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Top Nashville Fall Activities for Families

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The Nashville area is a beautiful and fun place all year long, but—especially during the fall—Music City and its surrounding communities have a variety of fun, family-friendly fall activities to enjoy. For families in the area looking to make some fall memories with your children, here’s The Gardner School’s list of top Nashville-area fall activities you won’t want to miss!

Boo at the Zoo

During weekends in October, the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere invites the area’s littlest ghosts and goblins to don their favorite costumes for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. These nights of delightfully frightful fun have become an annual fall tradition. Tickets to Boo at the Zoo include games, entertainment, carousel rides, hayrides, trick-or-treating, and more. Admission is free for zoo members and children under the age of two.

Cheekwood Harvest

Throughout the month of October, every member of the family will enjoy celebrate the autumn season at Cheekwood. During Cheekwood Harvest, enjoy the changing of the leaves on Cheekwood’s trees, more than 5,000 chrysanthemums, an 11-foot-tall pumpkin house, as well as pumpkins to purchase for carving, painting, and taking home. Families can also tour a collection of creative scarecrows created by members of Cheekwood’s diverse community. Kids ages two and under get free admission.

Fall at Gentry’s Farm

A now yearly tradition for many families in the Middle Tennessee area, Gentry’s Farm is open to the public on the weekends in the Fall to celebrate all the harvest season offers. Enjoy a pre-picked pumpkin selection, as well as a pick-your-own pumpkin patch (while they last). There is no charge and free parking to enter the retail area and pumpkin patch. The Gentry’s Farm activity area has a wide range of farm fun activities that include a cornfield maze, a wooden tractor playground, a wagon ride, and more. A general admission fee includes everything in the activity area once. Admission is free for children under two years old and adults over 65.

Franklin Pumpkin Festival

Historic Franklin’s Pumpkinfest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival that celebrates its 34th year on October 28th. The festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin, and its avenues, and offers tons of festive fun for families, including a kid’s zone, a costume contest, pumpkin carving, and more.

Lucky Ladd Farms Pumpkin Patch

At Lucky Ladd Farms, children can pick a pumpkin and help support other Middle Tennessee farm families. Located halfway between Franklin and Murfreesboro, Lucky Ladd Farms’ partnering pumpkin farm growers proudly ensure the best selection of locally grown pumpkins around with over 10 varieties of pumpkins to choose from. Other activities to enjoy include pumpkin carving contests, giant pumpkin slingshots, and the Pumpkin Patch Princess and Corn Maze King Pageant.