Are you thinking about a Spring Break trip this year? Staying close to home instead? Whether you’re getting away or just getting out, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Clarksville that don’t require a lot of planning.
If you’re up for a road trip, Clarksville is an ideal location along I-24 about 40 minutes northwest of Nashville, in other words, it’s only a half-day drive from major markets like St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Birmingham.
Locally, the public school system Spring Break is in early March and the weather can be volatile until mid-April. You might be comfortable in shorts and flip-flops on sunny warm days, or you might need to bundle up and take along a hot chocolate or coffee. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying all the fun that awaits. We’ve put together some low-to-no plan, indoor-and-outdoor options to help make your trip or your time off a breeze. C’mon over.
Older kids and teens will enjoy time at The City Forum. Bowling, putt-putt, laser tag, go-cards, an arcade, and more are all under one roof. You’ll find pizza, hotdogs and nachos onsite, or hop next door (still in the same building) for an amazing burger at Dock 17.
Trampoline fun at DEFY Clarksville is the way to go for active kids. Rock climbing, basketball, a ropes area, and slides will burn off energy and give everyone a good night’s sleep!
D and D Blacklight Golf is an indoor putt-putt course with vivid glow-in-the-dark artwork. Flip‘N Axe delivers even more fun, especially for teens.
Younger kids will enjoy time at the newly redesigned Explorer’s Landing at the Customs House Museum, & Cultural Center filled with interactive fun and educational activities. Make sure to find the Bubble Cave, Train Exhibit, and Family Art Room.
Another newly opened experience is Mochas and Minis. Parents can relax and sip a favorite warm beverage while toddlers enjoy the time in a safe and fun indoor play space. Win-win!
Dunbar Cave State Park is one of the region’s most popular outdoor destinations. Hiking trails, wildlife, cave tours (May – October), picnic areas, and fascinating history are what you can expect here.
Bring the bikes and ride the North Ford St. Mountain Bike Trail, with paths suitable for all ages. For a paved, but still challenging, experience, try the scenic 9-mile Clarksville Greenway. (Just remember, this isn’t a loop…9 miles out means 9 miles back!) OR, B-cycle rentals are available at the Greenway, Riverwalk, Liberty Park, and Downtown Commons.
Meander along the creek-lined hiking and biking trails and Rotary Park. Enjoy playgrounds, open play space, an 18-hole disc golf course, picnic areas, and a fantastic new nature center.
Not to be missed is the Cumberland Riverwalk downtown. Clarksville’s crowning jewel, the RiverWalk begins at McGregor Park, following the Cumberland River, and extends to connect with the Red River Trail system. Out and back is about 3.5 miles, but the trail also connects at McGregor with an urban trail system, the Upland Trail, that winds up to downtown.
Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement opens April 1 and is open Thursday – Sunday through October. This 40-acre settlement showcases 16 homes and outbuildings filled with period furnishings and tools. An audio tour of the self-guided experience brings the past to life. Grounds offer picnic areas and a covered pavilion with plenty of rural land to wander.
Food & Beverage
Local food finds are such a fun part of a travel experience, and choices abound here in Clarksville. From classic Southern like catfish and BBQ to trendy burgers to multicultural opportunities to expand your palate, you won’t have any trouble finding satisfying and tasty options in Clarksville. Caprigios Pizza, Johnny’s Big Burger, Rock N Roll Sushi, and Bubbakoo’s Burritos will give you plenty of variety. Of course, ice cream is a must while on vacation. Try Golly G's or La Michoacána Delicias for delicious treats. After a year closed from a fire, local favorite, Blackhorse Pub & Brewery is expected to open in late March. Beer cheese dip, flatbread pizzas, burgers, and cold brews are the most popular.
From 30 hotel properties to campgrounds to uniquely styled Airbnb rentals, you’ll find variety and amenities to suit the whole family, regardless of the length of your stay.
Use our visitclarksvilletn.com website or VisitClarksvilleTN app to explore all that the area has to offer. C’mon over. We’ll see you soon in Clarksville.
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