Nashville Journals

Nashville Tennessee With Toddlers

An April 2007 trip to Nashville by cmeekins03

Fairfield Nashville Photo, Nashville, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: There are many historical sites and nature sights here but finding things to keep toddlers entertained takes some work.

Fairfield Nashville

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Hotel | "Wyndham Nashville (Formerly Fairfield)"

Fairfield Nashville Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Our check-in required us to stop at two different desks and took a bit more time than the kids would have liked, but not too bad. We stayed in a two-bedroom deluxe and the unit was a bit older than some of the others. The cabinet doors in the kitchen opened the wrong direction and the breakfast bar seemed high. The place was clean though with plenty of space. The room dedicated to the hot tub was unique and we appreciated having it for our sore backs. The beds were really hard and my back already gets sore by itself. Our unit did have it's own washer/dryer and full kitchen. A few units away there was a playground outside which we visited quite a few times with the kids. We also used ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 20, 2007

Fairfield Nashville
2415 McGavock Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 871-4666

Aquarium Restaurant

Restaurant

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This was one of the few restaurants that we wanted to make sure to take the kids. We had read varying reviews but who could pass up taking toddlers to a dining area with a 20,000 gallon fish tank?We had a short wait to get into the restaurant but they have a tank with I believe they said 4800 gallons and the archway one which was right around 8000 gallons. I thought the allure wasn't going to last when the girls started getting fidgety while waiting to be seated. Turns out they just wanted to get up by the really big tank with more tropical fish, some small sharks, and quite a few rays. My husband and I each took a turn walking them around the tank after we ordered to pass some time - and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2007

Aquarium Restaurant
516 Opry Mills Dr.
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 514-3474

Old Spaghetti Factory

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Old Spaghetti Factory Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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We decided to stop here for dinner after our trolley ride because it was inexpensive and figured it would be easy to find something for the kids. The inside of the restaurant has beautiful dark wood walls, floor, and furniture. There is also several pretty stained glass windows inside the doors. In the main dining area there are even some tables within a makeshift trolley.It's unfortunate the ambience has nothing to do with the food. I realize we were purchasing an inexpensive meal, but Fazoli's (inexpensive fast food restaurant) has way more taste than the Old Spaghetti Factory's pasta sauce. I ordered a pasta dish with sausage and I've never had a sausage with so little taste. It seemed like...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 18, 2007

Old Spaghetti Factory
160 Second Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 254-9010

National Corvette Museum Photo,
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The town of Bowling Green was a relatively short drive from Nashville. This stop was really for my husband. Being that we had two toddlers with, we chose to skip over the movie offered near the entrance and move right to the cars.The kids did great. Keep in mind that we stopped to see the different cars such as the oldest one from 1953 and read a few facts, but weren't stopping to read every story or every fact. Still, it was intriguing to see how many of that particular car was made and the selling price at that time. The kids liked seeing the brightly painted cars or finding things inside the displays.Almost all of the Corvettes were on loan to the museum by different individuals or ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

National Corvette Museum
350 Corvette Dr.
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101

Lost River Cave Underground Boat Tour

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Attraction | "Lost River Cave & Valley"

Lost River Cave Underground Boat Tour Photo, Bowling Green, Kentucky
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For our second stop in Bowling Green, KY, we chose to take the girls on a cave tour since this tour was by boat. My husband and I have been in several caves thus far, but I thought this was a great opportunity to bring our toddlers in a cave because it required no walking. When we arrived there was still about 25 minutes before the next tour left. Now I know why people spend money to look for jewels in the sand bags. It went over great and took us a little over 15 minutes.The tour begins outside with some history on the area, which includes Civil War soldiers camping there, a hiding place for Jesse James, and a popular 1930s night club. The guide also explains to you how the river was thought ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Lost River Cave Underground Boat Tour
2818 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 393-0077

Open Air Trolley Tour

Attraction | "Nashville Downtown Trolley Tour"

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I have to admit we thought the kids would enjoy this more than they did. My oldest loves to take the bus when they have trips with the daycare. Unfortunately, there really isn't that much to see in downtown Nashville. Being that my husband and I grew up near Chicago, we just expected there to be more to the city. The city really has no shopping district, a few short blocks worth of restaurants, a theater or two, and a bunch of businesses and political buildings. Being naive I guess I expected the music studios to be more interesting to look at but most of them are just regular little office buildings with very little character.The tour driver did a good job of entertaining us and point...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Open Air Trolley Tour
100 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(800) 987-9852

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

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Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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After spending a few days doing things that weren't specifically kid friendly, we decided it would be a good time to have a whole kid day. Luckily for us we have a zoo membership at Milwaukee County Zoo and the Nashville zoo is on the reciprocal list - in other words, it was free!The zoo is still very new - it's only been around about 10 years. Being that it is so new, all the exhibits really take in mind the amount of space the animals need and their habitat. The space for the elephants was enormous - we walked most of the way around it to find out that it was too cold that day for the giraffes to venture outside. We enjoyed how vocal the Siamang were during our visit as well. Because the exh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
3777 Nolensville Rd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37211
(615) 833-1534

The Hermitage

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Attraction | "The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson"

The Hermitage Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Given that we had our toddlers with us on our trip, we chose to visit only one plantation. We decided on visiting the Hermitage since it was owned by President Jackson, and is filled with most of the original items in the house from his time. Even six of the rooms have the original wallpaper from his time!We watched about half the movie before the girls started to chatter. We skipped out so everyone else could learn more history - the movie is like the ones you see in history class; far from a great production. We were glad to get some tidbits before heading into the small museum of items. The kids were just amused that they could pull out some of the cotton that hadn't been processed....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 6, 2007

The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37076
(615) 889-2941

Grand Ole Opry

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Grand Ole Opry Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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We really didn't want to see a show at the Opry since we don't care for country music and the shows would start too late for the kids. On the other hand, how can you go to Nashville and not see the Grand Ole Opry?Luckily for us there are four large areas inside the hotel filled with gardens which include waterfalls and even a river with a boat. Everything was just gorgeous. We managed to make it through three of the four areas before heading back to the resort for lunch. (We missed the Magnolias room.) The only fee associated with walking around the gardens is the parking fee which ended up just over $13 with taxes. It's hard to pick which area is the best but overall our fav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2007

Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 871-6779