More than country music

Discover Nashville

Happy Thursday! I can’t even believe how time is flying.  We had a very busy weekend full of fun.  On Saturday, we celebrated Kyle’s birthday…or maybe I should say the girls spent the day celebrating him.  They headed to their fall Y-Princess campout, sadly, they opted not to camp because it was so chilly.  While they were off bonding I ran the Richmond Half Marathon, which I also enjoy for some crazy reason. The girls also finished their regular season soccer games, they both had a great season and loved playing.

Did you happen to catch the CMA’s last night?  Last Spring, we went to Nashville for spring break. Since then, my oldest is really into country music, yes!  I often hear her singing “girl don’t you know you’re beautiful, it’s easy to see” in her deepest male country voice.  I love it!  

Nashville, I feel, is one of those destinations everyone is talking about whether it's a family, girlfriends or couples vacation.  Even here in Richmond we now have a direct flight to Nashville.  Richmond doesn’t fly direct to many places, that's for sure!

Our experience in Nashville was amazing.   I am not sure what I expected but I will say we had a fantastic time exploring the Music City.  So much culture, music and good food.  I really felt there was something for everyone.  If you enjoy country music you can definitely walk down Broadway any time of the day and hear someone playing live music or pick up a pair of authentic cowboy boots.   You can learn about the rich history of country music and see how it has evolved over the years at the country music hall of fame. 

Nashville top 10 for families

  1. Ryman Auditorium// The Ryman is full of musical history. It was the original home to the Grand Old Opry and still holds concerts today.  Check out the tour or a concert to immerse yourself in a little history that made Nashville known for its music.

  2. Adventure Science Center// We love exploring science museums and this one was one of our favorites.  The exhibits were so diverse and engaging.  Kids (and adults) can climb up the adventure tower and get an amazing view of Nashville’s skyline.  

  3. Music City bikeway// The 26-mile trail meanders along the river and through the city. 14.1 miles are pave and removed from vehicular traffic. Great place to explore and escape the busy city.

  4. Country Music hall of Fame// Home to one of the world’s largest music collections.  We enjoyed going on a kid scavenger hunt for different instruments and costumes. 

  5. Listen to music at a honky tonk// Take that extra free time to just immerse yourself in Nashville culture.  So many places to pick from and kids are welcome in most places during the day. 

  6. Gaylord Opry Hotel// When you step inside this hotel you don't quite know where you are. Its enormous!  Feels like you are in an outside city.  We took the boat ride (yes, there is a boat in the hotel) around the hotel to learn about the history of the Opry.  We also attended the night light show which the kids loved.  It was just a fun site to see.

  7. The Parthenon// Yup, you read that right the replica of the Parthenon is in Nashville.  

  8. Nashville Zoo// An amazing experiential zoo.  You can walk with the kangaroos, play with turtles, feed the giraffes and see a variety of animals up-close.

  9. The Hermitage// This beautiful mansion was home to president Andrew Jackson.  It is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes. 

  10. Eat your way through the city//We had some of the most amazing donuts (5 Daughters), ice cream (Jeni's Ice Cream), BBQ (Martin's) and southern cuisine (The Southern).  There were so many great places to pick from we need to go back.

Whether you are or are not a country music fan, Nashville is a very family friendly destination. Put this city on your “list to see.”