The fall months in Nashville are all about hayrides, corn mazes, and the beautiful changing leaves. It turns a little cooler in October and November, offering the perfect weather for getting outside, getting some fresh air, and enjoying some Nashville fall fun. There are plenty of things to do in Nashville this fall, while continuing to stay safe and healthy.
Boo at the Zoo
Many Nashville organizations are making adjustments so families can continue to enjoy the Nashville fall fun they’ve come to look forward to over the years. One of those groups is the Nashville Zoo. The zoo’s fall favorite, Boo at the Zoo, will continue this year as they’ve adjusted Nashville’s favorite Halloween event to provide families with a socially distanced, walk-through experience, featuring many of your favorite activities and even a few new ones!
The event features Pumpkin Town photo opps, Gourdon the Talking Pumpkin, Haymaze, Monster Mash dance area, Scary-Go-Round carousel, animal shows, 10 trick-or-treat stations for kids, glow-in-the-dark souvenir cup for kids, and plenty of magical scenes lit along the treat trail!
Visitors should expect 50% nightly capacity and staggered entry times. Mask requirements set forth by the city at the time of event will be enforced. Boo at the Zoo will be held October 15-18, 20-25, and 27-30, from 5pm to 9pm.
Tennessee’s #1 Corn Maze
Lucky Ladd’s Corn Maze promises visitors miles of winding paths that will take everyone’s minds off the tumultuous year we’ve all experienced. Mysteriously, the site suggests that “for the toilet paper hoarders around the world … this one’s for you!”
Every year, this famous corn maze is new and different for some adventurous Nashville fall fun for the whole family. Lucky Ladd’s has been named as Tennessee’s #1 Corn Maze four years in a row. The maze takes about 30 minutes to complete and is open through November 1.
Pumpkins, Mums, and Pups
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens offers activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults, and families alike. Given the current situation, they do advise that dates, hours, activities, and capacity are all subject to change based on updated safety protocols and recommendations of the CDC and Mayor John Cooper’s “Roadmap to Reopening Nashville” Plan. They are all set for now, with a pumpkin house, a mum explosion, and a special day just for the dogs in the family.
The Pumpkin House and Village gives you the full pumpkin experience for some Nashville fall fun! The site features an 11-foot-tall Pumpkin House as well as pumpkins for carving, painting, and for you to purchase and take home. And you can explore more pumpkins that help brighten and add interest to their many gardens. The Mum Explosion promises thousands of chrysanthemums in deep autumn hues that are planted throughout the gardens specifically for Cheekwood Harvest.
On October 21 and 28, the family dogs are welcome too! Dog Nights of Harvest will be held from 5pm to 10pm, so pack up the whole family for dog-friendly nights in the garden on these Wednesday evenings during Cheekwood Harvest!
What’s fall without the beautiful colors of the great outdoors? The Nashville area is home to many trails, lakes, natural areas, and parks.
The Natchez Trace is especially picturesque this time of year and offers a walk through history. The 450-mile foot trail that became known as the Natchez Trace was the lifeline through the Old Southwest. You can experience portions of that journey the way earlier travelers did – on foot. Today there are five separate trails totaling over 60 miles administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,368-acre park that is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities, and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the 7.75-miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography, wildlife observation, and, of course, viewing the fall colors.
Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, collectively known as “The Warner Parks,” are managed by the Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation Department. The Warner Parks together span more than 3,100 acres of forest and field, just nine miles from downtown Nashville. These parks offer a range of Nashville fall fun, including picnic shelters, a dog park, scenic roadways and overlooks, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, and horse trails.
Enjoy All the Great Things to Do in Nashville!
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