The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are beginning to display dazzling new hues, and fall has officially made its presence known. Along with offering some of the most gorgeous scenery in the state, this season brings a variety of opportunities for fun activities the whole family can enjoy.
So, pull on those wool socks, pack up the kids, and check out our recommendations for big fall fun in Nashville.
Goblins & Giggles
At Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center there are many entertaining and interactive Halloween-themed activities for your family all month long. You can take part in the Hide and Seek Scavenger Hunt with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, do the skeleton shuffle at the Monster Mash Bash, collect sweet treats on the Trick or Treat Expedition, search for a villainous pirate’s hidden loot in the Haunted Hidden Treasure Escape Room, explore the Delta Atrium on a Ghoul’s Night Out Riverboat Ride, and find hours of games and amusement in the Frightfully Fun Zone. At Tots! In the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, your little ones can learn about the plants on the grounds with story time, hands-on activities, and a curiosity cart.
Rated as one of the top 10 botanical gardens in the nation, Nashville’s Cheekwood Estate and Gardens holds an annual six-week Cheekwood Harvest festival featuring entertainment designed to delight adults and children alike. Take a tour through 11-foot-tall Pumpkin Houses, dress up your dog for the Halloween Pooch Parade, see the latest display of Scarecrows, or take a stroll along the 1.5-mile woodland trail to check out over 5,000 blooming chrysanthemums and the changing leaves of oaks, maples, and dogwoods. Mark your calendar for El Dia de Los Muertos celebration with traditional music and dance, authentic Mexican and Latin cuisine, and fun art activities.
Boo at the Zoo
During this beloved festival in Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, your family can enjoy a walk-through experience with magically lit fall scenes and pumpkin patches, take pictures with giant hay creatures and Gourdon the Talking Pumpkin, dance the night away in the Monster Mash dance area, go for a spin on the Scary-Go-Round Carousel, play in a corn pit, take a hayride, or view a science show, all while collecting treats at 10 trick-or-treat stations. The zoo also puts on special animal shows every night for this event, with bears, tigers, and flamingos appearing in the evening hours.
Local Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Farms
There is no shortage of local farms and pumpkin patches in Middle Tennessee that can make for a fun-filled, fall day with the family. From petting zoos, to farm-styled playgrounds, to pumpkin-picking and hayrides, local farms offer festive entertainment for kids and adults of all ages. Some of the many great options you may want to check out include Lucky Ladd Farms, Honey Suckle Hill Farm, Gentry’s Farm, Walden Pumpkin Farm, and Shuckles Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Also, local schools and churches often have free fall festivals and trunk-or-treats that your family may want to attend, so check community boards in your area.
Fall is a beautiful season in Middle Tennessee, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with your family. However you choose to celebrate the season, we wish you a fun and safe autumn!
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