Franklin's Must-Visit Spots
Updated: Aug 18, 2018
Franklin, TN truly is a magical place to live and play. We've compiled some of our favorite spots for you to check out during your next visit to this darling town just south of Nashville, TN.
Franklin,TN is a Southern community full of rich history and beautiful scenery. There are so many places worth checking out while visiting the area. You may not be able to mark all off your list, but it'll be fun to try!
Start your morning off with a trip to Tiny Little Donuts. This precious donut shop is located in a sparkly airstream in downtown Franklin. Their menu offers a delicious assortment of tiny donuts to fuel you for a day of exploring. Now on to the sight-seeing!
During the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin took place in Franklin, TN. You can visit several important historic sites and admire the architecture of the times throughout the city. We suggest booking a tour with Hello Trolley. You'll gather so much information about Franklin from their knowledgable and friendly staff while traveling around in some of the most adorable, air-conditioned trolleys. In addition to taking a historic tour, definitely visit Winstead Hill along with the Carnton Plantation and adjoining McGavock cemetery.
No trip to Franklin is complete without a visit to the city's highly popular and picturesque Main Street. There are so many charming stores and restaurants dotted along this bustling street. If you're looking for the perfect gift for a stylish, little lady in your life, stop in to Magpies Girl. The sweet staff oozes happiness and the store promotes positivity and kindness with the events and items they promote. You're sure to leave with the most fun treasure from Magpies Girls Shoppe! Another shop you'll want to spend some time in on Main Street is Tin Cottage. You'll find unique home goods, TN themed gifts, adorable accessories and the best greeting cards to take home with you. Near Tin Cottage, you'll find Gray's On Main. We highly suggest taking a break from shopping and sight-seeing with a tasty libation from Gray's. Their menu and view of Franklin are equally pleasing to visitors and locals. Once you've filled your tummy, stop in to Rock Paper Scissors for all things party! RPS offers custom invitations, a wonderful variety of party supplies/decorations and gift wrap along with the most insane customizable balloon offerings. Caution, you may leave feeling so inspired, you inadvertantly plan a bunch of parties just so you have an excuse to use all of the party items RPS has to offer! Keep the shopping momentum going and stop by White's Mercantile. This chic retail space carries quality home goods, beauty products, stylish clothing and unique accessories curated with a nod to its owner's southern roots. You're sure to find great souvenirs and gifts at White's Mercantile. If you've got a hankering for some mouth-watering slow-smoked BBQ, let Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant be your answer! This location right off Main Street hosts live music regularly, so definitely check the calendar and make a reservation to beat the wait at this popular spot. You can even purchase Puckett's signature marinades, sauces and dry rubs to enjoy at home! One of the most photographed locations on Main Street would be the beautifully restored landmark Franklin Theatre. Stop by and snap a picture of this gorgeous building, peek inside if you can. Peruse their calendar to secure tickets for movie, live theater and music events.
In addition to Franklin's active downtown scene, you'll want to explore the Factory at Franklin. This former stove factory has undergone a major revitalization and now houses cool retail shops, eateries and performance spaces.The impressive year-round Franklin Farmers Market is hosted on Saturdays behind the Factory at Franklin. So many exciting weekly events and local farms represented at this well-organized farmers market! Across from The Factory at Franklin, you'll find the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. This 200 acre farm formerly housed the renowned Tennessee walking horse and prized stallion, Midnight Sun. The city of Franklin now oversees the park which hosts a catch and release fishing pond, a 4 acre dog park, a soft track for walking and running and en equestrian trail. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm even plays host to the Pilgrimage music festival each fall!
Also nestled in the historic downtown Franklin area, you'll find the most precious bake shop, Triple Crown Bakery. Inside this adorable bakery, you can let all of your senses feast on delectable, fresh pastries, cakes, breakfast goodies and cookies. The baked goodies here are great to share, but we're not judging you if you keep the deliciousness all to yourself. This perfect, little spot is a real treat!
For outdoor lovers, you'll find Franklin has plenty to offer when it comes to outside activities. There are plenty of spots around Franklin to geocache, hike, bike and several places to put kayaks in on the Harpeth River.
Franklin has plenty to offer all ages throughout the year. We absolutely love this community and are happy to call it home!
We'd love to hear your Franklin favorites as well, so please leave us a comment sharing your local recommendations.
Happy Exploring! - From Your Friends at The Green Canteen Company