10 things to do on Spring Break in Nashville and Middle Tennessee
Spring Break in Tennessee is unpredictable at best. The month of March in our area is as likely to bring ice storms and extreme cold as it is to provide sunny Spring days. Here’s two lists of ideas for family fun no matter what Mother Nature has in store.
If it’s rainy or cold:
- Have some fun in Hendersonville! Ride the indoor go karts, play indoor glow mini golf or laser tag, climb the rock wall and lots more at Adventure Alley.
- Spend a day at the library. Whether you visit the main Nashville Library or your local one, you are sure to find plenty of books, magazines and DVDs to keep the kids entertained. Try to catch a Wishing Chair performance if you visit the main branch.
- Do you have a favorite indoor trampoline park? Shake things up a bit and visit a new one in another town. Invite some friends and make it a party! Try Defy in Brentwood, Altitude in Hermitage, All Air Extreme Air Park in Hendersonville or Urban Air Adventure Park in Old Hickory.
- Make a trip to Murfreesboro. Explore the Earth Experience – Middle Tennessee Museum of Natural History then head over to Hattie Jane’s Creamery for a yummy treat.
- If it’s Wednesday, take advantage of half price games at Dave and Busters or $10 wristbands at Lanes, Trains & Automobiles. If it’s Monday or Wednesday, get a deal on a wristband at Circus World.
- The weather is always perfect inside the Opryland Hotel. Park at Opry Mills and walk over to spend a fun afternoon exploring the indoor gardens.
- Hit some golf balls at TopGolf. Play some pinball at Pins Mechanical Co (it’s kid friendly until 8PM!) Roll a bowling ball at Pinewood Social.
- Visit The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Kids visit free from March 6 – April 5 and accompanying adults get 25% off. K-12 students will also receive a spring beak activity pack.
- Book an “Experience” at the Goo Goo Cluster store. Find a list and register HERE.
- Try some roller skating. There are several rinks in Middle Tennessee and most of them offer special open skate times during school holidays.
If it’s sunny and warm:
- Enjoy a day of fun and food in downtown. Play at LaserQuest or The Escape Game Nashville (or both!) See how many instagram worthy pics you can get in front of Nashville’s famous murals. Have some pizza at Mellow Mushroom. Have some soup at Demos’. Or just skip lunch and have a milkshake bigger than your head at Legendairy Milkshake Bar!
- Visit Cheekwood and see the blooming tulips. Dress the kids in their Easter best for some beautiful Spring photos. Pack a lunch and some play clothes and spend the afternoon in the neighborhood at Percy Warner Park.
- Pack the mini van and head to Chattanooga for the day. Get an early start (maybe the kids will sleep through the drive?) and arrive in time for yummy pancakes at Aretha Frankensteins. Visit the Tennessee Aquarium in the morning and the Creative Discovery Museum in the afternoon. Make one last stop at City Cafe for dinner (Definitely save room for their cakes or pies for dessert!) then head back to Nashville for bedtime.
- Spend the afternoon at the playground at the Nashville Zoo. This is especially great if you have a zoo membership. Just hit the playground and skip the exhibits for a no cost fun day!
- Tour the Stones River Battlefield. If your kids are too young to enjoy the rich historical significance of this area, they can burn off lots of energy walking the trails.
- Plan a picnic by the lake or go fishing!
- Have a doughnut at Five Daughters Bakery in Franklin to give you energy to attack the SOAR Adventure Tower. Finish the day with dinner and a game at Kings Bowl.
- Learn a little at the Parthenon and then play a lot at Centennial Park! Hop across the street for a swim inside Centennial Sportsplex.
- Explore The Fountains at Gateway. Take a one mile hike around Gateway Island then relax and enjoy a picnic in the Greenspace. Treat yourself to an Old Fashioned Malt at The Sodabar.
- Head out to Bicentennial Park. The kids can run and explore this giant space and maybe learn a few things about Tennessee history. Walk over to the Nashville Farmers’ Market for lunch and end the day with a visit to the Tennessee State Museum.
Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)