The 10 Best Things to Do in Nashville, United States

December 11, 2017 Cedrick Jardin

With live music to be heard all across town, 24/7, 365 days a year, Music City lives up to its name. From honky-tonk bands jamming at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge to songwriters in the round at the Bluebird Cafe and country music legends rocking the Grand Ole Opry, you never know who you might see. The creative spirit from Nashville's music landscape flows into the area's myriad art galleries, up-and-coming fashion scene, historic landmarks and chef-driven restaurants.
Restaurants in Nashville

1. Grand Ole Opry

2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1209 +1 615-871-6779
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry, an American Icon and Nashville's number one attraction, is known for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. It's where unforgettable moments happen every week...moments like the night Trace Adkins revealed a tweet inviting his pal Blake Shelton to become a member of the Opry. With country music's new stars, superstars, and legends live on stage, you never know what'll happen next. See the show that made country music famous.

Reviewed By b0b55russell - Oakville, Canada

Because my wife and I toured Nashville over the last two days I decided not to pay the 27 dollar entrance fee but just did the above stated things here. I had paid enough in entrance fees the last couple of days but got a sense of what this place was all about by touring some of the building without doing the guided tour. I walked the grounds and shopped in the Gift Shop. It is certainly a grand place were big name acts plus up & coming stars play on this stage. I enjoyed it here by just doing what I did here today without costing me a dime expect the cost of a t-shirt to take home back to Canada.

2. Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219-2309 +1 615-889-3060
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Ryman Auditorium

One of the most famous concert halls in the history of country music, this auditorium still hosts live music events.

Reviewed By gr8passage - United States

I am thinking this experience is far more meaningful for fans of old-time country music which we are not. We had many friends recommend our going here, but we are thinking they must have meant for a show. The shows were sold out during our visit, but we did do the self-guided and backstage tour. Really, all this involves is doing in some dressing rooms, seeing a few video clips, hearing history from a tour guide and walking on to the stage. A huge fan might find this a really fabulous experience, but, for us, it wasn't exceptional other than to say we were on the stage at the Ryman if anyone cares. I think the highlight must be attending a show here as the rest of it was basically looking at artifacts behind glass and understanding the history of the theater. There is also an opportunity to record music which is probably fun if you have any singing talent, and you can have a professional photographer take a photo of you and your family on the stage. That's it folks. Fortunately, it wasn't a very expensive experience, and it was worth about what we paid.

3. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203-4206 +1 615-416-2001
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the home of this popular American art form, safeguarding over 2.5 million artifacts, with two expansive floors of gallery space featuring permanent- and limited- engagement exhibits. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also home to Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print. It offers three dining and four retail options, all open to the public. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Reviewed By Murray G

Even if your not a huge country music fan, this place is well worth a look at, loads of interesting exhibits, with videos and photos. Like any museum, interesting, staff very helpful and polite. Lots of local historic information as well.

4. Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

1414 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203-2806 +1 615-913-8800
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 651 reviews

Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

The tour takes you through the past, present and future of this historical distillery. It starts with a journey through the history of Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, followed by a walk-through of the production floor, sharing the processes that go into making our products. The tour wraps up in our Tasting Room, where a complimentary sample is included. Tours are $10 per person for 21+. Valid ID is required for tastings. Visitors aged 12-21 are $5, 0-12 FREE, and $5 with a Military ID.

Reviewed By shuckabee - Knoxville, TN

Really fun tour, perfect length of time. The tastings were generous and informative . Best of all the gift shop has all of what you tasted.

5. Schermerhorn Symphony Center

1 Symphony Pl, Nashville, TN 37201-2031 +1 615-687-6500
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 591 reviews

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Experience music of all genres in Nashville's acoustical gem, Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Home to the GRAMMY Award-winning Nashville Symphony, the venue hosts more than 140 events each year. Experience classical masterworks, exciting new music and today's greatest artists, with breathtaking sound of 84 world-class musicians onstage. Wine, beer and cocktails available at all concerts, with casual dining available at the in-house Cherry Street Eatery. Tours of the building are offered free of charge at 1 p.m. on most Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Reviewed By heyjudithz - Knoxville, Tennessee

I was recently in Nashville to hear Joe Biden speak. This event took place at the lovely Schermorhorn Symphony Hall, which happened to be near our hotel. I had walked over during the daytime, in order that I could admire all of the lovely architectural features of the exterior. My understanding is that it is nowhere as old as it looks; it is quite stately and attractive. The inside is nice as well. Probably the biggest takeaway for me was the staff working the event; it must be stressful to have a dignitary with an entourage and Secret Service agents, but they were all good-natured, polite, and helpful. As you would expect in the South. The common areas are all well-kept, and the restroom was the cleanest I saw in Nashville. The interior of the Hall itself is sizeable, comfortable, and has plenty of room to get to your seat. I hope I have a chance to return there to hear music.

6. RCA Studio B

1611 Roy Acuff Pl, Tours depart from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville, TN 37203-3209 +1 615-416-2001
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

RCA Studio B

Historic RCA Studio B--once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and The Everly Brothers--is both a classroom for Nashville area students and a popular cultural attraction. First made available to Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum visitors in 1977, RCA Studio B was donated to the Museum in 1992. Studio B tours are available as part of the Museum's platinum ticket package, which also includes Museum admission and audio tour, and depart from the Museum hourly between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. Transportation provided.

Reviewed By Iamthedog - Essex

The passion of our tour guide Barbara was evident and the detail provided regarding who recorded there and how they recorded was excellent. The anecdotes about Elvis, Jim Reeves and many more brought the history seeping out of the walls. It was an honour to be there and very moving at times.

7. Edwin and Percy Warner Parks

7311 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221-3003 +1 615-370-8051
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 286 reviews

Edwin and Percy Warner Parks

A 2681 acre park 7 miles southwest of downtown Nashville.

Reviewed By GOODGUYNASHVILLE - Nashville, Tennessee

Nothing beats a warm winter day to hike the loop of Percy Warner Park at the end of Belle Meade Blvd. The view is spectacular at the top. Plenty of parking now at Percy Warner Golf Club which connects to the trails.

8. Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

401 Gay St, Nashville, TN 37201-2000 +1 615-244-3263
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 610 reviews

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors musicians from stars to studio players, from all genres of music. Historic artifacts include instruments played on original recordings of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hank Williams, Sr., George Harrison, Frank Sinatra, The Supremes, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Chicago and more. See the original stage where a young Jimi Hendrix played. "To be recognized by this institution is the greatest honor a musician can have." -Neil Young.

Reviewed By Jennifer M - Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States

We went here on the recommendation of the Nashville Visitor's Center. My boys (7 & 9) really enjoyed the Grammy Section where they had all the interactive exhibits. Other than that they were bored (the are really active and aren't museum fans so I wasn't too surprised). I enjoyed seeing all the instruments and seeing back info.

9. Lane Motor Museum

702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210-4522 +1 615-742-7445
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 725 reviews

Lane Motor Museum

Lane Motor Museum in Nashville features the largest European collection of cars and motorcycles in the United States. Admission ranges from $3 to $12, with children ages 5 and younger admitted free, making it a great family excursion.

Reviewed By ryanprint - Green Bay, WI

This isn't your standard car museum - even if you're an automotive enthusiast, its unlikely you'll recognize anything here. There's a wide variety of micro and miniature cars - all fully legal (at somepoint) and produced commercially. They come mainly from post WWII Europe and are fascinating. The collection also has a wide variety of Skoda and Volga cars from behind the iron curtain as well. Located in an old bread factory, there's no ropes or cars up on mantels, you can really walk up and see the ins and outs of everything. Expect to spend a few hours here taking a lot of photos.

10. Belle Meade Plantation

5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205-2810 +1 615-356-0501
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation is a non-profit historic site located in Nashville, TN. Established in 1807, Belle Meade was revered as the greatest thoroughbred stud farm in the United States. It was home to Iroquois,the first American bred horse to win the Epsom Derby and the great foundation sire,Bonnie Scotland,whose descendants include Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Native Dancer, Big Brown and California Chrome. Belle Meade was owned and operated by the Harding-Jackson family for nearly a century from 1807 until 1906. Today their home is restored to its turn of the century appearance along with several original outbuildings.

Reviewed By Julie H

Enjoyed our visit to this lovely plantation. The tour of the house was very interesting and enjoyable, conducted by a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide dressed as women would have dressed back in the 1800s. Following the tour, we wandered the grounds at leisure to view the various structures and learn more about life on the plantation. The wine tasting was fun and we ended up purchasing some bottles of wine. Overall, we spent a few hours at Belle Meade and learned quite a bit about life there many years ago. Would recommend a visit here to anyone interested in history.

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