Music City is bursting with family fun, from live performances to all manner of museums and attractions. You'll have no trouble keeping the whole clan entertained - and here are three slightly-less-touristy, completely budget-friendly tips from me, too.
A little bit of Ancient Greece, right in Nashville
1. Get your history on! One of the nation's largest museums, the Tennessee State Museum, is right in Nashville. Starting 15,000 years back, its exhibits use art, history, textiles, craft, and culture to examine the history of our nation. The extra-special part? Admission is free for all!
2. Have the kids learned about Greek civilization yet in school? They'll be thrilled to find a life-sized replica of the Parthenon, right in downtown Nashville's Centennial Park, complete with a 42-foot tall statue of Athena. The Parthenon also serves as the city's Art Museum, with galleries showing both classic and contemporary works. Quite a lot to take in, for only $6/$4 dollars in admission for adults/kids.
3. Nashville is an extremely kid-friendly city, so it's no surprise they've got a killer kids' program at the public library. If the weather gets bad, or if you just need some library-time, check out what the Nashville Main Library has on the line-up. With storytimes for different age groups, puppet shows, and sing-alongs, you're sure to find some fun to join. (Besides, exploring a city's public library is a great way to get a feel for a new place and how the locals live.)
Accommodation Tip: Need a place to stay? The Best Western Convention Center is near the city's most famous attractions - and still have the comfiest pillows and yummiest breakfast around.