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.
- Park in the official observation area of Vultee Blvd. to watch planes take off and land – Here’s a map
- Alternatively, try Portview Drive – make sure to park on the street not the grass – Map
- Check out the live flight tracking for the airport to identify what planes are taking off and landing.
- You can also listen to the live air traffic controllers
- And here are some plane spotting tips including a runway map specific to Nashville
- Before you head out take a look at this plane spotting guide to learn about planes and download an app to take with you on your adventure.
Smyrna Airport – Map – 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.
- Home of the Great Tennessee Air Show
- 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
- Beechcraft Heritage Museum – Tullahoma – Map
- Hixson Museum of Flight – Hixson – Map
- Tennessee Museum of Aviation – Sevierville – Map
- Swift Museum – Athens – Map
- The Veteran’s Museum – Dyersburg – Map
- Arrowheads/Aerospace Cultural Center – Manchester – Map
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.