12 Free Things to Do In Nashville, Tennessee with Kids




Ya’ll headed to Nashville with the kiddos? You will have a great time! Nashville is a beautiful city. I love how it has that big city vibe but still maintains a small town feel.

There are several activities there that the whole family can enjoy in Nashville. I always like to find the inexpensive things our family can enjoy together.  I’ve made a list of all the free things to do in Nashville, Tennessee with the kids and I wanted to share it with you. Your wallet can thank me later!



1.Radnor Lake

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Hike the high trail or participate in one of their scheduled canoe floats, wildflower walks, and aviary tours. These events are all FREE and open to the public. You can see a list of events on the calendar HERE.

Radnor Lake  //  1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220  //  615.373.3467

Radnor Lake WEBSITE




2.Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

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The kiddos will love exploring this 19-acre park and learning all about the history of Tennessee. They will also have a blast in the summertime playing in the Rivers of Tennessee fountains. There is also a 200-foot granite map of the state of Tennessee and a World War II memorial. It’s a great spot to have a picnic, take photos of the family, and catch a fantastic view of the Capitol Building.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park // 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave. //  Nashville, TN 37243

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park WEBSITE




3.Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens


It’s free to walk around the Opryland Garden Conservatory Atrium even if you aren’t staying at the hotel. Parking at the resort can cost $20 so we park at the nearby mall and walk to the Opryland Resort. My kids love walking along the pathways in this lush atrium. It feels like a small city inside a botanical gardens inside an atrium. It has restaurants, fountains, bridges, shops and even a boat ride (boat rides are about $10)

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens  //  2800 Opryland Drive Nashville, Tennessee  //  1-615-889-1000

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens Website




4.The Nashville Flea Market

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The Nashville Flea Market is held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and it is considered to be in the top 10 in the nation. It is a great place to look for treasures (treasures such as antiques, jewelry, handmade clothing, etc.) The market is held every fourth weekend of the month. Entrance is free.

The Nashville Flea Market  //    625 Smith Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203  //  615.862.5016

The Nashville Flea Market WEBSITE




5.Cumberland Park

Cumberland Park

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Located right along the river, Cumberland Park offers many play areas and water features. There is a splash pad, an area to play in sand, a bouncing pad, a green maze, The Gorge area (with a rock climbing wall, sliding poles, and climbing ropes),  and tandem see-saw for parents and kids.  Lots of free activities for kiddos and the whole family!

The park is open every day from dawn until 11 p.m.

Cumberland Park  //  592 South First Street, Nashville, TN 37213  //  615.862.8400

Cumberland Park WEBSITE




6.Frist Center for the Visual Arts

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Adults and older children will enjoy all of the art exhibits and children will love visiting Martin ArtQuest in the Upper Level.  Martin ArtQuest is full of fun, interactive activities for the little ones.

There is an entrance fee for adults ($12) but kids 18 years and younger are FREE.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts WEBSITE




7.Centennial Park & The Parthenon

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Located within a few miles of Downtown Nashville, Centennial is a great park to visit with the family. There are events almost every weekend (like Culture Events, Craft Fairs, Shakespeare in the park. There is also a greenway that is about a mile long that goes around the edge of the park. It is a nice place to walk by the kids and as you walk by the lake, the kiddos can feed the ducks.

The Parthenon was built in Nashville’s Centennial Park in 1897 as part of Tennessee’s centennial celebration. It is an exact copy of the Arthenian Parthenon, and is still a very popular attraction in Nashville.  You can enter and pay $6 for the art museum located inside, but visiting the exterior is free and well worth a visit.

Centennial Park and Parthenon WEBSITE



8.Free Concerts at Live on the Green



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This concert series is held at Public Square Park and hosts local and national musical artists every Thursday evening in August and September. Live on the Green features concerts with established music performers and emerging and up-and-coming artists.

Live on the Green WEBSITE




9.Pernassus Books

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Pernassus Books is a cute, neighborhood bookstore that offers free story time events for children and free readings. There are also free signings of books, but the book must be purchased of course. You can learn more about their special events HERE.

Pernassus Book WEBSITE




10.Tennessee State Museum

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The Tennessee State Museum focuses on the history of Tennessee and the history of the South. It has one of the largest Civil War Collections in the USA. The exhibits range form guitars to cotton gins to mastodon bones to log cabins to covered wagons.

Tennessee State Museum  //  505 Deaderick Street  //  Nashville, TN 37243-1120

Tennessee State Museum WEBSITE




11.John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

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The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge connects downtown Nashville to the football stadium. There is no traffic, so people can walk or bike across the bridge. It’s nice to be able to take your time and stop to enjoy the view or take photos.




12. Walk Broadway Street

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Broadway Street if exciting and fun both day and night. I honestly prefer to take the kiddos to Broadway Street during the day. We enjoy the shops and live music. At night, the music gets louder and the partying and bar hopping begins, so I think Broadway is more family friendly during the daytime.




Have you been to Nashville? Have you discovered some free activities for kiddos there? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!





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