Spring Break in Nashville: Local options top the list

2016 is the most exciting Spring Break Nashville has ever seen. With so many local businesses peppered across Nashville’s coolest neighborhoods the diversity of options for things to do is at an all time high.

Indie Nash knows these businesses (they’re our family) and we’re here to identify the most unique Nashville experiences with recommendations by our community members. So we asked,

“What would you recommend to do in Nashville during Spring Break?”

Food

We love to go to Elliston Place Soda Shop. It’s like stepping back in time and enjoying a really good burger and a milkshake on the Rock Block. And most likely would venture over to our bar, Hurry Back, which is family-friendly until 7 p.m. Cold beer on the patio for us, bubble hockey, board games & Nintendo station for the kid. Win/Win. – Telisha Arguelles Cobb Founder & Executive Director Indie Nash

Kernels Gourmet Popcorn is a family run business located in the center East Nashville and offers a healthy, gourmet popcorn experience at an affordable cost. – Kia Jarmon, PR + Brand Strategist MEPR Agency

Time to start enjoying all the outdoor dining and drinking establishments. Break in the Pinewood Social lawn and pool, wander Marathon Village and retire to the William Colliers patio, Shop Hillsboro Village or 12South and hit the 12South Tap Room, Fido, Savarino’s Cucina, Cabana, Josephine, Burger Up… – Stephanie Silverman Executive Director The Belcourt Theatre

When I need a bit of down time with my kids let me tell you about High Garden Tea. My boys love going there. It’s a magical place with magical people. I can get an amazing tea that is on the spot with what I need at that moment — now that’s heaven. – Irma Paz-Bernstein Co-Owner Las Paletas

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Arts

We love to go explore and find murals around town, go to the library for a puppet show, and Cheekwood with friends to see the trains. – Jennifer Sheets Partner Frothy Monkey

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OZ Arts Nashville School Days: Spring Break — a super fun day of multi-arts programs on March 20 from 9:00 – 4:00. Excellent for the parent who is not on spring break while their child is. – Stephanie Silverman Executive Director The Belcourt Theatre

Visitors are encouraged to tour the Fisk University art galleries; with a cost from free to $10. Fisk is one of four Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the city. – Kia Jarmon, PR + Brand Strategist MEPR Agency

Art History Class Lifestyle Lounge and Gallery has a beautiful collection of local and beyond visual art on display. – Kia Jarmon, PR + Brand Strategist MEPR Agency

In the few years since its opening, Parnassus Books is already a Nashville institution, with an amazingly passionate and knowledgeable staff of booksellers who know how to help connect you with things you’ll love that you’d never have found on your own. We like to pick up a stack of good new books for the family, get some sandwiches from Mitchell’s Deli, and find a quiet place outside to read, eat, play, and chill. – Ed Tarkington Author Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Scoot down the road towards TN State University, another HBCU worth touring, and you come to the yellow building known as Alkebu-Lan Images, the oldest bookstore in Tennessee. Catering to the African diaspora, this place provides a bit of nostalgia for visitors who want to feel the print and go back before the Internet. Oh, and if they don’t have something, owner Yusef will order it for you. – Kia Jarmon, PR + Brand Strategist MEPR Agency

Outdoors

Get Outside – The thing I love best about Nashville is that it has almost everything a big city can offer but is nevertheless surrounded by plenty of wide open spaces, with great parks and lakes both within the city limits and very close by. Montgomery Bell State Park is a real gem: a short drive from Nashville, it’s got something for everyone, from hiking and mountain biking trails to great lakes for fishing and swimming to a terrific golf course. There’s car camping, but also swag-tastic “cabins” at very reasonable rates with terrific amenities for those who aren’t that into “roughing it.” Ed Tarkington Author Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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A treasure in Nashville is the fact we have so many great parks.  Percy Warner Park is at the end of Belle Meade Blvd and has long been a local favorite for road running, trail running, hiking, mountain biking and simply just throwing the frisbee. – TJ Wilt Cumberland Transit

Spring break for us is a time to get outside and active as much as possible. We usually go to Radnor Lake for hikes and to Sevier Park to play. Then we head to Frothy Monkey where it is kid friendly, dog friendly and we can get cookies as big as our face. – Jennifer Sheets, Partner Frothy Monkey

Activities

Day Trips/Franklin

While we would plan to spend much time outdoors at many of our local parks and trails, we would also spend a day enjoying Franklin. First we would head to The Crag, to do some rock climbing and find out more about their kids club for our junior adventurer. Then we would spend hours in Downtown Franklin walking and shopping. The historic preservation and locally-owned shops truly make for an authentic and unique experience. Then end at Papa Boudreaux’s for some authentic cajun cuisine. -Telisha Arguelles Cobb Founder & Executive Director Indie Nash

Vinyl Shopping

Hit the Bins – My go-to bad-weather/stay-cation/Daddy-time activity is to grab the kids and cruise around town looking for cheap vintage vinyl. Grimey’s and Grimey’s Too are the best known record sellers in town. I’m most partial to The Groove in East Nashville because they tend to have the best selection of used jazz and classic rock (a recent one-day haul included Bob Marley’s Survival, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, Elton John’s Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road, and Bill Evans’ New Jazz Conceptions, all for under $25). My daughters prefer Fond Object, where they can visit Coco’s petting zoo while I’m flipping through the stacks. Ed Tarkington Author Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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This post was created by Beth Inglish for NIBA. For more about Beth visit www.bethinglish.com or follow her on twitter at @bethinglish.

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