My trip to Nashville was hosted for the purpose of being able to share real, true, first-hand experiences with you. As always, I only write about things I like and this article accurately reflects my opinions and experience.


With the change of seasons, many parts of the country are starting to cool down. Nashville is keeping things hot with an action packed schedule of fun for the fall and winter seasons. You’ll find all of your favorite things to do are still hopping even though summer is gone!

If you’re looking for the perfect family friendly destination that’s sure to be a hit for everyone, look no further — here are a handful of ideas just to get you started.

The Shopping

Opry Mills is one of those malls that you start off walking with your friends and then decide that with so many options (more than 200 stores), you better split up to maximize your time. Credited as an outlet and value retail mall, you’ll love the deals you’re going to find on everything from Kate Spade and Coach handbags to discount designer clothing and accessories at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH.

Kate Spade Outlet

The only thing better than a new handbag is a new handbag at a value price! The blocky colors and structured styles found in Kate Spade designs have always looked so attractive to me. At Opry Mills you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for…and then even more. Stop in to the Kate Spade Outlet and tell me what you think!

Molly Green

Adorable style. That’s what you’ll find in this southern retail store. Florals, flouncy fall styles and affordable looks.

Bass Pro Shops

Outdoor recreation and family fun abound at Bass Pro Shops. During the holidays, make sure your don’t miss their free activities. You’ll find everything you need for fishing, camping, biking, working out and any other outdoor activity you can imagine. I do a lot of my Christmas gift shopping here.

Disney Store Outlet

I found some huge deals at the Disney Store Outlet: princess dolls to add to my daughter’s collection, character costumes for my son and other Disney gear to gift to our family members this holiday season.

Old Navy Outlet

This was the biggest Old Navy store I have ever been to. So many choices! I found the perfect fall flannel shirt, a few knit t-shirts, pajamas for everyone and toddler clothes on clearance! Step inside and check it out.

The Food & Drinks

The dining options at Opry Mills vary in their food offerings and in their settings. If you choose wisely, you’ll end up with dinner AND a show.

The Aquarium Restaurant

A menu of sea food and other American food menu items are delicious, but they aren’t the centerpiece of this restaurant — guests will eat in an under sea like setting and are joined by hundreds of real-life sea animals in a stunning 200,000-gallon tank located in the middle of the restaurant. There isn’t a bad seat in the house.

Watch the Aquarium Restaurant website for $5 behind the scenes tours, Mystic Mermaids Under the Sea Breakfasts and other special events.

Bavarian Bierhaus

A 500 person beerhall inspired by Munich bierhalls, all ages will love the Bavarian food, beer and music. The German food at Bavarian Bierhaus will make your mouth water and fill your belly with good eats. The music will get you singing along and you might even find yourself waving your stein in the air or taking part in the world famous “shot ski.”

Rainforest Cafe

You’ll find yourself immersed deep in the rainforest, noshing on delicious favorites like pasta and flatbread pizza. The animals around you will come to life, calling out and moving just to let you know they are there. A storm will hit and the rain will pitter patter as thunder and lighting roar and flicker. After the storm passes, you’ll continue to enjoy this beautiful setting with your family and friends.

Smith Creek Distillery  

I have a moonshine habit — that is, I have a habit of buying all of the moonshine that I taste. Smith Creek Distillery is a gorgeous store inside of Opry Mills. Gather around the the back of the pickup truck in the tasting area and sample a variety of flavors. Buy the Salted Caramel. Believe me. However, if you do the free tasting, you’re going to end up buying more than one flavor, trust me.

The Entertainment

Live Music

Nashville is famous for so many things, live music EVERYWHERE is one of those fames. Artists can be found performing in restaurants, on the streets and even in the mall. Opry Mills has a special stage set up where you’ll have a very special soundtrack while you shop.

Madame Tussauds’ Wax Attraction

Madame Tussauds’ is a wax museum located right inside of Opry Mills. It’s so much more than a museum and it’s dedicated only to music — all genres of music. Step in front of Miley Cyrus on the wrecking ball, cuddle up next to characters from the hit show “Nashville,” and rock out with Kid Rock. You’ll be amazed and constantly on alert to see if these characters move, they look so real!

Grand Ole Opry

Music fans of all ages know that the Grand Ole Opry is a stage for winners and being in their presence feels magical. You don’t have to take my word for it, the Grand Ole Opry has live shows every Friday & Saturday night throughout the year and one week night show during select seasons. Shows are about 2 hours long and feature past, current and up and coming country greats! Tickets start at $38. In my experience, this experience is good for adults and older children.

Resort Entertainment

The Opryland Hotel has entertainment around every corner. From riding the riverboat to stopping in for an evening light and fountain show, you’ll find that there’s so much to do.

During the holiday season, enjoy ICE! which will tell the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas through ice sculptures and light displays. Plus, the entire resort will be covered with millions of twinkling lights. Special shows will include Cirque Dreams Holidaze and the Diamond Rio Holidays & Hits Dinner Show.

Opening Fall 2018, hotel guests can enjoy Soundwaves, a 4 acre, 3 story luxury indoor/outdoor waterpark.