Vote for you Favorite Things to Do in Franklin
The Franklin Wanderlust Bracket Challenge is headed into its second week. You saw Tin Cottage advance out of the Shop Bracket to earn a spot on the ultimate Franklin itinerary, now it’s time to crown a winner from the “Do” Bracket. We’ve pitted some of the most popular attractions and activities from across all of Franklin and Williamson County to fill the bracket, now it is up to you to wittle it down to the fan favorite. Read below for all the details on each fun experience then click the button below to cast your vote.
H Clark Distillery
The first legal distillery in Williamon County since prohibition, H Clark Distillery is creating hand-crafted spirits one small batch at a time. While owner Heath Clark grew up in the shadow of the famed Jack Daniels Distillery, when it came time for him to make his own, he ran into a little problem. It wasn’t legal to make it here. So the lawyer-by-day worked some legislative magic and helped spearhead a change in Tennessee state law. These days you’ll find H Clark Distillery inside a former granary that sits on a Civil War battlefield in Thompson’s Station transforming local grains and ingredients into Tennessee Bourbon, Black & Tan Whiskey, and a Tennessee Dry Gin that’ll convert event the staunches of gin haters.
With award-winning wines, views from atop a hill that overlooks 75 scenic acres, and live music galore there really is nothing to not like about spending a day at Arrington Vineyards. With swings under the trees, picnic tables across the vineyard and meal catering on site, it’s true that the only thing you have to do for a fun day at Arrington is simply show up. Co-owner Kix Brooks of the legendary duo Brooks & Dunn is a frequent sight inside the rustic tasting lodge and has been known to even pour a few samples plus each fall he hosts a Harvest Party where he (and a few of his friends) play a free show on the hillside.
SOAR Adventure Tower
The ideal destination for any thrill seeker, SOAR Adventure Tower offers some of the highest and most expansive views of Franklin. Of course, to see those views you must navigate four levels and over 110 climbing elements to reach the top. SOAR Adventure Tower caters to all levels, so whether you are a 4-year-old on the beginner course, or taking the advanced route straight to the top there is an adventure awaiting at SOAR.
Extreme Escape Games
The escape room craze is not a new phenomenon, but the former Hollywood set designers behind Cool Springs’ Extreme Escape Games take the timed mind challenge to a whole new level – or ‘extreme’ if you will – inside their four immersive rooms that threaten to trap you and your friends forever unless you can unlock the clues. Fending through a Quarantine, Mad Scientist, Grand Illusions, and even the United Escapes of America you and up to 12 of your friends can save the world, and yourselves, in 45 minutes or less.
Kings Dining & Entertainment
Far from your average bowling alley, Kings Dining & Entertainment offers memorable dining and entertainment in a spot unlike any other. Aside from state of the art bowling lanes, Kings Dining & Entertainment also features a chef-driven restaurant with an extensive menu that blows away what you typically think of as ‘bowling alley food.’ You’re not going to find old nachos with cheese from a pump here! King’s has three premium bars throughout, and it wouldn’t be a Franklin destination without a little live music too. Nightly the Whiskey Room at King’s features live music performances and open mic nights.
When you think of a timeless classic, you think of the Franklin Theatre. Known widely as the best 300-seat music venue in the world, this gem on Main Street that dates back to the 1930s continues to host intimate concerts from some of the music world’s most known acts, live theater productions, and of course movies. The classic neon lights outside set the mood for any performance inside the theater, and if you find yourself at the concession stand you’ll even find a signature chocolate bar almost as legendary as the building itself.
One of three historic house museums that sit on the battlefield that witnessed the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin, Carnton along with the gardens that surround it and the largest privately owned Confederate graveyard, transport you back to a tumultuous time in Franklin and America’s history. Tours of the home will take you into the lives of the McGavock family and their experience during and after the Battle of Franklin, while the grounds also host a number of events including the annual summer concert series and are home to the Franklin Ferriers vintage base ball team.
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary
In an area full of peaceful and serene views, Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary makes a case for the most serene of them all. The nature conservatory sits on 290 acres of protected green space that are filled with hiking trails and protected species of flowers, trees, and other vegetation for you to see as you explore. Mixed amid all the flora and fauna at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary are the owls that call the sanctuary home. Most of them came to Owl’s Hill after having suffered injuries in the wild and will now call it home forever, but you’ll have the opportunity to see rare species of these beautiful birds up close.