Last month I was excited to go back to Nashville, Tennessee to visit one of my best friends and explore the city. While Nashville has some great restaurants, the city also has plenty of fun things to see and do. The “Music City” is known for its songwriting and country music, so you have options to hear live music, see historic music venues, and learn about music history.
Classic Music Venues
- Bluebird Café: This iconic spot is known for giving up-and-coming artists the stage.
- Station Inn: Known as THE venue for bluegrass music.
- Grand Ole Opry House: Grand Ole Opry started as a radio show and moved to this venue from the Ryman Auditorium when they wanted a bigger space. Music’s big names grace the stage here. You can take a tour of the venue and/or buy tickets for a show.
- Ryman Auditorium: This historic venue is the original home of the Grand Ole Opry and where many music legends have performed. You can tour the venue and see a show here. For all you lovebirds, this is where Johnny met June.
- Craft South: Love yarn crafts? This colorful shop will be heaven for you!
- White’s Mercantile: A great little shop for home goods, from Nashville poster prints and kitchen goods to candles and blankets.
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: If you love country music, this museum is where you should go. It collects and preserves country music history.
- Hatch Show Print: Legendary print shop connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
- Historic RCA Studio B: This recording studio has been the place for many music greats, including Elvis. It is also connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
- The Frist Center for the Visual Arts: This small art museum hosts non-permanent exhibits. When I visited we saw an exhibit about Samurais (historic artifacts), a very cool video exhibit by Ragnar Kjartansson called “The Visitors,” and art by Harmony Korine.
- Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art: This place was originally a home in 1929 and is now a 55-acre botanical garden and museum.
- Parthenon at Centennial Park: A full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens? Yes. And don’t forget the 42-foot replica of Athena. It was built for the 1897 Centennial Exposition. If the Parthenon isn’t quite your thing, Centennial Park is a great place for a walk!
- Belle Meade Plantation: This plantation holds 34 acres (once 5,400 acres!) and its mansion and original homestead. Visit if you want to learn about Tennessee history and architecture
- The Hermitage: Andrew Jackson’s home is now a historical plantation and museum
- Tennessee State Capitol: High on a hill, you’ll find the State Capitol building.
- Her Bookshop: I loved this book shop because the books here are finely curated.
- Project 615: This local t-shirt shop had some cool and fun designs on the softest shirts.
- Gift Horse: This gift shop features lots of printed art (posters and cards), comic books, and gifts.
- Yazoo Brewing Company
- Jackalope Brewing Company
- Check out Eater Nashville’s guide to brewery taprooms.