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Nashville, TN is an exciting dynamic city that makes a great destination for a vacation or getaway.  There is really something there for everyone, whether you are single or married with kids, a country western fan, or a culinary connoisseur.  

Here is a list of some of the top things to do in Nashville, TN that you should not miss on your next visit.

Nashville, TNCredit: Kenton Forshee

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

The Frist Center is a non-profit exhibition center for the arts.  It is located in downtown Nashville, and is open 7 days a week.  The Frist Center is a great thing to do in Nashville if you want to explore the more artsy, non-country-western side of the city.  Many great artists have had exhibitions there, and there are also regular musical performances and recitals. 


Frist Center Members Free
Visitors 18 years of age and younger Free
Adults $10.00
College Students with ID* $7.00
Seniors (65 and older) $7.00
Active Military (with current military ID) $7.00
Groups of 10 or more (with advance reservation) $8.00
*Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00-9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays), admission is free for college students with school ID.[5999]


Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade PlantationCredit: dwHartwig on Flickr

The Belle Meade Plantation is a 30 acre plantation that now functions as a museum to the property's historic past.  To explore while you are there, see the carriage house, slave quarters, the original cabin built in 1807, and an on-site eatery that is a great place to have lunch.  

Hours of operation:
Monday  - Saturday – 9:00AM – 5:00P.M.
Sunday – 11:00AM – 5:00P.M.

Tours start at 9:30A.M. Monday-Saturday& 11:30A.M. on Sundays
Last tour starts daily at 4:00P.M.

Admission Rates:

Adults: $16.00
Seniors (65+) $14.00
Student (Ages 13-18)- $10.00
Youth (Ages 6-12) – $8.00
Child (5 and under)-FREE
Grounds Only- $10.00
Family Rate -$45.00[6000]

The country Music Hall of Fame


Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TNCredit: jbcurio on Flickr

I think that this would be considered one of Nashville's most famous destinations.  Even if you aren't a country music fan, this is still a must see in Nashville.  With it's modern design and well researched exhibits, there is a wealth of entertainment and knowledge in this world class music history museum.  

The museum is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.[6001]

Admission is 20.00 for adults, kids ages 6-17 are 12.00, and kids 5 and under are free. 


Whiskey Kitchen

If you are looking for fun things to to in Nashville, then Whiskey Kitchen is a must-do!  It is a tavern, but with a chic look and restaurant menu.  Lots of outdoor dining space on beautiful patios, it serves lunch, dinner, and a late-night menu as well.  Some of the classics on the menu include fried pickles, Hot Chicken, the Prime Burger, and of course the extensive and classy whiskey menu.  

First Saturday Art Crawl

The First Saturday Art Crawl is a very popular monthly downtown Nashville event.  The first Saturday of every month, the galleries of Nashville open up to feature local and nationally and internationally known artists.  Many serve light refreshments or wine, and it is from 6-9 pm.  There are also free shuttles available to the event.  For more details, see http://www.nashvilledowntown.com/_files/docs/shuttle_route_first_saturday.pdf.


Antique Archaeology

If you are not familiar with the show "American Pickers", then the name Antique Archaeology may not mean anything to you.  But let me suggest that you learn about it before you go to Nashville and make sure to make a stop there.  

Mike Wolfe rescues antiques and oddities from all over the country and has them for viewing and sale at his shop located in the old Marathon Auto Factory just a few blocks away from downtown Nashville. 

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

Located on the eastern side of Nashville, the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is a local gem.  Spanning 55 acres, the estate features extensive and beautiful gardens featuring pristine and lush landscaping and plants.  Some of the different features of the Botanical Gardens are the Wildflower Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Terrace Garden, the Dogwood Garden and more.  

After perusing the expansive gardens, take a trip indoors to the Art Museum portion of the estate.  Housed in a georgian-style mansion, the museum features predominantly American and British art and decoration.  It is an accredited member of the American Association on Museums. 

Grand Ole Opry

Another one of Nashville's most famous events, the Grand Ole Opry is one of the most important events of Country Music History in the nation.  It is a weekly country music show which has featured all the biggest names in country music, such as Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and the Dixie Chicks, amongst countless others.  It is broadcast and televised on Saturday Nights from the Grand Ole Opry House.


The Nashville Zoo

Nashville ZooCredit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockinfree/7253449022/sizes/m/in/photostream/

If you have kids, and you are looking for things to do in Nashville, then the Nashville Zoo should be your number one stop!  Everyday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Nashville Zoo opens its doors to the general public.[6008] Top features include a train ride, daily animal shows, the historic Grassmere Home, and an awesome 6,000 square foot jungle gym that will be sure to keep your little gremlins busy for quite some time!  Some of the most popular animal exhibits at the zoo include the giraffes, the cougar and the new clouded leopard cubs! 


The city of Nashville, TN is a real gem of the American landscape.  If you are looking for things to do in Nashville, TN, the tips in this article should give you a great headstart.  But don't be afraid to simply explore this diverse musical playground.  There are things to do and places to be around every corner!

Thanks for reading, and Happy Exploring!


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