The capital of Tennessee is the beating heart of country music, but it also boasts a brainy side with great museums, grand architecture and a thriving university scene. Nashville is the heart of the country-music industry, and its nightlife definitely reflects that. But don’t stay away if you think you’re not a fan of country – this is a great place to explore.
Whatever you do, though, don’t expect opera at the Grand Ole Opry. That’s not going to happen.
Things To See & Do:
- The Grand Ole Opry is an American icon. Known as “country’s most famous stage,” what began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon. Providing world-famous entertainment for all ages, The Opry showcases both country music legends and up-and-coming stars.
- The Country Music Hall Of Fame is perhaps one of the area’s most treasured attractions, both for nostalgia and for all that it represents.
- General Jackson Showboat – Sit back, relax, and enjoy the incredible country music, delicious food, and beautiful sights aboard the General Jackson with a lunch or dinner cruise.
- Belle Meade Plantation Tour – If you’re interested in exploring the south in the 1800s, start your journey at the stunning Belle Meade Plantation which dates back to 1853.
- The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson – Everyone who visits Nashville loves to stop by The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson to see the estate which exemplifies the antebellum South in the 1800s. Note: Antebellum” means “before the war,” but it refers specifically to the period in US history before the Civil War and after the War of 1812, the years 1815-1861.
- Hard Rock Cafe – You can’t visit Music City without stopping at the Hard Rock Cafe to view legendary country music singers’ memorabilia and eat some delicious food.
- Nashville Zoo – Voted one of the top zoos in the nation, the Nashville Zoo has quickly become a hot attraction in Nashville. This zoo has everything from the rare macaw to an everyday frog to share with guests.