The Top 10 Things to Do & See in Nashville

Photo of Chloe Hanschen
9 February 2017

Nashville is the home of many historic musical landmarks, many museums, and gardens that are worth a visit. Below we have listed the top 10 things to do and see in Nashville.

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Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is by far the most popular attraction in Nashville, and has been around for more than 90 years. Their slogan is ‘The Show That Made Country Music Famous,’ and the live radio broadcast has hosted some of country music’s most famous legends. Today they showcase both contemporary and classic country musicians, so be sure to check out their online schedule to see who will be performing.

Address & Phone Number: 2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 871 6779

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville | ©Brent Moore/Flickr
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum seeks to preserve and educate people on the history and traditions of county music. The museum has more than 2 million items in its collection and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Be sure to check out the Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music exhibit, and check out the recently opened Taylor Swift Education Center.

The Johnny Cash Museum

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The Johnny Cash Museum | © Casey and Sonja / Flickr
If you are a fan of the “Man in Black”, the Johnny Cash Museum is a must – it offers the largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia in the world, including stage costumes, instruments, personal letters, and other various artifacts. This classic redbrick building is also available for private events, and there is also a café located within the museum.

The Hermitage

Constructed in 1821, The Hermitage is now a National Historic Landmark. This was the home of President Andrew Jackson and the home offers a view into his personal life. The tour includes the main house, the kitchen, Jackson’s tomb, and the Old Hermitage Church. One of the most interesting parts of the tour is the look into the lives of the 150 slaves that Jackson owned, who also worked on the grounds.

Centennial Park

Located just outside downtown Nashville is the large and sprawling Centennial Park. Come to Centennial Park for a relaxing picnic or a stroll through the picturesque grounds. The park includes many walking grounds, a dog park, sand volleyball courts, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, and gardens – and be sure to check out the Parthenon replica.

Address & Phone Number: 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 862 8400

RCA Studio B

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Grand Piano at RCA Studio B | © Prayitno / Flickr
RCA Studio B was built in 1957 and helped Nashville establish itself as one of the important music industries in the country, while helping many musicians get their start. Perhaps their most famous client was Elvis Presley, who recorded more than 260 songs here. Today the studio is both a classroom for learning about recording music and also a cultural attraction that millions of visitors flock to every year.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

The Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art is spread over 55 acres and includes the 30,000 square foot mansion that holds their art collection, which itself includes American and British art. Be sure to look at their outdoor sculpture collection on their Sculpture Trail. Their contemporary art collection includes works from Andy Warhol, and their botanical garden is picturesque and is the home of a diverse array of plants.

Address & Phone Number: 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 356 8000

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium is a national historical landmark. The venue is most well known as being the home of the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts from 1943-1974. Pew seating adds to the venues historic charm, and today the venue hosts many of the big musicians touring through the county. Besides showing memorable concerts here, they also offer guided historical tours of the building.

Address & Telephone Number: 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 889 3060

Blue Bird Café

The Bluebird Café provides a unique live music experience, as predominantly feature acoustic music. Here the musicians perform their own songs, and famous musicians such as LeAnn Rimes have performed here. Different from other venues, the musicians playing that night really collaborate together – the musicians will take turns performing their music, while the other musicians will accompany them. The venue has also been showcased on the ABC show Nashville.

Address & Telephone Number: 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN, USA. +1 615 383 1461

By Chloe Hanschen

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