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!
Fun Things To Do
Visiting Nashville for the first time? We think it's a great place to visit... and live! Here, local residents share their favorite things to see & do that are worthy of being on your Nashville bucket list -- plus Nashville road trip ideas & day trips to surrounding areas. See activities the entire family will enjoy: museums, water parks, bicycle & segway tours, drive-in movie theaters, tips for visiting many of the area's parks (local parks, dog parks & state parks) -- even fun things to do on a rainy day. Plus, fun activities just for adults: Nashville nightlife, the downtown bars, popular music venues, where to eat, our favorite small (but quaint) live music places that are off the beaten path, and fun tours you should take when you're here -- even if you're not into music!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
Here are 6 things you should know before you go to the CMA Country Christmas show taping in Nashville.
Looking for the best Nashville skatepark? Then you have to go to Two Rivers Skatepark! It’s on the same property as Wave Country water park. Here’s our family’s review of the skatepark.
We already have a favorite dog park in Franklin… it’s Maggie’s Bark Park. Our second favorite is Warner Dog Park.But still, I was excited when I heard there was another new dog park in town! It’s called the K9 Korral Dog Park at Harlinsdale Farm. So the dog and I both jumped in the car and we went to check it out…
Planning a car trip to or from Nashville soon? Regardless of where you’re headed, here are 6 things you must do before you hit the road!
The Frist Center in Nashville is not your typical art museum. Not only are there traditional visual arts galleries, but there are also hands-on family-friendly interactive areas that your kids will enjoy. Here’s what our recent trip to The Frist Center was like with two 9-year-old boys.
I’m from Florida. I’m a water park enthusiast. While Nashville isn’t exactly known for its water parks, Nashville Shores is a really awesome place to have fun and stay cool! Here’s a mom’s review of Nashville Shores water park.
Here are a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities that kids of all ages would enjoy in Nashville. I have done quite a few of these activities with my kids, but not all of them… yet! We have only lived in Nashville for 2 years. We plan on doing some of these ourselves in the next few weeks.
If you’re going to Nashville for the nightlife and live music, then a pub crawl on Broadway must be on your To Do list! You don’t have to like Country music – there’s plenty of live entertainment to suit everyone’s tastes. Here are some ideas for doing your own Nashville pub crawl.
Sixth Avenue Skatepark is located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. This skate park has both indoor and outdoor skating areas, but it’s best known for its indoor facility. If you have skateboard, scooter, or BMX enthusiasts then you’ll want to check out this skatepark!
I’ve always enjoyed bike riding in Nashville, TN. It’s a bike-friendly city. Setting out on a bicycle can open up a whole new perspective on Music City USA.
I had seen many pictures of the Opryland Hotel and it looks breathtaking just from the photos, but nothing beats seeing this hotel in person! Here are 3 things you absolutely must see when visiting the Opryland Hotel, plus some tips before you go.
An RV vacation through Tennessee must include a tour of the Nashville and Franklin area! Here are some tips for planning an exciting Nashville RV adventure in your own RV or in a rental RV.
Here are photos from the very first Stories Behind The Songs show at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, TN. Chris Blair is definitely onto something with this type of show. I know we’ll definitely be back to hear more stories behind the songs at The Listening Room Cafe. You never know WHO you’re gonna see there!
Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, Tennessee isn’t your average everyday farm. And it’s not a dairy farm. It’s an agricultural farm that specializes in educating children about all areas of farm life. A trip to Honeysuckle Hill Farm is filled with LOTS of good, clean fun for kids of all ages!
I highly recommend making your way to Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park as soon as you get a chance. There are so many reasons to visit this beautiful park, but here are my top 5, plus some things that are good to know before you go!
Do you enjoy learning about Nashville history? If so, then a self-guided tour of Fort Nashborough is highly recommended. It’s a great opportunity to learn about Nashville’s early history and tour log cabins which depict what things were like back then.
I love parks. My kids love parks. So we thought we would explore a little bit of Nashville’s beautiful Centennial Park the other day. There is so much to see and do there! Here’s a little about our first time visiting Nashville’s Centennial Park.
The Adventure Science Center in Nashville will not only keep you nice & cool in the summer heat, but it will teach your kids (and you) about science in fun & interesting ways.
Beech Bend Park has the feel of a state fair, amusement park and water park all rolled into one sweet package and tucked away in the beautiful country side of Bowling Green, Kentucky. This park boasts thrill rides, family rides, kiddie rides, a new addition to their Splash Lagoon water park, and a convenient campground.
Jim and I hopped in the motorhome and headed from Nashville toward the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We had a blast! We made it a 4-day mini vacation — visiting 1 or 2 distilleries each day, then camping someplace in between the distillery locations each night. Here’s what the bourbon tours were like.
We rented a cabin at Brothers Cove in Sevierville, Tennessee. There were 8 of us — including 2 children. If you’re looking for some really nice and affordable Pigeon Forge cabin rentals, then Brothers Cove is definitely worth considering! Here’s why…
We went to the Higgins Moonlite Drive-In for the first time. It’s located in Woodbury, Tennessee — just east of Murfreesboro. Here’s our review of the Moonlite Drive-in, including pictures!
The Franklin Main Street Brew Fest in downtown Franklin, TN is a chance to experience music, food, and beer — over 40 varieties — in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The event takes you on a tour of Main Street as you go from shop to shop, sampling beers. If beer isn’t your thing, you should go for the music, food, and atmosphere that the celebration creates!
Every time you drive down Columbia Avenue in Franklin, Tennessee you are passing a story that played out in 1864. Here are little-known facts and details about the Battle of Franklin, plus photos we took while visiting many of the historic sights associated with the Battle of Franklin.
Here’s my list of rainy day activities — for kids and adults — in Franklin, Tennessee.
What are your favorite places to go out and listen to FREE music in and around Nashville? Here are some of ours.
The Boiler Room Theatre is located at the Franklin Factory — inside the building which housed the boiler of the old stove manufacturing factory.The theater itself is small, with only 120 seats
It’s a good time, and also a sure way to get my husband out on a date night 7 times a year!
At first I wasn’t sure about the idea of dueling pianos. It sounded boring. Boy, was I wrong! We had the best time. And I was dancing in my chair the whole time — considering the dance floor is very small.
If you are looking for something to help entertain your active child on a rainy day, look no further. The Rainbow Play Systems Party Room is a nice replacement for playing in the soggy backyard.
Glow Galaxy is a glow-in-the-dark play place for kids in Cool Springs. We’ve been there twice now for birthday parties, and they sure are fun!
I have watched rodeos on TV and have always been amazed at how those cowboys are able to stay on their crazy horses for so long. To see it in person at the Franklin Rodeo was even more astounding. My son and his friend had an especially good time at the Franklin Rodeo.
Where I grew up in Florida, there were no parks like Aspen Grove Park to speak of where you could walk, run or bike. And, certainly, there were no bubbling streams and golf courses along the path. It’s easy to take for granted some of these parks right in our backyard. So don’t. Take advantage of them and see for yourself… we live in a beautiful place!
I don’t really like Country music. And Bluegrass and Folk music really aren’t my thing either. So why world would I want to go to the Grand Ole Opry so much? And how do I justify spending upwards of $50 a ticket for the experience? Here’s why the Opry rocks!
Looking for something fun to do in Franklin, TN today?… Tomorrow?… Next weekend?… Or next month?… Start here to find upcoming events taking place in Franklin Tennessee and the Nashville area.
Tis the season for checking out Franklin, Tennessee’s holiday light displays. One interesting way to see all of the Christmas lights is to hop on the Franklin Trolley and let them chauffeur you through the town to gaze at all of the glittering decorations. Here’s the scoop…
Some business friends of ours were contemplating a visit to Nashville in the near future. They wanted to stay somewhere close to downtown and take in all the sights & sounds that Music City has to offer — over the course of 2 or 3 days. They asked for some advice. Here’s what we recommended…
See how Nashville’s NFL, Minor League Baseball, and NHL teams are stacking up these days. Are they still the fan favorites?
My aim here is simply to give new residents or visitors in the Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee area an honest review and some idea of what they can expect to find upon their first visit to the Warner Dog Park or Maggie’s Park Park — aka The Franklin Dog Park.
Here’s what you can expect to see when you go to the Franklin Dog Park — also known as Maggie’s Bark Park — in Williamson County. Or, if you go to the Warner Dog Park — part of the Percy Warner Parks system between Brentwood and Bellevue in Nashville. Lots of photos!
Nashville boat marinas and other places to rent pontoon boats in the Nashville, Tennessee area.