3 Days in Nashville This Fall

October 4, 2021

Treetop adventure parks, honky-tonks, and old-fashioned BBQs make for a boisterous weekend packed with culture, music, nature, and Southern comfort food. 

Work up an appetite hopping through colorful trees, devour some brisket and pecan pie, then dance down the top stompin’ streets of Nashville, Tennessee.

Does it get any better than that?

Serene or Spooky?

Need some time to relax in nature and step away from the computer? Or are you craving a heart-throbbing spooky weekend?

Whether you want a Leisurely Weekend Getaway, Moderately-Paced Itinerary, or an Action-Packed Adventure we've got your three-day Nashville fall trip covered!

view of the fountains and statue outside of the Nashville Symphony Hall in the summer in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Leisurely Getaway Weekend

Where to Sleep: Bode Nashville

Instead of piling everyone into a cramped hotel room, opt for this stylish and spacious hotel and choose up to four bedrooms and a kitchen at Bode Nashville. Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, all the sites are a short walk away. Free parking!

Day One

Where to Go: Old Town Trolley Tour

Spend your first day in Nashville getting oriented to your surroundings without exhausting the kids’ shorter legs or worrying about parking on the Old Town Trolley Tour Nashville.

Jump into a comfortable trolley, absorb the fascinating knowledge your tour guide will emit, and jump off when something strikes your fancy.

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Here are a few noteworthy stops:

  • Country Music Hall Of Fame: Calling country music lovers! See instruments, outfits, and artifacts owned by your favorite country musicians and discover the lives of practically every country singer ever. Fun and interactive exhibits with audio guides to keep the little ones occupied until you get your fill. 
  • Musicians Hall Of Fame And Museum: Calling all music lovers! A thoroughly interactive way to learn about the history of jazz, blues, country, rock, R&B, and the artists who influenced them. Let the kids tap into their musical intuitions while playing the instruments while you discover fascinating stories about your favorite musicians.

Where to Eat Lunch: Farmer's Market

Indulge in fresh produce, artisanal food, restaurants, shops, and crafts at this year-round Farmer's Market open daily until 6 pm and stop number 8 on your Old Town Trolley Tour.

Where to Go in the Afternoon: Marathon Motor Works

If you enjoy cars, machines, history, and alcohol, Marathon Motor Works is your stop.

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Where to Relax: Centennial Park

Centennial Park is your chance to let the kids run around while you relax and enjoy the fall colors in the shade of a tree. You can also visit the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon and an art gallery from 1897.

Where to Take in Some History: Belmont Mansion

Take a tour of this extravagant Italian Villa and its gardens built in 1849 at Belmont Mansion.

Over the years, the Belmont Mansion has served as:

  • a summer home for Nashville socialite Adelicia Acklen
  • temporary headquarters of the Union army
  • an all-girls college

Day Two

Where to Go:  Cumberland Park

Spend the morning playing along the river at Cumberland Park. With a climbing wall, splash areas, an amphitheater, and a trail, there is plenty of space for your kids to roam safely while you relax and enjoy the views. When you tire of the park, cross over the pedestrian bridge back into downtown for lunch.

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Where to Eat: Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant

Vintage family-friendly Southern restaurant with live music every night!  Try the pimento cheese balls.

Where to Dance: Lower Broadway

Head to lower Broadway and dance your way down Honky Tonk Highway, a row of country music bars pumping live music into the streets all night every night.

Make sure to stop in at Robert’s Western World (rich with Civil War history and frequented by country music stars) and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, an old purple building where Willie Nelson played his first show.

Day Three

Where to Go: Grand Ole Opry

Visit the place that made country music famous, the Grand Ole Opry. Have a seat in the theater and enjoy the music, special effects, and archival footage. Listen to stories about Opry’s grandest historical moments and learn about past and present country music greats. Take a backstage tour and get an exclusive look at uniquely themed dressing rooms, a live television studio, and the artist entrance.

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Where to Eat: Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

Choose a variety of plates to share at this Southern family restaurant. Make sure to include chicken and mashed potatoes!

Skyline View of Nashville, Tennessee, USA at Sunset

Moderately-Paced Itinerary

Where to Sleep: Bode Nashville

Instead of piling everyone into a cramped hotel room, opt for this stylish and spacious hotel and choose up to four bedrooms and a kitchen at Bode Nashville. Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, all the sites are a short walk away. Free parking!

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Day One

Where to Go: 201 Old Town Trolley Tour

Spend your first day in Nashville getting oriented to your surroundings without exhausting the kids’ shorter legs or worrying about parking on the Old Town Trolley Tour Nashville.

Jump into a comfortable trolley, absorb the fascinating knowledge your tour guide will emit, and jump off when something strikes your fancy. Here are a few noteworthy stops:

  • Country Music Hall Of Fame: Calling country music lovers! See instruments, outfits, and artifacts owned by your favorite country musicians and discover the lives of practically every country singer ever. Fun and interactive exhibits with audio guides to keep the little ones occupied until you get your fill. 
  • Musicians Hall Of Fame And Museum: Calling all music lovers! A thoroughly interactive way to learn about the history of jazz, blues, country, rock, R&B, and the artists who influenced them. Let the kids tap into their musical intuitions while playing the instruments while you discover fascinating stories about your favorite musicians.

Where to Eat Lunch: Farmer's Market

Indulge in fresh produce, artisanal food, restaurants, shops, and crafts at this year-round Farmer's Market open daily until 6 pm and stop number 8 on your Old Town Trolley Tour.

Where to Go in the Afternoon: Marathon Motor Works

If you enjoy cars, machines, history, and alcohol, Marathon Motor Works is your stop.

Where to Relax: Centennial Park

Centennial Park is your chance to let the kids run around while you relax and enjoy the fall colors in the shade of a tree. You can also visit the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon and an art gallery from 1897.

Where to Take in Some History: Belmont Mansion

Take a tour of this extravagant Italian Villa and its gardens built in 1849 at Belmont Mansion.

Over the years, the Belmont Mansion has served as:

  • a summer home for Nashville socialite Adelicia Acklen
  • temporary headquarters of the Union army
  • an all-girls college

Related Post: 13 of the Best Fun & Free Things to Do in Nashville

Day Two

Where to Go: Treetop Adventure Park

Hop across suspended bridges, fly through the trees with giant zip lines, and get air on the Tarzan swing at Treetop Adventure Park.

Located in the Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort, this adventure park is not only a paradise for fun-loving kids, but it’s also a lovely spot for fall-loving parents to get some great family fall foliage shots.

Where to Eat: Papa Turney's Old Fashion BBQ

Pretty much what you’d expect from the name with the addition of beautiful views of the marina, live music, and homemade pies!

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Day Three

Where to Go for History: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Before you leave town, stop by Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and explore the beautiful mansion that our 7th president called home.

Learn about his life, the history of the house, stroll through the historical farm and end the day with some wine tasting to help put you to sleep on your flight back home.

Where to Eat: Flat Tire Diner

Breakfast, brunch, biscuits, burgers, hot dogs, soups, sandwiches. An extensive menu served alongside hometown diner vibes.

night view of lights on buildings with cars on streets at Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Action-Packed Adventure 

Where to Sleep: Bode Nashville

Instead of piling everyone into a cramped hotel room, opt for this stylish and spacious hotel and choose up to four bedrooms and a kitchen at Bode Nashville. Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, all the sites are a short walk away. Free parking!

Related Post: Top Attractions in Nashville, Tennessee

Day One

Where to Take in Some History: Belmont Mansion

Start your Nashville adventure with a relaxing morning. Grab some coffee and take a tour of this extravagant Italian Villa and its gardens built in 1849 at Belmont Mansion.

Over the years, the Belmont Mansion has served as:

  • a summer home for Nashville socialite Adelicia Acklen
  • temporary headquarters of the Union army
  • an all-girls college

Where to Get Instagrammable Photos: What Lifts Your Wings

Drive 5 minutes back towards downtown and take a photo at the “Nashville What LiftsYour Wings Mural” on 302 11th Ave.

Where to Eat: Adele's Nashville

Walk 5 minutes from the mural and eat lunch in a beautiful atmosphere at Adele's Nashville. Extensive menu comprising new American farm-to-fork dishes and drinks.

Where to Dance: Lower Broadway

Head to lower Broadway and dance your way down Honky Tonk Highway, a row of country music bars pumping live music into the streets all night every night.

Make sure to stop in at Robert’s Western World (rich with Civil War history and frequented by country music stars) and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, an old purple building where Willie Nelson played his first show.

Related Post: Nashville Nightlife: 14 of the Top Things to Do

Day Two

Where to Go: Musicians Hall of Fame And Museum

Go on an interactive and fascinating journey through the history of jazz, blues, country, rock, R&B, and the artists behind them. Discover fascinating stories about your favorite musical legends like Johnny Cash, B.B King, Elvis, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and more!

Where to Eat: Farmers’ Market

Indulge in fresh produce, artisanal food, restaurants, shops, and crafts at this year-round Farmer's Market open daily until 6 pm. Located at 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd.

Where to Take Instagrammable Photos: I Believe in Nashville Mural

Walk over to take photos at the “I Believe in Nashville” mural by Adrien Saporiti and the Miss Wyna-Amor Rose mural near it.

Where to Take in Night-Life: Soul of Music City Night Tour

Listen to your favorite hits with a newfound appreciation for the history and work that went into them. Turn up the energy with a Soul of Music City Night Tour.

Hear insider stories and intriguing facts about everything from Nashville’s honky-tonks, rhythm & blues, and rock heritage, to the many people, places, and events that carved out Nashville’s iconic reputation as Music City U.S.A. A wonderful evening filled with music, history, fun, and a close-up view of some of the most legendary spots in Nashville, including Music Row, The Ryman Auditorium, Elliston Place’s “Rock Block” and the Rhythm & Blues heritage of Historic Jefferson Street in North Nashville.

Day Three

Where to Go: Treetop Adventure Park

Hop across suspended bridges, fly through the trees with giant zip lines, and get air on the Tarzan swing at Treetop Adventure Park.

Located in the Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort, this adventure park is not only a paradise for fun-loving kids, but it’s also a lovely spot for fall-loving parents to get some great family fall foliage shots.

Where to Eat: Papa Turney's Old Fashion BBQ

Pretty much what you’d expect from the name with the addition of beautiful views of the marina, live music, and homemade pies!

 

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