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Exciting Area Attractions in Nashville

It is no exaggeration to say that a variety of experiences await you in Nashville. Quite simply, there’s something for everyone.

Of course, we could write an entire book about the musical attractions our city is so rightly famous for. From the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry to hole-in-the-wall honky-tonks, there’s live music playing here 365 days a year.

But if you’re in the mood for some Southern history, check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, Belle Meade Plantation, or perhaps The Hermitage, which was once the home of President Andrew Jackson. Or if world-famous art is your thing, visit the Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, where paintings by artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Pablo Picasso, John Marin and Pierre-Auguste Renoir hang on the walls. And if the kids are with you, take them for a bit of culture at the Nashville Children’s Theatre, the longest-running children's theatre in the U.S.


Belle Meade Plantation 
5025 Harding Pike
800-270-3991 or 615-356-0501
Once a world-renowned 5,400-acre thoroughbred horse farm, the plantation showcases the 1853 Greek Revival mansion filled with original furnishings and a large antique carriage collection. More info

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 
222 Fifth Avenue South
The world’s largest music museum is also an exciting and entertaining destination with something for everyone. More info

General Jackson Showboat 
2812 Opryland Drive
Lunch and dinner cruises with country music shows and a variety of entertainment. More info

Adventure Science Center 
800 Fort Negley Boulevard
Take a scientific adventure the entire family will enjoy. Take a journey through the human body and see what goes on beneath the skin at BodyQuest. Blast off into the sky at BlueMax. If you still have energy, visit the Adventure Tower—scale a wall of skin, lift a car and let your imagination go wild at this educational Nashville attraction. More info

Grand Ole Opry 
2804 Opryland Drive
The Grand Ole Opry has hosted thousands of prestigious and memorable performance and events from the CMA Awards and the Gospel Music Awards to special appearances by Dolly Parton, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. See the concierge for schedules at this Nashville tourist attraction. More info

The Hermitage 
4580 Rachel’s Lane
Explore the site that former President Andrew Jackson once called home. Wander through the halls of this mansion and visit the formal garden, slave quarters and the original log cabin the Jacksons once occupied. The plantation was home to more than 150 slaves, who worked the farms, cultivated livestock and tended gardens. Take a voyage into the past with Stories from the Slave Community and get a glimpse into the lives of the people who contributed to the maintenance of the country's most authentic presidential home. 
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Nashville Zoo at Grassmere 
777 Nolensville Pike
Explore a wild kingdom with more than 350 species of exotic animals, including Bengal tigers, zebras, ostriches and red pandas. Discover the habitats the animals call home and get up close and personal with the critters in the petting zoo. More info

Ryman Auditorium 
116 Fifth Avenue North
The original home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium has showcased some of the country's best talent, from Roy Acuff to James Brown and Patsy Cline to Sheryl Crow. Check schedules for upcoming events. More info

Cultural Highlights and Historic Landmarks

The Parthenon in Centennial Park
2500 West End Avenue
Visit a little piece of Greece, even if it's just for the day. This full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple stands in Centennial Park and features both the city's art museum and the Athena Parthenos sculpture. Standing 42 feet tall, Athena Parthenos is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. 
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The Upper Room Chapel and Museum 
1908 Grand Avenue
877-899-2780 ext. 7207
Explore the gallery featuring religious subjects painted from 1300–1990, English porcelains, manuscripts, books, and the museum’s main features, an 8’ x 17’ wood carving of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper and an 8’ x 20’ stained-glass window with a Pentecost theme. Admission is free, however contributions are encouraged. More info

Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University 
1000 17th Avenue North (on the corner of Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard and Jackson Avenue)
This little-known piece of Nashville culture houses one of the city’s best permanent collections, spotlighting artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Pablo Picasso, John Marin and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The gallery also presents art from traveling exhibitions featuring modern and contemporary art and artists. More info

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 
919 Broadway
The works at the Frist will make you see the world in a whole new way. The beautiful Art Deco building houses new exhibits every six to eight weeks, so there's always something new. Discover your inner Picasso at ArtQuest, which is made up of 30 interactive stations that let you be the artist. Paint an original watercolor or design a colorful sculpture. Before you leave, stop by the gift shop to browse the expansive collection of books, prints, art supplies and clothing. More info

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art 
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Take a walk through the most beautiful gardens, and admire a world-class collection of American and contemporary paintings and sculptures. The art collections also house the largest Worcester porcelain collection in America. Stroll through the original Cheek gardens featuring pools, fountains, extensive boxwood paintings and breathtaking views of the grassy Tennessee hills. Explore the property with a guided tour or on your own. More info

Schermerhorn Symphony Center 
1 Symphony Place
Named in honor of the late Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn, the center is home to the Nashville Symphony. Over 100 classical, pop and special concert events are performed each season, in addition to recitals, choral concerts, cabaret, jazz and world music events. More info

Nashville Children's Theatre 
724 2nd Avenue South
Get ready for a day at the theatre … and bring the kids! This nonprofit professional theatre is the longest-running children's theatre in the U.S., offering shows aimed at the cultural, ethical, emotional and intellectual development of children. More info

Tennessee Performing Arts Center 
505 Deaderick Street
In the mood for a show? The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is Nashville's premier venue for theatrical and musical performances. The center houses both the Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Opera and famed Broadway shows such as WickedSister Act and Jersey BoysMore info

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery 
1200 21st Avenue South
Explore the diversity of artistry through the history of Eastern and Western art. The gallery features exhibitions with works submitted from both public and private sectors from around the world. Traveling exhibitions also make their way to the gallery periodically. Check the gallery’s schedule for show and lecture details. More info

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