Last Christmas 🎵 I gave you my heart 🎵… nope, not where I intended to go with this intro.
Last Christmas my husband gifted me an experience which I’m finding to be my love language. Some girls want sparkly things or shopping sprees. This girl wants adventure! And when it’s presented in a thoughtful way (like a poem!)–even better.
On Christmas morning after opening all my other gifts, my husband handed me my final present. It wasn’t much in terms of presentation as it was a giftwrapped pocket folder, but after ripping open the paper, the front of the folder read:
Now it’s time to travel again.
At last, where shall we go my friend?
Should we go South or East or North?
How about West? Let’s venture forth!
Visit Centennial Park and the Parthenon,
In the Grand Ole Opry the show must go on.
Let’s go in April, adventure looms,
Let’s plan a trip–
Escape some rooms!
To you, my dear, my love, my pretty
Now let’s go tear up Music City!
And tucked inside of the folder were confirmations for an AirBnB in downtown Nashville, a sunset helicopter tour of the city, and a ziplining trip.
I. Was. Shocked.
We got in late on a Friday night and crashed right away since we had just spent 6 hours on the road. Saturday morning we ventured out of Nashville (I know, it doesn’t make sense, but just wait…) to a breakfast spot called Huddle House where I had one of the best French toast breakfasts ever before heading over to D&D Blacklight Mini Golf in 3D for some putt putt and to try out a laser maze.
Then we headed back to Nashville for some escape rooms. Our first stop was to Trapped Escape Game where we completed Alcatraz and Asylum (I enjoyed Alcatraz slightly more than Asylum, but both were pretty good). After working up an appetite being awesome, we headed to Downtown Nashville for a late lunch at Martin’s BBQ Joint. We split a sampler that was more than enough food for the both of us. We then walked down to Broadway which Google Maps describes as: “Downtown strip with a lot going on”–I concur. There were 20+ live bands playing all within earshot, hundreds of people pouring in and out of bars and walking the street, and pedal bars every way you looked. We only walked down a block before turning the corner as our senses were overwhelmed from the hustle and bustle.
We made our way back to the car and headed for the local airport for our sunset ‘copter tour. I’d never flown in a helicopter before, so I was mildly unsettled, but once we were in the air I was able to relax and enjoy the views.
We started the next day with a walk to a local café, Bongo Java East for some bagels and tea, then it was off for some ziplining! I’ve ziplined in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the fall foliage and in the jungles of Belize. I was expecting this experience to be on par with those, but I think my experience with Adventure Works has been my favorite so far. The guides were awesome, the group we were with were great company, and the course was a great mix of challenging and leisurely; overall a phenomenal experience.
We made our way back to the city and stopped for some sushi at Koi Sushi & Thai before heading to Adventure Science Center for a laser light show set to Elton John’s greatest hits in a planetarium. 10/10 would recommend a stop by this place if you’re ever in town. The museum is geared towards children, but we passed a simulator that lets participants experience walking on the moon that I need to experience at some point. Oh! and the show was great. There was a 360° projection screen with neon colored animations bouncing all around to the beat of the music. The seats were ever-so slightly reclined and the room was nicely chilled which was a welcomed escape from the heat we had just experienced prior.
We then ventured out towards the Grand Ole Opry–not for music, but for another escape room. We did the Japanese Thriller room at Music City Escape Room which we did not get through in time. Out of all the rooms we did in Nashville, this one was my least favorite–not because we failed, but the experience was not as immersive as the others. The theme seemed promising, but the execution was sloppy.
On our way back to our AirBnB we stopped by The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden for dinner. The food was satisfying, but the outdoor sitting area was the best part. We got there right at dusk and found a picnic table under a mature tree with string lights overhead. On our way back to the car, we had a slight run-in with a momma raccoon, but we got away unscathed.
After a wonderful brunch at Another Broken Egg Café and a pit stop at the Parthenon, we headed to The Escape Game for Playground and Mission: Mars. Now let’s just stop here for a moment. If you are in the Nashville area and are an escape room enthusiast you need to visit this place. Their rooms are immersive, creative, and exciting. The rooms we participated in at this location were hands-down the best we’ve ever experienced in the 40+ rooms we’ve done. We loved these 2 rooms so much that we booked a third one for 10pm that night that all of the staff were raving about– Ruins: Forbidden Treasure and it was totally worth staying up past my bedtime for. Seriously, if you love escape rooms (I’m talking to you Renata), you need to get your butt to Nashville asap and book some rooms with The Escape Game.
Since we had some time to kill before our late night escape room we headed out to Opry Mills Mall. After stopping at the Lindt Chocolate Shop and spending a couple hours at Dave and Buster’s (an adult arcade), we set out in search of some ramen. We landed at Soy Bistro, then headed to Crown Cigars & Ales for a couple of beers and some cigars while we played our new go-to card game, The Mind. One more pit stop at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for some bomb ice cream, then made our way back to The Escape Game for one last hurrah in Music City.
You’d think that after completing 6 escape rooms in 3 days we’d have our fill, but we stopped for one more in Knoxville on our way home at Escape Game Knoxville for their room titled Once Upon A Time: The Enchanted Escape. We had fun, but you could tell the room was constructed in a rush which took away from the experience a bit, but I enjoyed the thematics overall.
This may not be the typical Nashville experience most people would want/expect, but we had a blast exploring a new city and hope to return again in the future.