After months of quarantine, many of us are experiencing a bit of cabin fever. With proper precautionary measures taken, socializing with friends and family at a distance can happen! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly experience or a night out with friends, here is Nashville Guru’s guide to social distancing activities in Nashville.
With rules and regulations changing daily, it is important to check each location’s website for the latest status.
NASHVILLE Social Distancing Activities
Cheekwood, one of Nashville’s most popular and beautiful destinations, is perfect for a social-distanced outing. Take a drive eight miles southwest of Downtown Nashville and you’ll find a botanical garden, arboretum, museum, twelve gardens, and more. Throughout the summer there are weekly family-and-pup-friendly events!
Picnic PopUp creates the ultimate two-hour picnic experience for up to four people (additional guests can be added for an extra $25 per person). The cost is $215 and each picnic comes with an “essentials basket” curated for your chosen themed picnic. Themed picnics include The Playdate, Glam it Up, The PupUp, and more. Picnics can be set up anywhere from your backyard to a park!
Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are great forms of exercise and a lot of fun. Big Willie’s Action Sports is a locally-owned stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking company that operates off of the Cumberland River. Experiences can vary from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. If you head 30 minutes outside of Nashville, you will find Foggy Bottom canoe and kayak rentals and Tip-A-Canoe. Check out our Fun Things to Do: Stand-Up Paddleboarding guide here for more information.
The Nashville Zoo is a great out-of-the-house option, especially for kids! Here’s everything you need to know before you go: advance tickets required, facial coverings required (13+), no cash accepted, cards only, one-way path, and some features will be closed, including the jungle gym, water fountains, and animal shows. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Venture about 40 minutes south of Nashville to Arrington Vineyards, one of the most popular local getaways. Expect gorgeous hillside views, award-winning wines, and tons of space. Bring your own picnic setup (blankets, bites, water) for the perfect social distancing afternoon. Masks are required when in AV retail areas, bathrooms, buildings, indoor and covered private event locations, and during all winery tours.
Patios and Rooftops
Nashville restaurants have been allowed to reopen while following these guidelines. There are a variety of patios and rooftops you can enjoy with friends while remaining social distant, such as the recently-opened White Limozeen, TailGate Headquarters, The Hop Yard at Fat Bottom, and L.A. Jackson. Please call ahead to confirm current hours, as they are likely to change or be limited. Check out our Patios & Rooftops Now Open in Nashville guide here for more ideas.
Glamping at Bloomsbury Farm
Pomelo Grove, a boutique eco camp, is partnering with Bloomsbury Farms this summer to create the ulimate glamping getaway. Guests can expect chic campers that feel like boutique hotel rooms. Reservations can be made online. Guests can learn more about the Pomelo Grove experience here.
SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland
Sprawling over four acres, SoundWaves has plenty of space to keep your distance. This upscale indoor/outdoor water attraction has two adults-only pools (indoor and outdoor), a wave pool, 11 slides, kids areas, and private cabanas for an additional fee. There are a limited amount of tickets sold each day, and guests have assigned seating arrangements to ensure proper spacing. For a limited time, Tennessee residents can purchase day passes. Learn more about SoundWaves ticket options here.
There are a variety of parks in the Nashville area. Urban parks include Centennial Park in the West End area, Sevier Park in 12 South, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Downtown, Fannie Mae Dees Park in Hillsboro Village, and Cumberland Park in Downtown. Nature Centers include Shelby Bottoms in East Nashville, Radnor Lake near Green Hills, and Percy & Edwin Warner Parks near Belle Meade. Whether you’re looking to have a picnic or go on a hike, these are some of the top spots!