Nashville

Ah, Nashville—home to dreamers, country music icons, and neon lights. While Broadway is known for getting a little wild at night, you don’t have to worry about finding family-friendly attractions in Music City. There are plenty of things within walking distance or a short drive from Loews Vanderbilt. Explore a few of our favorite recommendations and start planning your next family vacation.

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Tour the Parthenon

Experience ancient Greece without the pricey flight ticket. Located a short few blocks from Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, you’ll find a full-size replica of the Greek Parthenon in Centennial Park. Tours are available if you would like to see the statue of the Greek Goddess Athena, or you can enjoy the grandeur of the landmark as you walk around the park.

Check Out Music Row

Within a short walk from the hotel, you may begin to notice several signs boasting hit radio songs and awards. This is when you’ll know that you’ve made it to Music Row, home to record labels, radio stations, and recording studios. It’s also a part of town steeped in music history: it was on this very street that legends like Elvis stepped into the Historic RCA Studio B to make music magic.

Experience the Grand Ole Opry

Country music stars all remember the first time they played the Grand Ole Opry, so it’s no surprise this iconic venue has become a popular tourist attraction. Bring your family to take a tour (and maybe ignite a dream from the stage), or if you prefer to stay out of the spotlight, you can attend a show and watch new country acts make their Opry debut.

Soak Up Country Music History

No trip to Nashville would be complete with a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It is one of the largest museums and research centers of its kind, and as a result, it has amassed one of the world’s most extensive musical collections. Whether you like Waylon Jennings or Florida Georgia Line, you’ll learn the inspiring journeys behind the greatest country music artists who ever lived.

Explore the Adventure Science Center

If your family is made up of young children who love to explore, don’t pass up a chance to check out the Adventure Science Center. Inside, there are multiple levels of hands-on exhibits to get your kids learning about technology, health, and ecology. The museum also features a planetarium and plenty of other activities, making it fun for the whole family.

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Enjoy Skyline Views from the Pedestrian Bridge

East of the hustle and bustle of Lower Broadway, you’ll find the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge crossing the Cumberland River. This attraction stands out as a favorite for its spectacular views of the city. During the day, it’s the perfect spot for a family photo in front of the skyline and at night it’s ideal for hearing music echo in the distance as you watch the city lights twinkle over the water. No matter what time of day you visit, this attraction comes at no cost.

 

After seeing many of the sites that Nashville has to offer, you’re going to work up an appetite that can only be satisfied by some Southern Brassiere dining at Mason’s. Be sure to get plenty of sleep to recover for your next day of adventure, too. Naturally, there’s no better place for resting than in your luxury bed here at Loews Vanderbilt!