The longer days and humid nights signal that a Tennessee summer is right around the corner. Summer is one of the best times to live in Nashville, and there are several warm-weather spots that you must not miss!
Bobbie’s is a true Nashville staple, especially when it’s sweltering out. A trip to Bobbie’s is like traveling back in time to a 1950’s drive-in restaurant. Order a dipped cone, chocolate sundae or specialty shake and experience true ice cream bliss.
Outdoor public pools in downtown Nashville are like unicorns: you’ve heard about them but you’re not sure if they really exist. Pinewood Social, one of the hippest gathering spots in town, has you covered. They have two dipping pools complete with an airstream that serves beverages and a full menu.
Nashville’s public greenways are some of the most beautiful trails you will find in the state. Walk, jog or bike the trails that connect more than 80 miles of green space around town. Travel the Cumberland River Greenway downtown to get the best views of downtown Nashville, SoBro and Germantown.
We always leave this place wanting more, hence the name “Mas Tacos Por Favor.” Although the line is sometimes long, the food is well worth the wait. Try the elote (grilled corn on the cob), chicken tamales, and homemade specialty frescas.
As a kid, remember when the highlight of your summer was visiting the shaved ice truck and selecting your favorite tropical flavor? You’re in luck! Retro Sno is Nashville’s original shaved ice truck and can be found at various landmarks around town. Check their daily schedule on their website or twitter page.
The perfect outdoor retreat awaits you less than 30 minutes outside of town: canoeing the Harpeth River. No need to be an expert — canoeing the Harpeth’s shallow, smooth waters is perfect for beginners and kids. Pro tip: Pack a lunch so you can stop along the way for a picnic on one of the many small islands.
Baseball is summer’s favorite sport, so you have to make at least one Sounds game this season. The Sounds play at the brand new state-of-the art First Tennessee Park and regularly host themed nights and beer specials. Pro tip: stop for a drink and a round of cornhole at the Band Box.
Consistently voted one of Nashville’s best burger spots, Gabby’s Burgers & Fries doesn’t disappoint. Try the Seamus and sweet potato fries or Gabby’s Burger if you’re extra hungry. Pro tip: if you become a regular, you may even be privy to the “secret menu” for VIP guests.
Art, live music, and wine — sounds like the perfect summer night to us. The Frist Center in downtown Nashville hosts live outdoor concerts every summer, dubbed “Frist Fridays.” Frist Fridays take place on the final Friday of the month in June, July, and August from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Center’s Turner Courtyard. Pro trip: remember to bring your stadium seat or blanket.
Nashville’s summer events culminate with one of the most exciting celebrations of the year. Experience one of the country’s best fourth of July celebrations right in your backyard. The lineup includes musical performances by Sheryl Crow, Maddie & Tae, Erin McCarley and the Nashville Symphony, complete with one of the biggest fireworks displays in the U.S.
Get out there, Nashville, and have a little fun in the sun!