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Hottest Things To do in Nashville
Ryman Auditorium: There's no better place to start absorbing Nashville's musical heritage than the Ryman Auditorium. It's no longer home to the Grand Ole Opry, but the auditorium continues to host contemporary acts like Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton and Luke Combs. Recent visitors suggest opting for a tour to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the legendary music venue.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Music and history lovers can mix and mingle over the exhibits found at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Peruse the plaques dedicated to country music's finest – from Patsy Cline to Johnny Cash – and walk among artifacts like Jimmie Rodgers' guitar and Elvis Presley's solid gold Cadillac limo.
Grand Ole Opry: It was this radio show, which began broadcasting in the 1920s, that put Nashville on the map as the "Country Music Capital of the World." Although its venue has changed over the years, the Grand Ole Opry continues to host top country performers like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. And a trip to Nashville isn't complete without stopping by the Grand Ole Opry House for a tour to look back through the ages.
Johnny Cash Museum: Uncover the enigma behind The Man in Black with a visit to The Johnny Cash Museum. The museum, which opened in April 2013, boasts the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia, including films, handwritten notes and letters penned by Cash himself along with more than 25 costumes made famous during the music legend's career.
Belle Meade Plantation: Constructed in 1853 in a breathtaking Greek Revival style, the Belle Meade Plantation is known as the "Queen of the Tennessee Plantations." At the center of the plantation is the mansion (its columns are peppered with bullet holes from the Civil War), where guides dressed in period costumes offer tours of the mansion's antebellum-style interior.
Get Hooked on Hot Chicken! Trying hot chicken is a must do in Nashville. Whether it’s at Prince’s Hot Chicken that has been serving the fiery bird for over 70 years or at Hattie B’s, which has quickly becoming a staple, your bound to have a delicious piece of Nashville.
Hatch Show Print: Hatch Show Print’s unique letterpress printing style is known throughout the South. Its images of Americana—especially those related to music and art—and its distinctive vintage lettering have made it sought after by entertainers and businesses. One of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. It is open for tours, and you can even make your own poster.
Live on the Green: Nashville's FREE Outdoor Music Festival! Thursday August 29- September 1 you can head on down to Public Square Park in the heart of downtown Nashville to enjoy some awesome music and local food. Thursday the performances start @ 6pm, Friday @ 5pm, Saturday & Sunday @ 12:30pm.
Must Visit Honky-Tonks
Honky-tonks are an essential part of the downtown Nashville Scene. Make it a priority to stop into one of these famous hot spots!
Robert's Western World: This classic Lower Broadway honky-tonk previously housed a steel guitar manufacturer and a boot and apparel store, both of which still have a presence at Robert’s today: Live country music is played from open to close, and Western boots line the walls. Indulge your inner hillbilly and grab a fried bologna sandwich and a cold beer!
Honky Tonk Central: Considering it takes up three stories and a full corner of prime downtown real estate, it’s hard to miss Honky Tonk Central as you’re cruising down Broadway. This place also stands out by offering a different live band on each floor, incredible views of Lower Broad, and an electric energy from top to bottom.
The Stage: You might see a famous face or two at The Stage—Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, and many more have popped up under the spotlights here. Even if your visit nets zero “real” celebrity sightings, the mural of country stars painted on the back wall sort of counts, right?
Tootsies Orchid Lounge: Tootsies is almost as iconic as its across-the-alley neighbor, the Ryman Auditorium, and much rowdier. Since opening in the 1960s, it’s steadily been a go-to for music lovers and now even features a trendy rooftop bar.
Layla's: Expect to hear a bit of everything coming from the Layla’s stage: country, rockabilly, Western, Americana, bluegrass, and more. The crowds here are even more eclectic, as evidenced by the license plates the owners have collected and hung all over the bar.
Legends Corner: Some of the best nights out in Nashville end at Legends Corner. Maybe it’s the stiff drinks, maybe it’s the exceptional live music, maybe it’s the mix of old-timers and bachelorette parties existing in harmony. If there’s a line, it’s worth the wait.
Whiskey Bent: This place is small, but there’s always enough room for swing dancing! If you prefer to sit, there’s plenty of beer and whiskey on hand to keep you entertained. No matter where you land at Whiskey Bent, don’t be alarmed by the giant stuffed bear overlooking the floor—he’s harmless.
Nudie's: Nudie’s lays claim to the longest bar in Nashville—it’s 100 feet long and decorated with thousands of silver dollars—but this honky-tonk’s bragging rights don’t stop there. Grab a drink and gawk at millions of dollars of country music memorabilia made by Nudie Cohn, who dressed megastars like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley.
Things to do in Nashville FOR FREE!
Music City Walk of Fame: The Music City Walk of Fame on Nashville's Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City.
Free Live Music on Broadway: Take a stroll and open your ears to all the FREE live music playing around every corner in Music City. Please remember to tip the band if you like the music (and we know you will).
Stroll the Pedestrian Bridge: The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, formerly the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, spans the Cumberland River and connects downtown Nashville to the football stadium. There is no automobile traffic, so cyclists and walkers move at their own pace, often stopping to take photos of the river and downtown.
Centennial Park: This is one of Nashville’s premier parks. Located on West End and 25th Avenue North, the 132-acre features: the iconic Parthenon, a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center, a beautiful sunken garden, a band shell, an events shelter, sand volleyball courts, dog park, and an exercise trail.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park: Learn about the history of Tennessee with this park that features 19 acres, a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II memorial, and more.
Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens: Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has earned an international reputation for its service and amenities but is equally well known for its nine acres of lavish indoor gardens. Boasting 50,000 tropical plants, rare international blooms and romantic Southern species, the horticultural displays at Gaylord Opryland are among the most exquisite in the world.