The Best Things to Do in Nashville
Collected by Jennifer Justus , AFAR Local Expert
Music City—full of neon signs and honky tonks, country music stars and wannabes—has irresistable allure for all types of visitors. Fine art museums, historic plantations, farmers' markets, a booming downtown, and vintage shops add to the draw of thoroughly modern and exciting Nashville.
4580 Rachels Ln, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA
President Andrew Jackson owned this historic plantation, called the Hermitage, from 1804 until his death in 1845. Located about 10 miles east of downtown Nashville, the 1,100-acre site includes a mansion, which has been meticulously restored with...
5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205, USA
At this old plantation, you can tour a Greek-Revival mansion commissioned in 1845, plus see additional historic buildings like a dairy, horse stable, carriage house, and log cabin. The mansion also has a winery on site and hosts daily...
2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, USA
The radio show that made country music famous, the Grand Ole Opry held its first broadcast in 1925 and continues to entertain music lovers to this day. Held weekly, the show involves a fast-moving, rotating cast of musicians performing onstage,...
222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Rhinestones, tassels, boots so pointy they'd make toes bleed...what more could you expect from Nashville's monument to the music that made it famous? Well, plenty more, as it turns out. The Hall of Fame contains some seriously impressive artifacts...
116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
After the Grand Ole Opry left the Ryman Auditorium, country legend Roy Acuff said the red brick building with its Gothic arches and stained-glass windows might as well be torn down. The Ryman had been home to performances and...
1 Symphony Pl, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
With live music—much of it country—on every corner in Nashville, it's easy for visitors to miss the city's stellar symphony. But the magnificent Schermerhorn Symphony Center gives Nashville's classical musicians a grand home. Located...
224 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Inside a downtown complex that also houses the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the shiny, 23-story Omni Hotel sits Hatch Show Print, Nashville’s famous letterpress company. Established in 1879, the print shop created show...
2020 Lindell Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
This up-and-coming area near Greer Stadium, where the Nashville Sounds baseball team plays, holds an art crawl on the first Saturday of every month, with hours running until 11 p.m. Bounce around between several galleries in the area, but begin at...
215 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
Located in a historic, 6,000-square-foot building downtown, The Arts Company is a fixture of Nashville’s 5th Avenue of the Arts. The popular gallery focuses on contemporary work, with everything from painting to sculpture to photography on...
2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211, USA
Barcelona has Gaudi. Mexico City has Siqueiros. Nashville has Jairo Prado, a Colombian native who has called Music City USA home for almost 30 years and who created our city's newest public art masterpiece and landmark. "Migration," a 30-foot by...
401 Gay St, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
This downtown Nashville museum inside the Municipal Auditorium honors the talented musicians who have played on the greatest recordings of all time—some of them less well known than others, but certainly deserving of the recognition....
800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
An educational and playful trip for kids and adults alike, this center offers interactive exhibits and programs that explore science and invention. You can also visit Sudekum Planetarium at the center to learn about astronomy from a 63-foot dome.
201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Inside the new Music City Center convention space, you can find the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery. The exhibit includes artifacts plus three touch screens for watching video, listening and learning about the history of songwriting in...
1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA
You can step inside a pioneer cabin or 18th-century print shop at this museum, which also features items of Andrew Jackson, Daniel Boone, David Crockett, and others. Located in downtown Nashville and free to visit, the museum also holds excellent...
623 7th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Third Man Records, the Nashville outpost of musician Jack White's record label and store, is hard to define. It's both a retail outlet for vinyl and offices for his label, sure, but it also includes a "novelty lounge" with coin-operated video...
1060 E Trinity Ln, Nashville, TN 37216, USA
Grimey’s is the place where Nashvillians buy music and catch numerous in-store performances. The Basement, located in the floor below, is where Nashvillians go for the slate of cutting-edge indie bands booked by Grimey himself. An annex with books...
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