Playing Tourist in Nashville

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There is always so much going on in Nashville, and so often I take that for granted.

So this week, I challenged the girls to be tourists in their own cities, and to show me what great adventures they could find for a Jack$on!


There are so many things that I love to do when I go visit a city—I try to find the best coffee shop, a good place to eat, and any cool activities the city has planned.

So that’s what I set out to do today with my daughter. We played tourist in Nashville!

First things first, when touring the city, you must wear comfy shoes, have snacks in tow, and most important for mom, coffee!

First, we headed to my favorite coffee shop, SUMP. We grabbed a coffee for me, water for her, and a muffin to split—$8.74 total.

We sat and ate our breakfast in their courtyard, and talked about the trees and birds.

The next stop on our adventure was right up the road to Centennial Park and the Parthenon.

Centennial is a great place for visitors to the city, especially kids! There is a pond to walk around, where you can see all kinds of animals: birds, turtles, ducks, and fish!

After wandering around the park for a little while, we made our way up to the Parthenon. Not only is the structure incredible, but inside is an art gallery.

The statue of Athena is the main attraction inside, and is a replica of the original statue in Greece. The artwork is rotating, and some is available for purchase.

It’s a great way to escape the heat in Nashville on a budget! Adult admission is $6, and kiddos under 4 years of age are free.

After strolling around the Parthenon and flower gardens of Centennial Park (and a short nap!), we headed to Once City for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

Finding music or art festivals in a city is a great way to explore the culture, and most are free with the request of a donation.

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is free, and they allow you to bring blankets and your own picnic.

Some of my other favorite, not-as-kid-friendly things to do in Nashville are checking out the live music on Broadway, and going on a food/booze tour.

When I first moved to Nashville, Damaris came down and scheduled a food/booze tour for some of our friends. It was incredibly fun, lasted several hours, and it was a great way to be introduced to my new city!


It was so much fun to play tourist in Nashville today with my daughter. It was a great reason to get out and explore with her, and just enjoy some quality time.

Normally I am always trying to get things checked off my to-do list in a naptime or less, but today I got to do everything I wanted with the best explorer buddy.


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