Nashville Summer Staycation To-Do’s

Nashville Summer Staycation To-Do's
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I am sure your social media timelines are filled with beach pictures this time of year, but what if you can’t travel or simply don’t like to travel in the busy summertime? Then you are in for a treat; Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas are full of fun things to do with your little ones for a fun summer staycation!

Nashville Summer Staycation To-Do’s

Swimming Pools, Parks and Splash Pads

In most towns and communities, there are city pools (indoors and out), splash pads, and always a park. We love going to the park and walking the greenway and hitting the slides when the temperature is right. On the hot days, the cool water is where you can find some relief and tire the kids out with fun. Check out your community’s local page to get more information on pool costs and hours. And check out our swimming guide here!

Check out the waterparks in town as well! Nashville Shores is open through mid-September and such a fun place to visit. You can also rent boats and jet skis for some lake fun while there.

Another great option is Gaylord Opryland SoundWaves Water Park. This is only available to hotel guests, so if you are looking to have a nice retreat before the summer is over, book a weekend there and enjoy everything it has to offer. Staying in their resort is a real treat and although you will still be in Nashville, it is so big inside you will feel miles away! Our kids loved the scavenger hunt around the resort. For a special discount and for more info, check out their website as they run discounts for Davidson County and Tennessee residences.

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, check out Wave Country, and discounted rates from 3-5 pm, Tuesday-Friday.

Educational Fun

Nashville is home to an amazing science museum, Adventure Science Museum. They have many exhibits and hands on activities for kids of all ages. Be sure and check their page for a calendar of events for special happenings, hours and admission. If you are south of the city, check out the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro or aMuse’um Children’s Museum in Columbia. These are good places to let your kids roam safely and expel energy and challenges their brains at the same time!


I am sports-obsessed, and Nashville has plenty to offer! We have a new soccer team and stadium in town, so you should take the family out to cheer on the Nashville SC. Another fun night out for the family is at First Horizon Park, home of the Nashville Sounds. Be on the lookout for the Tennessee Titans to release their practice schedule soon, as they typically have a free fan event at the stadium in the beginning of August! And be sure and sign your kids (ages 5-12) up for the Rac-Pack fan club! They offer great opportunities and experiences throughout the season. The Music City Grand Prix is happening the weekend of September 13-15, so be sure and check out all the events going on! Also, don’t miss the Nascar races at the Nashville SuperSpeedway. 

History Buff

If you are a history nerd like me, then you will enjoy checking out the many historical places around the area.

Stop by the Tennessee State Museum, near Bicentennial Park. It is free and allows visitors to experience Tennessee history, art, and culture from the state’s natural history beginnings through the present day.

Middle Tennessee is home to many civil war monuments and parks. Murfreesboro has Stones River Battlefield, with a nice museum and gift shop for the kids to explore and learn. Franklin is also home to many sites such as The Carter House and Carnton Plantation. Check out this short article for many other areas you can check out. And if you feel like making a little road trip, head down to Savannah, Tennessee and tour Shiloh Battlefield. And while you are there, eat some fresh catfish from the Tennessee Rivers at one of the many wonderful fish houses around.

Food Bucket List

One of my favorite past times is trying new restaurants or visiting old favorites. Make a fun bucket list and check off some of the highly raved about places around town. Nashville definitely has no shortage of amazing cuisine! But make sure it is kid friendly and something the kids would enjoy (save the fancy places for date night or a girls night out). My favorite choice for the family is Assembly Food Hall at Fifth + Broad. It contains over 30 eateries ranging from burgers and pizza, to Vietnamese and Mediterranean cuisine, and hot chicken, donuts, crepes and more! There is something for even the pickiest of eaters. While you are downtown, check out Savannah’s Candy Kitchen for a caramel apple.

You can head to one of the small towns outlying the city and take a walk around the town squares. You can always find a local establishment with some amazing down home country food and desserts.

Here are some fun lists here to check out! And of course, our patio dining guide!


If you want to wander out further, you can always check out Chattanooga, Memphis, Huntsville, Knoxville, Louisville and many many more cities around us. I could dedicate an entire other article about short day trips, but that is for another time. Pick a destination and let the kids help you find fun things to check out while there. Make a fun scavenger hunt around cities you have never visited. We are so fortunate to have such beautiful scenery around us, perfect for lake days, hiking, camping and just driving and enjoying time with your family.

Enjoy these next weeks of summer, and please share your family’s summer staycation ideas with us!

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Heather Seay
I am a single mom to two beautiful girls, Madison and Ellie. I work from home for a software company based out of Austin, and also work as a Plunder Design jewelry stylist. I live in Murfreesboro, and love suburban life! I am active in my church, World Outreach, and love supporting my alma mater MTSU. You can find me in Nashville any given Sunday in the fall, cheering on my beloved Titans! I am a huge football enthusiast, and love sports in general. In my downtime, I enjoy binging on Gilmore Girls, which I have seen over a hundred times each- it's a lifestyle!


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