Top Ten Places for Teens from 17-year-old Nashville native and up and coming singer and songwriter Ella K Sol. With head-bobbing grooves and candid lyrics on each track on her debut EP Hello My Name Is shines with her smooth voice and authenticity.
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The Nashville Zoo is one of my all-time favorites. The koi pond is beautiful, and the animals are amazing. I love the Kangaroo Kickabout where they can approach you and get a quick pet as long as you stay on the path. And over by the Andean bear exhibit the bathrooms have a surprise exhibit of Cotton Top Tamarins INSIDE the bathroom! The Nashville Zoo is my happy place.
5 Daughter’s Bakery / Mafiaozas Pizza – for savory + sweet (12 South)
Discover Nashville Murals
Shopping – Hillsboro Village / Dragon Park
Radnor Lake – Hiking
I’m a big outdoorsy nerd and Nashville has a ton of great parks and hiking trails. If you like to hike or just enjoy pretty walks in nature, Radnor Lake is the place you should go. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I highly recommend it especially for those who like spotting woodland critters. I have often shared an early morning walk on the path with curious turkey, deer, and beaver.
Nashville Predators game or Nashville Soccer Club game
Of course, any great city isn’t complete without a great sports team and luckily, we have several!!! The Predators serve up some fabulous hockey and the fans are great! If a game is offered take that opportunity. I’d gladly watch them any day. And our newest team, The Nashville Soccer Club, is a game near and dear to my heart!!! CHECK THEM OUT!!!!!
Parthenon / Centennial Park
https://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parks/Centennial-Park.aspxAnother beautiful park to visit is Centennial Park, right in the heart of the city. In the center is a huge life-sized replica of the Parthenon which I love to go to with friends to talk, walk my dog Hugo (an awesome dog park is right next door) and walk aimlessly around. In the spring the park is filled with kids throwing frisbees, ducks looking for bread and beautiful flower gardens.
Frist Art Museum / CMHOF
The Frist is for my people who appreciate art. If you’re an “earbuds in while wandering through an art show” kinda person, like I am, I definitely recommend the Frist. I’m most excited about the upcoming Picasso show!! I’ve already begun thinking of a play list!
Shelby St Pedestrian Bridge
Forever known by Nashvillians as the Shelby Street Bridge it is now called the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. Honestly, I could just walk back and forth on this bridge forever. It’s busiest on football Sundays when fans use it to walk across the river to the stadium. I love it for its gorgeous view of all of downtown Nashville and it’s great for skateboarding across, haha. The photo-ops are plenty and at night when everything is lit up it is magic.
Nashville Humane Association
My other top favorite place is the Nashville Humane Association. You used to be able to visit with the dogs and cats inside, love on them and take them for walks, giving you the biggest https://www.instagram.com/p/CKaANvpBvAQ/ serotonin boost ever. Of course, Covid has altered the way I usually enjoy these furry friends but if you feel like adopting, make an appointment and this is the place to go. The staff is so sweet, and I always want to take home all the fur babies. It’s where I’ve gotten both of my dogs 🙂
BONUS – DEFY in Franklin
Side note and #11 – DEFY is in Franklin, a close suburb of Nashville, and if you like trampoline dodgeball, then check it out, that’s all I gotta say 😉