There is always something new to discover when you visit Nashville. This day trip to Nashville is perfect for all ages, especially if you have out of town guests with kids who want to experience Nashville. Plan for a full day and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Start your day at Fannie Mae Dees Park, also known as the Dragon Park (2400 Blakemore Ave). You can park on 24th Ave S, or if no spots are available, bring some change to put in a parking meter on the side street. The park has a large mosaic serpent (dragon) that kids and adults alike can climb on. Perfect photo op. At the same location is a fun playground for the kiddos. Plan to stay about 30 minutes to an hour.

Your next stop is just a 5-minute drive to The Parthenon located in Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave). You will be impressed with this full size replica of The Parthenon; just like the one that’s in Athens, Greece. There is a small charge to tour the art displays inside the building or take advantage of photo ops outside and around the park. A great location for having a picnic, throwing a frisbee, or simply letting the kids run to their heart’s content. Plan at least 1-hour at this stop.

Lunch in Downtown

Once you’ve finished exploring Centennial Park, hop in your car for a 10-minute drive to Downtown Nashville for lunch at Honky Tonk Central (329 Broadway). This 3-story venue opens at 11am, serving delicious food while entertaining your whole family with live music on all three floors.

After lunch, walk around downtown, or as the locals call it – Lower Broad – and be sure to stop at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen (310 Broadway) for some old fashioned candy treats or ice cream. Just take a look below at the abundant barrels of candy!

As of 2023, there are eleven country music singer sponsored bars in Nashville, soon to be twelve. Be sure to check out your favorites as you walk through Downtown (ahem-Lower Broad). Below is a list with their website links.

Country Music Singer Pub Crawl

When you reach 2nd Ave, head over to the Wild Horse Saloon (120 2nd Ave) soon to be affiliated with Luke Combs. Check out their website for free Line Dancing lessons that occur every hour. You may think you have two left feet, but the instructors will have you doing the Boot scootin’ Boogie in less than 20 minutes. Guaranteed a fun time.

Tired of walking around? Head over to Pins Mechanical (1102 Grundy Street) and give Duck Pin Bowling a try. No need for shoe rental or searching for the right size bowling ball. All balls are the same weight and size. Great fun for couples or families as this place is very affordable; bowling is $6/game, pinball is $1/game, Foosball is .50/game, and get this…Ping Pong, Patio Pong, Bocce ball, Giant Jenga, Arcade games, Console Video Games, and Hookie are all FREE! This little hidden gem is just a 5-minute drive from Honky Tonk Central and opens for business at 4pm during the week and 12 noon on the weekends. Please note, they do not serve food but they have wonderful craft beers and cocktails for adults, as well as sodas and free water for the kiddos.

Dinner in Downtown

Wrap up your day with a nice Italian dinner at Amerigos (1920 West End Ave); just a 5-minute drive from Pins Mechanical. Call in advance or go online for a reservation. They offer free parking behind the restaurant. Ask the folks at the hostess stand for parking validation.

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