Nashville is known for its music scene, drawing in country music fans and blues aficionados from around the globe. Still, if your ear for music isn’t strong or you just want a diverse vacation, there are things to do in Nashville beyond square dancing and jazz clubs. Go to the symphony, nom on some good southern comfort food, and explore your creative side on an art crawl. Nashville tours let you see plenty of Tennessee attractions in just one day, though to truly dig your teeth into the city you should stick around for a while.…
Top 23 Things to do in Nashville, Tennessee
With 2 levels covering more than an acre (4,000 sq m) of treetop canopy, the course combines 4 ziplines with a network of swinging bridges, cargo nets, suspended platforms, grapevine swings, and more. Test yourself against the obstacles and see how your skills hold up as you try to complete the journey among the treetops.
Perfect for families with older kids and teens, this adrenaline-pumping adventure is maintained by an expert staff and offers an amazing experience that lets you feel the thrill of soaring through the wilderness. Read More close
Music City Trolley Hop:
Hop on and off of a charming cherry-colored trolley and enjoy a 1-hour guided city tour. Visit the State Capitol, the magnificent Parthenon, and several other renowned locations including Ryman Auditorium and the stately Country Music Hall of Fame.
Nashville Unpublished Walking Tour:
Explore the musical side of Nashville during this walking tour of Ryman Auditorium. Get a behind-the-scenes look and hear untold stories about notable titans of the music industry.
Country Music Hall of Fame or Musicians Hall of Fame:
For the perfect end to a wonderful day of exploring, choose one of these two fascinating facilities and learn more about the singers and players that have been honored by this legendary star-making city. Read More close
Head to Belle Meade Plantation and learn all about its rich history. Nowadays, this magnificent plantation is a 30-acre historic site that features guided tours of its 1853 Greek Revival mansion. Join an expert and costumed guide for your tour of the property and begin your journey to the past.
This 45-minute tour recounts stories about the famous inhabitants who lived here for 4 generations—the Harding and Jackson families. Learn how they turned what was once just a log cabin into one of the finest world-renowned thoroughbred stud farms of the 19th century.
Don't miss out on the rest of the outbuildings of this spectacular plantation, including the 1890s carriage house and the original 1790s log cabin, before you head back to your hotel. Read More close
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Suit up and receive expert instruction ensuring a safe and thrilling ride. Take off from the launch platform and zip through the trees along the beautiful Harpeth River, one of Middle Tennessee's most important streams. Keep your eyes open, as each descent and curve along the water provides a different view of the old growth forest.
With 9 zip lines to explore, this aerial adventure provides a wealth of moments to take your breath away. Forget life on the ground as you zip from platform to platform, soaring like a bird from the branches of a tree to the peak of the next ridge. Read More close
1 hour 30 minutes
Your tour takes you to the Carter House, a modest farmhouse that was ground zero for this historic fight between the Union and Confederate armies. The Carter family sought refuge in the basement of their home during the fighting that erupted on their property, as the home was commandeered as the Federal command post. Hear the stories of the soldiers who fought and died in these fields, and walk among the buildings that still stand to this day.
Then, visit in the quaint town of Franklin to shop, eat, and view historic sites on your own. Learn how the residents of this small town emerged from their homes on the morning of December 1, 1864 to find nearly 10,000 casualties.
The final stop on your journey is the Carnton Plantation. The plantation, owned by the McGavocks, was ordered to be a Confederate field hospital by a Southern general during the Civil War. While touring the home, see the floors that are still stained with the blood of men who were treated there. Learn how the McGavocks eventually donated 2 acres of their property as a burial ground for some of the Confederate soldiers killed in the battle. Read More close
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Walk into the museum and admire the vast array of country music memorabilia including fan club newsletters, photographs, sheet music, songbooks, original recordings, and archival video. Get a warm welcome to Music City with the museum’s interactive exhibits, films featuring today’s top names, and professional songwriter sessions.
View the moving image collection of more than 23,000 images in 9 different formats dating back to the 1920s. The impressive artifact collection boasts more than 800 costumes, 600 instruments, and a world-class array of country music memorabilia. Special exhibits rotate monthly and include hit musicians like Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, and Crystal Gayle. Read More close
Taste a variety of carefully selected foods at 6 local restaurants and visit some hidden gems off the beaten path. Along the way, learn the history of the sites such as the Ryman Auditorium, formerly known as the iconic Grand Ole Opry, where greats like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Garth Brooks have performed. Find out why and how the famous honky tonk bar and performance venue Tootsie's Orchid Lounge got its name.
At the end of your tour, feel like a local with your insider's knowledge of the area's heritage and food that satisfies both your inner historian and your appetite. Read More close
Don't wait for a seat—with priority access, you can zip past the crowds and cozy up to your table in no time. As you wait for your cheeseburger, pasta, grilled chicken sandwich, or salad, listen to the music playing over the speakers and peruse the wide variety of rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
After dessert, take another look around. View classic items on display, like a silver-studded jacket signed by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, a stars and stripes shirt worn by Jimi Hendrix, and a black Stetson cowboy hat worn by Garth Brooks during the taping of "The Garth Brooks Reunion Show. "
Sample menu includes:
- Hard Rock Cheeseburger or Bacon cheeseburger with seasoned fries
- Honey mustard grilled chicken sandwich with seasoned fries
- Fire-roasted tomato pasta with fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic toast
- Barbecue pulled pork sandwich with marinated slaw and seasoned fries
- Chicken Caesar salad tossed with grilled chicken and parmesan cheese
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In 3 hours and 30 minutes, explore the historic downtown, the State Capitol, Fort Nashborough, and the Parthenon—an impressive full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
Find out from your experienced tour guide why Nashville is the capital of the country music industry while you visit Vanderbilt University and Music Row. Head to the Ryman Auditorium—formerly the Grand Ole Opry House and Union Gospel Tabernacle—and admire this massive 2,362-seat performance venue.
Discover world-renowned Studio B, where Elvis recorded most of his records, before you head back to your hotel, fascinated by this tour of the city of Nashville. Read More close
Stand on the stage of the world-famous Ryman Auditorium, formerly home to the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry, where Rayna and Juliette performed their duet, "Wrong Song. " It is the legendary venue that has hosted performances by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Mae West, and Louis Armstrong.
If you take the tour on Thursday, you can go inside the actual Bluebird Café to find out why playing at this classic, intimate venue is a songwriter's dream break. The plot of Nashville has several of its struggling artists working at the Bluebird Cafe and it’s also been the scene for numerous performances by cast members Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, and Jonathan Jackson, among others.
As a result millions of people—fans and aspiring artists from out of town—have discovered this intimate music venue famous for acoustic performances. If you tour on Sunday, browse inside Two Old Hippies, a shop featured in the show that has walls lined with an incredible collection of rock 'n’ roll memorabilia—all available for sale.
Your guide takes you to several other surprise filming locations throughout the city, making the show come to life right before your eyes. Read More close
Keep your camera handy to capture the breathtaking views of downtown Nashville and the picturesque riverside scenery from aboard the General Jackson Showboat—one of the largest paddle-wheel riverboats in the country. Savor dinner in the Victorian-style theater and take a journey through Tennessee’s musical styles, from bluegrass to soul, sprinkled with a dash of gospel, and lots of country music.
Classic and new hits are covered by a cast of 7, backed by a live 6-piece band. The evening's performances culminates with an original musical number dedicated to those who proudly serve the USA as first-responders and members of the military. Read More close
This lunch cruise offers a buffet-style meal with savory entrees such as smoked chicken quarters and marinated pork medallions. While dining be entertained by a rousing country music comedy show. The antics in this animated and interactive show are bound to have you doubled over with laughter.
The cast includes 2 rising country artists and a country comedian, all supported by a live band. Reminisce as they perform hits by Patsy Cline, George Jones, and Tammy Wynette. You may be inclined to get out of your seat when they play some of today's chart-topping hits by Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, and Rascal Flatts.
Sample lunch menu includes:
- Mixed Greens, Cucumber, Red Onion, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes with Ranch Dressing
- Tomato Cucumber Salad with Dill
- Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon
- Pork Medallions with Sweet Tea Glaze
- Smoked Chicken with Molasses Barbecue Sauce
- Baked Beans
- Roasted Carrots and Broccoli
- Tennessee Cheddar Grits
- Cornbread Muffins with Honey Butter
- Desserts for the table to share Read More close
Visit the Grand Ole Opry and take a backstage dressing room tour of the beautiful Opry House. After a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the country's oldest show, make your way to the spectacular Gaylord Opryland Resort—home away from home for the biggest stars.
Sitting on 9 acres, this exclusive resort houses a spectacular 4. 5-acre indoor recreational area with lush gardens, rivers, waterfalls, and shops, all underneath an unbelievable glass dome ceiling. Ride one of the Delta flatboats or just grab your camera and capture the amazing indoor landscape to share with friends and family back home.
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The Grand Ole Opry is also known as "home of American Music" and "country's most famous stage" for a very good reason: thousands of world-renowned stars have performed here. Amazing performers such as Hank Williams, Minnie Pearl, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flats, and Dierks Bentley have all graced this stage. Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch country music's up-and-coming stars and legends perform on the same night.
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Explore The Hermitage, considered the best preserved early US presidential home, and see this manor as it would have been back in 1836. Feel the history come to life as you wander through the rooms where the 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, once lived.
Head to Belle Meade Plantation and learn all about this magnificent example of Southern Greek Revival Antebellum architecture. Complete your tour by tasting fine wine at the plantation's winery before you board the bus to your hotel. Read More close
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6 hours 30 minutes
Enjoy a driving tour through the neighborhoods of country music greats and famous Nashvillians that call Music City home. See the building that houses Taylor Swift's penthouse condo, as well as the homes of Toby Keith, Kid Rock, and Dolly Parton.
Your guide begins familiarizing you with downtown landmarks and attractions such as the Grand Ole Opry, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Music City Walk of Fame Park, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. After your trip through downtown, admire the surrounding countryside before returning to your hotel.
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With well-planned stops along the way, you can hop on and off as you please to see the very best of Nashville's sights and attractions. Visit the stars' favorite hangouts such as Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a honky tonk bar and performance venue directly next door to the iconic Grand Ole Opry. Stroll through the Music City Walk of Fame Park with star-studded pavement honoring Nashville's music legends.
Stops along the trolley route include:
- Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
- The Johnny Cash Museum
- Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry
- The Arcade
- Bicentennial Park & Farmers’ Market
- Marathon Motors Creative Village
- The Parthenon
- Spirit of Nashville
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts Read More close
See sights like the Country Music Hall of Fame, Symphony Hall, the Shelby Street Walking Bridge, and the riverfront from the comfort and luxury of the carriage. Ride along Broadway, where music echoes from the many venues along the street, and check out the impressive Bridgestone Arena and Ascend Amphitheatre.
Each carriage comes equipped with heated blankets during the colder winter months, so you stay comfy and cozy no matter what time of year you visit. What better way is there to enjoy the sights of Music City than a family-friendly tour in an open-air carriage. Be sure to bring your camera to capture memories to last a lifetime. Read More close
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Enjoy stress-free hotel pickup and make your way to a Southern-themed restaurant for a delicious barbecue dinner. Indulge yourself in typical Nashville smoky flavors to set the mood for a night of fun and entertainment.
Board your coach after dinner and be on your way to discover Nashville in the nighttime. Pass LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans, the Parthenon in Centennial Park, the Historic Riverfront Park, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Finally, venture into downtown Nashville for some free time to visit lively clubs and bars along Honky Tonk Row before you hop back on your coach and call it a night. Read More close
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4 hours 30 minutes
Enter a 385-acre (155-ha) recreational park that features beaches, thrilling slides, and plenty of places to cool off in the shade. Explore the park's many aquatic secrets, from a tree house incorporating interactive spray areas to beach lounging in view of exciting play areas. Dip into cool waters and forget about the sun's oppression as you speed down some of the best slides in the world.
There's nothing quite like the exhilaration you feel as you point your toes down a steep waterslide and wait to push off. Ascend to the heights of the Big Kahuna, a 6-story raft ride that sends you looping and splashing through cascading water until you reach the bottom. Try out some ziplining in the Treetop Adventure Park, or even play a round of disc golf. Your experience on the massive grounds is whatever you make of it. Read More close
With 15 stops to explore, this comprehensive trolley route guides you around the city while providing a fully narrated tour, revealing the many secrets of Nashville. Trolleys depart from each stop regularly, so you never have to wait long to get to your next destination. Start your day exploring the honky-tonk bars on Lower Broadway, or stroll through hundreds of exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Visit the full-scale recreation of the Parthenon at the lovely Centennial Park, or check out the extravagant architecture at world-renowned Vanderbilt University. A thriving city with much to offer any visitor, you're sure to enjoy your time exploring Nashville no matter where you stop.
Route stops include:
- Lower Broadway
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- Ryman Auditorium
- Tennessee Performing Arts Center
- Farmer's Market
- Marathon Motorworks/Antique Archaeology
- The Parthenon/Centennial Park
- Vanderbilt University
- Belmont Mansion
- Bobby's Idle Hour/ Music Row Read More close
Begin your culinary experience with at the seasonal salad bar, which features 50–60 items and appetizers such as imported cheeses and Italian salamis, grilled and marinated vegetables, sushi, soups, and salads. Fill your plate with black beans, rice, and artisan breads before heading back to your table.
Then, turn your place card to green and tuck in as experienced carvers generously serve various cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and Brazilian sausage in authentic gaucho (Brazilian cowboy) style. Your server also brings traditional side dishes such as sweet fried plantains, garlic mashed potatoes, and warm house-baked Brazilian cheese bread.
Sip on a freshly made signature cocktail—the caipirinha—often made with lime or other fruit as you dine endlessly on Brazilian fare. Or, let an in-house sommelier help you select the perfect pairing from the restaurant’s extensive, award-winning wine list. If you’d like, you can also choose to top off your dining experience with a delicious dessert, an after-dinner drink, or a hot cup of espresso. Read More close
When you arrive at the park, you are given a brief orientation informing you of everything you need to know in order to traverse the obstacle course successfully. Then it’s time to head to the treetops, where more than 100 obstacles await, including suspended bridges, cargo nets, Tarzan swings, and more. Start your escapade by taking a ride down 1 of 2 giant zip lines, each more than 600-feet (183-m) long.
As you ascend higher into the treetops—the highest point being about 50 feet (15 m) above ground—the difficulty of each course increases, catering to a variety of skill levels. Move between courses by crossing above bridges, swinging over gaps, and zipping down lines. Enjoy a fun-filled experience among the trees, as this jaunt is exhilarating whether your're traveling alone or in a group. Read More close