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Nashville's Top Family-Friendly Fall Activities

By: Ready Nest Intern, Raegan O'Toole


Hey there, fellow autumn enthusiasts! As those daylight hours dwindle and a certain crispness creeps into the air, it can only mean one thing: fall has arrived in Nashville! And when you're in a city as vibrant and historically rich as ours, you better believe there's a cornucopia of family-friendly fall activities waiting for you.


We’ve compiled a list of family-friendly activities to make your fall season unforgettable!


The start of the fall season in Nashville is an exciting time at Keller's Corny Country. This charming, family-owned farm offers a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy. From sliding into the corn crib to hopping on the Niblet Express and tackling the intricate corn maze, there's something for everyone to savor. Enjoy the crisp autumn air and indulge in some freshly baked goodies. It’ll be the ideal outing for you and your loved ones!


Experience the enchanting beauty of fall at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens during the Cheekwood Harvest. This annual event transforms the gardens into a vibrant wonderland, filled with houses made of pumpkins! Cheekwood Harvest offers a myriad of seasonal activities for visitors of all ages.


Boo at the Zoo is the crown jewel of Nashville’s Halloween festivities. It is the ultimate destination for your whole family. Explore the haunted hayride, visit the magical Boo garden, and don’t forget to wear your best costume! This event is perfect for kids of all ages and promises lots of sweet treats too!


Celebrate the written word at the 35th annual Southern Festival of Books. This literary spectacular is perfect for book loving families. Meet your favorite authors, attend readings, and engage in activities that will spark your love for reading.


5. Fall Festivals and Traditions in Nashville

Nashville has a rich history of celebrating the fall season with various festivals and traditions. While the specific events may vary from year to year, some timeless favorites include:


  • The Nashville Oktoberfest: This annual celebration features live music, authentic German cuisine, and a vibrant atmosphere that's perfect for families. Kids can enjoy carnival rides and games, plus mom and dad can grab a pint! It’s a must-visit event for all ages.

  • Pumpkin Patches: Numerous farms around Nashville open their doors in the fall, offering pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, and other family-friendly activities. Gentry Farm and Walden Farm are a couple of our favorite choices!

  • Haunted Attractions: For older kids and teens, Nashville offers spooky haunted houses and trails. These attractions are designed to provide a thrilling experience while ensuring safety for all visitors.

  • Historic Tours: Nashville's rich history comes alive in the fall. Visit historical sites like the Belle Meade Plantation and the Hermitage to learn about the city's past.

  • Art and Craft Fairs: Local libraries and community centers often host family-friendly crafting sessions. It's a creative way to embrace the fall spirit and let your kids' imagination run wild. A popular choice is the Tennessee Craft Fair (October 7 - 9), this fair hosts artisans from all over and they gather to showcase their craftsmanship. This is a perfect way to find one-of-a-kind pieces and support local artists.

  • Family Movie Nights: As the nights get longer, consider hosting cozy family movie nights at home or attending outdoor screenings at local parks.

Fall in Nashville offers an abundance of opportunities for families to bond, explore, and make cherished memories together - plus we finally get some cooler weather! Whether you're into outdoor adventures like wilderness hikes and disc golf or prefer cultural experiences like live music and festivals, Music City has something for everyone. As the leaves change and the air turns cooler, make the most of this beautiful season by enjoying these family-friendly fall activities in and around Nashville.


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