10 Reasons to Join Cheekwood
With seasonal festivals, weekend happenings, world-class art exhibitions, and more, there’s so much to see and do at Cheekwood for the young and the young at heart. Every visit offers a new experience and new things to discover throughout Cheekwood’s 55 acres.
One of the best ways to support Cheekwood is to become a member, which helps support our mission of preserving Cheekwood as a historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. While some view membership as simply an “annual pass” for complimentary daytime admission, there are so many other benefits and reasons to join Cheekwood.
Read below for the 10 reasons to become a Cheekwood member today!
10 Reasons to Join Cheekwood Today
1. Visit again and again all year long.
Cheekwood has so much to see and do throughout the year, you’ll want to visit often. Members enjoy free general admission and parking.
2. Flexible membership that fits your life.
Cheekwood offers a range of membership-levels for individuals, couples, and families. You can add up to 2 guests to an annual membership, giving you the flexibility to visit on your own or bring guests with you.
3. Travel with benefits.
Members can use their digital membership card for admission and discounts to more than 330 public gardens and conservatories in North America, and over 60 museums in the Southeast.
4. Date nights, festivals, and dog days too!
Members get early advance ticketing and discounts for ticketed programs such as the Great Spring Art Hunt, Songwriters Under the Stars, and Holiday LIGHTS.
5. Nurture your well-being.
With 55 acres of breathing room, Cheekwood serves as a refuge to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit in one of the greenest spaces in Nashville. Wellness 360 features outdoor classes led by local instructors and new menu offerings from Café 29.
In addition to discounts on wellness classes, Members get an extra hour on Wednesday mornings to enjoy a peaceful stroll through the gardens and can even enjoy Mindfulness Walks along the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail featuring 10 contemporary sculptures.
6. Camp friends are forever friends.
Cheekwood offers more than 30 half-day and full-day summer camps for children ages 5-15. Family-level Members get priority registration and discounts on all summer camps.
Our campers can learn about our resident turtles and their habitat, cultivate their own garden, create art and sculpture masterpieces, build their own backyard architecture, design cartoon characters, explore Cheekwood’s ecosystems and so much more.
7. Connect. Create. Cultivate.
Cheekwood offers hands-on workshops, instructor-led classes, and educational talks encourage lifelong learning and inspire a deeper connection to horticulture, art, and wellness. Members get early access to program reservations and discounts on workshops and classes.
8. Make art and nature accessible to ALL.
Engaging thousands of students in art, history, and botanical gardens, Cheekwood offers free field trips for all school groups from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Our education staff works with teachers and community partners to develop lesson plans to enhance public education curricula throughout Middle Tennessee. Your membership supports essential outreach, education, and community programming to make Cheekwood accessible to all.
9. Feel appreciated.
We are thankful for every Cheekwood Member. We love to show our appreciation by hosting seasonal Member-only days with challenge activities and complimentary refreshments at our Member Appreciation Station. Members also receive a subscription to our quarterly Member Newsletter, and special offers during Member Appreciation Week.
10. You’ll want to come back!
Whether catching your breath at the sight of 100,000 tulips, observing resident turtles in the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, taking a peaceful stroll along The Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, engaging a docent about a work of art, or stopping to watch the beloved TRAINS! go round one more time, Cheekwood has something to make everyone smile. Your Cheekwood Membership pays for itself in only two visits. So visit us often, and feel free to stay all day!