Welcome back to another episode of Secret Mom Hacks!

June was Great Outdoors Month, so today's episode wraps a three-part series of some of my favorite kid-friendly outdoor destinations in Middle Tennessee.

If you're anything like me, you're on the hunt for outdoor adventures that'll keep the whole family entertained. Hint: Franklin, TN has it all, from rich history to modern-day adventures. I've got some especially exciting tidbits perfect for planning your next family trip. Tune-in now HERE.

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So, load up your crew. Make sure you've got plenty of water and sunscreen! And let’s head out for some fun in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Gentry Farm: A Step Back in Time 🌾

First stop: Gentry Farm. This spot is a true hidden gem, blending the best of farm life with fun and educational activities. Did you know this farm's been part of the Franklin community for over 165 years? Wow! Whether you’re exploring the pumpkin patches in the fall, getting lost in corn mazes, or simply enjoying a peaceful hayride, it’s a place where you can really soak in the traditions of farm life. Trust me, your kids will be talking about the farm for ages!

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Harlinsdale Farm: A Historical Playground 🚶‍♀️

Next, we have Harlinsdale Farm. Imagine 200 acres of history combined with beautiful trails, picnic spots, and a picturesque lake. It's not just a walk in the park—literally—this place has deep roots in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and even features the only public arena polo facility in Tennessee. So, if you’re in town on July 26, catch the State Challenge Cup for a super fun Battle of the Bourbons (Tennessee vs. Kentucky) or the International Cup on August 16!

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Photo Credit: Jae S. Lee / The Tennessean

For History Buffs: Three Must-Visit Locations 🕰️

Franklin is a paradise for history lovers, especially with its Civil War ties. Here are three sites that blend outdoor fun with a journey back in time:

  1. The Carter House: Step into a house built in 1830 that was the heart of the Battle of Franklin. The bullet holes in the walls? They’re a chilling reminder of the past.
  2. Carnton Plantation: Another Civil War staple, this site was a field hospital and now offers tours that evoke the period vividly. You’ll see everything from bloodstains on the floors to historic artifacts that make history come alive.
  3. The Lotz House: Right across from the Carter House, this charming home turned hospital during the Civil War is filled with original furnishings and tells a uniquely personal story of resilience.
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The Factory at Franklin: Creativity Meets Fun! 🎨

For a more modern twist, visit The Factory at Franklin. Originally a stove manufacturing plant dating back to 1929, it's now a bustling hub of shops, eateries, and entertainment. Whether you’re browsing artisan goods, enjoying live music, or joining an interactive workshop, it’s the perfect spot for a family day out. Make sure you schedule your visit around one of their frequent farmers markets or seasonal events for even more fun!

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SOAR Adventure Tower: Reach New Heights of Family Fun 🦋

This unique attraction offers four levels of exhilarating challenges and activities designed to engage and thrill visitors of all ages. From rope courses and climbing walls to ziplines, SOAR Adventure Tower provides a safe yet adventurous environment where families can bond over shared experiences and push their limits together. With options for both beginners and seasoned adventurers, it's a perfect destination for creating lasting memories. Plus, its beautiful setting and well-maintained facilities ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit for everyone. Whether you're seeking a weekend getaway or a special outing, SOAR Adventure Tower is an ideal spot to get the whole family moving and having fun.

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Franklin On Foot: Discover Franklin's Hidden Gems 👣

These guided tours offer an exciting blend of historical insights, intriguing ghost stories, and vibrant local tales, all while strolling through the charming streets of Franklin. Kids and parents alike will enjoy discovering the stories behind historic landmarks, hearing about the Civil War's impact on the town, and learning fun facts about Franklin's famous residents. With a variety of themed tours, including ghost walks and food tours, there’s something to captivate every member of the family, making it an unforgettable outing for all ages.

I hope you've enjoyed this guide for making the most of the great outdoors in Franklin, TN.

Tune-in to the full episode to hear why I recommend these spots.

Whether you're planning a trip or just daydreaming about places to explore, I hope this rundown of my favorite family-friendly in Franklin fills you with inspiration and a sense of adventure.

What's on your list for outdoor fun in Franklin, TN? Do you have a favorite outdoor destination with family?

If you've got a favorite family spot in or around Middle Tennessee, drop it in the comments below.

Till next time, you've got this! 🌟


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