The Best Indoor Activities in Nashville
Nashville has a wide variety of fun activities to fill your day. There are so many wonderful trails if you feel like getting out in nature, or neighborhoods to explore, or restaurants to visit that it can seem like you will never see all you can see. However, the summer weather here in Nashville often sends people looking for some activities away from the elements. It doesn’t matter if it’s a summer rainstorm or triple-digit temperatures, there are just some days you want to be inside.
The good news is that Nashville has a lot of options to keep having fun while also treating yourself to air conditioning. Here are our favorite things you can do when you’re not enjoying a curated tour around Music City.
Nashville’s Adventure Science Center is a place of discovery to be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is located just south of downtown, making it easily accessible no matter where you are located within the city.
The Adventure Science Center offers three floors of science-related exhibits covering topics such as the physics of flight, a planetarium, and a live beehive. The wide variety of exhibits and numerous offerings make this a very engaging and interesting place to visit. See for yourself and learn something new!
There’s always something new going on at the Frist Art Museum, located in the middle of downtown Nashville on Broadway. New exhibits are cycled through every few months, meaning you get the opportunity to view a wide variety of exhibits throughout the year. The museum has been open for almost 20 years and has become a treasured asset to Nashville’s cultural scene.
And when you’re done taking in all the beautiful artwork, visit the museum’s wonderful gift shop. You’ll find a dazzling selection of art prints, books, and jewelry made by regional and local regional artists.
Garden Conservatory at the Gaylord Opryland
The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is a beautiful and huge lodging option for those visiting Nashville. But you don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy the vast and beautiful Garden Conservatory. This indoor ode to extravagant plants gives you the opportunity to experience a jungle-like atmosphere without leaving the continent.
Enjoy flowing waterfalls, dazzling fountain displays, and serene rivers running through the beautiful displays of exotic plants. There are even restaurants and shopping choices should you decide to try something a little different during your visit. This is a great free option that is open to the public.
The Country Music Hall of Fame celebrates the history and future of country music. The halls are filled with dazzling displays, important artifacts, and even live music. There is as much to learn as there is to enjoy throughout the numerous exhibits.
The rotunda features plaques of all the historic country music artists that have been recognized by the hall of fame for their contributions to country music. There are educational opportunities for those interested in learning more about music itself. The Country Music Hall of Fame is part museum, part celebration of music, and part educational tool.
The historic Ryman Auditorium has been a staple of the Nashville music scene since the very first concert held there in 1892. It went on to host various events from many different industries — political gatherings, religious ceremonies, and even a performance by Harry Houdini. The Ryman is perhaps best known as the long-term home of the Grand Ole Opry for 30 years starting in 1944.
The Ryman Auditorium continues hosting concerts almost every night of the week. Visitors can either catch a show or book a tour of the facility to learn more about its rich history. But no matter what your reason for visiting, enjoying the beautiful space is a great way to spend your time.
One of the best ways to spend a day with your friends and family is to test your abilities at a bowling alley. And there’s no better place in the Nashville area to throw a bowling ball than at Donelson Bowl. Stepping into this bowling alley is like stepping into a previous generation. Everything from the carpeting, to the decorations, to the machines used to keep score are a throwback to a time before cell phones and wireless internet.
Enjoy food from the counter, a pitcher of beer, or plug the jukebox with enough money to play all your favorite songs. A selection of arcade games give you even more options of ways to spend your time in great company.