My Mom, sister and three nieces are coming to visit in a couple of weeks and I have no idea what would be fun for them to do. I know what younger kids would enjoy but 2 of my nieces are teenagers (16 and 19) and besides taking them shopping I’m clueless. Any suggestions?
Sandra – Nashville
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We appreciate your question and if you are like me, you want a jammed packed agenda for your guests. While I do not have children your nieces’ ages, I have a daughter in the approximate age range. Teens can be a tough audience to please; our suggestions are fun and filled with variety. You’re in luck this summer because there are a couple of exhibits perfect for all ages: the Chihuly at Cheekwood and the Golden Age of Couture. Each is extraordinary.
Here is a quick list for you:
- Chihuly at Cheekwood after Dark. A must. The exhibit is marvelous; it encompasses so much of the grounds and is absolutely beautiful at night. Bring a picnic supper and wait until it gets dark; you will see magic (and fireflies) everywhere. Cheekwood has just added Wednesday night to the mix. More info can be found at: www.cheekwood.org
- The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London. At the Frist followed by lunch in the Frist Center Café – they even have Wi-Fi! Nashville has the distinction of being the only US city chosen for this world-wide tour. It is truly appealing to chicks of all ages. The café is a wonderful way to end the tour. My family loves the homemade potato chips. More info: www.fristcenter.org
- Shelby Bottoms Greenway/Eastside Cycles Rentals. Shelby Bottoms is in East Nashville. It follows the Cumberland River with an easy, flat ride where you can cross the Cumberland for a gorgeous view of the river. If you are sweltering, you can always incorporate Wave Country in the trip. Check out www.nashville.gov/greenways, www.eastside-cycles.com and www.nashville.gov/parks/wave_country.asp
- Tip-a-Canoe. Incredibly, they opened back up for business just a couple of days after the flood. Canoeing on the Harpeth River is so much fun. This section of the Harpeth is easy to maneuver and loops around so you don’t have to shuttle far. Just bring a cooler and snacks and enjoy nature. – www.tip-a-canoe.com
- Hatch Show Print and then Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. Located on Lower Broad, Hatch is the oldest working letter press print shop in the country – and a hidden treasure. The tour is fascinating as you can see the history of music in Nashville through the posters. Then, head to the mid-town Charlotte area for Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. The girls at Nashvillest told us it was their favorite. I believe them that it must be fab since Arnold Myint, the owner, is competing in the Top Chef competition right now! www.suzywongsnashville.com
- Zip Line Tour by Adventureworks. Everyone loves this excursion in Kingston Springs. My daughter went for a birthday party and said it was her favorite party. You will need reservations. Grab your guts and sail through the trees. adventureworks.com
- Nashville Shores Drive In Movies. What a great idea! The movie this Friday night is Monsters vs. Aliens. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer. www.nashvilleshores.com
We love to shop too! For an outdoor area that is easy to navigate and walk, check out the Hill Center in Green Hills and then head to Bandywood, just around the corner. I promise almost everything is on sale.