Beat the Heat in Nashville With These 6 Summer Activities

Beat the Heat in Nashville With These 6 Summer Activities

We’re in the throes of summer in Middle Tennessee and sometimes you just need a cool escape to beat the beat. With Nashville being such a boom town, there is no end to fun summer activities, but some of them are a little “cooler” than others.

Here are six summer activities in Nashville to beat the heat!

Top Golf

Top Golf is a new state-of-the-art golf facility where the weather is always perfect. Golfers play in climate-controlled playing “bays” (sort of like an alley at a bowling alley.) Top Golf Nashville also has a large indoor area with HDTVs and a bar for ice cold beverages.

Nashville Shores

Nashville Shores, a water park located at beautiful Percy Priest Lake, has something for everyone, plus a beautiful view of the lake. Whether you are a lazy river kind of fan, love the thrill of water slides or wave pool, you can spend the entire day at Nashville Shores and not get bored. It’s a great place to take the entire family as there is something for every age. Barefootin’ Bay is perfect for younger kids. It features 35 interactive water features, spray toys, mini-slides, and a tipping bucket to drench guests below.

Movie Time

There’s nothing better on a hot day than popcorn and a matinee! Try a different movie experience at the Belcourt in Hillsboro Village, completely remodeled in 2016, or the beautiful Franklin Theatre in downtown historic Franklin. Both venues offer classics as well as newer releases. And if you’re looking for something a little stronger than a soft drink to wash down your concessions, both serve wine and beer.

Ice Cream and Frozen Treats

There’s really no end to great ice cream shops in Nashville. From Las Paletas handcrafted popsicles near 12 South to Jeni’s which now has three locations, to old school favorite Bobbie’s Dairy Dip on the West Side or Elliston Place off West End, you can easily hit a different frozen treat destination every week this summer!

Cave Exploring

You’ll have to drive across the border to Kentucky to view some of the most amazing caves in the U.S., but with temperatures year round in the 50s, it’s a great day trip to beat the heat. Mammoth Cave National Park, just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is open year round (closed only on Christmas Day.) Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles (643 km) explored. Mammoth Cave offers several ranger-led tours.

Ice Skating

Nashville has a couple of options for ice skating enthusiasts: the Ford Ice Center in Antioch or Centennial Sportsplex near downtown. In 2019 a second Ford Ice Center is scheduled to open in Bellevue.

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Summer Fun in Nashville

Summer Fun in Nashville

It’s officially summer in Nashville, one of the hottest destinations in the country. Luckily for Nashvillians we get to enjoy our beautiful city year round and summer break is one of the best times to catch a local festival, live music or live sports, such as Nashville Sounds baseball at First Tennessee Park.

We’ve compiled a list of just a few of the many upcoming Middle Tennessee family friendly events to mark off your summer bucket list (with most of them free!) Here’s to summer fun in Nashville!

Bluegrass Along the Harpeth July 27-18

This two-day bluegrass music festival features food trucks, craft booths and an art show. The Friday night music concert will include a dancing exhibition; Saturday features open bluegrass music and old time dancing competitions. Free to the public. For more information, visit their website.

Tomato Art Fest August 10-11

The 15th annual Tomato Art Fest is a celebration in East Nashville featuring art, music, food, costumes, contests, shopping, kids activities and more. The Tomato Art Fest Push, Pull & Wear Parade will feature floats that can be pushed, pulled, carried or worn on your body. Visit tomatoartfest.com for more information on this family-friendly event.

Shakespeare in the Park August 9-September 16

Love the arts? The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare in the Park” has been bringing theater under the stars at the Centennial Park band shell for 30 years. This year’s featured play is the classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays Aug. 9 through Sept. 9 in Centennial Park, and Sept. 13-16 in Academy Park in Franklin. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and picnic under the stars. Free event with a suggested $10 donation.

Lawnchair Theater June-August

Jailhouse Industry’s outdoor Lawnchair Theater takes place on Fridays at dusk at 4144 Old Hillsboro Road in beautiful Leiper’s Fork. The movie line up features classics and family movies. VIsit Jailhouseindustrys.com for more information.

2018 Williamson County Fair August 3-11

The 2018 Williamson County Fair will be held August 3-11 at the Williamson County Agricultural EXPO Park, 4215 Long Lane, in Franklin, Tennessee. This family-friendly event celebrates agricultural education in Williamson County and features midway rides and lots of attractions. New to 2018’s lineup is Ma’Ceo, an equestrian acrobatic show that will take place inside a large tented area in the Fair Village. For more information, visit www.williamsoncountyfair.org.

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