The cold weather won’t leave Nashville but there is plenty of warm fun for a family at the Adventure Science Center. Located on a hill near Fort Negley overlooking downtown, the color changing twin pyramid roof sits on top one of the best winter family destinations in Nashville. With the addition of the Sudekohum Planaterium and expanded Space Chase, the mass of crowds can seem overwhelming but with a little planning you can have a fun trip.
The three main areas of the museum are Adventure Tower, BodyQuest and Space Chase.
Adventure Tower towers over 75 feet high front of you as your family enters the Center and is filled with oversized experiential fun that kids of all ages, and adults, enjoy. You can make music and learn about how sound travels or can lift a car by yourself to experience pulley power. As an added bonus for parents, children can run around until their heart is content and they are out of breath from climbing all the different levels.
To the right of the main entrance is the newly expanded Space Chase. Visitors of all ages can complete tasks spread over two levels as they learn about space exploration. Two of the highlights are the EVA Experience where you experience a simulated space walk and the newly opened Star Walk where you feel like you are walking through outer space surrounded by stars.
On the second floor and to the left is BodyQuest. It takes you on a journey through the inner and outer workings of your body. BodyQuest is a child’s learning delight where you make things move with your mind, fight off germs with a blaster and explore the sights (and sounds) of digestion.
Insider Tip: Take a break in the upstairs snack room. It has a wall of windows that give you one of the best views of downtown Nashville and the Gulch.
If you go:
Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37203-4833