Nashville with Tweens: A Perfect Family Day

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Nashville with Tweens: A Family Vacation

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Nashville, Tennessee is known across the world as the "Home of Country Music," and is the perfect place to take your kids for exciting family vacations. Nashville boasts attractions for tweens that love the outdoors, country music and shopping. From the historic Grand Ole Opry to the fun Aquarium Restaurant, you'll find plenty of things to do in Nashville with tweens.

Due to flooding that damaged buildings and attractions in the greater Nashville area during May of 2010, if you're planning a vacation in Nashville with tweens it's a good idea to check the websites of each attraction before finalizing your itinerary.


Morning

A great first stop for families who love the great outdoors is Bass Pro Shops, located in the Opry Mills Shopping Center at 323 Opry Mills Drive. Your tweens will love checking out the boats, fishing equipment and outdoor apparel at this haven for the outdoorsman. A huge 25,000 gallon aquarium filled with catfish and bass and an interactive laser shooting gallery will keep your tweens occupied for hours. A number of outdoor skills workshops on everything from hunting safety to fishing techniques are offered at the store. The attentive staff can help suggest locations around Nashville to test out your new fishing gear. Contact Bass Pro Shops at 615-514-5200 for opening hours and workshop schedules.

No trip to Nashville with tweens is complete until you've seen the historic Grand Ole Opry, a beloved landmark to the residents of Nashville and lovers of country music from all over. Many of the best country singers, including Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, have stood on its stage and performed. Today, the venue offers a wide variety of concerts from the genre's biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift. If you choose to visit during the day, you can take a tour for $12. Ticket prices for evening shows vary, but typically begin around $40. The Grand Ole Opry is located at 2804 Opryland Drive, and ticket information can be found on their website or by calling 615-871-6779.

Afternoon

For lunch, head over to the Aquarium Restaurant, located in Opry Mills Mall at 516 Opry Mills Drive. The restaurant offers delicious seafood entrees, as well as pizza and other kid-friendly options, in a spectacular aquarium setting. Gorgeous fish of different colors and sizes swim around you while you eat. Contact the restaurant directly at 615-514-3474 for hours. After lunch, check out the restaurant's stingray reef exhibit, where your tweens can pet and feed the stingrays. Other animals on display at the restaurant include boa constrictors and spiders (parents, don't worry – no petting allowed!) Tickets for the stingray attraction are $5.25.

Evening

The Gaylord Opryland at 1 Gaylord Drive feels more like its own city than a hotel, offering restaurants, nightclubs and shops ideal for the perfect family vacation in Nashville. Indoor waterfalls and ponds create a fun ambience, and rooms have indoor balconies that allow guests to check out views of the entire hotel. The hotel's restaurant offers seating in lighted gazebos and great food. Make sure to keep an eye out for country music stars and celebrities! Call the Gaylord Opryland at 615-316-6800 for current rates or to make reservations.

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