15 Best Things To Do in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is located on the banks of Cumberland River and is the capital of the State of Tennessee. Nashville was nicknamed ‘Music City’ owing to its long association with musical history. It is also called ‘Athens of the South’ owing to its long association with entertainment and performing arts. There are plenty of attractions for music lovers and history buffs. The Parthenon is a famous tourist attraction along with the adventure science center, old plantations and Civil War sites.

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A historical tour of the RCA Studio B is a must; it is here that Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton used to record their tunes. You can taste the best burgers and steak here. You can even bar-hop at the Broadway.

1. Absorb Nashville’s Music Heritage at Ryman Auditorium

This auditorium was built by a local businessman Thomas G. Ryman, who after listening to evangelist Reverend Sam Jones became a follower of Christianity. The hall was built as a tabernacle that would allow others to gather and listen to the Reverend. When the tabernacle was completed in the year 1892, it was the most massive structure in Nashville. But over time, this space was used for political rallies, entertainment productions, and various other local events. Legends like Charlie Chaplin and Aretha Franklin have graced this auditorium. Numerous awards decorate this place, making it a must visit at Nashville.

Admission - Self-guided tours- $21.95 for adults and $16.95 for children between 4 to 11years. 

Timing - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

2. Experience a piece of Greece at the Parthenon

A replica of the Parthenon can be seen here. The 42 feet imposing statue of Athena is the primary focus of this incredible site. The Parthenon was built in 1897 as a part of Nashville’s Centennial Exposition. It houses models of statues which were found in the original structure along with an impressive art collection. 

The peaceful atmosphere, magnificent building, and well-kept grounds make an impressive place to visit, and it is highly recommended to visit it when it is illuminated in the evening.

Admission -  $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (above 62 years) and children between 4 -17.

Timing - Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

3. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum-where music and history come together

If you are a music buff, then this is the place to be. It houses artifacts like Elvis Presley's solid gold Cadillac limo and Jimmie Rodgers' guitar. The plaques dedicated to renowned faces of country music Patsy Cline to Johnny Cash can be seen here. 

Browse through every gold and platinum country record ever produced, which is plastered to the two-story wall. Then head to Studio B, where legends like Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, and Waylon Jennings music recordings were produced. It is a well-organized collection of memorabilia, which never fails to amaze visitors every time.

Admission - $25.95 for adults, $15.95 for ages 6 to 12 and free for children below 5 years. Entry and tours to Studio B are additional.

Timing - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

4. Discover the Enigmatic Musician- Johnny Cash

This museum holds an extensive collection of Johnny Cash’s memorabilia and artifacts including- handwritten letters and notes by Cash himself, more than 25 of his famous costumes, and films. The exhibits at the museum spotlights, Cash’s different periods of his life which include- his years in Air Force, his life with wife June Carter and the famous prison concert tour. His family personally endorses this museum, so the mementos displayed here cannot be seen anywhere else. 

A stone wall unearthed from Johnny and June's Hendersonville Lake House can also be seen here.

Admission - Adults - $19.95; seniors, students and military personnel- $18.95, 15 years and below- $15.95. Free admission below 6 years.

Timing - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.

5. Glimpse through the ages at Grand Ole Opry

The radio show began its broadcasting in the 1920s and made Nashville famous as the "Country Music Capital of the World." Its venue has changed over the years, but the Grand Ole Opry hosts top country performers like Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood. Your trip will remain incomplete without a visit to Grand Ole Opry. Get a glimpse of behind-the-scenes, one of three ways- VIP tour, daytime backstage tour and a post-show tour. You can look at the iconic stage, the hallowed walls, and photographs which are part of their collections. 

Admission -  12 years and above -daytime backstage tour -$27, children between 4 to 11-$22. Additional cost for Post-show and VIP tours.

6. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge for experiencing top-notch performances

This place is as old as the Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry, and this downtown bar features performances of both upcoming and world-renowned artists. After exploring the roots of the "Country Music Capital of the World," do not miss an experience of another kind at Music City Live.  For an authentic atmosphere and top-notch performances, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge is the place to go.

7. Visit the Breathtaking Belle Meade Plantation

Constructed in a Greek Revival Style this mansion, is known as the ‘Queen of Tennessee Plantations.’ The plantation surrounds the mansion, and guided tours are conducted by guides dressed in period costumes. The mansion’s antebellum style interior is awe-inspiring and so are the ground which is houses the best thoroughbreds. The visitors center is a model of the traditional Southern Paddock and the renowned Iroquois Steeplechase.

Admission -  Mansion and the grounds - $24 for adults, $13 for children 6 to 18 years. 

8. The Hermitage- President Andrew Jackson’s Home

A visit to this Greek Revival mansion now a National Historic Landmark, was once home to President Andrew Jackson. Sitting on some 1000 acres, a visit to this estate will provide you a glimpse into his private life. A tour will take you through the main house, kitchen, an original log cabin, President Jackson’s tomb and the Old Hermitage Church.

Another exhibit at the Hermitage narrates the story of 150 slaves who worked on the grounds from 1804 to 1865. This tour is both informative and educational.

Admission -  $10 for children between 6 - 12 and $20 for adults. Free for kids below 5 years.

Timing - Open daily Oct. 16 - March 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; March 15 to Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

9. Cheekwood Estate & Gardens- for nature and art lovers

For art aficionados and nature lovers, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is a must visit. Its sculpture trail, greenhouses, and chromatic flower display are just fantastic. The 55-acre Botanical Garden offers a quiet sanctuary from the city life. The art museum is just as beautiful as the gardens which are displayed in the original Georgian-style Cheek family mansion; the museum has an impressive collection of American art, antique furniture, and also temporary exhibitions and artifacts from around the world belonging to 19th and 20th century.

Admission - adults costs $20, seniors above 65 years- $18 and children between 3 to 17 years -$13.

Timing - Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10. Watch for Interactive Displays at Adventure Science Center

For some hands-on educational entertainment for kids, Adventure Science Center is an ideal place. Children get to learn about science through interactive displays here, be it information about the human body or what happens thousands of light years away. Through a flight simulator, children can experience being an astronaut. Shows at the planetarium and interactive elements give the entire family a fun learning experience. 

Admission - Adults- $15.95, children between ages 2 - 12 - $11.95. Free for kids below 2 years. Additional cost for planetarium and Simulator activities.

Timing - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

11. Belmont Mansion- An Italian Style House-Museum

This beautiful Italian Style Villa cum museum is the largest in Nashville. It was constructed for one of the wealthiest women, Adelicia Acklen in the 1850s, who has been compared to Scarlett O’Hara. Initially, it was meant to be used as a Summer home, but the attention to details has to be admired. The 19,000 sq ft, the mansion is ornately decorated with lavish art and antiques of the 19th century. The beautifully preserved interiors are a pleasure to the human eye.

Admission - $15 for adults, $5 for children between ages 6 -12.

Timings - Monday - Saturday ,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;Sunday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12. Visit the oldest working capitols -The State Capitol

The State Capitol building is a historical monument and the oldest working capitols of the nation and was designed in the Greek Revival style. A tour of this grand facility will give you a glimpse of the old state library, chambers and the house of representatives.  The Capitol building first opened in 1859, and the famous architect William Strickland was its designer. Unfortunately, Strickland passed away during construction and was buried in the northern part of the building.

Admission - Guided tours- Monday - Friday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

13. Appreciate the Frist Center for The Visual arts

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a must visit for art lovers.  The 24,000 sq feet gallery space showcases the art of local, national and international artists. Permanent and temporary exhibitions give a new experience every time to frequent visitors. Initially, it was used as the main post office in Nashville. 

Admission - 18 years and below- free, Adults-$12, Seniors above 65 years- 9$

Timing - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00–5:30 p.m.

14. Watch the latest Best at The Bridgestone Arena

The Bridgestone Arena, since 1996, has been hosting famous singers like Madonna, Adele, and Rhianna. They have all given live shows in front of an audience of over 16 million people. It was originally known as Nashville Arena before several firms took over its sponsorship.

15. Get to know the beginnings of Nashville at Fort Nashborough

Nashville’s Fort Nashborough was where the city began in 1779.  The enclosure was built to protect locals from wild animals and attacks from Indians. Built from logs it covers a 2-acre area and was reconstructed in the 1930’s, but these time telegraph poles were used. This fort tells the fascinating story of its origins and history.

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  1. # 1 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 4095 times in trip plans
    Ryman Auditorium

    Tags: Art And Culture, Observatory, Historical Site

    Address: 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, United States

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Ryman Auditorium is the home of the Grand Ole Opry. It is owned and run by Ryman Hospitality Properties. The auditorium tells an extraordinary story of unparalleled entertainment history. Thomas G. Ry...Read more

  2. # 2 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 3710 times in trip plans
    Opryland Hotel Gardens

    Tags: Garden, Fountain

    Address: 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville TN 37214 USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Housing 50,000 plants, several water shows, and cascading waterways, is the impressive Opryland Hotel Gardens. The Gardens and Atrium covers nine lush indoor gardens, all designed for an incredible ex...Read more

  3. # 3 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 3287 times in trip plans
    The Hermitage, Home Of President Andrew Jackson

    Tags: Heritage Building

    Address: 4580 Rachel's Lane Nashville TN 37076 USA

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    It escaped a near-disaster during the 1998 Nashville tornado outbreak. The tornado missed the house and gravesite but toppled many trees. These trees hid the Hermitage which is the home of President A...Read more

  4. # 4 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 2229 times in trip plans
    Belle Meade Plantation

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Winery, Adults

    Address: 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205, United States

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    A magnificent Greek Revival Mansion takes centre stage on Belle Meade Plantation. It used to be one of the South’s largest thoroughbred horse farms. This plantation claims that many great horses...Read more

  5. # 5 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 1913 times in trip plans
    Fontanel Mansion

    Tags: Heritage Building, Mansion

    Address: 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek, TN 37189, United States

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Fontanel Mansion is tucked away in the rolling hills of the Whites Creek Valley. It is the only country music mansion which allows tourists a glimpse into the lives of great country musicians. It is a...Read more

  6. # 6 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 3881 times in trip plans
    The Johnny Cash Museum

    Tags: Specialty Museum

    Address: 119 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201 USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    A museum which lets you get as close to Johnny Cash. John R. Johnny Cash was a songwriter, singer, actor and author. He was one of the most prominent American musicians of the 20th century. He is reme...Read more

  7. # 7 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 2012 times in trip plans
    Rca Studio B

    Tags: Museum

    Address: 1611 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN 37246 USA

    Timings: 10:30 am - 02:30 pm Details

    The RCA Studio B was built by Dan Maddox in 1957. It was classy and was characterised by its originality. It was known as the crib of the Nashville sounds in the 1960’s. This recording centre ha...Read more

  8. # 8 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 2397 times in trip plans
    The Parthenon

    Tags: Museum, Historical Site

    Address: 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, United States

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    This may be one of the best kept secrets in the Southeast. The Nashville Parthenon is an amazing replica of Athens' Parthenon. The structure is awesome and the inside inspiring. The art exhibit and hi...Read more

  9. # 9 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 2845 times in trip plans
    The Escape Game

    Tags: Entertainment, Games

    Address: 510 East Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 United States

    Timings: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    You have only 60 minutes in the room so make the most out of it. Escape from reality and let the virtual world spin you into action. Come with a group and work together. Solve puzzles, brain teasers a...Read more

  10. # 10 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 2595 times in trip plans
    Tootsies Orchid Lounge

    Tags: Bar, Food And Drinks, Adults

    Address: 422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    It's a must-stop bar, blasting country songs that needs to be a part of your bar crawl. Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge is a Honky Tonk bar located in Nashville. Honky Tonk bar provides country m...Read more

  11. # 11 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 1362 times in trip plans
    Nashville Zoo

    Tags: Zoo

    Address: 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211, United States

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Watch National Geographic to learn more about the animal kingdom. Better still choose an animal to study about from the Nashville Zoo. Some of the best days to visit are warm days in the winter. Throu...Read more

  12. # 12 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 1735 times in trip plans
    Bridgestone Arena

    Tags: Sport, Arena, Entertainment, Concert

    Address: 501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Stopover at the Bridgestone Arena which is Nashville’s number one venue for large scale musical productions. It opened in December 1996 and is proud to host the nation’s highly applauded e...Read more

  13. # 13 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 987 times in trip plans
    Cheekwood Botanical Gardens And Museum Of Art

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Botanical Garden

    Address: 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205, United States

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Wander around the gardens, undisturbed. Take refuge in the Japanese Garden which is almost as serene as a monastery. There are meandering streams, gentle rolling acres to cover, all memorable, healing...Read more

  14. # 14 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 1679 times in trip plans
    Opry Mills

    Tags: Shopping Center

    Address: 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN 37214, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    You are a compulsive shopper and today you want to break out into a shopping spree. Once upon a time shopping meant running from shop to shop at extreme ends. Now with the advent of malls, you can ban...Read more

  15. # 15 of 2525 Things To Do in Nashville | Added 1309 times in trip plans
    Antique Archaeology

    Address: 1300 Clinton St #130, Nashville, TN 37203, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Whoever thought junk was beautiful? Mike Wolfe did and he made a living out of it. He has been looking for treasures in the trash and these objects have been calling out to him. His first big find was...Read more

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  • Buchanan Log House

    2910 Elm Hill Pike

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Belle Meade Plantation

    5025 Harding Pike

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Tennessee State Capitol

    600 Charlotte Ave

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • The Parthenon

    2500 W End Ave

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Two Rivers Mansion

    3130 McGavock Pike

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Clover Bottom Mansion

    2941 Lebanon Pike

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Percy Priest Lake

  • Centennial Park Lake

  • Bear Island Cove

  • Merle Elm Hill

    2951 Elm Hill Pike

  • Greenbrier Lake

  • Lone Branch Recreation Area

    3791 Benders Ferry Rd

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  • Adventure Science Center

    800 Fort Negley Blvd

  • Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store

    2613 McGavock Pike

  • Lane Motor Museum

    702 Murfreesboro Pike

  • George Jones Museum

    128 2nd Ave N

  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts

    919 Broadway

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

    222 5th Ave S

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  • Death Row Haunted Prison

    418 Harding Industrial Dr

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Devil's Dungeon

    510 Davidson St

    Amusement Parks
  • Bounce U

    2990 Sidco Dr

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Wave Country

    2320 Two Rivers Parkway

    Amusement Parks Restaurants
  • Intermark Ride Group

    1613 Otter Creek Rd

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Valley Fair Amusement Park

    2440 Music Valley Dr

    Amusement Parks
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  • No. 308

    407 Gallatin Ave

    Bars International
  • TailGate Beer

    7300 Charlotte Pike

    Breweries Bars Pizza
  • Bootleggers Inn

    207 Broadway

  • Acme Feed & Seed

    101 Broadway

    American Bars Barbecue
  • The Crying Wolf

    823 Woodland St

    Bars Fast Food
  • Springwater

    115 27th Ave N

    Bars Burgers Music and Show Venues
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  • Casino Depot

    2416 Music Valley Dr

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Harrahs & Caesars Marketing Services

    3924 Gallatin Pike

    Casinos and Gaming Hotels and Motels
  • Caesars Ent

    3924 Gallatin Pike

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Harrahs & Caesars Marketing Services

    180 2nd Ave N

    Casinos and Gaming
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  • Long Hunter State Park

    2910 Hobson Pike

    Natural Parks
  • Epicenter of Franklin Battleground

    Natural Parks
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  • Edwin Warner Park

    50 Vaughn Rd

    Dog Parks
  • Centennial Park

    2500 W End Ave

    Dog Parks
  • Two Rivers Park

    3150 McGavock Pike

    Dog Parks
  • Donelson Dog Park

    Dog Parks
  • Broadway Park

    2009 Division St

    Dog Parks
  • Dogspot

    Dog Parks
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  • Anderson Beach

  • Lock 3

    179-199 Lock 3 Rd

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  • Stones River Greenway

  • Mossy Ridge Trail - Percy Warner Park

    2424 Old Hickory Blvd

  • Two Rivers Greenway - Percy Priest Trailhead

  • Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon

    7160 Highway 100

  • Urban Hike II

  • Mounds State Park

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