This thriving city by the Cumberland River draws in many more than just aspiring singer-songwriters. With its dynamic restaurant scene, a revitalized downtown that features shopping and nightlife, and so much more, you won’t run short of things to do in Nashville. By the end of your trip to this music-filled metropolis, you’ll certainly be singing this city’s praises.
The biggest and best-known draw to the city is, of course, its legendary association with the country music industry. Fans can get a taste of history during a tour of the illustrious studios that stand on Music Row or with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. But you can also hear the latest and greatest sounds on the scene first-hand. Head to hot areas like Lower Broadway in downtown or Printer’s Alley—known to many as The District—where you’ll find music venues as well as plenty of honky-tonks where you can dance the night away. If a sit-down show is more your style, then you can’t go wrong by catching any night’s entertainment at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Country music is far from being the only enticing staple of this Southern belle. Learn about the varied history of the entire state at the centrally located Tennessee State Museum or enjoy fascinating exhibits that offer fun for all ages at the Adventure Science Center. And don’t forget to pencil in a visit to the Frist Art Museum. The perfect place for lovers of art and architecture, the Frist’s rotating collection of fine art is held in an alluring Art Deco style building, formerly the home of the city’s post office.
Travelers can also get outside and enjoy Nashville’s often excellent weather at any of the many pristine parks found in and around the city. Downtown’s Riverfront Park offers ample space to sunbathe beneath the city’s gleaming skyline. Meanwhile, located just west of downtown, Centennial Park is a can’t-miss stop on any trip. 132 acres of beautiful, picnic-ready space surround the park’s centerpiece and one of the city’s symbols: a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece, the inside of which regularly features art exhibits and performances.
Head out of the city in essentially every direction and you’ll find even more greenspaces to explore. To the east, Long Hunter State Park offers nearly 3,000 acres of sprawling forest filled with hiking trails and campsites. Likewise, Warner Parks in the east serve up a pair of neighboring parklands within which visitors will find plentiful pockets of old-growth forest. Meanwhile, early risers will be able to make a day trip to the stunning heights of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the eastern part of the state.
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Things to do in Nashville.
- John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
- Parthenon, Centennial Park
- Ryman Auditorium
- Centennial Park
- Long Hunter State Park
- Warner Parks
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
- Frist Art Museum
- Johnny Cash Museum