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Old 01-25-2009, 12:51 PM
Location: Central Florida
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Hello everyone!

I am planning yet another trip to your wonderful state and could use some suggestions on what not to miss while visiting.

We love being outside but also enjoyed the caverns, aquariums and playgrounds of other parts in Tennessee we visited. So what about Nashville? I know so many people adore this area and I can't wait to see why, what is it about this area that YOU love and don't think we should miss on our visit?

Most likely we will be coming for 10 days in the spring and I would love to see as much of the area as possible yet still give my kids and hubby a chance to fish(we don't get to do much of it here...too hot) and enjoy the great outdoors.

I would love to hear as many suggestions as possible, this is our much awaited family vacation and we would like to see some of the favorite spots.

Thanks so much
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:02 PM
Location: Tennessee
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Here's a list I and others came up with a couple of weeks ago when someone asked about kid friendly attractions in the area. Some of them would probably work for you as well.

The Adventure Science Center
Centennial Park
Any of the state parks in the area
The Hermitage (home of Andrew Jackson)
Bicentennial Mall
The Country Music Hall of Fame
Riverfront Park and the Lower Broad/2nd Avenue N. area
The Wave Pool
Nashville Shores
Radnor Lake
The Natchez Trace Parkway (run by the National Park Service)
A Nashville Sounds baseball game
The Nashville Zoo
Opry Mills and the Opryland Hotel
Belle Meade Plantation
General Jackson Showboat
Warner Parks
Old Hickory or Priest Lake
The Ryman Auditorium
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Union Station Hotel (next door to the Frist)

Spring is usually a beautiful and nice time of the year here (not too hot, not too cold), although it can be rainy at times. It's hard to say what will be the best time for flowering trees and shrubs and enjoying the great outdoors, but any of the outdoor places mentioned above should be enjoyable for you.
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:09 PM
Location: Nashville, TN
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  • Hiking at Radnor Lake or the Warner Parks.
  • Biking on the Natchez Trace Pkwy.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • An event at the Schermerhorn.
  • A picnic lunch and feeding the ducks at Centennial Park.
  • The Aquarium in Chattanooga.
  • Mammoth Cave just over the Kentucky border.
  • Shiloh Battlefield for a somber and almost spiritual experience.
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:36 PM
Location: In the woods
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Default Try these diversions.....

The Frist Center is downtown and is a 1st class museum. Check it's website for your travel dates to see the exhibits planned.

The MOST overlooked gem in the downtown area is the Musician's Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Country Music Hall of Fame).

The new planetarium is excellent. It is located at the Science Museum. Across from the Science Museum is the Sounds Baseball Stadium. They begin in April....what's more fun that hot dogs and ice cream in a tiny batting helmet? The game is just an added bonus.

If you want to get your kids excited about going to college, walk around the absolutely gorgeous Vanderbilt campus. Grab some tacos on the patio at San Antonio Taco across the campus. Your kids will think it's cool (if you sit a separate table, that is...hee).

Now you are a mile or 2 from Hillsboro Village. A fun little urban neighborhood..... worth a look.

The Parthenon in Centennial Park is a must see....so unexpected! Make sure you go in, Athena is impressive.

The charming little town of Franklin is less than 30 minutes from downtown Nashville. There are interesting shops and restaurants. Further down Hwy. 96, W. is the popular Leiper's Fork. You can't beat the beauty of the area and the food at Puckett's Grocery is worth a stop.

On your way back downtown, jump off the interstate at Concord Road, drive down Franklin Road for some true examples of conspicuous consumption. Beautiful mansions continue to pop up. You can follow Franklin Road all the way back downtown or get back on the interstate at Old Hickory Blvd.

I guess it's mandatory to take a peek at the Opryland Hotel. It is just massive and the conservatories are amazing.

I'll add to this list if something pops in my head........hope this helps.
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Old 01-25-2009, 07:38 PM
Location: Central Florida
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WOW! This is a wonderful list of must see's for us! We are so looking forward to this visit! You all are terrific, thank you

Ridgetop: Thanks for the tip on the Parthenon, we will definately stop by.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:50 AM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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In Spring, I think the area around the capitol building is lovely, especially the Bicentennial Mall. Here are some pictures I took there in Spring a few years ago:








And this is in Edwin Warner Park the same day:

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Old 01-26-2009, 06:07 PM
Location: Central Florida
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Amazing photo's! Thank you so much, that really helps get the kids more excited about the visit (like that was even necessary, )
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:31 PM
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Wow, great thread. I am going to sticky this for a bit if y'all don't mind.
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