Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Grand Ole Opry House, countless country bars with live music, and so much more. This southern city is begging to be your next adventure. Nashville is filled with creative souls who have so much to give; from their music and art, to their delicious food creations you won’t run out of things to do.
10 Things to Do in Nashville:
- Listen and learn at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Located right down the street from the honky-tonks, this museum takes you through a journey of the history of country music. This story of music is told through interactive screens, snippets of sound, artifacts, videos, photos, and other historical items. The museum also has changing exhibits that highlight old and current country music idols and their lives. I am not a history buff by any means, but this museum is educational, exciting, and a place I would go again to learn more.
- Experience the nightlife on Lower Broadway. These four blocks are where you want to be if you are looking for dancing, drinks, and some darn good music (and some bad). Be prepared that this small portion of Nashville is going to be packed with people and expect long lines for the bars if its peak season. A few of my personal favorites are Tootsies, The Stage, Tin Roof, Acme Feed & Seed, and Legends.
- Enjoy this city’s great parks and the Parthenon. Located in Centennial Park, this is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece. This structure was meant to be torn down after the Tennessee Centennial in 1897, but it was admired by the public so much that it now hosts many art collections, statues, and is a popular attraction in the city. The Centennial Park itself is also a peaceful and beautiful space to go and enjoy the sunshine.
- Explore Ryman Auditorium through the multiple tours and events offered here. This is located in downtown Nashville and is a great way to learn about the history of the city. If you are lucky to attend a concert, then you will get to experience history being made.
Revel in the abundance of street art that is growing in Nashville. Nashville has a growing number of murals around the city, some of which you may have seen on social media. These murals are not only works of art, but also make for great photo backdrops.
- Venture away from Broadstreet to find other areas, such as Printers Alley. Not only is this alley a National Register Historic District, but it used to be the center for nightlife in Nashville. The name is pretty descriptive, as this also used to be Nashville’s printing district in 1915. After prohibition began this was also home to many of the speakeasies and nightclubs. Nowadays, you can find bars and clubs with character and history.
- Relax with great drinks and even better music at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.Want to take a break from the energetic honkytonks and enjoy awesome live music (that’s not country)? Then check out this boogie bar! This venue embraces the Mardi Gras theme and Cajun cuisine, and there is always live music to be heard here.
- Spend a few hours at Pinewood Social. Food, coffee, drinks, swimming, bowling, bocce ball, and all the happiness that comes with that list can be found at this one unique spot. This is a great place to come and kill a few rainy hours with bowling, or enjoy the sun with a dip in the pool. Make sure to order some food from their restaurant or airstream grill, it is deliciously made and you won’t be disappointed.
- Stroll down the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. This is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the US and it traverses across the Cumberland River. Built in 1909, this connects downtown Nashville to East Nashville, and provides a great way to exercise and enjoy the city.
- Get energized by any of the adorable and delicious coffee shops. There is an extensive selection of coffee shops to pick from. While traveling I often try a different coffee shop each day and the ones in Nashville did not disappoint.
Hope you fall in love with this musical southern city and all it has to offer!