Outdoor Activities In Nashville

The 7 Best Outdoor Activities In Nashville

Once you’ve had your fill of the city’s superb food and drink scene and finished exploring its cultural hotspots, be sure to dive into some outdoor activities in Nashville.

There’s some brilliant things to do outside here, whether you’re into scenic day trips, thrill-seeking tours or family-friendly events. Take note of these seven unmissable activities that are popular with both locals and visitors alike.

Best Outdoor Activities In Nashville

1. Cedars of Lebanon Trail Rides

What exactly is it? Explore the flat and forestry terrain going through both woods and fields in the joining State Forest.

How long does it take? 45 minutes.

How much does it cost? $35 per Adult, $25 Seniors 65+ and $25 for Children 8-12. Walk ups are welcome, but it is recommended to call in advance to ensure availability.

2. Natchez Trace Parkway (Nashville) 

What exactly is it? The Natchez Trace, also known as the “Old Natchez Trace”, is a historical footpath that stretches 444 miles through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. However, you can get a taste of it from Nashville -covering almost 25 miles on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Bikers can relax and enjoy an exceptionally scenic roadway, gorgeous vistas at every turn, from forests to farmlands to rivers and lakes.

How long does it take? This is a relatively challenging loop. Experienced cyclist will likely complete the entire route in 3 hours (or less).

How much does it cost? $150 per person, price includes; premium road bike rental (helmet & clipless Pedals), pick-up & drop-off from a Nashville venue, Snacks & hydration during & post ride.

3. Musicians Corner

What exactly is it? Inspired by Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park, a global music landmark and community gathering space was created in Centennial Park where musical performers illustrate passion, diversity, and fellowship. Local vendors and activities augment the pastiche of musical performances to create unique community events.

How long does it take? 2-3 hours.

How much does it cost? Depending on the event, so make sure to check out their website!

4. Pontoon Nashville

What exactly is it? Step aboard one of their 22-foot pontoon boats and sit back and enjoy the beautiful Cumberland River. All boats are fully equipped with a sound system, lounge seating, and shade canopy.

How long does it take? There are two options available- Half day (4 hours) and Full day (8 hours).

How much does it cost?

10 Passenger Boat

Weekday (Tuesday – Friday)
Half Day (4 Hours) – $275
Full Day (8 Hours) – $400

Weekend and Holiday (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays)
Full Day – $475

12 Passenger Boat

Weekday (Tuesday – Friday)
Half Day (4 Hours) – $325
Full Day (8 Hours) – $450

Weekend and Holiday (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays)
Full Day – $550

5. Parthenon at Centennial Park

What exactly is it? Wander around Centennial Park and marvel at its centerpiece, a replica of the Parthenon in Athens. Originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, serving as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture.

How long does it take? You can spend the afternoon wandering around this park, make a day of it, pack a picnic, and take yourself back in time to ancient Greece.

How much does it cost? Free, unless you want to explore inside – Seniors (62 & older), Children (4-17) is $3, and Adults are $5.50.

Photo via IG: @jacksondreynolds

6. The Nashville Tractor

What exactly is it? Experience sightseeing Nashville from a tractor! The on-board entertainer serves drinks and keeps the music going while you enjoy the beautiful views. And who knows maybe you’ll learn how to two-step along the way!

How long does it take? 1.5 hours.

How much does it cost? $35 per person for the Public Tour.

7. SoundWaves Nashville

What exactly is it? Known as the nation’s first truly upscale indoor/outdoor resort water attraction spending over $90 million on development.  SoundWaves has something for everyone- From water attractions, outdoor live music (seasonal May-Sept), restaurants & dining, indoor/outdoor adult only areas.

How long does it take? Soundwaves is part of the Gaylord Opryland Resort- you can spend the day here or even check in for a night!

How much does it cost? Day pass- start at $40 per person Monday through Thursday; $50 per person on weekends; and $55 per person on holidays. The price includes a wristband that gives you all-day access to everything in SoundWaves, plus three hours in the party room, including pizza, soda, and cake for your group. Parking passes are also included, which is quite a savings in itself. Children ages 3 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

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Siobhan McKenny
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