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Family Friendly Attractions in Nashville

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Nashville is a superb city for families. Whether you’re a music-lover wanting to introduce your offspring to the legends of country, or you’re looking for active day trips the whole family can take part in, Nashville can offer it all.


Science and nature


From adventures into deepest, darkest space, to frolics with the animals at Nashville Zoo, Nashville brings science alive in all kinds of ways. Adults may discover things that surprise them too.


Adventure Science Center


A fully interactive center to fire imaginations and spark discoveries, the Adventure Science Center lets visitors explore the inner workings of a live beehive, as well as chase off through space on an extraordinary quest. Kids will be in their element as frontier-crossing explorers.


800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37203. Tel:+1 615 862 5160


Adventure Science Center website
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere


Located in the grounds of Grassmere Historic Home, this is where you can hop aboard the Wilderness Express Train and explore the animal habitats. There are plenty of opportunities for hands-on interaction with the creatures, including petting a kangaroo, or feeding the lorikeets.


3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville TN 37211. Tel:+1 615 833 1534


Nashville Zoo at Grassmere website


Performing arts


There are few better cities to introduce children to the world of performing arts. The Country Music Hall of Fame has a musical instrument "petting zoo" where children can create their own tunes, while the theaters put on special family performances throughout the year. There’s there's this favorite attraction…


Nashville Children’s Theatre


Home to a professional theatre company which specializes in performances for children, this is a great place to spend a rainy day. With big seasonal shows and interactive performances, it’s a delight for audience members of all ages, and children will have lots of opportunities to participate.


25 Middleton Street, Nashville TN 37210. Tel:+1 615 252 4675


Nashville Children’s Theatre website


Outdoor adventure


Get the whole family active on a full-throttle outdoor adventure in the forests and countryside around Nashville. You might find yourself fast outpaced by the kids, but they’ll love showing off on gravity-defying feats in the treetops, or racing you along forest trails.




Unleash your best Tarzan impressions and take to the treetops in this zip-lining, canopy adventure. You’ll need a head for heights, as the course of ropes and beams is up to 85 feet high, but kids 6 and older can take part. Choose from a full aerial trek or a zip-lining experience.


1300 Narrows Road, Kingston Springs TN 37082. Tel:+1 615 297 2250


Adventureworks website


Family dining


You won’t have to take a break from all the fun and entertainment when you dine in Nashville. There are numerous family friendly restaurants here providing much more than just a meal. With games, activities, and even live fish swimming around you, these will be family meals to remember.


Dave and Buster’s


Kids won’t be bored for a second at this entertainment and dining emporium. Between bites of burgers and golden fried chicken, they’ll be darting off to play arcade games or hit the bowling alley. With eat and play combos, you can have hours of family fun here.


540 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville TN 37214. Tel:+1 615 970 3800


Dave and Buster’s website




Ever dreamed of dining under the sea? Both kids and adults will be captivated by this restaurant, where the tables are surrounded by aquariums filled with tropical fish. The food is marine-inspired, and there’s a dedicated kids menu with fun-sounding fishy dishes.


516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville TN 37214. Tel:+1 615 514 3474


Aquarium website