Nashville is an amazing city. It's lively and vibrant, and there's always something going on. It's also a city that seems to be about a love for food, music and all the great things in life. Nashville is known as the Music City thanks to the fact that it's the epicenter of country music. You can walk around Broadway anytime, day or night and hear live music wafting from the bars and honky-tonks.
While you may know about Nashville's party side, did you also know it's a great family-friendly travel destination?
Whether you have a weekend or a week, the following are five fun, family-friendly things to do in Nashville.
The General Jackson Showboat Cruise
According to Vacations Made Easy, The General Jackson Showboat Cruise offers the chance to ride along the Cumberland River and see the waterside of downtown Nashville. Along the way, you can see the skyline and the beautiful hotels. The Cumberland River is the historic waterway that runs through Nashville.
The General Jackson Showboat is one of the largest cruise boats of its type in the country, and it's been providing cruises since 1985. The boat is 55 feet high and 274 feet long, and you can enjoy stunning views from the balcony and outside decks.
During a General Jackson Showboat Cruise, you can experience live entertainment and a menu of items like barbecue and mac and cheese.
The evening cruises feature something called the Music City Nights, which features a sampling of some of the music genres Nashville is most known for including not only country but also blues, rock and soul music.
Adventure Science Center
The Adventure Science Center is a wonderful place to take your children, regardless of age. The venue offers more than 44,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits and science-related activities.
Some of the areas of focus of the exhibits include biology, medicine, space, earth, and technology.
The facility has a state-of-the-art planetarium where you can enjoy space and laser shows, as well as films shown on the dome.
Nashville Zoo at Grasmere
The Nashville Zoo is often ranked as one of the city's top attractions and one of the best in all of middle Tennessee.
The zoo has exhibits like Tiger Crossroads, which is their newest. They host Safari Fridays, and something called ZoovieNight in the summer evenings.
There is something called a backstage pass you can purchase in addition to regular tickets as well. With this option, you can go around the zoo and learn about animal care and conservation, gaining access to areas not otherwise available to the public.
The zoo features a zip line, carousel, and train as well as feeding experiences, and free activities like critter encounters, animal shows, and a jungle gym.
A Nashville Sounds Game
The Nashville Sounds is a Minor League Baseball Team that plays at First Tennessee Park. First Tennessee Park is a modern facility, and it was built primarily to host the team. Every year from April to September you'll find more than 70 dates with baseball games.
You may catch a glimpse of Booster the mascot, or you can hang out at The Band Box.
Gameday includes mini baseball helmets with ice cream, fireworks after every Friday game, and giveaways.
The park also features The Band Box lounge, the air-conditioned BrauerLounge, and putt-putt.
Baseball isn't the only sporting event to enjoy in Nashville. The NHL Predators have their hockey season from October to April, and the NFL Titans football season is from August to December. There's also the college Vanderbilt Commodores teams.
The Honky TonkHighway
Finally, you may think your kids can't be part of the fun on Broadway, or the "Honky TonkHighway" as it's known, but they can, particularly during the day. Some of the live music venues don't have age restrictions, and typically things don't get too rowdy, particularly during the daytime.
There are a lot of great restaurants in this area as well, and many of them will have live music too.
You can do hop-on-hop-off tours with your kids to get a feel for the city, or you can visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is also near downtown and Broadway.
The Old Town Trolley has 15 stops throughout Nashville, and you can hop-on-hop-off at the places that interest you along this route.
There are even bus tours that will include live performances from your tour guide that are kid-friendly.
Regardless of what you like or what your family's interests are, there's likely something you'll enjoy in Nashville.