Plane Spotting in Nashville

Do you have a child that is interested in aviation? Nashville doesn’t have an aerospace museum but there are several opportunities to go plane spotting in Middle Tennessee. There are also several small museums within a few hours’ drive to keep your little (or big) aviator entertained.


Nashville International Airport

John C. Tune Airport – Map – The terminal is open to the public and families are welcome to watch the planes through the big glass windows over looking the runway.

Smyrna AirportMap – The terminal is open to the public, but I was told the best spot to watch the planes is from the Smyrna Greenway. Check out the trail map HERE and park at either the Lee Victory trail head (#2 on the map) or the Fitzhugh Blvd. trailhead (#4 on the map). There are even benches and informational plaques about the airport on the trail.

Sumner County Regional AirportMap

Lebanon AirportMap The terminal is open to the public and there are 3 benches that welcome families to come and sit and watch the planes take off and land.

Murfreesboro AirportMap The terminal is open and there are also picnic tables and a grill where you can have lunch and watch the planes.

  • MTSU, also in Murfreesboro is home to an aerospace program where you can study to be a pilot or air traffic controller. The program also offers camps to high school students. Get more details HERE.

Nearby Aviation Museums

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Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

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  1. Thanks for this great post! I will be checking out some of these spots with my twins!

    Another great option for flight curious families is to check a check out the various RC airfields in the Nashville area. Our city is home to 3 public model airfields, including one of the oldest in the country at Edwin Warner Park. The other two are at Cane Ridge Park and Peeler Park in Madison. There are covered areas and places to have a snack while watching the RC pilots. In addition there is a less active public field at Sander’s Ferry Park in Hendersonville, which doesn’t have much shade but a few picnic tables and some bleachers.

    I fly at the public parks and am always happy to show the hobby to young flyers. There are various shows and flyins throughout the season on weekends.


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