Whether you’re new to the area or you’re a longtime resident looking for new ways to enjoy the city, Nashville has plenty of entertaining and educational activities to check out this summer. Ranging from outdoor adventures to chill museums and shows, there’s bound to be something for everyone to enjoy on this list! Leave the house cleaning to us and get out and enjoy your summer.

Visit the Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Theatre lovers of all ages will enjoy the annual Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare in the Park” event! This 33-year tradition offers attendees the opportunity to learn about Shakespeare and the art of drama through productions of Shakespeare’s classics and new plays by contemporary playwrights.

In addition to watching great performances in a fun outdoor setting, you can even try out local food trucks and listen to scholarly presentations about the plays. You can even bring your dog with you!

Shows & Concerts at the Ryman Auditorium

No list of summertime activities in Music City would be complete without mentioning the Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman Auditorium is a historic venue that hosts all kinds of shows and events ranging from music to stand-up comedy shows. For a true taste of Nashville’s musical roots, check out the Ryman’s summer concert series Bluegrass Nights. 

Splash & Play at Nashville Shores

While art and nightlife are the city’s most featured highlights, there are plenty of opportunities for classic summertime fun in Nashville as well! Check out the Nashville Shores waterpark for water slides and playgrounds that your kids will love.

Located on Percy Priest Lake, Nashville Shores offers plenty of ways to enjoy the lake in addition to the waterpark’s features. Guests can zip across the water in a banana boat or play volleyball on the sand to get all of the fun of the beach without venturing far from downtown Nashville.

Shop Locally at the Nashville Farmers’ Market

Check out the Nashville Farmers’ Market for seasonal produce and cool local vendors. There are special events, like the monthly Night Market after-hours shopping and dining experience, that are worth scheduling a visit for.

Educational Exhibits at Frist Art Museum

If you’re looking for a way to get out of the house and still escape the summer heat, look into some of Nashville’s indoor attractions like the Frist Art Museum. The Frist regularly switches up its exhibits, offering plenty of variety for both new and repeat visitors.

Support the Nashville Sounds Baseball Club

While hockey and football fans may be wary of the lack of sporting events during off-season, baseball lovers can check out the city’s local minor league team and watch a game at First Horizon Park.

See Exotic Animals Up Close at the Nashville Zoo

Everyone loves the zoo and Nashville has a great one! The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is home to hundreds of different exotic animal species, including Sumatran tigers, red kangaroos, and clouded leopards. The zoo offers guests opportunities to interact with their favorite animals with hands-on activities and educational shows.

If you’re looking for a reason to stop by, the Nashville zoo is always expanding. As of this spring, there are five new caracal kittens and ten kangaroo joeys to see!

Challenge Yourself at Nashville’s Adventure Park

For another fun outdoor experience, check out Nashville’s new Adventure Park! Active, outdoorsy visitors of all ages can enjoy the park’s ropes and obstacle courses, zip-line, hiking trails, and playgrounds with different difficulty levels for beginners, experts, and everyone in between.

While it can be hard to please the whole family with your summer plans, this list showcases the wide variety of options that Nashville has to offer. No matter which type of activity you’re looking for, you’re guaranteed a good time in this city.