Looking for Fall COVID-19 Activities in Nashville?
Today is the first day of fall! Tonight, the autumnal equinox marks the start of our Nashville fall celebrations. You’re officially okay to buy stashes of candy, start decorating for Halloween, and put some hot cider into themed mugs. We know that our festivities will look a bit different this year. Read on for some of our favorite fall COVID-19 activities near Nashville.
Spend the Afternoon at Cheekwood Harvest
This past weekend, Belle Meade’s Cheekwood Estate opened their signature autumnal event: Cheekwood Harvest. In addition to enjoying the changing leaves, you can see over 5,000 chrysanthemums, play in the Pumpkin House, and purchase your own autumn décor. This event is a favorite for parents and kids alike; for those without little ones, the estate has scheduled dog-friendly nights in the garden throughout the coming months. This event is truly a local favorite. Additionally, the venue is taking great pains to ensure mask-wearing and social distancing, meaning that it’s one of the best fall COVID-19 activities in town.
Boo at the Zoo
Every October, the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere puts on an event full of festive fun. Boo at the Zoo includes Pumpkin Town photo ops, a hay maze, dance areas, carousel rides, animal shows, trick-or-treat stations, and a magical walk-through experience for the whole family. To make this fall activity COVID-19 friendly, the zoo has modified its policies to include staggered entry times and a 50% nightly capacity. Attendees will need to wear masks and purchase tickets beforehand. Members get special rates, and for everyone else, it’s $16 per person (kids under 2 are free). Get in the fall spirit and see some of the bears and tigers who like to stay up late!
Get Lost in a Corn Maze and Visit the Pumpkin Patch
Nashville is home to quite a few corn mazes and pumpkin patches, and for many, those locations represent fall in its purest form. While hayrides may be off the table, these places can be the perfect escape during these difficult times. However, you should still exercise caution when planning your visit. Call the location ahead of time to be sure that they are enforcing social distancing and mask-wearing. Fall COVID-19 activities near Nashville include Walden Pumpkin Farm, Honeysuckle Hill Farm, Lucky Ladd Farms, and Fox Ferry Farm.
Fall Tennessee Craft Fair
Each year, Centennial Park hosts the Fall Tennessee Craft Fair. This year marks the 42nd annual observance, and due to COVID-19, the event will be moving online. Log on and shop finely crafted artwork created by award-winning artists; you can meet the people who made each piece and learn what inspires them. Visit the Tennessee Craft website to learn more about exhibitors and their work.
Celebrate Fall at Home
If you’re immunocompromised or don’t feel like leaving the house this fall, you can still get in the spirit with some at-home activities. Pumpkin carving (or painting) can be a fun way to spend the afternoon; have a contest with your housemates to see whose turns out the best. You can also schedule a fall-themed movie marathon, whether you like scary movies or are in more of a Halloweentown state of mind. Finally, don’t forget our favorite autumn staples, like cider, leafy wreaths, and hearty meals. With a little planning, this fall can feel just as special as it has in years past.
Miscellaneous Fall COVID-19 Activities
There are a few more ways that you can enjoy the changing leaves and cooler weather this month. If you’re up for the drive, we recommend driving out to East Tennessee to take a hike; while the Smokies are a favorite destination, Monteagle is a beautiful area that’s a bit closer to Nashville. East Tennessee is home to countless great trails with a wonderful view of the leaves. We also recommend DIYing a fun Halloween costume, preserving some beautiful fall leaves, baking an apple pie (we will also accept pumpkin pie), digging out your favorite cozy sweaters, and voting.
Stay Safe This Fall
As the weather cools, we hope you will get to spend some time outdoors with family and friends. However, we urge you to keep your health and safety as your top priority. Experts warn that a fall COVID-19 spike could be coming. Take extra precautions to protect yourself and others as you celebrate Halloween and the autumn season. Wear a mask, socially distance, and limit the time spent in public spaces. We’re excited to see how you get creative with your celebrations this fall, Nashville!
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