Things to do in Nashville Tennessee
If you've never been to the Music City, you might not realize just how many fun and interesting attractions Nashville neighborhoods hold. There are beautiful lakes in Nashville TN as well as some terrific parks. If you're relocating to Tennessee, this is a list of a few of our favorite places to go and things to do in Nashville:
BICENTENNIAL CAPITOL MALL STATE PARK - 598 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243 Phone: 615-741-5280
Visitors to the 19-acre Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park enjoy the view from here of Nashville's capitol. The park celebrates Tennessee’s history and natural wonders, serving as a monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial. Within the park there is a 200-foot granite map of Tennessee and a World War II Memorial as well as a 95-Bell Carillon and much more. Although self-guided tours of the park are common, ranger-led guided tours are available on a seasonal basis. You will find the visitor’s center under the train trestle, and this is also the location of picnic tables and public restrooms. Bicentennial Park's 2,000-seat amphitheater provides breathtaking views of the Nashville skyline, and may be rented for private functions. The nearby farmer’s market is open year-round and has more than produce to offer, including wonderful little restaurants and shops.
Hours of Operation: Park is open 365 days a year from 6:00 a.m-10:00 p.m., Visitors Center is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., intermittently on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
CENTENNIAL PARK - 2500 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37202 Phone: 615-862-8400
Another fantastic outdoor adventure, Centennial Park is a 132-acre park with a one-mile walking trail and an exercise trail, a beautiful sunken garden, even a dog park. Lake Watauga's beauty beckons as do the Parthenon and historical monuments, and the museum with its exhibits. Many of the trees here have signs with QR codes and web addresses so visitors can use their web-enabled devices to watch videos that Nashville's stars made in order to teach about the trees.
Hours of Operation: Open 365 days a year from dawn to 11:00 p.m.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME - 222 Fifth Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37203 Phone: 615-416-2001
One of the most exciting places to visit in Nashville, The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is both a local history museum and an international arts organization. From the architecture of its building to the magnificent location, before you even enter this place you'll be impressed. This museum has been called the “Smithsonian of country music” for good reason. Numerous exhibits take visitors through the history and sounds of country music including its origins and traditions with artifacts, photographs, recorded sound and vintage video. The 776-seat CMA Theater is here, and so is the Taylor Swift Education Center. There is always something going on here, and there are also meeting rooms here available for rent.
Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
FONTANEL MANSION - 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37189 Phone: 615-724-1600
If you're relocating to Tennessee you might wish you could live in the 27,000 square foot mansion that country super-star Barbara Mandrell once lived in, but you'll have to settle for a tour. Imagine having over 20 rooms at your disposal, with 13 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, 2 kitchens, an indoor pool, and even an indoor shooting range for target practice during those cold winter months. In addition to the photos, memorabilia and personal items from the Mandrell family, you can see the personal collections of the mansion's current owners manage several top artists including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson among others.
Hours of Operation: Café open 7 days, 11:00 a.m.-9:30/10:00 p.m., Tours 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily every hour on the hour, Distillery open daily 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Zipline adventures 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily, Winery/Bistro TBD
FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS - 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3822 Phone: 615-244-3340
Inspiring people through art to look at their world in new ways, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts highlights the best of what Nashville neighborhoods have to offer, hosting art from the region, the country, and around the world. Every six to eight weeks the exhibits are replaced with new ones, and there is also the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, a colorful family-friendly space full of life. There are ArtQuest activities for people of every age group at its 30 interactive stations. Visitors can make prints, paint watercolors, even create colorful sculptures. ArtQuest is free for adults with gallery admission and always free for anyone 18 and under.
Hours of Operation: Open seven days a week on the following schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. (Martin ArtQuest closes at 5:30 p.m.), Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sundays: 1:00–5:30 p.m. (Café opens at noon on Sundays) Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
GARYLORD OPRYLAND - 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 Phone: 615-889-1000
Whether you're just visiting Nashville or planning a romantic getaway with your sweetheart, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has plenty to offer. The Grand Ole Opry is right next door and no less than 17 fantastic restaurants are right on the resort’s campus, which is enclosed in glass to offer a barrier from inclement weather. Whether you crave indulgent spa treatments or the limitless dining, shopping and recreational choices available here, the level of luxury and amenities is fit for a king.
Hours of Operation: Open and serving 24/7 365 days a year
MUSIC CITY BITES & SITES TOUR - 4117 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 Phone: 615-838-3883
The originator of Music City Bites & Sites, Ellen Sevier, is a Nashville native descended from General John Sevier, a Revolutionary War hero, who became the first governor of Tennessee. This food and cultural tour is her way of sharing the history and food of the city she loves so much with others. You get your money's worth in food samples with this professionally-guided tour. Whether you're a foodie or a history buff, these walking tours are designed to stuff your belly while creating memories to last a lifetime.
Hours of Operation: Thursday–Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
MUSIC ROW - 16th/17th Ave. South - Division Street and Music Square, downtown Nashville, TN
You can take a stroll down Music Row at any time of the day or night, and if you’re lucky you might just get to see some of the hottest Country music stars in person, right there on the street. In this cluster of blocks lie hundreds of businesses without which the music industry would not be the same. Publishing houses, recording studios, radio stations and more, with a roundabout and small park too.
Hours of Operation: Any time
PRINTERS ALLEY – Between 3rd & 4th Ave., downtown Nashville, TN
The nightclub district of Printers Alley dates back to the 1940’s and back in those days there were numerous publishers and print shops interspersed with the clubs. Consuming alcohol on the premises where it was purchased was illegal in Nashville, but some of the establishments along Printers Alley sold it anyway, claiming customers brought it in with them. In the 1960’s the laws changed to allow bars to operate legally. The alley is still a popular destination, and a number of bars thrive there.
Hours of Operation: Any time
RADNOR LAKE - 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville, TN 37220 Phone: 615-373-3467
There are a number of lakes in Nashville TN, and Radnor Lake was originally created to provide a reservoir for steam engines. It inadvertently became a wildlife mecca and at the request of the Tennessee Ornithological Society was eventually declared to be a wildlife sanctuary. It became a popular destination for fishing, hiking and bird-watching, and has now grown to protect both flora and fauna, including bald eagles which fish in the lake.
Hours of Operation: Nature area, trails & parking lots open daily 6 a.m. until dark. Visitor Center Hours 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., closed noon-1:00pm. Visitor Center restrooms open at 7 a.m., East Parking Lot restrooms open at 6 a.m.
We hope you enjoy the fun things to do in Nashville as you learn about the Music City. If you're relocating to Tennessee, why not bookmark this page to help you discover the best of Nashville.