. Nashville’s Children’s Theatre
The Nashville’s Children’s Theatre (NCT) was founded in 1931. It provides many different plays for kids and families by professional adult actors, and has year-round drama classes for youngsters. NCT has been ranked as one of the top five Children’s theaters in the U.S. by TIME magazine, and it’s free. So don’t miss this opportunity right at your doorstep! www.nashvillect.org
8. The Escape Game
The Escape Game is one of Nashville’s newest adventures, and, they claim, the United States ‘premier interactive escape room experience.’ It is a real life adventure game designed for groups of between two and eight people. There is one simple goal: everyone must work together as a team, testing their knowledge and skills, to escape from a locked room in under one hour. The goal might be clear and simple, but the game is challenging. There are two different locations in Nashville. For pricing and availability, check out their webpage. (Pricing varies at their different locations) www.nashvilleescapegame.com
9. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
The Home of the People’s President is a historical plantation and museum located in Davidson County, Tennessee, just 10 miles east of downtown Nashville. The plantation was owned by Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, from 1804 until his death at the Hermitage in 1845. Jackson only lived at the property occasionally until he retired from public life in 1837. It is for these reasons that The Hermitage has become a National Historic Landmark. With great historical content and beautiful landscapes, The Hermitage is the perfect place for a day-long family getaway. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, and they also offer discounts to students, seniors and veterans. Use their online resources to plan your visit: www.thehermitage.com
10. Nashville Zoo at Grasmere
The Nashville Zoo offers a variety of animals thriving in natural outdoor habitats, and gives customers the chance of experiencing up-close encounters with clouded leopards, red pandas, giraffes and so much more. The Zoo also takes pride in owning the city’s biggest playground, and having plenty of indoor meeting space as well as outdoor areas, making it a great place for the entire family to visit. Tickets are $10 for children and $16 for adults. www.nashvillezoo.org
11. Rock Island State Park
Located in Rock Island, Tennessee, Rock Island State Park (see front cover picture) is an 883-acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The park features the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim. Great Falls is a 30-foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. Rock Island became a Tennessee State Park in 1969. With campgrounds and cabins available for rent, Rock Island State Park is an amazing place for a family getaway. Cabin rental starts at $135, and you can set your tent on their campground for $20. To learn more about Rock Island State Park:
www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/rock-island Tel: 1.800.713.6065
What do you think about these places? Have you already visited any of these? If so, how was your experience? Tell us on our Facebook page, and if you’ve found other great places to visit, tell us about them: Middle TN Health & Wellness Magazine.