48 Hours in Nashville

If you haven’t noticed, Nashville has become a hotspot for family vacations (non-family too), and if you’re anything like us, you probably have family and friends from all over the country planning trips to come visit. It can be a real chore trying to plan a weekend getaway that will keep all of your guests happy. The biggest challenge is trying to squeeze everything Nashville has to offer into one trip. We can’t help that our city is so awesome! So, how is it even possible to plan for 48 hours in Nashville?

How to maximize your time in Nashville with kids in tow!

When it comes to planning 48 hours in Nashville, you must consider the locations of each event, driving time, weather, meals and how to keep everyone happy. No worries friends, I’ve done my research (we’ve had a lot of guests) and I have created the perfect 48 hours in Nashville for families. This itinerary has it all: local food, Nashville attractions, outdoor activities, indoor fun, shopping and even some country music!

Day 1 in Nashville


Breakfast at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant. This local restaurant/music venue has everything, including a buffet and a great kid’s menu. After getting your fill, head north one block and stop at the Main Library. Enjoy the architecture, the art, the endless rows of literature and a fantastic kid’s section, complete with a city replica play-place! From here, walk a couple of blocks over to Broadway and take a stroll downtown. This is a great time of day to take in some touristy iconic sights without exposing your kid’s to the night life crowd. There are plenty of souvenir shops, famous bars and music venues and lots of photo spots. Walk all the way down to the Cumberland River and take a stroll over the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. (Hope you packed your stroller!) You’ll end right at Riverfront Park which has a great playground and really unique splash park!

nashville river front park
Enjoying the splash park at River Front Park



You’ve got to be starving by now… DeSano’s Pizza Bakery is just a ten minute drive back towards downtown. It’s the best pizza in Nashville and very family friendly. Once you’ve had way too much fresh pizza from the wood-burning ovens, take a nice stroll to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Nashville has a fantastic art museum and the children’s gallery is the best! They can paint, draw, build, create and learn everything about art they’ve ever wanted to know!


the frist art museum
Playing at the Frist



Before dinner, make a quick trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame. You can’t visit Nashville without experiencing some country music. Plus, this Hall of Fame will entertain the entire family. They have exhibits on everyone from Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift, and there’s plenty of interactive musical displays between the other exhibits. Now, it’s time to wind down. Take a short drive to Taco Mamacita and enjoy chips and salsa, fresh tacos and maybe a margarita or two! Rest up, because tomorrow is another full day!

Day 2 in Nashville


Today, I recommend beginning on 12 South and getting cronuts at Five Daughters Bakery. This might be the most important stop of your entire trip. These little baked pieces of sugary heaven will forever change your life, trust me. (Five Daughters, if you are reading this, feel free to send any sample cronuts my way!) After the happiest moment of your life, walk one block south to Frothy Monkey. Here, you will want to pick up coffee and sandwiches to-go because you are about to head to the zoo! The Nashville Zoo is AMAZING! Hop with the kangaroos inside their exhibit, pet the tortoises, play with goats, feed the lorikeets, ride the carousel and be really thankful you packed those sandwiches (I promise it’s better than the zoo food).

the Nashville Zoo
Playing with the goats at the zoo



Do not leave the zoo without exploring their playground. It is one of the largest community-built playgrounds in the United States! Take a drive across town to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. The gardens are a great place to spend your late afternoon. Explore the gardens, the mansion, the art gallery, the trains (my daughter’s personal favorite) and don’t forget to sit and relax while taking in the beautiful flowers and rolling hills.


If time allows, make a quick stop at Percy Warner Park, just outside of Cheekwood. It’s worth it just to climb the ridiculously long stairs and take a few photos of the unforgettable landscape. Now, that you are all officially exhausted, it’s time to eat. Drive back to 12 South for supper at Edley’s Bar-B-Que. It’s kid friendly and delicious, that’s really all you need to know. Before ending your trip, take a short walk to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and be sure to ask for samples before deciding on your scoops.

*In case of rain, check out the Adventure Science Center or Opryland.

There you have it! Next time you need to entertain guests or your own family, you’ve got to try our 48 hours in Nashville itinerary. Be sure to caff up, it’s jam packed full of Nashville fun!

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