5 Best Outdoor Activities in Nashville
The weather is changing and Spring is just around the corner! If you are ready to get outdoors, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite activities you can do outside. All events can be done either in pairs or groups, so grab your significant other or friends and have a good time!
If you are looking for a creative way to get outside, you can try Cumberland Caverns. The company provides guided tours through caves in the Middle Tennessee area that allow you have the adventure of a lifetime. The groups cater to all skill levels, and you can choose from either a daytime or nighttime tour. Each excursion starts with a 1.5-mile hike and includes narrow passages, ladders, and muddy trails, so if you have claustrophobia, you might want to skip this one. If this didn’t sound exciting enough, Cumberland Caverns also hosts concert events inside one of the caves. Forbes, Time, and Jetsetter have included the venue on their prestigious lists of places you don’t want to miss.
The Nashville Zoo opened their doors in 1991 and had grown from a private operation in Cheatham County to an Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They house 375 different animal species and over two thousand individual animals. There are opportunities to have some hands-on fun by having personal encounters with some of your favorite animals like goats, tortoises, and kangaroos. The Wilderness Express Train and Wild Animal Carousel are favorites among the zoo’s attendees. These rides give exclusive, behind the scenes access to some otherwise restricted areas of the park. For the kids, there is a Jungle Gym with over 66-thousand square feet of fun where they can swing, climb, and run!
Treetop Adventure Park
If you want an outdoor adventure that will take you to new heights, look no further than Treetop Adventure Park. This park is set in the beautiful woodsy area surrounding Nashville Shores Lake. It features 100 different obstacles that include suspended bridges, giant zip lines, cargo nets, Tarzan swings, and other exciting features. Treetop Adventure Park is a perfect opportunity to round up a group of friends or make the most of a weekend with your significant other. Learn more about the amazing options the park has to offer and book your tickets! The official opening day is March 14th, 2018.
The Pontoon Saloon is Nashville’s honky-tonk on water. The 50-foot party barge sets out on the Cumberland River and holds up to 40 guests with table seating and an open top. The cruise is BYOB and offers three different types of cruises. The Public Cruise welcomes groups of any size and is perfect for anyone who doesn’t mind mixing and mingling with others. If you are interested in renting out the barge with friends, they have Private and Special Event options. Departure times vary, so make sure to check out their website for more information!
Bike the Greenway
Bike the Greenway is the perfect day-time excursion to view Nashville in bloom! The company provides bike rentals to use on Nashville’s Greenway system. The greenway features two distinctly different paved trails the lead out from their location. The Shelby Bottoms Greenway begins with an exhilarating ride through a tunnel underneath Briley Parkway and then over the new Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge. The trail is mostly flat and is 3.5 miles making it a nice entry-level option! If you want something a little more challenging, the Stones River Greenway is 10.2 miles paved and with some elevation changes. All bikes are light-weight mountain bikes with pockets to fit your smartphone. Rentals are $30 for two hours or $45 for half a day!
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the outstanding tours that Tommy’s Nashville Tours has on offer this spring. Get a feel for Nashville with Tommy and get your tour on!