Inside: Fun Things To Do in Nashville with Teens
Nashville is one of my all-time favorite cities! There is so much to do from music and food, to museums and shopping, there is a fun activity for everyone in your family.
Now, I know for most people when you think of Nashville you think of live music and bars. Which yes, that is a large part of downtown life, but there are a ton of other fun ideas for the younger crowd,
Check out our favorite things to do in Nashville with teens and tweens!
Shop til’ you Drop
Similarly, teens may enjoy shopping in some of Nashville’s trendiest spots. Here are a few fun things to do in Nashville for teenage girls in particular like local shopping with plenty of restaurants and coffee shops nearby:
- 12 South
- Hillsboro Village
- The Gulch
- L&L Marketplace on Charlotte
- Downtown Nashville Farmers Market
- Green Hills Mall
- Opry Mills Mall
Peruse an Independent Bookstore or Record Shop
- Grimey’s Record Store
- The Great Escape Records
- Third Man Records
- Ernest Tubb Record Shop
- Vinyl Tap
- Boulevard Record Shop
- Parnassus Books
- Rhino Books
- McKay’s – Used Books & Music
Relax At A Nashville Coffee Shop
Even if your teen doesn’t drink coffee, these spots are great for tea, lunch, hot chocolate or simply people watching!
- Sam & Zoes
- Frothy Monkey
- White Bison
- 8th and Roast
Fun for Teens in Nashville
The Nashville Zoo is a much-loved Nashville landmark and, of course, is a kid-friendly attraction. The zoo is home to many animals including mammals, birds, amphibians, and fish.
Creatures your kids can see include meerkats, red pandas, flamingos, tortoises, seahorses, and more. The zoo also features a zipline experience, carousel, and kids Jungle Gym. Nashville Zoo is one of the fun places for kids in Nashville, TN, that you must check out!
Nashville Shores Waterpark
Another fun and kid-friendly attraction at the Nashville Shores Resort is the Nashville Shores Waterpark. Your kids will be able to try multiple waterslides, play in a water treehouse, and splash about in a wave pool.
For a more relaxed vibe, there’s also a lazy river and artificial beach to sunbathe on. Being located on Percy Priest Lake also means that you can try lake activities, like an inflatable lake obstacle course. Visiting the Nashville Shores Waterpark makes for an ideal day out for kids of all ages.
Fine Arts Museum
The Frist Art Museum, or Frist Center for the Visual Arts, is one of the great Nashville attractions for families that love arts and cultural activities. The museum hosts a range of exhibits covering various art forms. Artworks to see include drawings, photographs, sculptures, and virtual reality installations, among others.
Frist Art Museum is also very kid-friendly and features resources to make exploring the museum more fun and interactive. After visiting, kids can also access resources to help them create artworks like the ones they saw.
Things to do with Teen in Nashville
Picnic at Park
The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is a vast urban park in downtown Nashville. The park also features a 95-bell carillon that plays a song every 15-minutes, with the 95 bells resetting Tennessee’s counties.
One of the best things to do in the park with kids is to enjoy a picnic. You can pack their favorite snacks and eat and relax in the scenic surroundings. The kids will also love running around the park and hearing the bell song. There are also fountains for them to run through on hot days.
The Escape Game is a Nashville escape room operator offering a range of escape games to try. Escape rooms are a fun activity to enjoy with older kids and also make for a great thing to do on rainy days.
Themes to choose from including Prison Break, space-themed Mission: Mars, and Special Ops. Escape Game also has multiple locations across Nashville, making it easy to get to from wherever you’re staying.
Hike Edwin Warner Park and Percy Warner Park
The Edwin Warner Park and Percy Warner Park, known together as the Warner Parks, are two stunning scenic parks in Nashville. Located a 20-minute drive from downtown Nashville, the parks feature hiking trails, plus areas to bike and horse ride.
Whether you hike, bike, horseback ride, or wander around the park, escaping the bustle of Nashville for a few hours will be a welcome break. If you want to make a longer day of it, other parks and trails are nearby, and the Belle Meade Historic Site is a 10-minute drive away.
Nashville Attractions for Teens
The famous Nashville murals are one of our favorite things to do in Nashville with teens. Plus they make for the *best* Instagram shots.
Four Neighborhoods with Clusters of Street Art
The following four areas offer great Nashville mural locations. They all have a high density of art and they are fairly easy to get to. You can easily build them into your Nashville itinerary by mixing in mural spotting with other tourism activities and/or making a point of going out to eat or drink in the neighborhood.
Nashville’s Downtown Core
The Nashville Murals tour doesn’t cover the downtown core, but there’s a lot of street art to be found there. They are all sprinkled in with the bars and museums and you can fairly easily cover them in a two hour self-guided walking tour. Simply proceed down 5th Avenue past the Ryman as far as Church street to spot the remaining murals mentioned below.
This was my favorite mural downtown. The sweeping calligraphy technique has such scale and the message was romantic and hopeful. People walk past this mural all day long without pulling back far enough to see the message.
This neighborhood just west of the tracks is small but hip and popular for breakfast at Biscuit Love and music at the Station Inn. It’s about a mile west of the downtown core and you can walk or pick up a free ride on the Music City Circuit bus.
This is mural is one of the most Instagrammed shots in Nashville. Notice how Montague customized the wings to feature the local music culture. I’m not the Queen of Selfies (by a long shot), but it was very fun getting one at this location. If you do it DIY, be aware there that you may find a line to get your shot. Go at an odd time of day to avoid waiting.
The 12South Neighborhood
Welcome to your next great spot for a street art selfie. Every mural in this neighborhood demands it! 12South offers up a heavy dose of the adorbs, with the Draper James store, 5 Daughters bakery and Frothy Monkey coffee shop. It’s three miles south of town and getting there will cost ~$8 on UberX.
Elliston Place Garage
The Elliston Place garage is yet another Nashville Walls project. The whole thing, including the stairwells, is covered. It was a home grown project and most of the participating artists are from Nashville. The garage located at Elliston Place @ Louise Ave. You can find it just east of Centennial Park, near Vanderbilt. Getting there from downtown is an ~$8 Uber ride.
If you find yourself in East Nashville (and you should, because the eatin’ is good in that neighborhood), check out the new mural above. It was commissioned by the musician Drew Holcomb. You can find it at 1224 Meridian street in the Cleveland Park neighborhood.
There is a cluster of murals along Gallatin between Ordway and the Kroger at Eastland, including a cute hot air balloon by Kelsey Montague at The Cleo. There is another cluster on the 600-800 block of Main Street.
More Ideas Your Teen Will Love
If you like these fun things to do in Nashville with teens, then check out a few more of our favorite travel spots for teens.
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