Don’t be a Fool and Miss These April Adventures
The Easter Bunny has come and gone, and now it is officially time to get outside and celebrate springtime! While all seasons in Franklin have their unique charms, spring may have been what was on the mind of the writers at TripAdvisor when they named Franklin one of the “30 Top USA Cities to Visit in 2018,” or when Reader’s Digest called it,”The Best Small Town Weekend Getaway You Need to Book ASAP.” Here are a few of our favorite spring activities!
Main Street Festival
Main Street Festival is a unique outdoor spring celebration that is one of the largest festivals in the state of Tennessee. This fun-filled weekend of live music, arts and crafts, food, and children’s activities all along America’s Favorite Main Street.
Take a Hike at Owl’s Hill
Growing up in Tennessee, one of the best memories I have as a kid is taking “nature walks” around our family farm. The beauty of Tennessee is unmatched, in my completely biased and forever Tennessee loyalist opinion, and one of the best places to experience that beauty in Franklin is Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary. You can go explore on your own during free hike days or sign up for specific adventures like “Sky Hunters” or Wildflower Hikes” where you learn about the wildlife and flowers from a guide.
Whether you were training in the ice and snow all winter to improve your time or were just making sure you were “well rested” all winter; running season is back with the Will Power 5k in downtown Franklin. Lace up your running (or walking) shoes for one of the only races of the year that goes down Franklin’s historic Main Street. Forbes Magazine named this one of the best races for new runners, and it is easy to see why with the flat race course, a final stretch that features bands lining historic Main Street, and of course an incredibly worthy cause to support. We’ll see you at the finish line!
SOAR Adventure Tower
SOAR Adventure Tower is the ideal destination for your next adventure. This unique tower creates a safe and interactive atmosphere that features four levels and over 110 climbing elements that will challenge kids and adults both mentally and physically. When you are done climbing, you can also test your putting skills on SOAR’s new miniature golf course.
LIVEMINDS Escape Game
Springtime in Tennessee also means rainy days now and then, but have no fear as the indoor fun is pretty spectacular too. When the rain clouds roll in, head to LIVEMINDS Escape Game and test your mental skills to escape elaborate sets that have been created to Hollywood set designers and even include props from some of your favorite movies like Mission Impossible.
Laugh the Night Away at Franklin Improv All-Stars
There is never a bad time to laugh, and spring marks the return of Franklin Improv All-Stars to The Factory at Franklin. Once you settle into your chair there is no telling where the family-friendly improve comedians might go with their razor-sharp wit, instantly created songs, celebrity impersonations, slapstick and surprise guest appearances. You can even skip your ab workout they day you go because you are guaranteed to be laughing hard the entire time!
If you have not tried the newest restaurant in downtown Franklin yet, Biscuit Love is worth planning your next trip right now. Do you really need an excuse to try a plate full of incredible biscuit creations, or a serving of their famous bonuts? If that isn’t reason enough for you, then say this mantra three times in the mirror and jump in your car right now. “New seasons are for trying new things, like awesome biscuits and bonuts…. off to Biscuit Love we go!”
O’ Be Joyful
The end of April will mark the beginning for what is sure to become a Main Street staple for years to come. From the owners of Gray’s On Main comes O’ Be Joyful, a 40-seat whiskey tavern in the heart of Main Street. With close to 100 whiskey and bourbon selections, along with craft beer and wines plus a pub menu O’ Be Joyful is sure to become a must-visit spot for anyone making their way around the Masters & Makers Trail or Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Oh, and where did the unique name come from you ask? It comes from the vintage slang, “O’ Be Joyful,” which civil war soldiers called their homemade brews they concocted sitting around the campfires while away in battle for months at a time.
What is on your must-try list this April? Let us know in the comments below.