Discover amazing places to visit in Nashville, Tennessee. Some popular stops and some you may have never heard of!
I got to spend 12 awesome days in Nashville, Tennessee. We have some family business stuff to do there but we had plenty of time to check out the sights.
So, I thought it would be fun to share in my book the top 10 things to see and do in Nashville. Of course, there is WAY more then 10 things and if you are ok with driving then the surrounding cities offer even more stuff.
But to keep things simple I want to share the 10 that impressed me the most.
Before we start I want to HIGHLY recommend getting the Nashville Sightseeing Pass. There are TONS of museums in Nashville. And they cost a pretty penny each. If you grab a pass (there are two options) you will be able to save a ton of money and see way more. They also have guided tours offered on the pass packages!
10 Top Things To Do In Nashville
Gaylord Opryland Resort
This place is AMAZING. Pictures can not do it justice. It's over 9 acres big and tons of things to see, eat, and do. When you walk in you feel like you have been transported into a different world. The gardens and waterfalls are breathtaking. Plus there is a waterpark for those who book a room at the Opryland Resort! Fun for all ages and it's free to go in and walk around!
Dedicated to honoring country music’s history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. You can go on a tour or a concert.
The Parthenon at Centennial Park
Before heading to Nashville I was excited to see the Parthenon. It's an identical match to the one in Greece! It's only 1 inch. To go inside it costs $6. The downstairs part is basically an art gallery. In my book, it wasn't impressive, but the upstairs was neat. That's where they had the replica of the idol goddess Athena and other greek statues.
Right next to the Grand Ole Opry and The Gaylord Opry Resort is the Opry Mills Mall. It's a huge mall with an excellent selection of stores and restaurants. If I remember correctly there are 22 restaurants in the mall. We did get a chance to eat at the Aquarium restaurant and the Rainforest restaurant. The Bass Pro Shop is a must-see and I don't even like that kind of stuff.
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Not too far from the Grand Ole Opry is a suburb of Nashville called Hermitage. Here you can check out President Andrew Jackson's estate! Great for anyone who loves American history.
The staff of the Tennessee State Museum offers free general guided tours - and in 2020, guided Women's Suffrage tours - of the historic State Capitol and the grounds surrounding the building. If you are downtown its a quick walk to it and well worth it!
Nashville is home to a slew of universities. One being Vanderbilt University which was founded in 1873. The architecture of these buildings is beautiful and worth a stroll through.
Another university that deserves a look at is Belmont. It is picturesque! The mansion, the school buildings, the courtyard. Plus it's right next to the Gulch which has tons of shopping and places to eat!
Downtown Nashville (Broadway St.)
Ok, so there are TONS of places and things to see and do downtown. People start walking the streets around 10-11 am and it continues throughout the night. Music is playing everywhere and there are tons of gift shops and yummy eats!
If you are looking for an amazing cup of coffee check out Cafe Intermezzo down on 2nd street.
Parking downtown comes with a price! Make sure to check out www.parkitdowntown.com or use something like a hop on and off tour.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken
People rave about Hot Chicken in Nashville. So, of course, we had to try it. The overall recommendation is for Hattie B's. Talk about some YUMMY fried chicken! I'm a wimp and got the mild which still had some heat, but was enough for me. The prices are great too! A must for anyone who LOVES chicken.
I hope you enjoyed these 10 places to check out in Nashville. And don’t forget to pick your Sightseeing Pass! It will make your trip a breeze!
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…