Nashville is a vibrant, friendly community with a lot to offer. Both visitors and residents alike flock to attractions like the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musician’s Hall of Fame, and other “music city” attractions, but Nashville has a real southern charm that goes beyond the glitz and glamor of show business.
Here are some of our top picks for must-do activities in Nashville:
Check out some up-and-coming talent at the Bluebird Café or the Listening Room
Nashville is ground zero for songwriters. All the big ones live and work here, all the ones that “wanna be” come here to work with the veterans of the scene – but you can find them all on any given night plying their wares at the Bluebird (in Green Hills) or the Listening Room (downtown). In-the-round shows are not uncommon, and you might see the likes of the stars of the hit show Nashville, or other recognizable folks sitting alongside the soon-to-be-famous. Either way, a very pleasant way to enjoy an evening in Nashville.
Visit the Parthenon
Right smack in the middle of Centennial Park, you’ll find a full-scale reproduction of the Parthenon. Inside, you’ll find an art gallery, a museum, and stunning sculptures by Alan LeQuire. Not far away, you’ll find LeQuire’s own gallery, where you can experience the legacy of the man’s work.
The Stars of the Grand Ole Opry
Between the historic Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry itself, you can experience some of the biggest names in country music at the “Grand Ole Opry”, the world’s longest-running live broadcast. Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night, you’ll have the chance to see country music’s biggest stars perform on stage at either the Ryman (from November to January) and at the Opry (from February through October).
Indulge your inner foodie
Nashville has a diverse range of restaurants, diners, eateries, food trucks, and food destinations worthy of the most eclectic tastes. From soul food to fried chicken to barbeque to fine dining, there’s something here for every palate. Try Martin’s for barbeque, City House for Italian (southern style), the Treehouse for great beer and eats until 1 am, and Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack for—you guessed it—the best fried chicken in town. Finally, for killer diner food, there’s no better place than Arnold’s. Eat it up!
Built in 1821 for President Jackson, the “people’s president”, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is built in the Greek Revival style and sits on 1000 acres that is yours to explore. Guided tours are available, and exhibits include Jackson’s tomb as well as interactive reenactments that recall the area’s rich history in wartime and beyond. It’s easy to spend an entire day here, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. There is a café on site where you can sit and have lunch, you can pick up a sandwich from the snack cart or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at your leisure.
These are just a few of the must-do activities you’ll find in and around Nashville. With so much history in its past and history-in-the-making happening every day, you’ll never be at a loss for something new to discover.
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