Now that the weather’s getting warmer, it’s time to get out of the house and explore Nashville. Not only do these options offer plenty of family-friendly fun for all ages, they also help the whole family burn calories and build muscle without even realizing it. Pack a healthy lunch, get the kids in the car and enjoy spring in Nashville.
Float the Harpeth
The Harpeth River snakes 125 miles through the middle of the state before emptying into the Cumberland River. During the majority of the year, it offers only Class I rapids, which are perfect for children and beginners. If you have older children, renting kayaks will allow them more freedom.
Go on a Science Adventure
A science center may not be your first thought when you’re trying to keep your kids moving, but the Adventure Science Center is perfect for the day when those spring showers keep you indoors. From climbing in the three-story tower to dozens of hands-on exhibits that allow kids and adults alike to learn about science, there’s plenty to keep them interested.
In the BodyQuest gallery, you can play a life-sized version of the board game Operation, control a Ping-Pong ball with your mind and learn about blood cells while playing laser tag. The science center also offers a special toddler area to keep the youngest members of your crew engaged.
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Learn About Nature
There is something for every member of the family at Warner Park Nature Center. For preschoolers, ask about the latest StoryWalk book and follow the story along the Little Acorn Trail. For teens, consider signing up for an organic gardening class.
People of all ages can enjoy other nature center programs, including learning orienteering and survival skills, catching crawdads and making mud pies. Nature Guides can help you spot wildlife and identify plants on a family-friendly hike.
Hit the Ice
You may know Ford Ice Center as the ice rink where the Nashville Predators train. But did you know it’s open daily for families to learn to skate, play games on the ice and have a little fun?
Kids can learn more about hockey through the center’s free youth hockey clinics for beginners and even meet Predators prospects. After you’ve gotten some exercise and enjoyed an afternoon of family fun, stay and watch local recreational hockey leagues duke it out on the ice.
What are your favorite outdoor activities to do in Nashville? Let us know in the comments!
Most outdoor activities have some level of risk, and you may need to consult an expert before engaging in the activity. Always check the current weather conditions before embarking on any outdoor activity.