You can usually watch or join in a game of frisbee near the Parthenon; we even once saw a group itself is a reason to visit Centennial Park.

Built in 1897, the structure is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece, and inside there is a full-scale replica of the famous Athena statue.

Plus bookstores, like Parnassus and Barnes & Noble, and attractions like the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.66. In the hot summer months, little ones love the spraygrounds. There is more water at the Don Fox Community Park, 955 Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, where there's a wading pool, water umbrellas and other fun spraying features.

At the end of the day you’ll have a big, delicious meal and the satisfaction of knowing you actually can hand-fold ravioli if you spend enough time standing in your kitchen and yelling at the dough. Make a game out of it by quizzing each other on trivia from your awkward young adulthoods.

The highway is frozen over, so take memory lane instead. True or false: I was captain of the underwater improvisational mathlete dance club? You do not need to be the tragic tale of the lovers who fell through the ice.

Nashville Symphony Summer Community Concert series is a perennial favorite, with seven outdoor concerts set for 2017 at various midstate parks in June. Gallatin's Third Thursdays on Main is a series of outdoor concerts held monthly June through September on the Historic Public Square. The 60-member Williamson County Community Band and the Nashville Community Concert Band have a number of free concerts indoors and outdoors. For the Nashville Community Band lineup, call 615-352-7713 or see Members bring telescopes or you can bring your own to explore the night sky. Almost every nonprofit has some activities, but the best source for volunteering is Hands On Nashville, which has a calendar full of good options for all ages and interests. Watch the Titans open practices and get some autographs in late July and early August at Saint Thomas Sports Park, 45 Great Circle Road in Metro Center. Enjoy spring college football games -- Vanderbilt's Black and Gold, TSU's Blue and White and MTSU's Blue and White game, all free.61.

These concerts draw thousands of picnickers and music lovers who enjoy a night out at the concerts. Smyrna Parks and Recreation has monthly summer Cruise-Ins with classic cars, live music, food and inflatables. Society amateur and professional astronomers are on hand to answer questions and help new star gazers. Vanderbilt's Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, has "Open House Days" 9 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday of each month. "Shakespeare Allowed," a partnership between the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and the Nashville Public Library, takes place at noon on the first Saturday of every month for a reading of one play. Vanderbilt also has two annual Dore Jam fan events, one before the football season kicks off and one at the beginning of basketball season, when fans can meet the coaches and players, and enjoy some fun activities. All Belmont Bruin baseball games are free ( 615-460-6420), as are the Trevecca Nazarene Trojan games ( 615-248-1271).

Go all out and cook something that takes a long time to prepare — like hand-rolled sushi, homemade ravioli, or fresh tamales.

And when you inevitably have time to kill, fill it with a new show on Netflix you’ve been meaning to binge.

Even if you live in a teeny tiny town, chances are there’s a place that offers classes on pottery throwing or painting and allows students to bring their own wine from home to sip (or guzzle) while they learn.

Even if you turn out to be the worst artist or vase-maker in the world, at least you’ll have spent time learning a new skill, avoiding the cold weather, and drinking wine with your partner.

The beach areas are great for the dogs to stay hydrated but are also wonderful and relatively clean swimming areas.