Are you like me and you enjoy getting the kids out and exploring other cities? We do a lot of exploring when the kids are home for summer. That’s when we get out and see what else there is to do in the world besides video games and internet. Here’s a fun list of day trips that are within a few hours of Nashville, TN. These are also all trips I have taken with my own kids too!
1. Helen Keller’s home Ivy Green in Tuscumbia AL. This is a beautiful day trip. On the way down don’t forget to stop and get some great photo opps at the Al state line. When we toured Ivy Green we learned so much about Helen Keller and her life. We also toured some beautiful country roads from Nashville to Tuscumbia. We went two summers ago and let the kids bring their suits as we planned to let them swim at Joe Wheeler Lake State Park. The kids swam and cooled down after our visit. It is a very educational and fun trip! You will enjoy learning all about Helen and her life.
2. Visit Chattanooga TN When we visited this fun city we were able to take in most of it in on foot. It’s about 2 hours away from Nashville and there is tons of things to do. On this trip we went to the Aquarium first and enjoyed seeing the butterfly garden, the otters and the fresh and salt water fish. After that we then walked over the footbridge to see this quaint little street that has the best ice cream shop ever and it’s a throwback to earlier days and times. There’s a Children’s Museum, an Imax theater, the Chattanooga Choo Choo and so much more. You will have a great time and you can spend a lot of money or hardly any. It’s up to you!
3. Great Wolf Lodge La Grange GA The family will have so much fun when you choose to visit Great Wolf Lodge. What I loved about it was that there are so many fun things to do all under one roof. You never have to leave and the kids are always busy. If you’ve not been this is an excellent way to pass the weekend or even a week if you have the time.
Don’t let my title (Teen Guide to Great Wolf Lodge) fool you there is so much for the younger kids to do too. They have pajama dance parties, daily character appearances, story time and the NorthWoods Friends show . They offer a Camp H.O.W.L. kids club and it offers parent-free programming at this location on select evenings. The offerings this place has for kids to do is simply astonishing. Read my article on the Teen Guide to Great Wolf to see what all they have onsite to keep the kids busy and happy. It really is so much more than just a waterpark!
Whether you’re staying at home or trying to visit as many places as you can, there’s lots to see and do in Tennessee and the surrounding states. You can have fun and not go very far!
Where are you going exploring this summer? Leave me a comment and let me know.