Things We Did In Central Tennessee | Things to do in Nashville and Franklin Tn

If you’re reading this, that must mean you are interested in taking a trip to good ‘ole Tennessee! Well, buckle up and keep your feet in the ride at all times. Keep reading to find some incredible activities that I and my husband can give honest feedback on. Nothing in this blog is sponsored or an ad. Purely honest information.

Let’s talk about where we stayed…

We ended up staying in a hotel in Franklin Tn. The hotel was Days Inn by Wyndham – Franklin. Below is a gallery of photos that I took inside the room. Our room that I reserved via was a non-smoking king room. It had a stench, but most hotels do, in my opinion. I made sure I checked everything even the couch and under the bed in the seams and it was clean. No bugs, thank the universe! The microwave was odd, and we burnt popcorn the first two times unfortunately, but we got the hang of it by the third bag. The fridge kept things cool, and the TV was fuzzy but alright. The ‘walk-in’ shower was pretty sweet, the water was always hot, and never “ran out”. Having one sink was annoying though because my husband would hog it for no good reason, but it was tolerable. I will say, I am not a fan of hotel beds and pillows. Our necks were stiff and our backs ached for our own bed at home the entire time. Breakfast at the hotel was from 6 a.m until 9 a.m which was very inconvenient, but understandable. There food was’t really hot by the 8:00 a.m mark which was disappointing. The pool was pretty nice though. I would give this hotel, a 7/10 honestly. They were great employees with awesome manners.

Let’s talk about Day One…

Taken at the Williamson County Fair August 2nd 2019

The ride from Nicholasville Ky, to Franklin Tn was about four hours that day which was a Friday so understandable, and tolerable though I’m pretty sure I annoyed Jake with all the rock music I blared and sang to. Once we got there, we were early and couldn’t check in to our hotel yet so we went and had a late lunch over at Nashville Pizza Co. In Nashville Tn. Below is a picture of the pizza, and bread sticks we got. I told y’all I was going to be honest, and I am sorry if this hurts feelings, but here was my take on the place:

“Nashville Pizza Co. – It was trash. We ate there for under $25 however, the bread sticks weren’t garlicky enough and not many alcoholic options other than beer selections. The pizza was flat crust, and it’s not my style. 5/10.”

Let me add, this was right after I was dissatisfied, I will definitely let y’all know they had amazing service and very polite employees and a decent crowd that day for 2 p.m so don’t just take my word for it! This was just my opinion.

We finally checked into the hotel at around 3 p.m and we sat and chilled until the Williamson County Fair started which was about 6 p.m!

The county fair in Franklin Tn. – It was awesome, but so expensive! Like, in Jessamine Co. Kentucky and other surrounding areas you just pay one fee and you get unlimited rides. The fee is anywhere between 10 to 20. No admission fee either. In Franklin Tn, the admission fee was $9. But to ride unlimited rides it then costed $25 more. I think that was a little excessive for a county fair however, I can’t complain too much considering the fair was a blast! It was so fun! I paid like $10 for henna on my wrist and that was pretty chill. We played balloon darts and Jake played the basketball games. Unfortunately, they milked more money out of us that way, but I
now have three super cute stuffed animals! Sadly near the end, we had to leave cause everything was being moved inside due to lighting and a storm. Oh did I mention, no refunds? Williamson Co. Fair: 9/10!

I got henna done at one of the booths too as well as some lemonade from a cute lemonade vendor! Oh, and BMX TRICKS! It was a blast. We also went to the fair on our day 3 to have some more fun. On day 3 at the fair, we seen a dinosaur show meant for kids, and we walked inside a butterfly garden! So much fun!

Later that night after the fair we ate at a local Steak’n’shake!

Steak’n’Shake in Franklin off of Carother’s pkwy – Super great service! And super cheap but yummy food! 11/10.

Day Two…

We went out into the Music City, of Nashville Tennessee! And had an even more awesome time! It was super crowded though which made it intolerable, especially with the heat at 90 degrees Fahrenheit! We walked into Tootsies, and could barely breathe with all of the people, it was so overwhelming and too crowded for my liking so we went for a drink at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen and Bar instead! A day in Nashville or even a couple hours? I give it a 7/10. Just because the bars overcharge for drinks, but I get it!

Prior to the bar hopping, we went to an historical site in Franklin Tn! I wish I could say it was a very fantastic time, but we do plan on trying again next year.

The Carnton 1864 battle site – it wasn’t that great of an experience for me, so you will have to take my review with a grain of salt. I got sick and was about to faint and had to step out after the tour guide finally after what felt like twenty minutes explained how the family was caught in shock and their home turned into a hospital within a few minutes of the battle. She said she’d keep the door unlocked but after I got a bottle of water and was feeling better, I couldn’t go back in because the door wasn’t unlocked and basically the $36 I spent on our tickets were wasted. I was beyond angry and wanted to cry at that point. We left. But if you are a fan of history especially civil war history, I suggest you visit this place. It is really interesting and the property was just beautiful. I give this place 7/10 stars just because I didn’t get to enjoy myself to the fullest. Yes, I get that’s my body’s fault… but it would have been nice if tickets weren’t so expensive and i didn’t get locked out. Just saying!

Day Three…

We went to the fair once again, but we also went and visited downtown Franklin, and had a great time eating lunch at 55 South on their main street! Parking wasn’t that bad, but waiting at the cross walks were!

55 South – Crowded, but right in the historical downtown district of Franklin Tn! It was so much fun, and the drink I had was called the Category 5 which was very bourbon-y. It wasn’t my favourite, but as far as day drinking goes, I would recommend it! I had their friend chicken salad which was spicy, but it was definitely yummy and hit the spot at brunch. My husband got a burger and fries, which their fries are sooo bomb! 8/10.

After brunch, we went to the Farmer’s Market in Franklin! And I found a T-shirt from a local artist. I did pay $25 for the shirt, but I had to have something that proved I was there, right?

Pic from Instagram Stories

Let’s Talk About the Last Day now!

We left, but before we did we had to visit the Nashville Parthenon! It was a fun sight, gave me an excuse to say I was in Greece, but not really. 10/10.

It was a decent trip, and we had a lot of fun!

Published by Life With Caitie

My name is Caitie; I am a writer from central Kentucky. My three most valued passions include health, beauty, and sharing my thoughts. I enjoy reviewing places, ideas, and products! I am excited to help anyone the best I can. If you would like to take a look around, please do. Any questions? Visit my contact page. Happy reading!

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