East Tennessee is hot, and when you’re looking for a way to cool down with your family and friends, floating down the river is where it’s at! For me, the River Rat Tubing season pass was a no brainer — because it’s the most convenient way to get on the water without the commitment, logistics, or work of a canoe or kayak. Our entire party of 10 people (including teens and toddlers) had a blast their first time there, and I’ve been tubing with River Rat several times now.
I’m going back to school at 40. I’ve decided to pursue an Associate Degree at a community college. My tuition will be FREE through the Tennessee Reconnect Program. Here’s everything you need to know about tuition-free college in Tennessee!
After spending a couple hours at Arrington Vineyards on a Sunday afternoon, we determined that our next visit will include a picnic basket and blanket. It’s such a relaxing place, you could spend an entire afternoon just lounging around and enjoying the scenery & special events — along with a great bottle of wine (or two) made right on the premises!
One of the best city parks in Franklin TN for kids is Pinkerton Park. It’s located on Highway 96, just past the railroad tracks on the east side of downtown Franklin. See why we think it’s the best for kids, plus photos and fun things to do there.
Here are details and photos of our favorite Natchez Trace hiking trail near Nashville TN. The Old Trace trailhead is located at milemarker 426.3 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Also, a little about ticks & lyme disease here in Tennessee, plus tips for removing ticks from your body (and from your dog!) and how to prevent tick bites in the first place.
Living in Franklin, Tennessee, we see a good deal of celebrities whenever we’re out and about. Here are some of the best places where you are most likely to spot a celebrity in and around Nashville. (We’ve excluded all of the music venues and locations where Nashville celebrities are on hand for a specific function.)
Thanks to Dolly Parton, each of your children can receive free books for kids every single month — from birth to age 5! Here’s how Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library works, how to sign up, and one mom’s review of the free kids books her child has received.
Not into Country music? Here are the best live music venues in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis that cater to non-Country music fans.
Did you know that wherever you are in Tennessee there’s a state park within an hour’s drive?! Good news: ALL Tennessee state parks are now FREE! So, if you haven’t been to one of Tennessee’s state parks in awhile, this is something to add to your Bucket List. See a complete list of Tennessee state parks and which ones are our favorites in Middle Tennessee. Plus other fun things to do in the Nashville area.
We went to Mangia Nashville and have never enjoyed great Italian food and fun times quite like this before. See why Mangia Nashville is one of the locals’ best-kept secrets and a place NOT to be missed!
The Pancake Pantry in Nashville was on my Bucket List for awhile. Now, I’ve been there several times. See why there’s always a line at the Pancake Pantry Nashville – which is one of the Top 3 Pancake Restaurants in America! By the way, there’s a Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg now too.
Mike Wolfe from the History Channel’s American Pickers TV show has an antique store in downtown Nashville, TN. It’s called Antique Archaeology Nashville. (American Pickers Iowa is located in LaClaire, Iowa.) Here’s what the Antique Archeology Nashville store is like.
Looking for fun things to do in Nashville? We’ve compiled a list of all the best things that you absolutely MUST put on your list when you visit Music City – from where to stay, to where to eat, and what to do while you’re here!
My family visited The Parthenon in Nashville mostly because of the movie Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Percy Jackson journeys to The Parthenon in search of a certain object needed to complete his quest/mission. Here’s our review of the Nashville Parthenon, including the giant statue of Athena.
See which neighborhoods have the nicest neighbors & the best Halloween candy. The locals’ favorite spots in Nashville to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Touring the Fontanel mansion is definitely something for your Nashville Bucket List! Here’s how much it costs + my photos showing what the log home is like.
Smokin Thighs expanded from one of the best Nashville food trucks to one of the best restaurants in Nashville. Nothing is fried. Chicken is applewood smoked
Two of the suburbs south of Nashville (Franklin & Brentwood) are getting crowded. That’s why we moved to nearby Spring Hill just 12 miles south of Franklin.
I rode a Segway for the first time thru downtown Nashville and I didn’t crash – or hit anyone! Two-hour Nashville Segway Tours are fun for locals & tourists
I’ve been to Sky High Sports Nashville a few times. Whenever guests are in town – and they have kids – Sky High Nashville is where we go! Here’s why…
Here’s what my first time eating from a Nashville food truck was like, plus tips before you order from food trucks in Nashville.
I frequently ride my bike on a route that takes me past Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s house in Franklin, TN. Actually, there are 6 houses on the property, 4 of which are livable. Here are photos I’ve taken of Tim and Faith’s house through the years.
My 2 boys have always enjoyed playing with vehicles of all shapes and sizes, so I knew they would love a visit to the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, TN. Here is my family’s review of this one-of-a-kind car museum, plus some time- and money-saving tips worth sharing before you go!
The Aquarium Restaurant inside the Opry Mills Mall is an underwater dining adventure that’s hard to pass up! Not to mention the fact that it’s Nashville’s ONLY aquarium. The Aquarium Restaurant is a fun dining adventure for adults and kids alike. Here’s our review.
The Well in Nashville is a coffeehouse with a cause. Everything at The Well Coffeehouse points to giving back… to the local community in Nashville AND the human community worldwide!