Nearly Native Explores: Big Willie’s Action Sports Paddle Boarding

As the weather cools down for the winter in Middle Tennessee, we’re already missing the heat and reminiscing about summertime shenanigans. One major thing Nashvillians will have to go without as the temperature creeps closer to freezing is our beloved outdoor activities. So long hiking, boating, and swimming! The best way to get through it is to make plans to look forward to when summer finally returns to the Music City. So why not peruse Big Willie’s Action Sports to remind you that winter may be coming but it won’t last forever.

As the first company licensed to conduct paddle boarding on the Cumberland River, Big Willie’s offers group excursions with some of the best views of downtown. Perhaps you’re not a water sports enthusiast or the idea of paddle boarding seems like a challenge, let alone on the choppy waters of the Cumberland. Don’t let that stop you from giving this activity a shot! You don’t have to be some radical surfer or graceful well-balanced dancer to stay on your board. The worst that could happen is you fall in the water and the tour guide will quickly come to your aid if you need it. Of course you may have to deal with a little rocking and rolling from the river’s boat traffic, so dress in clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Perhaps bring a towel and spare clothes just in case. If you’re still a little leery, think of it as a fun adventure that will get you out of your regular fitness routine and into the outdoors with a group of your friends!

So you’re convinced. Winter may be setting in, but you’re already dreaming of the epic photo opportunities you’ll have looking super cool standing on your paddle board in front of the batman building. In order to sell the idea to your friends, there are some basic facts to know. Tours meet at the convenient Riverfront Park just steps away from Broadway and are 2 to 3 hours in length. If you’re looking to play hooky, you can work with Big Willie’s to schedule a tour time during the week, or book a weekend tour at 10am, 1pm & 6pm. How much will it cost you? It’s $65 per individual, but groups of 5 or more get $10 off per person, so the more the merrier. If you’re a paddle boarding addict, Big Willie’s has weekly, monthly, and season pricing as well.

It may be cooling down in Nashville, but it’s never too early to start planning for next summer’s festivities. Whether you want to entertain a group of visitors with a new and unique perspective of the Music City, or you’re simply looking to get outdoors and enjoy the sunlight, Big Willie’s has the perfect paddle boarding excursion for you!


For more information on Big Willie’s go to the Explore Like a Native page!

NOTE: Make sure to bring sunblock and don’t worry about bringing your phone. The guides will take pictures for you!


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