Middle Tennessee parents can cure their cabin fever this winter by getting out in nature! If the weather allows it, these outdoor things to do for kids can be the perfect pre-cursor to a well-deserved, warm cup of hot chocolate. You may need to travel a bit to find some snow!
SKIING & SNOWBOARDING
1339 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg
3 hours, 45 minutes east of Nashville.
2798 W County Rd 25 S, Paoli, IN
3 hours, 20 minutes northwest of Nashville.
1009 Sugar Mountain Dr, Sugar Mountain, NC
5 hours northeast of Nashville.
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary
545 Beech Creek Rd S, Brentwood
The Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is a 160-acre wildlife facility in Williamson County.
Beaman Park Nature Center
5911 Old Hickory Blvd, Ashland City
Offers a wide range of environmental education programs, school field trips, educator training workshops, outdoor recreation programs, and other special activities for people of all ages.
Shelby Bottoms Nature Center
1900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville
Environmental education facility with natural history exhibits, gardens, trails & free bike rentals.
Mile Marker, 437.2 Natchez Trace Pkwy, Franklin
Feaatures hiking trails, picnic areas & a butterfly garden.
Warner Park Nature Center
7311 TN-100, Nashville
Warner Park Nature Center is a Metro Parks of Nashville-Davidson County-operated environmental education center.
Wilderness Station at Barfield Crescent
401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro
Home to education animals, educational programs and more.
Creekside Riding Academy & Stables
2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN
Schedule a ride on a weekend between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for up to 11 riders ages 6 years and older (and 220 pounds or less). An online scheduling system makes it easy.
Harris Riding Academy
6331 Franklin Rd, Murfreesboro
30 minutes southeast of Nashville.
735 Carver Ln, Mt. Juliet
30 minutes east of Nashville.
Triple A Ranch
4408 N Chapel Rd, Franklin
40 minutes south of Nashville.
BEST PLACES FOR A WINTER STROLL
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville
Located in the heart of downtown, this park is a great place to enjoy the beauty and history of Tennessee. There is a .9 mile paved trail around the park that takes visitors past monuments honoring aspects of Tennessee’s history.
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville
If you are looking for a beautiful escape from the city, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is one of the best options Nashville has to offer. From the breathtaking floral displays to the ever changing exhibits, this place is a must if you love the outdoors and historic homes.
Long Hunter State Park
2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage
Located just south of Mt. Juliet, the Couchville Lake Trail at Long Hunter State Park is perfect for strollers. The two-mile paved route wraps around the 110-acre lake.
3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
The layout of Nashville Zoo is gorgeous, and it’s such a great place to explore as your little ones take in animals from all over the world. It’s a long walk if you hit every exhibit, but there are lots of shady spots to rest, as well as indoor buildings if you need a break from the outdoors.
1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville
Radnor Lake State Natural Area, located in Brentwood, is a great place to take in some fresh air. The 1.1 mile paved Otter Creek Road Trail is great for strollers. The path leads visitors past the lake and several observation decks.
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
239 Franklin Rd, Franklin
This area is steeped in history. Take in some of Franklin’s past while enjoying a walk at the park. With a horse stable as its centerpiece, you may even get to see a few “neighing” friends in the pasture.
Tennessee State Parks
The online portal for all of Tennessee’s state parks makes it easy to find trails for all ability levels.