Are you as glad as I am that it’s finally fall? Summer is fun and all that, but the cooler temperatures, brisker air and changing leaves make me happy!
Whether you are new to Nashville or a long-time resident, this list of things to do may give you some ideas of fun activities in Middle Tennessee in the next couple of months.
First and foremost, check out Ms. Cheap’s annual fall to-do list from the Tennessean. This ran in the paper around Labor Day, but there are still a lot of her listed activities that you can plan to do. If you don’t know about Ms. Cheap, she is one of my favorites! She has lots of ideas of free or very low cost activities and events.
While the fall colors aren’t showing yet, you might want to schedule on a road day trip to see some gorgeous scenery. Take a drive, pedal a bike or ride a motorcycle down the Natchez Trace Parkway. It’s our closest national park, and it begins just south of Nashville. If you haven’t seen the gorgeous Presidential Design Excellence award winning double arch bridge, you must make it a destination! Besides the road, there are tons of hiking trails.
Another great place to take and hike and get some fresh air is at Radnor Lake. It’s a Tennessee State Park just off Granny White Pike between Nashville and Brentwood. It offers several hikes around the gorgeous lake. The park is perfect for nature enthusiasts to watch owls, herons and other waterfowl, as well as a variety of amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Hundreds of species of wildflowers, mosses, fungi, ferns and other plants, as well as trees, shrubs and vines add to the natural ecological diversity of the area. Several ranger-led programs are planned throughout the year including canoe floats, wildflower walks, astronomy night hikes, nature hikes, programs on snakes, off-trail land acquisition hikes and birds of prey.
Are corn mazes and pumpkin farms more your speed? Check out the Nashville Fun for Families maze and farm site. This organization also features a Fall Guide with a ton of great suggestions. It says “family,” but students and singles will find these places to go and things to see just as much fun!
Are you interested in healthy eating? You can find locally grown apples, pumpkins and other produce at any one of several Farmer’s Markets throughout the Nashville area. Why not make a friend night, or maybe a date night, and make a homemade apple pie with some delicious fresh apples? You know what they say about the way to a man’s heart …! Let me give you guys a tip: it works for women too! Nothing says aromatherapy like something fresh from the oven.
Don’t you love a parade? Nashville hosts its annual Veteran’s Day Parade at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month (Nov. 11) in downtown Nashville. It starts on Broadway at the bridge over Interstate 40 and proceeds down Broadway to Third Avenue. Veterans from every branch of the military participate, from World War II to Afghanistan and Iraq. Saying thank you to the brave men and women who have served our country is an honor.
Sometimes it’s enough to just do something quirky! Lewisburg is about an hour south of Nashville, but worth the drive to the Goats, Music and More Festival Oct. 9-10. Do you know of any other place anywhere close to here where you can see a real live fainting goat? Me either! If they don’t make you laugh out loud, you better get your sense of humor checked up!
One other fantastic place to be in Nashville in the fall (or any other time of the year) is Green Hills Church! You can meet locals, people from other states, even people from other countries. You can hear some of Nashville’s finest musicians. You can hear some amazing stories and even settle your questions about eternity! Wow! There is no admission charge and every age is welcome. Is that mind-blowing or what! It’s every Sunday at 101 Bowling Avenue at 10:00 a.m.
Middle Tennessee is fall fabulous! Whether you have recently moved here, have settled here, or chosen it to be home for just four years, make it a point to get out and enjoy yourself!