Nashville, Tennessee is a terrific choice for a weekend getaway! With plenty of fun things to do with teens, kids, or as a couple, you really can’t go wrong. We recently enjoyed a weekend with our two teens and it was FULL of Nashville family fun.
If you are looking for fun things to do in Nashville, take a look at this perfect day and then tailor it to your traveling party …
Biscuits for breakfast!
The BEST way to start the day in Nashville is with biscuits. Specifically biscuits from Biscuit Love. In addition to delicious homemade biscuits, Biscuit Love has other tasty breakfast treats – including Mimosas with fresh-squeezed orange juice. YUM!
There will be a line when you arrive. Just expect it and embrace it. We took turns standing in line while the rest of our party checked out some of the cute boutiques nearby. This area is known as the Gulch and it is a fun spot to wander a bit before or after your breakfast.
Be sure to fill up as it’ll be a busy day!
Take in a little country music history
There are so many options for learning more about country music in Nashville. With teens, I’ve discovered it’s best to limit the typical Nashville attractions to one per day. But if you need to pick one place to start, I highly recommend the backstage tour of The Grand Ole Opry.
You will have to drive or Uber from breakfast, but it’s well worth the trip. Although none of us are huge country music fans, the history and tradition of the Grand Ole Opry were fascinating. The tour is very well done with visits to the dressing rooms, backstage, learning about the Grand Ole Opry traditions, and more.
We even got to stand on the circle where dozens of famous artists have performed. And did you know that the Grand Ole Opry has its own post office? If you write a letter to your favorite country star that is an Opry member, it will end up there! You simply write the performer’s name, Grand Ole Opry, and then Nashville, TN. Needless to say, Dolly’s mailbox is always full!
The tour lasted a little over an hour and the whole family really enjoyed it!
Shop til you drop
I have to admit this wasn’t my son’s favorite activity, but my daughter and I loved shopping all the cute little boutiques around town.
Our favorite area to shop was 12South. The street was full of terrific boutiques, restaurants, vintage stores, and more. We even did a little shopping out of a VW bus!
One of the Nashville attractions we ALL loved in 12South is the Frothy Monkey coffee shop. As part of our exploration of the area, we picked up delicious (and strong) iced coffees to keep us going. Even my son was a fan of this part of the afternoon!
Insider tip: if you have a reluctant shopper (like my son), you might enjoy checking out the Farmer’s Market instead. It is a fun way to spend an hour or so, and right across the street is Bicentennial Park which is also an interesting Nashville attraction.
Dinner options for everyone
If you have a family who loves good food, and a wide variety of it, The Assembly Food Hall on Broadway is the place for dinner. Imagine an upscale food court with a little something for everyone. We found street tacos, pizza, hot chicken (a Nashville tradition), Thai, Poke bowls, sushi, and plenty of desserts. It was fun to pick a variety of food, grab a seat and listen to the free music while we ate.
If you prefer a more traditional dinner, Sixty Vines on the floor above the Food Hall is an excellent choice with a variety of wines, charcuterie, brick oven pizzas, and more. We did eat there another night and my favorite part was creating my own wine flight with several 2.5 oz pours. The views from the deck are fantastic too – you’ll get to see all the action along Broadway.
End the evening with music
And speaking of Broadway …
Known as the Honky Tonk Highway, the section of Broadway starting at about the Food Hall and heading several blocks is chock FULL of Honky Tonks.
Never heard of a Honky Tonk? I hadn’t either, but basically, it’s a small bar with continuous live music. And with dozens of them along Broadway, you WILL find a musician you like. The honky-tonks don’t have a cover and all of the musicians were GOOD! Of course, there was a lot of country music, but as we walked by, we also heard several other genres.
Since we had the kids along, bar hopping wasn’t part of our evening although we did enjoy walking up and down Broadway and soaking in the atmosphere after dinner.
Luckily, almost every hotel bar and restaurant seem to have live music too. Even the pool bar at our hotel had an excellent musician with a guitar. So, we ended our evening lounging on pool chairs, sipping cocktails (virgin for the kids), and listening to music. It was a perfect evening to a day full of fun things to do in Nashville!
Speaking of hotels, we chose the Margaritaville right downtown. The location was perfect as we could walk so many places. Here is a quick video of our room – pretty nice!
Have you ever been to Nashville? What was your favorite part? Although I loved everything, I think the live music everywhere was the part I loved the most. I’m already thinking about a return trip!
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