When we moved to Mississippi, one of the things we were most excited about was the opportunity to explore the Deep South. Prior to our big move neither one of us had spent much time down here and we were excited to be in close proximity to places like New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, Nashville and more. As happy circumstance would have it, we have friends that also recently moved from the Midwest to the South and they are in Nashville. Early in October, we drove north and east a bit to spend a weekend in Nashville, TN.
We arrived late Friday, so our adventure began Saturday morning. Two SUVs were parked at the downtown library (major library envy!) and then we walked through the streets of Nashville.
The two things I was most aware of in Nashville were the hills and activity. Walking around downtown is a workout. I love hills, so I'm not complaining, but it wasn't what I expected. I think I thought it would be flat like Mississippi. The second thing was that there is SO much going on in Nashville. Family events, runs, concerts, live music every where. Check out their events page to plan ahead and be wowed. As we walked towards the river we were passed by a marathon as it ran through the streets. We popped into a few shops and then had a snack overlooking the river.
From there we wandered over to the Nashville Symphony and completely by accident stumbled upon their Free Day of Music Event. This was possibly my favorite part of the trip. The event included an outdoor concert for families, instruments inside for kids to handle and try, free reign for roaming the beautiful halls, and more. Our three year olds were fascinated by the different instruments. They could have spent hours strumming guitars and blowing in horns.
We had a picnic lunch at Centenniel Park a little ways away where there was an Art Fair and outdoor concert crowding the park. We found a spot amongst the hubbub, listened to a little music, and enjoyed the perfect weather.
After our busy morning, we took naps and relaxed with our friends until dinner. I highly recommend working some down time into your trips, especially when traveling with children. Everyone can use some time to hang out, splash in a pool, play at the park, or chance to teach a friend how to scrum.
After our evening of catching up with friends and relaxing, we hit the town again to visit the Nashville Science Center. Having visited more than our fair share of children's museums, discovery centers, and science museums, I was a little underwelmed by Nashville's Science Center. There were some cool exhibits. My son was fascinated by the outerspace section. My daughter loved climbing the structure in the middle. I liked the view of Nashville at the top. In general though, I would save this for a rainy day.
Lunch, however, I loved. We ate at Burger Up billed for its friendliness to allergies. Between our families we need to avoid dairy and gluten so eating together can be a culinary challenge. The food was delicious, the service was good, the space was light. It was a great way to end our much too quick trip to Nashville.
There's still so much we want to see and do in Nashville so we will be back. Any recommendations for our next trip? Places to eat? Things to do? Please share!
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