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5 things to do in Nashville with kids


Heading to Nashville with the kids in tow? Planning a trip with kids is a great way to explore new destinations as a family, but it can be tough finding activities that everyone will enjoy. The good news? From family-friendly tours to museums and landmarks that suit all ages, you’ll find plenty of things for kids to do in Music City. With so much to choose from, it can be tough to decide what to add to your itinerary—that’s where we want to help. Whether you and your family are spending an extended amount of time here, or you’re just passing through, check out our top five things to do in Nashville, TN with kids.

1. Check out the animals at the Nashville Zoo

Kids looking at a falcon at the Nashville Zoo

A visit to the zoo is one of the most kid-friendly things to do in Nashville. With over 2,700 animals and 365 species from all over the world, you’re guaranteed to find a favorite critter and hands-on activities for everyone in the family. Whether you choose to experience what goes on behind the scenes with a Backstage Pass, partake on a guided walking tour with a resident zoo expert, or explore the historic home and gardens located on the property, a visit to the Nashville Zoo is sure to please kids, teens and adults alike.

Skip-the-lines and purchase your Nashville Zoo tickets in advance. The zoo opens daily at 9am; closing times vary by season. It’s located at 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville.

2. Learn about Nashville’s storied musical history

Musicians on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry

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Music appeals to all ages, including kids. With the city’s storied musical history, exploring famous landmarks like the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and Country Music Hall of Fame are the perfect kids activities in Nashville. If music (especially country and soul) piques your family’s interest, add these top music attractions to your itinerary.

The replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville

Sometimes, the best way to get to know a new city is to explore its most famous attractions and landmarks. Nashville is chock-full of popular tourist spots, many of which include gorgeous parks and stunning architecture. Best of all? Most are budget-friendly too.

4. Rest your feet while seeing the sights

A city trolley tour bus

Exploring a new city on foot with kids can be exhausting, and in some cases, disastrous. Between the whining, complaints about tired feet, and constant pit stops, sometimes it’s best to find a tour that doesn’t require you to walk. Thankfully, there’s plenty of things to see in Nashville that don’t involve trekking around the city with your kids.

5. Meet your kids’ favorite wax celebrities

A statue of Jerry Garcia at Madame Tussauds

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Kids, and the kids at heart, can rub shoulders with their favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Nashville. This world-famous wax museum institution has been around for over 250 years, and it continues to attract crowds who want an up-close-and-personal look at the life-like figurines.

Parents will get a kick out of seeing iconic musicians like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, and kids will recognize the faces of current chart-topping artists like Rihanna and Katy Perry. It’s old-fashioned fun for all ages, and the perfect way to spend an afternoon if you’re exploring Nashville with kids.

Save time and purchase your Madame Tussauds Nashville tickets ahead of time. The museum is open daily from 10am to 9pm, Monday through Saturday, and from 11am to 7pm on Sunday. It’s located at 515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville.

As you plan your family-friendly itinerary, consider these top things to do in Nashville with kids. Looking for more things to do in Nashville? PlacePass has unique excursions and experience for all ages, so your whole family can enjoy all that Music City has to offer. Not traveling with kids? Check out our tips for fun things to do in Nashville for couples and things to do in Nashville at night.

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