The Top Things to do in Nashville
Exploring Music City
Exploring Nashville is one of the best ways to get a glimpse of American history, music, and food. It’s always our priority to make Music City visitors feel that they are a part of something special, and we enjoy being an ambassador to help visitors find all the best things to do in Nashville. There is never a shortage of Nashville attractions, and there is something for everyone in your group.
Besides enjoying fantastic live music, you can also partake in outdoor activities, entertainment, events, and shopping. You can access our free Travel Guide for some local insight!
Exploring Nashville – First Thing’s First
The first stop you need to make in Nashville is, of course, the Nashville Visitor Center on Broadway. There, you can find expert advice, exclusive deals, and tickets before taking on the city. While you’re there, make sure to check out the art exhibit, Music City shop, and Music City marketplace.
Nashville Entertainment and Live Music
They don’t call Nashville Music City, USA, for nothing. There are countless music venues to experience in downtown Nashville.
Purchase tickets for a show at the Grand Ole Opry, and see why it’s one of the most beautiful and iconic music venues in Nashville, or attend a business travel event at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The Ryman Auditorium is another iconic entertainment venue that holds different Nashville attractions, events, and concerts. You can even schedule a self-guided tour. Looking for a more low-key entertainment venue? Visit The Bluebird Café, a famous listening room just outside of downtown Nashville.
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Museums and Historical Nashville Attractions
The city of Nashville is rich in history and is waiting to be discovered. You can explore numerous museums and historical sites throughout the city.
The Country Music Hall of Fame is a popular tourist Nashville attraction that includes exhibits, publications, and educational programs. Or, visit the Johnny Cash Museum to see pictures and memorabilia from the music icon. Then, experience President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and see the historical mansion and plantation. You can get a glimpse of Civil War events at the Travellers Rest Nashville, and see the city’s oldest house museum!
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Dining in Nashville
The Southern is a delicious steak and oyster bar that offers an authentic southern experience.
If you are staying in one of our vacation rentals near 12 South, we recommend Josephine on 12th. It is a contemporary restaurant that features fantastic American farmhouse cuisine. Looking for real southern pulled pork and ribs? We recommend Peg Leg Porker for a fantastic Tennessee BBQ. A trip to Nashville isn’t complete unless you’ve tried southern staples like Nashville hot chicken or buttery biscuits for breakfast or brunch!
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Outdoor Activities and Recreation in Nashville
- Cumberland Caverns is more than 32 miles of caves and underground passageways that you can hike through and see beautiful waterfalls and rock formations.
- Shelby Park is located along Cumberland River, and offers over 5 miles of trails for hiking, running, and biking.
- Edwin and Percy Warner Parks are another beautiful hike and only 9 miles from downtown Nashville.
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Need a relaxing day to unwind and get pampered? Treat yourself to one of the many Nashville spas. Adagio Massage Co & Spa offers a wide variety of spa services such as facials, massages, body treatments, skin rejuvenation, and more.
If you’re looking for a place to get your hair done while on vacation, we recommend Pure Nashville. They offer an array of hair treatments, styling, and color treatments.
Shopping in Nashville
You won’t ever be short on shopping in Nashville. If you are looking for a mall, try visiting some Downtown Shopping hotspots, or The Mall at Green Hills. Downtown Nashville also has plenty of unique stores and antique shopping like the Downtown Antique Mall.