What to do and see in Madison, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 29, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

Madison (originally Madison Station) is a former settlement, now a suburban neighborhood of northeast Nashville, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is incorporated as part of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
Restaurants in Madison

1. Grand Ole Opry

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

1420 Gallatin Pike S, South Madison, Madison, TN 37115-4619 +1 615-860-0086
Excellent
90%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 10 reviews

Nashville National Cemetery

Reviewed By cakes1951 - Nashville, Tennessee

my dad id barried there. always so clean and preserved. the grass is always cut, one downfall is that the flowers are always taken up. and the railraod track next to it is very noisey

3. Historic Mansker's Station Frontier Life Center

705 Caldwell Rd, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 +1 615-859-3678
Excellent
77%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Historic Mansker's Station Frontier Life Center

This fort, built in 1779, is staffed by costumed staff who explain the history of the region's earliest settlement.

Reviewed By DrMarc9491 - Franklin, Kentucky

I spent time at the historic Mansker’s Station and it was a great experience. If you love history, this is a must see stop. The Station portrays tow significant time periods in Tennessee’s History. The Fort is an authentic replica log station that was built in the early 1780’s and the Bowen House, which is also close by, was constructed in 1787 by Captain William Bowen and was the birthplace of Tennessee Governor William Bowen Campbell.

From early March till early December are the hours of operation, Monday-Friday. Rates are reasonable. Children 6 and under are free.

Bring your camera for there are tons of photo ops.

(Read the review on Bowen Houses which is in eye shot of Mansker's Station)

Enjoy

Dr. Marc, PS 63:7

4. Hermitage Golf Course

3939 Old Hickory Blvd, Old Hickory, TN 37138-2259 +1 615-847-4001
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Hermitage Golf Course

Reviewed By BloggerLinda - Johns Creek, Georgia

They have two courses, The President's Reserve and The General's Retreat. Both are very nice courses. The Reserve is spread out with nice, wide fairways with little water. It's the easier of the two. Since it was added later, it is secluded. There are restrooms as well as a half way house. Has many elevated greens. We preferred The Retreat. A much more scenic course with lot of water. The issue is that it is more of a links course. There were many people yelling "Fore" because their ball was headed into another fairway. Restrooms on the course and the halfway house is in the club house. All carts have GPS systems. We stayed in some of there new two bedroom two bath cottages. They were a great deal. They have a sitting room, kitchenette, fridge, coffee maker and each room has two queen beds and an adequate bathroom with a shower. There is a putting green and fire pit right behind the cottages. It's a 30 minute ride into town or ride share $40 one way. Since we played both days there, it made sense to stay there. Would do that again.

5. Monkey Joe's

1580 Gallatin Pike N, Madison, TN 37115-2124 +1 615-915-0561
Excellent
56%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Monkey Joe's

Reviewed By brenfro584 - Bowling Green, Kentucky

This place is a good place to keep my son busy and entertained for the entire day. Lots of bounces and we always get the managers special for lunch to save money. The special is a hot dog or pizza, candy and a drink for $3.99. I always take him early before it gets busy in the late afternoon before the big kids get there .

great place to have fun

6. 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.

7. The Redneck Comedy Tour

2611 McGavock Pike, Nashville Palace, Hermitage, TN 37214-1215
Excellent
70%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

The Redneck Comedy Tour

The Redneck Comedy Tour - Nashville's newest and funniest sightseeing tour. See the sights, learn ya sumthin', and laugh a lot!Take a tour of all the hot spots Nashville has to offer - great for tourists and locals alike! Where caviar meets collard greens.

Reviewed By Robert K - Orland Hills, Illinois

I went with my wife and we laughed for the entire two hours. The guide and driver did an excellent job showing us sites we should see and the ones that should be avoided. You will learn redneck terms from Cue Cards. The guide asks where you are from and has an appropriate Redneck joke for your place of origin No vulgarity so your young ins will love this tour. You do get to stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame gift shop for 20 minutes of shopping. The comedy was good at heart and the guide does learn your names before you leave. We took the early tour which met 5 minutes from our hotel.

8. Larry's Grand Ole Garage & Blue Grass Music Park

549 E Maple St, Madison, TN 37115-3801 +1 615-420-0493
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Larry's Grand Ole Garage & Blue Grass Music Park

Reviewed By Stephanie C - Allensville, Kentucky, United States

Well, I am 44 and I loved this! There is no drinking and no smoking (smoking is allowed outside) and it is good clean family place. The owners came right up to us when we came in to introduce themselves and give us a brochure and make us feel welcome. Everyone eventually stopped by our pew to say hello. Children who are well behaved are welcome too and my 9 year old loved it. My one year old granddaughter was welcomed by everyone too, but we did take her outside walking quite a bit to keep her from disturbing the music. She finally fell asleep though and happily slept through the rest of the event. It is free but they do pass a jar around for donations (just to keep the lights on). I happily donated. I will definitely be going back. If you like blue grass style and old time music and some inspirational music, go check it out. One man I met wrote and sang a song called "The Part Time Undertaker" and I got a laugh out of it.

9. 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.

10. Rare Bird Antique Mall

212 S Main St, Goodlettsville, TN 37072-1711 +1 615-851-2635
Excellent
55%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Rare Bird Antique Mall

Reviewed By Mary B

I fell in love with Goodlettsville because of the antique stores! Rare Bird is one of my favorites that I visit at least twice a month! Great variety ! I'm a vintage Pyrex collector and there are always great choices!

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