Nestled in Rutherford County, Tennessee, you will find a great family town with tons of history and activity, known as Murfreesboro. In 2018, the census estimates had accounted for 141,344 people. The number of people who reside there has grown exponentially over the last twenty years. In fact, it has more than doubled! As a subtle town, you would be surprised to see what it has to offer.
Let alone being one of the fastest growing cities in the great state of Tennessee, it’s become one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Back in 2006, Murfreesboro was ranked by Money as the 84th best place to live, out of almost 750 cities with a population reaching over 50,000 residents. Then, in 2019, it was ranked again by Money as the 19th best place to reside within the United States! The growth in both activity and notoriety has been undeniable over the stretch of the last few decades, but it’s history had begun way earlier than this.
While in Murfreesboro, you’ll find that there are tons of activities and locations for you to visit, great for both a solo adventure, or with the family! With ranging activities such as visiting the Stones River National Battlefield, to taking a stroll at Batey Farms, the experience one can have in this special place will not be forgotten!
Stones River National Battlefield
Prominent in the history of Murfreesboro is its relation to a tough time in American History, the Civil War. It was here that the Battle Of Stones River was fought, which is also known as the Battle Of Murfreesboro. This battle had been fought between the Confederate Army of Tennessee, and the Union Army Of Cumberland. Between the two sides, there was an estimated count of around 23,500 casualties. This grim period in American History is to be learned from, not forgotten. With a trip to Stones River National Battlefield, you will likely leave humbled and even more curious about the situation than before.
The battle had ended up being a substantial and beneficial win for the Union, and was a major battle in the scope of the Civil War. Nowadays, visiting this battlefield can be a special experience for the viewer. While there, you can learn about the history and culture of the area, as well as knowledge about the battle itself.
Nature, doing what nature does, has somewhat taken over the place, and this is welcomed by both staff and visitors. Many animals, plants, and natural resources draw visitors to the area. Now, you can find amphibians, mammals, birds and other critters!
There is an array of interpretive programs that you are able to take part in, such as Ranger Programs, Living History Programs, Guided Walk + Talks, and many other special events! Visit any day from 9 AM – 5 PM.
Great for either a relaxing trip by yourself, or with the family and kids to show them a great experience, would be visiting the Discovery Center in Murfree Spring! Within the Discovery Center and the area surrounding it, you will come across a Nature Center, a Wetlands Boardwalk, and a Children’s Museum. Forming in the year 1986, when it was originally known as the “Discovery House”, it has since then grown into a wonderful place that boasts many exhibits and attractions for people to come and check out!
Being bored within the Discovery Center is practically impossible. There is an abundance of exhibits that include exploration for many aspects of life, such as areas for science, cars, trains, town life, and more! There is even a farmers market within for you to select fresh produce to take home. All exhibits are kid-friendly, but can always be enjoyed by people of all ages. There is always something to learn!
The Nature Center will have anyone beaming with wonder and curiosity as they visit and come across many different types of animals and vegetation. There are many different animals to be seen! There are both temporary and permanent exhibits that you’ll have the ability to view. Some of the permanent exhibits include the Wetlands Boardwalk, the Nature Play, the Farmers Market, the Creation Station, and so much more! If you would like to visit, you can visit any day of the week during normal business hours.