Nashville with kids: Where to go and what to do on a hot day in Nashville.

We are 6 days into our week long vacation in Nashville. Like many people frequenting the city we are here for a friends bachelor party however in our case we bought our kids with us!

After spending the better part of 5 days in party mode, today was a day for the kids and it was hot! So where do you go in the city when it’s hot and what do you do?

Here’s my itinerary for a family of 4 and the cost of the activities.

Morning breakfast: we decided to stay at the Aloft hotel in midtown. Great hotel approximately 20 mins walk from downtown Nashville and out of the party chaos. There are amazing eateries around such as the midtown cafe, the row, midtown tavern and Hattie B’s chicken. This hotel can also be free if you save up your SPG points on your Amex SPG card which we did. Being located outside of the tourist trap, restaurants tend to be cheaper however on this particular morning we decided to go to Just Love Coffee and Cafe. I would say they make the best coffee and Chai latte we’ve had so far in the US so it’s a must stop! We had a latte, Chai, 2x breakfast wraps and 1 full sized berry waffle (shared by both kids) for under $30. Not too bad when traveling and it was quick and filling. Obviously there are cheaper places to eat out there but it was good quality and a nice atmosphere so it was a plus in our books.

After breakfast we jumped in the rental car or should I clarify pick up truck (a must have when frequenting Nashville) and drove to the beach. The closest lake to Nashville is Percy Priest, less than 10 miles from the city. We headed out to Anderson Beach, $5 entry per vehicle and they have a beach, playground, toilet block and BBQ tables. If you are organized you could bring a picnic however as we had, had breakfast we were just happy to spend the day at the beach with some snacks for the kids and wait to eat lunch a little later in the day. The water was very clear for a lake and was warm at 85F/ 29.4 degrees Centigrade. Perfect temp for the little ones and it means you can spend a good chunk of the day there.

By 2pm we were getting hungry so we decided we would hit up one of the restaurants that Anthony Bourdain frequented when he shot his Nashville episode; Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish. This place was great but be prepared for spice if you add it. I thought of myself as pretty well versed in spice but this was something else… for the kids you can get no spice and that’s perfect. I had medium spice and I couldn’t finish the food. I was crying and my husband who got hot was sweating like never before. We got the chicken tenders, wings and pork chops which are all hand rubbed with spices in addition to sides of macaroni, fries and corn. All up with drinks it was under $30 but we definitely over ordered and the meals are huge. If you don’t like spice get plain, I think if I went again I’d get mild 🔥🔥🔥

After lunch, which we had later around 3pm we took a drive round the city to retrace some of our steps taken on our nights out. Took a few pictures of the city from Rolling Mill Hill (around pinewood social) then headed back to the hotel to get the kids ready for bed.

All in all, a relatively inexpensive day out and ticked off a few experiences along the way. Percy Priest Lake is a great way to get out of the city on a hot hot day!

6 nights in Nashville: What’s in my bag?

I’m going to admit I’m an ‘over-packer’. I love to be ‘prepared’ for all occasions however we’ve just spent the past 7 weeks living out of 3 suitcases so I decided we were reducing to 1 backpack for our 6 night break in Nashville. The great thing about Nashville at this time of year is it’s hot, so I’ve managed to cut down on clothing just by having summer gear only.

Here’s whats in my bag for this trip;

Medicine bag: can’t leave home without this! From allergy tablets for my husband, to Imodium, the handy Advil and Tylenol for the kids and adults, I’m basically a walking pharmacy.

Toiletries: I got a great bag from Nordstrom which zips open and has pockets to put things in. This is a real space saver when you’ve got 4 people to pack for. Even has a pocket for makeup 😉 I generally have shampoo/ conditioner, toothpaste, makeup, floss, toothbrushes, jimmies electric shaver, razors, tampons, deodorant etc. In addition to the bag I have a tone of diapers and wipes in the front pocket of the pack.

Clothing: I’ve packed a few extra sets of clothes for the kids but jimmie and I have exactly 6 sets each. I rolled all the clothes up in batches within the pack, this way it saves space and is easier to pack. Best thing about a pack is there are compartments. I have the shoes in the bottom which is separated from the clothes. Toiletries and medicine bag up top and diapers in the front.

Sheet: for the pack and play

High chair: we have a material high chair that rolls up and loops over most chairs. Great for inside your hotel room when you need to feed your baby/ toddler.

Stroller: Can’t go wrong with a stroller when you’re in a hot busy place like Nashville. Generally we’d take an umbrella stroller however we have been traveling the past 7 weeks so didn’t have access to it. The baby jogger X3 is really handy however as our 4 year old can sit on the foot piece. 2 for 1 stroller right here!

Pack and play: just because we like to have consistency for Augustine when he’s traveling; same bed each night.

Car seats: both kids car seats come on our trips.You can get away without them in certain places but we know we will be using Uber a little during this trip and will need them for the reason.

That’s my bag. Not a lot but still has the essentials!