6 Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids In Nashville

We’re a few weeks into summer… how are you holding up, Mom?

If “go play outside” isn’t doing the trick anymore, and you’re tired of hearing, “I’m booooored,” this list is for you! Check out some of these fun outdoor activities for kids in Nashville. Help them burn off all that energy while exploring something new!

6 Fun Outdoor Activities

  • Cumberland Park. With a mini climbing wall, waterfront views, and plenty of free parking (despite being so close to downtown!), Cumberland Park offers both sun and shade for kids to play and parents to relax.
  • Canoe the Harpeth. Nashville has plenty of rivers, but few are as pleasant as the Harpeth, just a few miles west of town. Canoeing is a great activity for kids, as you have the opportunity to rest and float or paddle and let out some extra energy! Start early in the morning to avoid the heat and potential late afternoon thunderstorms.
  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. A Nashville classic, Cheekwood offers beautiful gardens and a rotation of fun outdoor art exhibits. Don’t miss Cracking Art, which features brightly colored large-scale plastic animals, such as bears, crocodiles, and meerkats. Cracking Art will be on exhibit through September 2.
  • Nashville Shores. With one million gallons of water and eight water slides, Nashville Shores is a great way to cool off in a hot summer week. Float down the lazy river or zip down one of their imaginative water slides.
  • The Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center at Radnor Lake. If you’re looking for something a little different from a trip to the zoo, check out Radnor Lake’s aviary, where you can get an up-close view of birds-of-prey and learn from park rangers. Plan ahead, though. The aviary is only open from 1pm to sunset on Saturday and 7am to 1pm on Wednesday.
  • Climb Nashville & The Crag. Rock climbing is another great activity that allows kids to get some extra exercise while also building self-confidence as they try new things. Visit Climb Nashville or The Crag (both of which have locations throughout the city).

How Much Exercise Do Kids Need?

The American Heart Association recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity every day. Regular physical activity can reduce risk of cardiovascular health issues, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health complications. Furthermore, increased levels of physical activity are associated with longer life span, as well as physical, social, and psychological benefits. Plus, exercise can be especially fun for kids!

Find a Doctor Near You In Nashville

Looking for a doctor for your child? Or the whole family? You can schedule an appointment with a St. Thomas Medical Group family medicine provider by calling +1 (615) 301-7040. You can also make your appointment online (both new and returning patients).