Nashville, Tennessee, the heart of the country music scene, offers tourists hearty southern cuisine, exciting musical performances and multiple historical venues to visit. Whether you’re a music history buff, looking for a place to relax with live music or you want to find fun attractions for the whole family, you’re sure to find something exciting to do while you’re visiting. While you’re in Music City, add the following attractions to your list of things to see and do.
1 – Head to Centennial Park
If you’ve always wanted to see the ancient Parthenon but you haven’t had time to make it to Greece, head over to Nashville’s Centennial Park. You’ll find a full-scale reproduction of the Parthenon, which is a great place to take pictures. Inside the Parthenon, you’ll find a museum and art gallery, as well as the Western world’s tallest indoor sculpture, Athena, which is nearly 42 feet high.
2 – Visit the Bluebird Café for “Writer’s Night”
One of the most famous music clubs in Guitar Town is the Bluebird Café, where you can enjoy live music, great food and a longneck bottle. Drop in on “Writer’s Night” to hear some of Nashville’s best songwriters perform their own songs. This music venue also offers live performances from up-and-coming talent. Since the café is so small, don’t risk missing a seat – make reservations.
3 – Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Of course, you can’t visit Nashville without checking out the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This museum has a huge collection of country music artifacts and includes exciting exhibits, such as Reba: All the Women I Am, some of Elvis Presley’s Rhinestone costumes and lyric sheets from some of country music’s most prolific artists. Once you’re done, you may want to head to the Music City Walk of Fame, which is just a short walk away in the Walk of Fame Park.
4 – Take a Ride on the General Jackson Showboat
For a magical experience of music and food, take a ride on the General Jackson Showboat. It’s a great way to enjoy seeing Nashville from the water. You’ll enjoy cruising down the Cumberland River, you’ll enjoy delicious Southern cuisine and you’ll enjoy a great music show, including country, soul, gospel and bluegrass music.
5 – Enjoy a Performance at the Grand Ole Opry
Enjoy a performance as the famous Grand Ole Opry. After you enjoy the show, consider booking a Post-Show Tour so you get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on behind the curtain. The tour includes a look at the artist’s entrance, a chance to stand on a stage that has held some of the world’s best country talent and you’ll even get a glimpse at the dressing rooms used by top performers.
6 – Catch a Family Show at the Nashville Children’s Theater
TIME magazine ranked the Nashville Children’s Theater as one of the top five best children’s theaters within the United States, and it’s an exciting place to catch a family show with your kids. Professional actors put on plays for families and children regularly, and you can even send your kids to the year-round drama workshops the theatre holds for youth.