Summer In Nashville Fun For Everyone

July 30,2019 | Posted By Amy Smith in Nashville
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More Than Just Real Estate: Amy Jackson Smith

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Amy Jackson Smith is more than just a local real estate expert--she’s also a valuable resource for life in Nashville. For over 15 years, Amy Jackson Smith has remained committed to providing buyers and sellers her expertise when it comes to the local Nashville market and surrounding areas. A thriving city, Nashville attracts residents and visitors from all over the country for its rich history and country music scene.

Whether you’re looking to make the move to Nashville this summer, or perhaps you’re a new resident or planning a visit to this vibrant city, Amy Jackson Smith and her realty team know all of the hottest activities and attractions for family fun for everyone.

For all of your questions regarding the local real estate market and/or life in Nashville, don’t hesitate to contact Amy Jackson Smith directly at 615.300.1025.

Living In Nashville During Summertime

Remaining an active community in Nashville throughout her career, it should come as no surprise that Amy Jackson Smith is a go-to source for family fun in Nashville all year round--especially the months of summer. Amy Jackson Smith sits on the board for the Nashville Humane Association and has also participated as a chairwoman for events throughout the city such as the Iroquois Steeplechase for the Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University.

Whether you’re just visiting or living in Nashville looking for fun activities for the whole family this summer, Amy Jackson Smith and her real estate team have compiled a complete list of things to do to get you out of a Midsummer slump. Read on to learn all about what Nashville has to offer tourists and residents for the remainder of summer!

Summer Family Fun For Nashville Residents & Visitors

With kids out of school for summer vacation, ‘tis the season to stay active and make memories that last a lifetime. Here are some of the most popular family fun activities throughout Nashville that are culturally enriching, educational, and most of all--fun. Choose from the following activities to have an action-packed vacation or local itinerary for your family or household.

» Adventure Science Center:

Fun for children and adults alike, Nashville’s Adventure Science Center is an interactive museum complete with live scientific demonstrations, a planetarium, simulations, laser shows, and more. They are open daily 9AM-5PM and are currently running a summer exhibit, SoundBox, as of July 1st.

» Big Band Dances:

Every Saturday night, these family-friendly dances take place 7:30PM-10PM at the event center at the back of Centennial Park. The first hour includes dance lessons, and participants dance to a new band every week:

  • August 3rd: South Jackson Street Band
  • August 10th: Music City Big Band
  • August 17th: J. Bradley Big Band
  • August 24th: Debbi Bailes & Her Band
  • August 31st: The Moonlighters


» Adventureworks:

For individuals and families with a sense of adventure, Adventureworks provides exciting zipline tours throughout the Nashville area. From team building to adventure parks, Adventureworks provides obstacle courses at great heights within trees--complete with nets, ropes, and broken bridges--as well as 30-foot jumps and 60-foot giant swings. To add some excitement to your summer, consider paying a visit to the Fontanel Mansion to soar through the Music City Ziplines provided by Adventureworks.

» Cumberland Park Splash Pad:

Stay cool this summer by visiting the Splash Pad at Cumberland Park, 592 S. First St., which is open to the public 9AM to 7PM Monday through Saturday and 12PM to 6PM on Sundays until September 2nd. Cumberland Park offers scenic views of the Cumberland River and Downtown Nashville’s skyline, as well as an amphitheater, walking trails, climbing wall, and picnic areas.


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» Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage:

Visit the mansion and grounds of the 7th U.S. President at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville, TN. With ongoing exhibits and events, this historical museum promises day of time-traveling to the past and educational tours for children and adults alike.


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» Summer Shakespeare:

For a bit of theatre outdoors, visit Nashville’s very own Shakespeare in the Park! This year, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival has relocated its annual Summer Shakespeare to the Yard at oneC1TY, which is less than a half mile from Centennial Park. You can still catch the six-week run of The Tempest and Pericles Thursday through Sunday from August 15th to September 22nd.

Shakespeare in the Park includes local food trucks, pre-show lectures, and family-friendly entertainment starting at 6PM before the official performances at 7PM. For more information, visit:


Source - Nashville Shakespeare Festival

» Belle Meade Plantation:

Perfect for a day of family fun, the Belle Meade Plantation is a historical site that documents the Old South through the days of slavery and the Civil War, complete with costumed guides and tours throughout the Greek-Revival style mansion.

The plantation offers a Backpack Adventures program that provides children a backpack filled with coloring pages, craft supplies, Victorian-era inspired prizes, as well as a key that unlocks 6 hidden treasure chests throughout the grounds.


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» Tomato Art Fest:

This August 9th and 10th, the 16th annual Tomato Art Fest will take place in East Nashville’s Five Points area. The festival is a free, family-friendly event complete with fun costumes, plenty of tomato-eating, themed games, contests, art, music, and a parade!

» Cheekwood Estate & Gardens:

Comprised of a whopping 55 acres of botanical gardens and sculptures, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens also offers art galleries and seasonal festivals that are fun and educational for the whole family. Whether you want to go for a scenic Sunday stroll or host a party or event at the breathtaking grounds, the estate is a memorable, beautiful experience for Nashville tourists and residents. They were also voted within the Top 10 Best Botanical Garden’s by USA Today’s Reader Choice.


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» Country Music Hall of Fame:

Arguably the most famous attraction Nashville has to offer, the Country Music Hall of Fame offers talks and events all year round, including the Creative Zone, which is an arts-and-crafts module for kids!

» The Escape Game:

Offering 60-minute adventures for visitors of all ages, The Escape Game is known for offering the best escape rooms in the Nashville area. With immersive missions spanning spaceship repair, finding hidden gold, or solving a heist, these escape rooms will put your family’s problem-solving and teamwork skills to the test.

» Star Party:

Nashville’s Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society hosts free, public star-gazing parties complete with telescopes as well as amateur and professional astronomers who offer their knowledge about the night sky’s mysteries. Their next summer event is on August 9th at Bowie Nature Park from 9PM to 11PM. For more information, visit:

» Frist Art Museum:

From ever-changing exhibits to film events and interactive art spaces for kids, Nashville’s Frist Art Museum offers a cultural experience for individuals of all ages. Currently, the museum is running an exhibit called Myths and Monsters: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s through September 29th.


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» The Nashville Farmers Market:

Nashville has a bounty of farmer’s markets for tourists and residents to visit. Among them is the famous Nashville Farmers Market at 900 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard with themed night markets taking place on the 3rd Friday of every month 5PM-9PM. Complete with fresh produce and artisan products, the Nashville Farmers Market also offers art, live music, local food trucks, craft beer, and Tennessee wine. For more information, visit

» Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar:

Looking for a little sweetness this summer? Downtown Nashville is home to Goo Goo Shop & Desserts Bar, where handcrafted chocolates and unique confections are available all year round! The shop is home to the Goo Goo Cluster, a classic Southern sweet treat made with real milk chocolate, caramel, marshmallow nougat, and fresh roasted peanuts.

» Tennessee Executive Residence:

Did you know the Tennessee Executive Residence offers free historical tours? The site has been home to 9 Tennessee governors, including current Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee. Tours start at 10AM Tuesdays and Thursdays and are appointment-only, so be sure to schedule yours in advance.


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» Lane Motor Museum:

One of the few car museums in the U.S. that specializes in European vehicles, the Lane Motor Museum is home to over 150 car and motorcycle models you can’t see anywhere else in the country!


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» Nashville Public Library:

Stay cool and well-read for the remainder of the summer by visiting the Nashville Public Library. With frequent story times, puppet shows, and other entertainment, the library is a great place to have educational family fun. For more information, visit


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» Lucky Ladd Farms:

Looking for some outdoor, rural fun with the family? Check out Lucky Ladd Farms, Tennessee’s largest petting zoo. Home to over 100 friendly and exotic animals, Lucky Ladd Farms is a 60-acre park complete with playgrounds, pony rides, and nature trails that children and adults love!

» Tennessee State Capitol:

For an educational outing, visit the Tennessee State Capitol for guided or self-guided tours. The building is a prime example of Greek-revival architecture and has one of the best views of Nashville from its hilltop. For more information, visit


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» Madame Tussauds Nashville:

A world-famous and interactive wax museum, Madame Tussauds allows visitors to perform with their favorite icons such as Patsy Cline, Elvis, Luke Bryan, other Nashville stars, and beyond!

» Radnor Lake:

Get outdoorsy this summer by paying a visit to Radnor Lake State Park at 1160 Otter Creek Road. Radnor Lake offers ranger-led hikes, birds of prey programs, canoe floats, and reptile programs to educate the entire family about Nashville’s natural environment. The park is also home to an aviary education center. For more information, visit

» Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum:

Although Nashville is considered the capital of country music the city’s Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to musicians across all genres and instruments. The site is dedicated to sharing the stories of exceptional artists throughout music history along with the instruments they used to record their most famous singles. Also, The Grammy Museum Gallery within the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is open for visitors to learn more about the history of the GRAMMY Awards, have a stage experience, and step into the recording process.


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» Bluebird Cafe:

Another world-famous Nashville site is the Bluebird Cafe. This summer, you and your family can experience free admissions, live performances, and open mic nights. To see who’s playing next, visit

» Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort:

Beat the heat by splashing into the Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort. The attraction offers eight exciting water slides, an aerial adventure course complete with ziplining, a large wave pool, and a water playground. The waterpark even offers summer discounts and specials, so the whole family can have fun!

» Flea Market @ The Fairgrounds Nashville:

Looking to join The Great Junk Hunt this summer? The monthly flea market at The Fairgrounds Nashville is a great place to get started. With free admission and $5 parking, the flea market is affordable family fun. The next one takes place August 23rd-25th. For more information, visit

» Nashville Sounds:

Catch a baseball game or two this summer by visiting the Nashville Sounds, a AAA Affiliate of the Texas Rangers. With a game nearly everyday, you and your family can enjoy America’s favorite pastime, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks well before autumn hits. To see the team’s schedule, click here.

» Fort Negley:

A historical Civil War site with a visitor center at 1100 Fort Negley Boulevard, Fort Negley offers Nashville skyline views, interesting exhibits, artifact displays, and interactive touch screens for an educational outing that focuses on the fort’s role in the Civil War. Fort Negley also offers self-guided tours as well as Fossil Find Days every 2nd Saturday of the month. For more information, call 615.862.8470.

» Nashville Zoo @ Grassmere:

Hang out with the animals this summer by visiting the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, home to the Flamingo Lagoon and the Kangaroo Kickabout. The zoo also offers ziplining for 110-foot views of their grounds, including the Gibbon Islands, Festival Field, African Savannah, and Historic Home.


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» Cannonsburgh Village:

Do you want to time travel this summer? Visit the Cannonsburgh Village, a living history museum that portrays Southern life from 1800-1925. Complete with an outdoor creek and easy trail, the village offers sights of pioneer life and times including a log home, general store, an authentic gristmill, and more. For more information, visit

» Nashville’s Waterways:

Explore the city of Nashville from the Cumberland River through kayak rentals and tours that accommodate beginner to intermediate levels of kayaking. River Queen Voyages and Paddle Up Nashville offer opportunities for navigating Nashville’s waterways that are safe, family-friendly, and fun!

» Gaylord Opryland Summerfest & Soundwaves:

Every year, the Gaylord Opryland Resort hosts its Summer Fest through September 2nd. The event includes free events such as Brainy Smurf’s Learning Log, themed photos, family movie nights, fountain shows, self-guided garden tours, and SoundWaves--an indoor/outdoor waterpark with cabanas, a wave pool, a lazy river, pools, and a splash pad.

» Tennessee State Museum:

Last year, the $160 million state-of-the-art Tennessee State Museum opened--right next to the Nashville Farmers Market. Offering free admission, the museum is highly immersive and interactive--educating residents and visitors about Tennessee’s history and providing a look at Civil War artifacts. For more information, visit

Do you have any additional questions about summer life in Nashville? Or perhaps you are setting out on your journey for finding the perfect Nashville home. If so, don’t hesitate to contact us at Amy Jackson Real Estate for any of your concerns or queries. You can speak with Amy Jackson directly at 615.300.1025.