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Five Perfect Day Trips

May 31, 2021

Now that summer’s just around the corner, the school year is nearing its end, and you’ll likely want to take advantage of your family’s newfound free time and the beautiful weather outside. In between soccer camp, ballet lessons, and time at the pool, you’re probably looking for an interesting and fun day trip that can fit nicely into a summer weekend. Here are our suggestions:

1. Kingston Springs

If your idea of fun is spending plenty of time in the great outdoors and you don’t mind a little physical activity, Kingston Springs is perfect for you! Only a 30-minute drive west of Nashville, you can canoe or kayak on slow-moving rapids and learn about Native American history at Mound Bottom State Archeological Area. Also, check out Adventureworks, where you can zipline through the trees as well as try out the ropes course. 

2. Mammoth Cave National Park

How would you like to see a dazzling display of nature? If you and your kids feel comfortable in dark, enclosed spaces, Mammoth Cave is a fantastic choice. Situated under layers of limestone in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave is the biggest cave system in the world! The National Park Service offers multiple tours for a wide variety of comfort levels; whether you’d like to stay on the paved path or venture into dusty tunnels and muddy passages, you’ll love it here. 

3. Tims Ford Lake

Tims Ford Lake is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Tennessee for a good reason! Tims Ford State Park is perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, or just laying out and enjoying a sunny summer day. Check out the nearby distilleries and cute local restaurants to make it a perfect Middle Tennessee day. 

4. Old Stone Fort State Park

This picturesque Native American site is an hour drive from Nashville, and almost a straight shot down I-65. The 400 acre park includes miles of hiking trails past sacred Native American ceremonial sites and a beautiful waterfall. You can also fish for Largemouth Bass, bream, and catfish at the Duck River and get a glimpse of some unusual birds!

5. Lynchburg

If you’re willing to drive for about an hour and a half and leave the kids at home, Lynchburg is the perfect spot for a day-long getaway! While the main attraction is the star-studded Jack Daniels distillery, this town of 6,500 is fun in its own right—make sure you grab lunch at one of the many barbeque joints!  

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