Nashville Summertime Bucket List


Summertime is here, and it is time to fill your calendar with some fun activities that won’t break the bank, and are right here in the Middle Tennessee area! Live like a tourist and enjoy everything the Music City has to offer. Keep reading with some bucket list items that you and your family can enjoy.

Nashville Summer Bucketlist
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Nashville Summer Bucketlist

  1. Celebrate Tennessee’s 228th Birthday!
    Tennessee’s 228th birthday is June 1, and you can celebrate all day long at Bicentennial Park and the Tennessee State Museum. There will be tours and storytime in the museum, full schedule here. The Capitol will open for guided tours from 10A-3P. And Bicentennial Park will also offer guided tours (check the schedule here) and food trucks will be present. Don’t forget the Farmer’s Market next door. You can have fun and learn all in day’s time!
  2. Put on your boots and check out CMA Fest!
    I know that big events downtown can be overwhelming with all the visitors and crowds. But it is worth checking out CMA Fest at least once in your lifetime if you have not done so. You don’t have to shell out money to enjoy the music and fun, as there are plenty of free events going on that are family friendly. All outdoor daytime stages are FREE. Fan Fair X is a lot of fun, indoors so you can cool off and only $10 (2 and under FREE). If you are a first time visitor, check out this guide.
  3. Find the Trolls at Cheekwood!
    Cheekwood is a local fave, and you should check this off your list by visiting the TROLLS: Save the Humans exhibit this summer! This exhibit features six giant trolls intertwined with the gardens, trees, and landscape for a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience!
  4. Make a splash in the pool!
    If you are looking for a budget-friendly waterpark, then check out a long time Nashville local, Wave Country. This is one of the area’s only wave-action swimming pools, plus they have different size water slides. They do have concessions, but if you want to save money, you are able to bring in your own cooler and food. Super savings tip- kids are half off Tuesday-Friday, 3-5pm. Also be sure to check out our Guide to Best Nashville Splash Pads and Pools.
  5. Take me out to the ball game!
    We are fortunate to have a minor league baseball team here in Nashville, and if you haven’t gotten the chance to check out a Sounds game, take this family this summer. On Wednesdays, you can get a Kroger 4 pack special. You get 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks all for $44. I call that a winning deal! Be sure to check out our Nashville Sporting Events-Family Style.
  6. Have a picnic in the park!
    Centennial Park is a unique park, as it houses trails, playgrounds, history and more, all in one location. Pack a picnic and hit the park on a day when the weather isn’t too hot or rainy. The kids can play on the playground, where it is nice and shady. Be sure to check out the sunken gardens, where there are beautiful blooms! You can’t miss the massive Parthenon replica. If you would like to pay a small fee and tour the inside, you have the option to do so. Fun tip-if you have any Swifties in the family, be sure and see the Taylor Swift bench before you leave; there is a plaque dedicated to her mention of the park in her song “Invisible String.”
  7. Get in touch with your artistic side!
    The First Art Museum is a fun place for all. Not only do you get to see beautiful art, you can get creative and interact yourself in the Martin ArtQuest center. This summer, you can get inspired by Alexander McQueen’s fashion and create your own looks! Other exhibition-focused activities include dress-up magnets, a photo framing exercise, and books about fashion and friendship. The museum offers free admission to all youth 18 and under!
  8. Hit the lanes!
    Be sure to sign your kids up for the Kids Bowl Free program. There are many bowling alleys that participate around Middle Tennessee. Bowling is a fun family activity, and you can enjoy this all summer long, especially when the days are extra hot or rainy, and you want a cool air conditioner to enjoy! Be sure to check out our local guide to bowling in the area.
  9. Check out your local library! 
    The library is a great free resource for the entire family! Not only can you check out books and other media, but they have so many fun events that you can participate in daily. The main branch in Nashville even has a puppet theater! During the summer, they have special movie events, reading programs and more! It is definitely worth adding to your summer to do list. Be sure to check out our guide to local libraries.
  10. Ride the ferris wheel at the Tennessee State Fair!
    Finish the summer strong by going the Tennessee State Fair, or your local county fair. Who doesn’t want to ride the carnival rides, enjoy a fresh squeeze lemonade, and a corn dog. I love the food, the rides, the nostalgia. It takes me back to being a child!

What is on your summer to do list? Enjoy!


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