Hey there! School's out, summer is in full swing, and it's the perfect time to dive into the beauty of the great outdoors. Whether you're a Nashville local or planning a trip to Middle Tennessee, I've got some fantastic spots on today's episode that will enchant both you and the kids. So, grab your picnic basket, slather on that sunscreen, and let's explore Music City!

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1. Centennial Park & The Parthenon: A Day Filled with Picnics and Ancient Wonders

First up, we’ve got Centennial Park right in the heart of Nashville. This spot is not just a lush green space but also home to a full-scale replica of the Parthenon! Yes, you read that right—a touch of Greece right in Tennessee. Perfect for family picnics, playtime in the expansive playgrounds, and leisurely strolls down scenic trails.

Inside the Parthenon, prepare to be awestruck by the towering statue of Athena. If your kiddos are into movies, they might recognize this from "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief." And a tip from one mom to another, check out the park's Big Band Dances—free dance lessons, live swing and jazz music, and food trucks? Yes, please! These events are every Saturday in June and August. So, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a magical evening with the family. Learn more HERE.

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2. Cheekwood Estate & Gardens: Step into a Storybook

Ah, Cheekwood! This place is like stepping into a fairytale. With 55 acres of botanical gardens, whimsical sculptures, and a children's garden complete with a functioning model train, what’s not to love? The seasonal displays are a feast for the eyes, especially during Cheekwood Harvest in the fall and Holiday LIGHTS in the winter.

Take a stroll through the picturesque Japanese Garden, explore interactive exhibits, or immerse yourself in the art exhibitions inside the historic mansion. Your visit will be as educational as it is enchanting. History buffs will appreciate that Cheekwood was the home of the family who invested in Maxwell House Coffee. So much to see, so much to learn! Get more info HERE.

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3. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere: Wild Adventures Await

Off we go on a wild adventure at the Nashville Zoo! Spread over 188 acres, this place is a hit for animal lovers of all ages. From tigers and giraffes to kangaroos you can actually pet (yes, you heard me right!), it's a thrilling journey into the animal kingdom.

Don't miss the jungle gym, one of the largest community-built playgrounds in the country. Fair warning—keep a close eye on the little ones because this place is massive and oh-so-fun. Plus, there's a taste of history with the 19th-century Grassmere Farm for a blend of education and entertainment. It’s a day packed with excitement, learning, and loads of giggles. Learn more HERE.

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4. Adventure Science Center: Indoor Fun When the Weather Isn’t Cooperating

Rain or shine, Adventure Science Center is a must-visit! This place takes learning to a whole new level with interactive exhibits on topics ranging from space exploration to biology. Let your kiddos unleash their inner scientists at the Tinker Lab, where they can build, experiment, and solve problems through creativity.
The planetarium shows are bound to spark a fascination with the universe. It's the go-to spot when you need an engaging escape from unpredictable weather. Who says learning can’t be fun? Learn more HERE.

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5. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: A Cool Cultural Oasis

If the summer heat is too much to handle, why not beat the heat at the Country Music Hall of Fame? This is a cultural treat where kids and adults alike can dive into the history of country music. Create your own album cover, explore interactive sound stations, and marvel at the impressive collection of artifacts from country music legends.

Don’t forget to check out the family programs and workshops—they’re both informative and entertaining. The museum offers such a rich experience that you and your little ones will be singing its praises long after the visit. Learn more HERE.

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☀️ Want more family-friendly outdoor fun ideas in Nashville? Keep reading!👇🏻

Dyer Observatory
Nestled amidst lush greenery, this astronomical observatory offers a unique blend of education and adventure for all ages. Families can enjoy stargazing nights, where the observatory's powerful telescopes bring the mysteries of the universe into stunning focus. The serene setting provides a perfect backdrop for picnics and leisurely strolls, making it a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Mill Ridge Park
This expansive park offers a wide array of activities for families to enjoy. With its scenic trails, open fields, and picturesque picnic spots, Mill Ridge Park provides a beautiful backdrop for hiking, playing sports, or simply relaxing in nature. The park's well-maintained playgrounds keep kids entertained, while the serene environment allows parents to unwind. Additionally, the park hosts various community events and programs throughout the year, enhancing its appeal as a family-friendly destination. Whether you're looking to explore nature, enjoy a family picnic, or participate in local events, Mill Ridge Park is a top spot for creating wonderful outdoor memories in Nashville.

Nashville Shores
This premier waterpark and adventure park offers a thrilling escape with a wide range of activities for all ages. Families can enjoy splashing around in the wave pool, zooming down exhilarating waterslides, or floating lazily along the relaxing lazy river. For those seeking more adventure, the Treetop Adventure Park provides zip lines and aerial challenges that will excite and engage everyone. Nashville Shores also features beautiful lakeside views, picnic areas, and seasonal events, making it the perfect destination for a full day of fun and relaxation.

Warner Park Nature Center
Nestled within the expansive Warner Parks, this nature center offers an immersive experience with its interactive exhibits, educational programs, and miles of scenic hiking trails. Families can explore the beautiful woodlands, observe wildlife, and participate in hands-on activities that teach about local ecosystems and conservation. The center also hosts guided nature walks, bird-watching events, and seasonal festivities, ensuring there's always something new to discover.

There you have it, friends! These are some of my favorite family-friendly outdoor (and a couple of cool indoor) spots in Nashville that promise to help you create some unforgettable memories.

Please let me know if you make it out to any of these spots! Happy exploring!

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