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Top Things To Do In Franklin

Named for founding father Benjamin Franklin, the Tennessee city of Franklin unites small town nostalgia and urban trendiness with a dash of Nashville charm. Home to a historic downtown area with performance venues, art galleries and festivals, there is no shortage of cultural diversity and exciting things to do. Dive in and discover an unforgettable slice of southern hospitality in Franklin.

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Visit for Two Adults or Family of Four to Lotz House Museum (Up to 50% Off)
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Franklin
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Short Mountain Distillery
Woodbury
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Distillery Tour for One, Two, or Four at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery (Up to 25% Off)
Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
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Distillery Tour for One, Two, or Four at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery (Up to 25% Off)
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Sam Davis Home and Museum
Smyrna
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Historic RailPark & Train Museum
Bowling Green
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Top Down Tours
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Historically, Franklin is known as the location of the Battle of Franklin, one of the largest clashes during the Civil War. Today the city’s storied downtown plays host to historic homes and a variety of local businesses, restaurants, and events.

The best things to do near Franklin include: 


  • Explore the 16-block downtown area filled with boutiques, restaurants and historic homes
  • Hike or bird watch along the trails in the scenic Timberland Park
  • Hit the links at one of the Nashville area’s toughest golf courses, Forrest Crossing Golf Course
  • Explore the history of Franklin on a house tour of Carnton Plantation, Carter House or one of the other many historic homes
  • The sky’s the limit for adventurous good times when climbing and exploring Soar Adventure Tower
  • From exploring nature in the parks to world-class live music at the historic Franklin Theater, the city of Franklin is brimming with adventure and creativity. Get your hands dirty on a working dairy farm, walk the Civil War battlefields and admire some local art all in a relaxing day.

    Popular attractions near Franklin include:

    • See a live show at the Franklin Theater where many performance scenes from the hit TV show Nashville are filmed
    • Explore the history of the last great battle of the Civil War at the Carter House and Carnton
    • Watch as porches are turned into stages for incredible live music during the yearly citywide Porchfest
    • Tour the art galleries and antique shops during a visit to the quaint Leiper’s Fork Village just outside the city
    • Learn about life on a working dairy farm and taste some delicious cheeses at Noble Springs Dairy

    From the gorgeous parks to the historic downtown, people in Franklin know how to make the best of their surroundings. From goat yoga on the farm to Grammy-winning performances, there is always something new to see or do in Franklin.

    Exciting activities near Franklin include:

    • Savor delicious modern takes on southern comfort food at Tupelo Honey
    • Catch up on the latest blockbuster film at the Carmike Thoroughbred 20 movie theater
    • See a play or band at the historic Franklin Theater, the home of great live performances in Franklin since 1937
    • Try your hand at a variety of yoga events for the whole family during Yoga in the Park at Harlinsdale Farm
    • Explore historic downtown Franklin in style on a classic red trolley with Hello Trolley’s

    While many folks in Franklin spend their days working in Nashville, you don’t have to leave the city to find a variety of things to do at night. Live performances take center stage with comedy, music and art throughout the city, while great drinks and food flow freely at the many restaurants and bars around town.

    Nighttime activities near Franklin include:

    • Tour the local art scene across the city the first Friday of each month during the Franklin Art Crawl
    • Explore the expansive wine menu and fun, casual atmosphere at JJ’s Wine Bar
    • Cheer on your favorite team or play some games along with great food and drinks at Kings Dining and Entertainment
    • Dance the night away to great local music at the Tin Roof II
    • See a comedy show or live music at The Pond, Franklin’s most welcoming and entertaining dive bar

    Franklin is full of fun and educational things to do with kids. Whether your little adventurers want to explore nature, scale a multi-level playground or kick back with some arcade games and a movie, every day is a new adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

    Family-Friendly things to do near Franklin include:

    • Camp, hike or rent a cabin in one of Tennessee’s 54 state parks including Radnor Lake, Long Hunter and Henry Horton State Parks
    • Climb through four levels and over 100 different structures as you scale Soar Adventure Tower
    • Check out the inflatable play area, arcade games, activities and more at Money Joe’s Cool Springs
    • Lock and load for an unforgettable laser tag adventure at Hard Knocks
    • Enjoy family-friendly movies for free with a picnic at Movies in the Park at Pinkerton Park

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    Once you’ve explored the outdoors and gotten in touch with your inner adventurer, it’s time to find things to do indoors in Franklin. Try your hand at touring historic homes, seeing a classic movie or unplugging with a relaxing spa day – no matter what you choose, Franklin knows how to unwind in style.

    Franklin things to do indoors include:

    • Take a tour of a historic home like Carnton, Carter House and Lotz House
    • Grab a beer and get cozy with the locals at McCreary’s Irish Pub
    • Find your new favorite record at Luna Record Shop
    • Watch a classic movie, play or other performance at the Franklin Theater
    • Enjoy a relaxing day of pampering at A Moment’s Peace Salon or Woodhouse Day Spa

    Franklin is full of historic architecture and family attractions, but the best outdoor activities embrace the city’s natural beauty. With a variety of parks and trails to explore, there’s no shortage of wildlife and sights to see. Tour by foot, horse or hot air balloon and appreciate the gorgeous scenery during your stay in Franklin.

    Active things to see in Franklin include: 


    • Immerse yourself in nature and meet some of the local wildlife during a hike or walk along the trails at Timberland Park
    • Take in the sights and sounds from the air with Middle Tennessee Hot Air Adventures
    • Zip line and scale hundreds of different obstacles at Soar Adventure Tower
    • Bust out your clubs and try to beat your best score at Forrest Crossing Golf Course
    • Explore the area by horseback with Creekside Riding Academy and Stables