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5 Spots to Cool Off in Downtown Nashville

Visiting Nashville this summer? Don't let the heat wave stop your fun. Here are five summer to-dos in downtown to keep you cool (the calm and collected part is up to you!). 


1 - National Museum of African American Music

Straightaway you’re led into the Roots Theatre for a poignant introduction to the only museum of its kind—dedicated to the preservation and celebration of African American music and its wealth of influences. The stunningly designed space includes six galleries full of memorabilia, music, and interactive stations (try mixing your own track!). The RFID bracelet you receive allows you to take the experience home, too! Save playlists, videos, and more as you navigate the museum. 

Bonus: The Assembly Food Halls at 5th & Broad are only steps away, save room for a final cool down at one of their many local food and drink vendors.

When: Wed-Mon 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Adults $24.95, Student $18.75, Youth $13.50, Children 7-under are free 
Where: 510 Broadway Ave, Nashville, TN 37203; 

2 - Nashville Skyline Kayak

See the glimmering shores of Nashville from one of three kayaking tours along the Cumberland River. Don’t want to overheat? Take the quick one hour ‘Skyline’ route tour and still have time for a rooftop patio happy hour afterward.  

When: Thur - Mon, weather permitting. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Cost: Tandem $78-89, Single $40-45
Where: 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 37213;

3 - Goo Goo Chocolate Co. 

For one hour of relief, drop by the Goo Goo Chocolate Co and let the fun begin. You’ll play chocolatier in their Taste of Goo Goo experience which is more like a tasting party than a class. Get an insiders look at Nashville’s official candy bar, a hands-on candy making session, and delicious treats while you learn. 

When: Fri, Sat, and Sun 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.; Mon 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. 
Cost: $55/person 
Where: 116 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201;

4 - Pins Mechanical 

Here’s the game plan: see if you can squeeze in everything from giant Jenga to duckpin bowling at this play place in the Gulch. Ping around the 20+ pinball machines or challenge your crew to some patio pong. Remember to BYOF, and they’ve got an extensive drink menu to cool you down during the visit. 

Pro tip: Park on the lower level of the Whole Foods garage at 12th and Broadway and bring your ticket for a discounted validation. 

When: Mon-Wed 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Thurs 4 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Fri 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Sat 12-2:30 a.m., Sun 12 p.m.12:30 a.m. [21+ after 8 p.m.] 
Cost: Varies by activity, kids are free on Sundays with an adult 
Where: 1102 Grundy St, Nashville, TN 37203;

5 - Hatch Show Print 

Immerse yourself in color and history at one of America’s oldest letterpress shops. As the scent of ink swirls around you, get a look at the massive collection of classic wood blocks essential to the process. Better yet, try your hand creating a show poster of your own. 

When: Mon-Sun 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. (Capacity is at 16 guests)
Cost: Adult $20, Youth $15; Children ages 5 and under are admitted FREE. However, a ticket is required for entry,
Where: 222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville, TN 37203;