Summer Travel with the Family: Nashville

We didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Nashville because we had to work our trip around gymnastics class and t-ball games, but we find some fun things to do for everyone in the family.

Opry Mills Outlet Mall

We’re not much of a mall family, but this outlet mall was right down the road from our hotel and looked like an interesting place to spend our first evening after a long car ride. We were not disappointed! This place had something for everyone…Coach and Kate Spade outlets for mom, Bass Pro Shop for dad, and a huge Lego store for the little one. And the restaurant offerings do not disappoint either.  We opted for Rainforest Café, but other fun places available were Aquarium, Johnny Rockets and Dave & Busters.  Check out everything the mall has to offer here.

Nashville Flea Market and Antique Archeology

This part of the trip was definitely for me. The flea market is amazing, and I fully intend to go back without the little one so I can spend more time perusing the endless buildings and pavilions full of unique “junk.” The flea market is held the third weekend of every month at the Nashville Fair Grounds.  Find out more here. We also visited American Pickers’ second home, Antique Archeology Nashville, during our trip.  While the site seems more like a museum than a store, it was still fun to look at all the antiques and search for items you watched Mike and Frank purchase on the History Channel show.  Check out more about the store and its hours here. Be prepared to get to the store early or wait in linewpid-imag1832.jpg…this is a popular attraction!

Adventure Science Center

This place really makes learning fun.  It has several exhibits, including BodyQuest and Space Chase, as well as several interactive play/learning stations. The best part of this center is the giant jungle gym that climbs the height of the building, with plenty of slides, stairs and ladders along the way. Learn more about the center’s exhibits here.

Puckett’s Grocery

This historic restaurant and grocery is family-friendly during lunch and dinner hours, and offers live music later in the evening.  It’s a must-eat when in downtown Nashville. The menu features down-home cooking and the atmosphere is relaxed. In addition to great food, the kids will have fun checking out the unique décor covering the walls.  Check it out here.

Since we were only in town two days, there were several activities we didn’t get to check out.  Here are some other places I researched but didn’t have time for during this visit:

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage 

Belle Meade Plantation

Country Music Hall of Fame