June is Great Outdoors Month, so we're celebrating all month long with some fab family-friendly outdoor spots in Murfreesboro, just a stone's throw from Nashville.

Whether you're a local like me or planning a visit, there's a treasure trove of fun in and around Music City waiting to be unearthed. Let's dive into some of my favorite spots where family fun meets the great outdoors! [Listen to the episode in full HERE!]

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1. The Discovery Center

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First on the list is The Discovery Center—a haven for curious little minds! This interactive museum is a playground for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). We’re talking unique exhibits, a fantastic water play area, an inspiring art area, and even a giant slide my daughter simply adores! Oh, and don't miss the outdoor Murfree Spring Wetland for a closer look at local wildlife.

Why I love it: Ever-changing exhibits like the Paw Patrol-themed holiday displays mean there’s always something new to explore. Trust me, your kids will be hooked, and who knows, you might find yourself engrossed in the fun too! Learn more HERE!

2. The Gentle Barn

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A short drive away in Christiana, TN, is the Gentle Barn—a real sanctuary for rescued farm animals. It’s not just an outing; it's an experience packed with life lessons about compassion and animal welfare. Get up close with cows, pigs, horses, and goats, each with its own touching rescue story. Activities like feeding and grooming these gentle creatures will warm your heart and teach your kiddos kindness toward all living beings.

Why I love it: Beyond the furry friends, the guided tours and hands-on experiences make this place unforgettable. It’s perfect for bonding time and fostering empathy in young hearts. Learn more HERE!

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3. Earth Experience Museum of Natural History

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When Mother Nature unleashes her unpredictable weather (hello, intense summer heat or rainstorms!), head to the Earth Experience Museum of Natural History. From dinosaur bones to gemstones, this museum is a journey through time that captivates both young and old. Interactive exhibits allow kids to engage with paleontology and geology in ways that are as fun as they are educational.

Why I love it: The staff is super knowledgeable and friendly, making every visit an immersive learning adventure. It’s an awesome way to spark your child’s interest in science! Check it out HERE!

4. Go USA Fun Park

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Need a burst of adrenaline? Check out Go USA Fun Park! This place is the epitome of family fun, offering go-kart racing, mini golf, batting cages, and a lively indoor arcade. Whether you're zooming around the track or navigating through a mini golf course complete with castles and windmills, there’s something for everyone.

Why I love it: It’s an exciting mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Plus, it’s fantastic for family bonding time. Watch those precious family memories come to life as you and your little ones laugh, play, and maybe even get a bit competitive! Get more info HERE.

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5. Oaklands Mansion

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Immerse your family in history at Oaklands Mansion. This antebellum mansion dating back to the early 1800s tells the rich story of the Maney family and the home's role in the Civil War. The expansive grounds are perfect for picnics and leisurely strolls, while the beautifully preserved rooms offer a glimpse into 19th-century life.

Why I love it: It’s a unique blend of education and nature. The grounds make an idyllic backdrop for family photos, and the tours are both fascinating and family-friendly. Learn more HERE.

6. Old Fort Park

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Nestled in the heart of Murfreesboro, Old Fort Park is fun destination offering outdoor recreation and a big playground for children of all ages. Families can explore the park's scenic walking trails, enjoy a picnic in one of the well-maintained pavilions, or let the kids burn off energy at the expansive playground. The park also features sports fields and the historic Fort Rosencrans, providing educational opportunities alongside fun.

Why I love it: With its beautiful green spaces and amenities, Old Fort Park promises a memorable day out for families seeking both adventure and relaxation. Get more info HERE!

7. Climb Murfreesboro

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Climb Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, TN, is a great option for family-friendly rainy day fun, offering an exciting and energetic indoor activity that keeps everyone engaged. This state-of-the-art climbing facility provides a variety of climbing walls and challenges suitable for all ages and skill levels, making it an excellent choice for families looking to stay active and adventurous, even when the weather doesn't cooperate. Kids and parents alike can test their climbing skills, improve their strength and agility, and experience the thrill of reaching new heights in a safe and supportive environment. The facility also offers specialized classes and programs, ensuring that climbers of all abilities can enjoy a rewarding and fun experience.

Why I love it: With its vibrant atmosphere and diverse climbing options, Climb Murfreesboro transforms any gloomy (or hot!) day into an unforgettable adventure for the whole family. Learn more HERE!

What's on your list for outdoor fun in Murfreesboro? What’s your favorite outdoor activity with the family?

Each of these spots offers something special, ensuring your family’s time in Murfreesboro is packed with unforgettable memories. If you've got a favorite family destination in or around Murfreesboro, drop it in the comments below.

Let’s create a treasure map of fun together! 🌟

Until next time,

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