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Fun Trips & Tours In and Around Franklin, TN

Thinking of visiting historic Franklin, Tennessee in the near future?

Or maybe you’ve got some guest visiting soon.

Either way, you’re probably looking for some great tips for tourists.

Following are our best recommendations for things to see & do in and around Franklin, Tennessee.




Organized Trips & Tours

Guided tours of historic Carnton Plantation

Guided walking tours of downtown historic Franklin

Tour of Carter House (…more about haunted Carter House here, plus more haunted places in Nashville here)

Haunted Franklin ghost tours (our experience here)

Ghost Tours at Carnton

Country Music Hall of Fame (downtown Nashville with excellent tours of Studio B & Music Row)

If you have a large enough group, you may be interested in renting a Franklin trolley to take you all around (…or just hop on & hop off all you want for a nominal fee). In downtown Nashville, check out the Music City Trolley Hop, the Nashville Trolley Tour, or Grayline tours of Nashville.


Top 5 Fun Driving Tours In The Area

#1 The Natchez Trace Parkway is one not to be missed. It’s definitely worth the drive to the farthest west part of Franklin — especially in the Fall!

#2 It’s also a beautiful drive through Percy Warner & Edwin Warner Parks any time of the year.

#3 From late November to early January, you can find some of the most spectacular holiday lights displays.

#4 If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you might enjoy driving around the country roads of Franklin and Leiper’s Fork, all the while passing by a number of “stars” homes — like Alan Jackson’s house (…and other celebrities you’re likely to see out & about).

#5 The history buffs will enjoy taking a driving tour of the battlefields and historic areas in Franklin, TN. Here’s a map you can download and print, and here’s another great Franklin battlefield driving tour.

 Check out this list of all the walking & driving tours in and around Nashville.


Fun Things Adults Will Enjoy

Horseback riding in the Franklin area

Loveless Cafe restaurant, diner & shoppes

Tour downtown Nashville (…don’t miss Printer’s Alley, the Nashville skyline, and all our best tips for visiting Nashville)

Puckett’s Grocery hosts after-hours songwriter nights

 Bar hopping at downtown Nashville bars (…or check out the best small (but quaint) places to hear live music)

Franklin Factory is a must for unique shopping & dining

Opry Mills Mall (…the kids will love this one just as much as the adults, though it’s a bit farther away)


The Franklin Factory Watertower
The Factory at Franklin in Franklin, Tennessee. Photo ©2004 Jim & Lynnette's Fun Times Guide //
This is the watertower in front of the Franklin Factory. This rustic warehouse is filled with 45 restaurants and shops in Franklin, Tennessee.

Fun Things For Kids To Do

Sky High Nashville (Nashville’s first trampoline park)

Jim Warren Skate Park

Tennessee state parks are free

Franklin Family Fun Center (bowling, video games, etc.)

Nashville Sounds baseball games (close to downtown Nashville)

Franklin Rodeo

Williamson County Fair

Nashville Zoo (…just a hop, skip & a jump from Williamson County)

Free movies in the park each summer

Nashville Predators Hockey games (…see my review of the cheap seats vs on the glass)

Gentry’s Farm

Williamson County parks


More Fun Stuff In & Around Nashville