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Kid-Friendly in Franklin (And Beyond)

Parks, Activities, And Eats For The Whole Family

Article by Visit Franklin

Photography by Visit Franklin

Originally published in Franklin Lifestyle

Franklin has repeatedly been named one of the South's best cities, and while art, culture, cuisine, athletics and outdoor adventures are all part of that, so is the plethora of fun, kid-friendly things to do. Here's a list of can't miss things to do with your crew.


Pinkerton Park - 405 Murfreesboro Rd, Franklin
Tinkerbell playground, children’s playground, walking trail, picnic tables, pavilion, grills.

Aspen Grove Park - 3200 Aspen Grove Dr, Franklin
Playground, pavilion, walking path.

Jim Warren Park - 705 Boyd Mill Ave, Franklin
Playgrounds, baseball fields, basketball & tennis courts, walking trail, skate park, pond.

Fort Granger - 113 Fort Granger Dr, Franklin
Historical signs, walking trails.

Granny White Park - 610 Granny White Pk, Brentwood
Miles Together inclusive playground, walking trail, baseball & soccer fields, pavilion.


Midnight Sun Scavenger Hunt - Visitor Center, 400 Main St #130, Franklin
Pick up a free brochure at the Visitor Center.

Franklin Family Entertainment Center - 1200 Lakeview Dr, Franklin
Bowling alley, pool tables, food & more.

Kings Dining & Entertainment - 1910 Galleria Blvd Suite 120, Franklin
Bowling alley, games, food & more.

Third Coast Clay - The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd
Paint your own pottery pieces; shipping available.

The Franklin Theatre - 419 Main St, Franklin
Historic movie theatre featuring films, music & more.

Franklin on Foot - 305 Public Square, Franklin
Walking tours through downtown; kid-friendly options.

Carnton | Carter House | Lotz House - 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin
Civil War historical sites; tours available.

McLemore House - 446 11th Ave N, Franklin
Historical site museum; tours available.

SOAR Adventure Tower - 3794 Carothers Pkwy, Franklin
Climbing structure & mini-golf course.

We Rock the Spectrum Kids' Gym - 1113 Murfreesboro Rd #203, Franklin
Inclusive indoor playground with sensory activities.

American Girl Store & Café - 1800 Galleria Blvd #5030, Franklin
Specialty dolls & accessories, parties available.

Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park - 1735 Galleria Blvd #2, Franklin
Trampoline park; parties available.

Extreme Escape Games - 1735 Galleria Blvd #1015, Franklin
Timed group escape rooms; parties available.

Franklin Farmers Market - The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd
Fresh produce every Saturday 8am-noon.

Arrington Vineyards - 6211 Patton Rd, Arrington
Picnic-friendly fields. Children must be supervised at all times.

Nolensville Toy Shop - 9895 Old Clovercroft Rd, Nolensville
Shop offering a variety of toys & gifts.

The Monkey's Treehouse - 91 Seaboard Ln #130, Brentwood
Indoor playground; parties available.

Joyfull Arcade - 2001 Campbell Station Pkwy, Ste A-4, Spring Hill
Virtual reality and gaming arcade; parties available.


Mellow Mushroom - 317 Main St Suite 100, Franklin
Art-filled pizzeria; parties available.

Sweethaven - 214 E Main St, Franklin | 1015 Westhaven Blvd, Franklin
Farm-fresh frozen yogurt and hand-dipped ice cream.

Burger Up - 401 Cool Springs Blvd B, Franklin
Locally sourced gourmet burgers.

Mojo’s Tacos - The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd #11Y
Innovative taco shop with a Tennessee twist.

Five Daughters Bakery - The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd #11J
Family-run bakery featuring 100-layer donuts & more.

tiny little donuts - 328 5th Ave N, Franklin
Mini donuts served fresh from a vintage Airstream.

Merridee’s Breadbasket - 110 4th Ave S, Franklin
Modern cafe/bakery offering homemade eats.

Franklin Mercantile Deli - 100 4th Ave N, Franklin
Family-owned, country-chic eatery.

The Coffee House at Second & Bridge - 144 2nd Ave N, Franklin
Cozy coffee shop offering food & beverages.

Sugar Drop - 574 Franklin Rd #110, Franklin
Dessert shop & boutique; classes & parties available.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - The Factory at Franklin | McEwen Northside | Brentwood
Ice cream shops featuring unique flavors and fresh ingredients.

Kilwins Franklin - 405 Main St, Franklin
Old-fashioned fudge, fresh ice cream & sweets.

Peace, Love & Little Donuts - 213 Franklin Rd Suite 120, Brentwood
Donuts with a fun, groovy twist.

Outlanders Southern Chicken - 7215 Nolensville Rd, Nolensville
Fried chicken shop open for lunch & dinner.

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint - 7223 Nolensville Rd, Ste C, Nolensville | 2076 Wall St, Spring Hill
BBQ shop open for lunch & dinner.

**Sign up for the Sweet Treats Trail for more kid-friendly dessert shops!

  • Five Daughters Bakery has a donut for everyone!
  • SOAR Adventure Tower is an exciting place to climb.
  • Third Coast Clay is the perfect place for kids to create.
  • Learn and explore at the Carnton House.
  • Fresh products at the Franklin Farmers Market.
  •  Beautiful walking paths through Fort Granger.
  • Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint's variety of food.