10 Ways to Get Outside in Nashville

Shane McCarty


Whether you own a luxury home in Nashville or are a tourist just in for the weekend, young or old, Nashville is filled with endless opportunities to get outside, connect with nature, or find a new and challenging adventure. It’s time to start planning your outdoor weekend in Nashville!

1. Explore Nashville’s greenways

Since 1994, Nashville has been diligently working to preserve floodplains and parklands and make them accessible to all. To date, 100 miles of trails have been developed and nearly 10,000 acres of land have been preserved in their natural state. These linear parks are situated along a number of the city’s eight waterways, train tracks, and historic cityscapes. Nashville Greenways bring together neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and access to public transportation. Additionally, they provide nearly endless options for walking, biking, jogging, and other outdoor recreation from the city center to west Nashville and east Nashville real estate.

2. Nashville scavenger hunt

Gather a group of friends or family and explore all of the famous sites of downtown Nashville as you compete in a self-guided scavenger hunt. The great thing about this scavenger hunt is that you can begin and end at any time you choose, as all of the clues are provided through an app on your phone. Compete against others to win the highest score and see and learn about all kinds of interesting things about the Music City.

3. Warner Parks

Warner Parks are steeped in local history. The original tract of land from which these parks were developed was a part of the Belle Meade plantation. Over the years additional acreage has been acquired, and currently, Warner Parks offer 3,100 acres of field and forest land. There are many activities to enjoy here, including mountain biking, the equestrian center, hiking, a nature center, a dog park, and scenic roadways and overlooks. The Iroquois Steeplechase course is here, drawing in many thousands of tourists on race day each year.

4. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and park

The family-friendly Nature Center at Shelby Bottoms provides free nature exhibits and seasonally-themed scavenger hunts for children to explore both indoors and outdoors. Nearby are short nature trails that can be traversed by even the smallest of legs, a playground and picnic area, and for those who like to explore further, it is connected to the trails of the Shelby Greenway.

5. Golfing

Nashville offers a wide variety of public and private golf course options. All boast scenic views and beautiful Nashville luxury homes. Some of the most famed courses include Old Hickory Country Club, Belle Meade Country Club, and Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Nashville offers 7 public courses dispersed about the city, and annual memberships are available for youth, adults, and seniors.

6. Adventure Park Nashville

For those looking for something slightly more thrilling than a stroll through the woods or a playground, the high ropes course at Adventure Park Nashville offers daring experiences for adventurers of all levels. Courses range from easy to expert and are intended for ages 7 and up. The park has 155 cable, wood, rope, and zip elements. Tickets allow for three hours of exploration among the trees.

7. First Horizon Baseball Park

Photo courtesy of First Horizon Baseball Park

Built on the historic site of Sulphur Dell, which has seen over 100 years of baseball history, First Horizon Baseball Park is the home of the Nashville Sounds. Not only are there countless options to catch America's favorite pastime between April and September, but the baseball park can be rented out in whole or in part for a variety of private events- even private batting practice on a minor league field!

8. Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort

Come and play for the day or come and stay at Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort. This favorite piece of East Nashville real estate offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and family fun along Percy Priest Lake. The Treetop Adventure Park allows aerial exploration through ziplines, the Tarzan swing, cargo nets, and much more. They offer courses at the young child, junior, and adult levels, so there is truly something for everyone. There is also a Nashville Shores Water Park which features eight slides, a lazy river, and a water playground. Endless options abound for exploring the lake. Guests may rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. For a higher-speed day on the water, why not rent a jet ski or a boat?

9. Outdoor dining

Nashvillians love a great meal, and if that meal can be enjoyed alfresco, so much the better! From Mexican-style cafes to beer gardens, and French bistros to barbecue and pizza joints, there is truly an outdoor dining experience to suit every budget and taste palette. Many restaurants have bars with happy hours and specialty drinks. Adults may enjoy visiting any one of the many downtown rooftop lounges for fantastic views and live music. If you want the full inside scoop on incredible outdoor dining in Nashville, reach out to Shane McCarty for the latest recommendations.

10. Nashville Zoo

Who doesn't love watching the antics of adorable animals at play or admiring fuzzy-headed babies as they learn to interact with the world? The Nashville Zoo not only features a wide variety of animals to enjoy, but the DinoTrek animatronic dinosaur experience is back. Dinosaur enthusiasts can marvel at the enormous creatures and get a feel for what it would have been like to live among dinosaurs. The 4D Adventure theater, the jungle gym playground, and the Soaring Eagle zipline are also popular added features. During the summer months, Night Visions offers a spectacular display of light for visitors to enjoy in the evenings.

Always something happening in Nashville

Whether you call Nashville home or are just in town for a quick weekend visit, you'll never be bored in Nashville. Are you interested in relocating to the area, or perhaps want to just explore luxury homes in Nashville? Perhaps you are curious about the popular features of east Nashville real estate. If so please reach out to Shane McCarty. He knows Nashville real estate and can guide you to the perfect neighborhoods and homes to fit your family's lifestyle and needs. Give him a call today at 615-787-8224.


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