Music City has so much to offer it's hard to say where to begin! Melodious attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman, and the Grand Ole Opry draw in plenty of tourists, but Nashville is also proud of its history. We recommend spending a day sightseeing. Visit Andrew Jackson's home, the Hermitage, Belle Meade Plantation, or the Parthenon and Bicentennial Park! For those traveling with kids, the Adventure Science Center or the Nashville Zoo are great places to spend an afternoon. All are great places for photo ops and memories that will last a lifetime!
No telling who will surprise you at the Opry. Featuring new stars, superstars, and legends. Every weekend, the Grand Ole Opry takes music, laughter and entertainment from Nashville to all points around the globe. Broadcast live over WSM AM-650 since 1925, the Opry is the world's longest-running live radio show. Check out their backstage tour!
Former home of the Grand Ole Opry, now a premier performance hall and museum. The Ryman was first revered as a revival church when Captain Thomas Ryman opened its doors in 1892. In the century since, it's become the cornerstone of Music City's entertainment tradition.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is situated at the epicenter of the city's rapidly growing core, a block from the popular honky-tonks of Broadway, across the street from Bridgestone Arena and Music City Center, and adjacent to the Omni Hotel. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection, recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views.
Visit The Hermitage in Nashville, TN to walk through Andrew Jackson's life and home, explore a beautiful, vintage Tennessee farm, and experience an important piece of Nashville and our nation. Rated the third best Presidential Site in the nation by USA TODAY, this is a must-see for any visitor to Music City!
The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals. Centennial Park is happening place! Be sure to check out Musicians' Corner!
Opening minds to the wonders of science for over 70 years, The Adventure Science Center will not disappoint! Choose from a spectacular, full dome show in state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium; hands-on, interactive, science exhibits; or one of our award-winning programs like daily Science Live! demonstrations, 3D Printing Workshops, ScienceQuest Camps, Science Cafes, and other special events. There are almost endless activities to learn something new! You won't want to miss out on this one!
The city of Nashville was the front for the final battles of the Civil War. The last Confederate action took place in the city in mid-December 1864. The Metropolitan Historical Commission and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce provide free maps of the specific action that took place in the area and also offer a driving tour marking key points of interest.
Tennessee State Museum is a large museum in Nashville depicting the history of the US state of Tennessee. Starting from pre-colonization and going into the 20th century, the museum interprets the Frontier, the age of President Andrew Jackson and the American Civil War. At the museum you will find the historical highlights of Tennessee from different periods of time. Trace the prehistoric Woodland Indians to Daniel Boone's and Davy Crockett's time. Civil War weapons and 18th and 19th century dioramas with stories. Look for Andrew Jackson's top hat, Andrew Johnson's piano, James Polk's walking cane, and Daniel Boone's musket and powder horn.
Bored with eating dinner at the same restaurants every night? Want a new way to relax and enjoy Tennessee's warm weather during the day? Then the General Jackson Showboat might be just what the doctor ordered.The General Jackson is a 300 foot (91.5 meter) paddlewheel riverboat, one of the largest showboats in the country. Harkening back to the days when showboats plied the American rivers in the 19th century, a tour on the General Jackson serves as both a historic and relaxing trip. It boasts four massive decks with a beautiful two-story Victorian Theater located in the center, which serves as the site of live musical performances. Take either a day drip down the Cumberland River or a night cruise and enjoy a dinner under the stars.
The Wildhorse Saloon turned a three-level historic warehouse into a destination that is simultaneously a restaurant, bar, concert site, and dance venue. Guests can enjoy a great meal, catch the hottest concerts, learn the newest dance steps on the largest dance floor in the city, and book private events and catering functions.
Take a tour of the Distillery, an hour from Nashville. They say they love entertaining their guests just about as much as they love making Tennessee Whiskey at the Jack Daniel Distillery. And like any good host, they're always more than happy to show you around the place.
Come and experience a celebration of Country Music from both past and present. Hear songs from many of the great artists in country music history along with today's hottest superstars. Enjoy the music of everyone from Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline to the superstars of today like Sara Evans and Toby Keith!
1100 Fort Negley Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203
Explore Nashville's Civil War History at Fort Negley.Come into the Visitors Center and learn how the Union Army captured Nashville in 1862 as you watch the film The Fall of Nashville. The river, turnpikes, and railroads had spurred the growth of the city from its beginnings. The Union Army occupied the city to control these transportation routes. Almost overnight, Nashville was transformed into the Union Army's major supply depot for the Western Theater of the war.
Learn the story of the 2,768 people who built Negley. It was the largest of a group of forts built by the Union, and the largest inland masonry fort built during the Civil War. It was 600 feet long, 300 feet wide, and covered four acres of land. The workers lived in a contraband camp on the northeast side of the worksite, and were both free blacks and slaves who had been conscripted by the Union to serve as laborers.
Historic RCA Studio B is one of the world's most important and successful recording studios. More than 35,000 songs were brought to life by the Studio B magic, including more than 1,000 American hits, 40 million-selling singles, and over 200 Elvis Presley recordings (by far more than any other studio). Step into the house of the hitmakers and discover the legend of this Music Row landmark.
There are many exciting events daily at the Nashville Zoo. Check out the link below to learn more about the different activities we have to offer! If you can, go to the zoo early. The animals are alert and being fed. You will want to catch the Bamboo Trail, the Meerkat Exhibit, the Elephant Habitat, the Lorikeet Habitat and so much more. This is a wonderful family activity!
Antique Archeology - American Picker's Store
"I've been doing business in Nashville for years, selling to private clients, interior designers, photographers and prop stylists here, so opening here just seemed like a smart thing to do — and it's time that someone brought retail to Marathon. I feel so lucky to have that space. It feels like I asked Nashville to marry me, and she said yes." — Mike Wolfe
Featuring the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. One of only six attractions in Nashville to receive the coveted AAA Gem Rating. Ranked #1 music museum in the world by Forbes, Conde' Naste, and National Georgraphic Traveler. This is one stop you won't want to miss!
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and historic estate in Nashville, featuring art galleries, seasonal festivals and breathtaking wedding venues. While every season delights, this showcase of nature and art is renowned for tulips in the spring and a dazzling Christmas light display during the holidays.
Fly through the forest across 8 zip lines up to 85 ft high! Zipping is a thrilling adventure with a bird's eye view! Families, friends, and groups of all kinds love soaring through the green hills of Fontanel. Zippers sail through the air on steel cables, secured in a safety harness and attached to a zip pulley system. Zip tours operate year-round. Experience zipping during every season!
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a Nashville country music institution and world-famous honky-tonk, has operated across the alley from the Ryman almost continuously since 1960. Its proprietor from 1960 to 1978, Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess, bought the lounge called “Mom's” and named it for herself. According to tradition, a painter mistakenly painted the exterior orchid purple. The color was never changed and became Tootsie's signature color. Over the years, she served such famous customers as Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young, and Willie Nelson when they were still up-and-coming artists, and Tootsie was well-known for her generosity toward struggling musicians. The photo- and memorabilia-lined walls are called “Tootsie's Wall of Fame.” A portion of the Loretta Lynn biopic “Coal Miner's Daughter” was filmed inside Tootsie's.