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42 Things to Do in Nashville (There's Something for Everyone!)

Explore the best of Nashville with our guide to 42 top attractions! From iconic music venues and museums to parks and distilleries, there's something for everyone in Music City. Perfect for families and solo travelers alike.

Tobi Miles
August 13, 2022
42 Things to Do in Nashville (There's Something for Everyone!)

Over the years, Nashville has become a sought travel destination, especially among the younger crowds. Aside from downtown Nashville, the city has much more to offer than Music City. Nashville is a family-friendly vacation spot that has a variety of activities to do that the whole family will enjoy.

With the number of things to do in Nashville, it's impossible to complete everything all in one day. From the most popular attractions to Nashville’s secret spots, you'll want to add these to your list to get the most out of your vacation. You'll discover restaurants, museums, music venues, aquariums, distilleries, parks, walking and driving tours, and more!

No matter what you have planned, Music City has much to offer. Let’s dive into the 42 best things to do in Nashville.

42 Best Things to Do in Nashville

Visiting Nashville can seem overwhelming at a glance and you may have some trouble deciding where exactly to start on your trip. Below, we’ve put together an extensive list of things to do in Nashville to make your trip an unforgettable one.

1. The Parthenon

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Map It: 2500 West End Ave, Nashville TN 37203 | Phone: (615)-862-8431 WebsiteHours: Tuesday-Saturday: 9 AM-4:30 PM, Sunday: 12:30 PM-4:30 PM, Closed on Mondays | Entrance: Members: Free, Adults: $10, Youth: $8, Seniors: $8, Children Under 4: Free

The Parthenon is the only exact size replica of the temple in Athens, Greece. After the 100th year of statehood celebration, Nashville built this fine arts building as a copy of Athen’s Greek architecture. The interior of the building is a series of exhibits that display collections of paintings and sculptures.

The Parthenon is one of the most unique attractions in Nashville and very popular among visitors. During your visit, you'll be able to see the forty-two-foot statue of Athena. If you're into learning about contemporary art exhibits, you'll want to add this to your list of things to do.

Among the exhibitions is the west gallery exhibition. In this exhibition, you'll be able to explore photographs and rare artifacts that relate to the fair held in honor of Tennessee’s years of statehood.

What you’ll need to know: If you're traveling with a group of ten or more, you can make a reservation for a guided tour.

2. Visit the Aquarium Restaurant

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Map It: 516 Opry Mills Dr, Nashville, TN 37214 | Phone: (615)-514-3474 Website | Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 AM-9 PM, Friday & Saturday: 10 AM-8 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-6 PM | Entrance: Prices Vary

The Aquarium Restaurant in Nashville is one of the most exciting underwater adventures for families. As you arrive, you'll be seated under a 200,000-gallon aquarium. This gives you a floor-to-ceiling view of the entire aquarium that is filled with over 100 species of colorful, tropical fish.

During the aquarium adventure, you can see mermaid performances that teach you about taking care of your environment. After you dine, you can stop by the gift shop to take home a souvenir.

What you’ll need to know: To make your visit easier, you can visit their website to make your reservations right online.

Related Read: Best Time To Visit Nashville

3. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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Map It: 222 Rep. John Lewis Way S,  Nashville, TN 37203 | Phone: (615)-416-2001 Website | Hours: Open Daily 9 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Adults $67.95, Youth $52.95, Children under 5 are free

If you're a music lover, you'll want to stop by Nashville’s County Music Hall of Fame Museum. Inside, you'll find exhibitions that feature artifacts such as instruments, stage costumes, films, and more! You'll be able to read about musicians who helped shape the country music industry.

The Museum also offers a variety of kid-friendly activities such as banjo classes to leather making crafts. The types of programs include art programs, instrument programs, songwriting 101, and dance lessons.

Some of the current on-property exhibitions you'll find are Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Bill Anderson, and Martina McBride. You'll also be able to browse the new multimedia web exhibit that brings the creative neighborhood story to life.

What you’ll need to know: Visit the museum website to find a list of all available activities with their time and dates.

4. Johnny Cash Museum

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Map It: 119 3rd Ave S, Nashville TN 37201 | Phone: (615)-256-1777 | Website | Hours: Open Daily 9 AM-7 PM | Entrance: General Admission $23.95+tax, Youth $19.95+tax

A trip to Nashville is never complete unless you stop by the Johnny Cash Museum. This museum features the world’s largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia and artifacts. Johnny Cash was known as the man in black who wrote and sang music, along with being in films.

While touring the museum, you'll be able to stop at the Bongo Java coffee shop or the museum cafe. Your tour should take around 1-2 hours to complete.

If you need to grab a bite to eat, you can head next door to Johnny Cash’s Bar & BBQ. This food joint serves delicious southern food and provides a warm, friendly environment with a big dose of live music.

What you’ll need to know: To avoid the line, purchase your tickets online in advance.

5. Grand Ole Opry

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Map It: 2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville TN 37214 | Phone: (615)-871-6779 | Website | Hours: Open Daily 10 AM-4 PM, Friday/Saturday/Tuesday: 5:30 PM-9:30 PM | Entrance: Prices range from $55-$130 per ticket

The Grand Ole Opry attracts country legends, up-and-coming artists, and unknown musicians. Whether you're planning a family vacation or a music-filled weekend, the Grand Ole Opry is a great event that you’ll never forget. After the show, you can stop by the Opry shop to purchase collectibles and one-of-a-kind gifts.

If you can, it's worth trying to snag the VIP Opry experience. The Behind the Opry Curtain VIP is a guided tour where you can go backstage and have a behind-the-scenes experience. If you're lucky, you may even run into a country music star while you're back there!

What you’ll need to know: If you purchase the backstage tour, you'll be able to see the dressing room and secrets of the building.

6. Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery 

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Map It: 1414 Clinton Street, Nashville TN 37203 | Phone: (615)-913-8800 | Website | Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 AM-6 PM, Friday & Saturday: 11 AM-7 PM | Entrance: Prices vary

If you have an eye for whiskey and cocktails, you’ll want to check out Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. Here you’ll be taken around by a tour guide who will walk you through the distilling process, which is then followed by tastings.

After your tour is complete, you can visit the gift and bottle shop that features whiskey, barware, and limited releases. This tour is not only fun, but very informative.

What you’ll need to know: You can book your tour through trip advisor and still be able to cancel 24 hours ahead of time with a full refund.

7. Nashville Zoo

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Map It: 3777 Nolensville Pk, Nashville TN 37211 | Phone: (615)-833-1534 | Website | Hours: Open Daily 9 AM-6 PM | Entrance: Adults & Teens : $16-$25, Children (age 2-12): Save $4, Children under 2: Free

If you’re looking for the best outdoor adventure in the city, you’ll want to head on over to the Nashville Zoo. Here you’ll be able to learn about the zoo’s history and explore different animal habitats. You can go zip lining, get up close at the kangaroo kickabout, and more!

If you need to grab a bite to eat during your visit, you can bring outside food and drinks to the zoo. If you do forget to bring your own, you can dine at Quills Cafe & Grill, Pizza Kitchen, Snake Bites & TN BBQ Depot, and the seasonal food carts.

Want to go behind the scenes? The Nashville Zoo offers backstage pass tours where you can learn about animal care and conservation. You can travel by cart and on foot with your guide, with some tours lasting as long as 75 minutes.

What you’ll need to know: To experience the Nashville Zoo in the best way, you can purchase their Skip-The-Line tickets to avoid long lines.

8. Downtown Nashville

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Map It: Broadway Street | Phone: (615)-742-9900 | Website | Hours: Monday-Friday Times vary | Entrance: From $19.50

There's no better way to experience music than downtown Nashville. In Music City, you'll be inspired by new sounds that attract the heart. If you're looking for an energetic place to go, downtown Nashville is your go-to.

Along Broadway, you'll have a variety of honky-tonk bars to choose from for a night out on the town. If you travel here during the day, in addition to bars, you'll be able to visit retail shops, restaurants, dessert shops, tourist attractions, and hotels.

What you’ll need to know: If you’re traveling with children, we recommend traveling here during the daytime hours before the bar crowds take over.

9. Madame Tussaud’s Nashville

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Map It: 515 Opry Mills Dr, Nashville, TN 37214 | Phone: (615)-485-4867 | Website | Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11 AM-7 PM, Sunday: 12 PM-6 PM  | Entrance: Adults $24.99, Child $19.99, 4 & Under are free

Madame Tussaud’s Nashville is the world’s greatest wax museum. Here you’ll be able to celebrate legendary country music icons in music city. The wax museum attraction is located just feet away from the Grand Ole Opry.

While touring the wax museum, you’ll get to be up close and personal with some of your favorite artists. This museums honors the deep roots of Nashville while taking you on a musical journey from country, rock, jazz, pop, and blues.

If you plan on visiting with a group of friends, Madame Tussauds offers a group of ten or more experience. The self-guided tour will take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. If you have more than 10 people in your group, you can receive a discounted rate, and even a free ticket if you book for 20.

What you’ll need to know: Buy tickets online to guarantee admission and receive the best price.

10. Ryman Auditorium

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Map It: 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219  | Phone: (615)-889-3060 | Website | Hours: Open Daily 9 AM-4 PM | Entrance: Starting at $37.50+

The Ryman Auditorium is a daytime tourist stop and a nighttime music venue. On your visit, you’ll learn that this is the exact spot where bluegrass was born and where Johnny Cash met June Carter. Many careers took off at this auditorium.

When visiting, you can book the VIP tour to get all of the inside info on Ryman and its many performers. If you book the VIP tour, you will spend a total of around 3 hours exploring. In the end, you’ll be able to take a picture on stage and stop by the gift shop.

What you’ll need to know: Leave the Ryman Auditorium for visiting during the summertime. Nashville summers can become very hot and this activity would give you a chance to cool off.

11. Lane Motor Museum

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Map It: 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210  | Phone: (615)-742-7445 | Website | Hours: Thursday-Monday: 10 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Adults (18-64) $12, Seniors (65+) $8, Youth (6-17) $3, Age 5 & Under Free, Members are free

If you’re a car fantastic, you’ll want to check out Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. This museum features the largest collection of European cars and motorcycles in the United States. You’ll see everything from barn finds to frame-up restorations that are all presented with documentation.

If you plan to visit the museum with children, they have an elevated play area they can occupy themselves in while you cruise about. This is a working museum and all cars are meant to stay in running order.

What you’ll need to know: This museum has free parking and is located close to the airport.

12. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

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Map It: 1000 Oman Dr, Brentwood, TN 37027  | Phone: (615)-373-4897 | Website | Hours: Times Vary | Entrance: Prices vary per event

The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a one-of-a-kind activity that the whole family will enjoy. When you look through the Seyfert Telescope, you’ll be able to observe spectacular views like the rings of Saturn and the craters of the moon. Vanderbilt Observatory is a Nashville treasure.

The observatory offers many programs for kids to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and astronomy. They have telescope nights, tours, and special lectures with world-class scientists. If you come on a good night, you’ll be able to see outdoor performances by local musicians and songwriters.

What you’ll need to know: You’ll want to call ahead to see what events are being held. Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is only open to the public once a month.

13. Adventure Science Center

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Map It: 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203 | Phone: (615)-862-5160 | Website | Hours: Thursdays-Mondays: 9 AM-3 PM, Saturday: 9 AM-6 PM  | Entrance: Adult $18, Youth (2-12) $14, Under 2 are free

The Adventure Science Center in Nashville has been bringing science to life for over 75 years. During your visit, you’ll get to engage in learning experiences and science and fun through hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs.

Some of the activities and exhibits include adventure tower, beekeeping, body quest, physics of flight, space chase, and vapor vortex. In addition, the science center has a planetarium with a 63-foot dome theater to display planetarium shows, laser shows, and concerts.

Your family will love the fact that this science center has over 175 hands-on interactive exhibits with themes that include biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air, space, energy, and earth science. This will be a day that your children will save as a core memory!

What you’ll need to know: For the planetarium, Children under 2 seated in an adult’s lap do not require planetarium tickets. If you wish your child to be in a separate seat, you’ll need to purchase a ticket.

14. Nashville Shores

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Map It: 4001 Bell Rd, Nashville, TN 37076 | Phone: (615)-889-7050 | Website | Hours: Friday: 10 AM-5 PM, Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM-6 PM  | Entrance: $34.99, Parking $10.98

If you’re traveling to Nashville with the kids during the summer, you’ll want to add the Nashville Shores Waterpark to your list. This waterpark features 1 million gallons of summer fun like water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a beach, and other family-friendly attractions.

Also at Nashville Shores is the Treetop Adventure Park. The Treetop Adventure Park is an aerial adventure course set in the woods of Nashville. It features suspended bridges, ten zip lines, cargo nets, ladders, Tarzan jumps, and other thrilling adventures.

What you’ll need to know: When purchasing your tickets, the waterpark and Treetop Adventure Park tickets are sold separately.

15. Pinewood Social

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Map It: 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210 | Phone: (615)-751-8111 | Website | Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7 AM-11 PM, Friday: 7 AM-1 AM, Saturday: 9 AM-1 AM, Sunday: 9 AM-11 PM | Entrance: Prices vary

If you love trendy restaurants, you'll want to stop by Pinewood Social. Whether it's morning, noon, or night, it is a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs. You can stop by for a casual cup of coffee, meet up with a friend for lunch, or have cocktails after work.

Pinewood Social is also a great place to play games while you’re dining and drinking. You’ll have your choice of bocce ball or bowling.

What you’ll need to know: Pinewood Social offers reservations online for their dining room, bowling alley, and dipping pools.

16. The Escape Game

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Map It: 162 3rd Ave N, Nashville TN 37201 | Phone: (615)-647-8229 | Website | Hours: Open Daily 8 AM-12 AM | Entrance: $35.99

If you and your friends are looking for a thrill, you’ll want to check out The Escape Game in Nashville. An escape room is a 60-minute real-life adventure game. When you get there you’ll select a theme such as a bank heist, prison break, or zombie.

After your theme is selected, you’ll meet your game guide and start the game and watch a video. Once your video ends, your one-hour time begins for you to escape the room. You’ll solve puzzles, uncover clues, and crack codes.

What you’ll need to know: Escape rooms usually book up fast, so it’s recommended that you book online in advance.

17. Cumberland Park

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Map It: 592 S 1st St, Nashville, TN 37213 | Phone: (615)-862-8400 | Website | Hours: Open Daily Dawn til 11 PM | Entrance: Free

At Nashville’s Riverfront is an exciting new attraction called Cumberland Park. This park is a great place for families who have small children to visit. It comes with unique play structures and water features.

The park is 6.5 acres and includes an outdoor amphitheater that seats about 1,200 people for events. For children, the one-of-a-kind nature play area is called The Hollow. It includes a washboard activity area, sand play, bouncing pad, green maze, and see-saw.

What you’ll need to know: This park also allows you to schedule special events that are reservable under the lawn and canopy.

18. The Grilled Cheeserie

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Map It: 2003 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212 | Phone: (615)-203-0351 | Website | Hours: Open Daily Dawn 11 AM-9 PM | Entrance: Prices vary

The Grilled Cheeserie is a famous lunch spot located in Nashville and has multiple locations. It started as a food truck business which then turned into a restaurant location. If you want to grab a bite to eat, you can order grilled cheese melts and nostalgic treats designed for each season.

The owners have taken a grilled cheese famous dish and have turned it into a fine dining experience. In addition to your regular lunch spot, you’ll be educated on where your food comes from. The Grilled Cheeserie was featured on Diner’s, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Guys Grocery Games.

On your visit, if you happen to be in the neighborhood and see one of their food trucks, their food trucks were labeled as #10 on the most influential food trucks. Don’t worry if you’re not craving grilled cheese, these locations also serve soup and salads.

What you’ll need to know: Dishes listed on the website are a seasonal selection and have limited availability.

Related Read: 20 BEST Black-Owned Restaurants in Nashville, TN

19. The Hatch Show Print

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Map It: 224 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville, TN 37203 | Phone: (615)-577-7710 | Website | Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 9:30 AM-5:30 PM, Friday & Saturday: 9:30 AM-6 PM | Entrance: Adult (Ages 13+) $20 & Up, Youth (Ages 6-12) $15 & Up, Children under 5 are free

If you’re in town, you can buy tickets to take a tour of the Hatch Show Print and learn all about the history of the iconic letterpress poster shop. You’ll be able to see a century and a half worth of posters that are printed in the color of your favorite entertainers. While on the tour, you’ll be able to smell the ink used to print.

You’ll be able to handle the tools of the trade to print your poster during the tour. You’ll be able to purchase tickets and tour anywhere between 10 AM and 4 PM, with tours typically lasting around one hour. The shop sees around 100,000 visitors annually.

What you’ll need to know: When purchasing your tickets, you’ll be able to choose from the Hatch Show Print tour only, the hatch experience, or experience it all.

20. Honeysuckle Hill Farm

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Map It: 1765 Martins Chapel Church Rd, Springfield, TN 37172 | Phone: (615)-382-7593 | Website | Hours: September 24th-October 30th (See calendar for times) | Entrance: $19.95 & up

If you’re traveling to Nashville and want to find a fun activity for the entire family, you’ll want to check out Honeysuckle Hill Farm. Located in Springfield, it has a variety of activities that adults and kids of all ages will love. You’ll get to explore the pumpkin patch, flower patch, corn maze, and adventure park.

Some of the farm’s attractions include the cow milking parlor, swings, tire mountain, bungee trampolines, tree house village, apple blasters, and more! There’s so much to do at Honeysuckle Hill Farm that you’ll make memories that last a lifetime!

What you’ll need to know: If you’re wondering if you need to bring food, the farm has you covered. Honeysuckle Hill Farm offers a variety of food options for your enjoyment.

21. Nashville Farmer’s Market

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Map It: 900 Rose L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208 | Phone: (615)-880-2001 | Website | Hours: Open Daily 8 AM-6 PM| Entrance: Free entry

If you want to find fresh produce, artisanal food, restaurants, shops, and crafts all year round, you’ll want to head on over to the Nashville Farmer’s market. Throughout the year, you’ll find ranchers, dairy farmers, cheese-makers, bakers, and flea merchants.

In addition to the farm market, there is a market house that has twenty locally owned shops and restaurants. You’ll be able to taste everything from wood fire pizzas, and gyro sandwiches, to Jamaican jerk chicken and Korean food.

What you’ll need to know: The Market House and Gardens of Babylon are both open until 6 PM, except the Farm Sheds which are only open until 4 PM.

22. General Jackson Showboat

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Map It: 2812 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214 | Phone: (615)-458-3900 | Website | Hours: Daily times vary | Entrance: Prices vary per show

The General Jackson Showboat cruise lets you experience Nashville as best seen from the Cumberland River. While on the cruise, you’ll enjoy amazing views, delicious meals prepared by chefs, and toe-tapping entertainment.

The General Jackson showboat is named after the first steamboat that operated on the Cumberland River in 1817. If you are looking to see some of Tennessee’s legends perform, you’ll want to mark this on your calendar.

What you’ll need to know: For accommodations, you can stay the night for the ultimate Nashville experience.

23. Frist Art Museum

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Map It: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 | Phone: (615)-244-3340 | Website | Hours: Monday: 10 AM-5:30, Tuesday: closed, Wednesday: closed, Thursday: 10 AM-8 PM, Friday: 10 AM-5:30 PM, Saturday: 10 AM-5:30 PM, Sunday: 1 PM-5:30 PM  | Entrance: Members: free, 18 & younger: free, Adults: $15, Seniors: $10, Military: $8, College Students: $10, Groups of 10 or more: $12

If you’re a lover of the arts, you’ll want to visit the Frist Art Museum in Nashville. It doesn’t have a permanent art collection but focuses more on creating exhibits as well as securing traveling exhibits from around the world. If you’re in for a more in-depth visit, they have you covered.

You can experience the Frist Art Museum through its many tour options for groups and individuals. The Museum also offers the option of touring online through a virtual tour. The tour offers a real-time look at select works in an exhibition and encourages close study and conversations.

What you’ll need to know: If you want to schedule a tour, you’ll need to make reservations at least three weeks in advance.

24. Bluebird Cafe

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Map It: 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 | Phone: (615)-383-1461 | Website | Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 5 PM-11 PM, Sunday: 5:30 PM-11 PM | Entrance: Prices vary depending on the show

The Bluebird Cafe is one of the most popular music spots where up-and-coming sets can become discovered. Not only is it the best-loved live music venue for artists, but songwriters get their start here as well. You can make reservations to see any show of your choice.

There are two shows nightly and due to popularity, reservations are recommended. Annually, over 70,000 people visit The Bluebird Cafe. If you’re visiting and are an artist, you can stop by The Bluebird Cafe for an open mic night on Monday nights from 6-7:45 PM.

What you’ll need to know: Reservations can only be made online and are non-refundable. Seating comes on a first-come, first serve basis and you may park directly in front of the Cafe.

25. Tennessee Central Railway Museum

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Map It: 220 Willow St, Nashville, TN 37210 | Phone: (615)-244-9001 | Website | Hours: Saturday 10 AM-2 PM | Entrance: $46-$90

If you have an interest in historical interest in railroad equipment, you’ll love coming to the central Railway Museum to become educated on America’s railroads. The Central Railway Museum has preserved passenger cars, cabooses, freight cars, and locomotives.

One of the unique activities during your visit to check out is the wine tasting train ride. You can come to enjoy an excursion train ride on one of the classic streamlined stainless steel passenger trains. The staff will give you complimentary wine tastings upon boarding.

Another fun excursion is the Nashville Mardi Gras Excursion Train. The train will have a live Dixie band and a New Orleans-style box lunch included in your ticket price. You’ll also receive a cash bar with beer, wine, and Mardi Gras-style drinks on the train.

What you’ll need to know: You must be 21 years old or older with a valid I.D. to ride the excursion trains.

Related Read: Nashville to Memphis: Public Transport Road Trip

26. Tomato Art Fest

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Map It: 1106 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206 | Phone: Unavailable | Website | Hours: Every August 5 PM-10 PM | Entrance: Free

If you enjoy festivals, you’ll want to stop by the one-of-a-kind tomato art festival! Since 2004, the tomato art festival has been uniting fruits and vegetables. This festival attracts visitors from all over the country with fun-themed art, local music, delicious food, costumes, wacky contests, shopping, kids' activities, and more!

This is a two-day festival and concert that is free to attend. It is also encouraged that you arrive in your best tomato costume. In 2021, this festival attracted over 65,000 people.

What you’ll need to know: If you’d like to register for one of the activities or contests, you can register right on the festival’s website.

27. Visit the Goo Goo Chocolate Shop

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Map It: 116 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 | Phone: (615)-490-6685 | Website | Hours: Open Daily 10 AM-6 PM | Entrance: $55 & up

The Goo Goo Chocolate Shop will give you a Willy Wonka chocolate experience. The inside of this shop looks like a chocolate factory with chocolate-covered light fixtures and imitation pipes that are filled with ingredients. If you’re in Nashville, you’ll want to bring the kids along for this outing.

The children will love some of the interactive elements that the shop has to offer such as pushable buttons, turntable wheels, rotatable tiles, and a child-sized window with classrooms. The main attraction is to create your own Goo Goo cluster in the shop. These clusters take about 5-10 minutes to make.

The chocolate bar menu has premium chocolates, wine and whiskey pairings, boozy milkshakes, and seasonal treats. If you’re looking for a fresh, fun activity, you’ll need to add the Goo Goo Chocolate Shop to your list!

What you’ll need to know: You can book your classes online. The classes you have to choose from are Taste of Goo Goo, Secrets of Goo Goo, and Goos and Booze.

28. Go Zip-lining at the Nashville Adventure Park

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Map It: 801 Percy Warner Blvd, Nashville, TN 37205 | Phone: (615)-610-9500 | Website | Hours: Monday-Wednesday: Closed, Thursday: 10 AM-5 PM, Friday: 10 AM-9 PM, Saturday: 10 AM-10 PM | Entrance: General Admission (14+) $54, General Admission (7-13) $47, Adventure Playground (3-16) $18

If you want a fun-filled day of appreciating all of the fun nature has to offer, you’ll want to stop by Nashville Adventure Park. Here you can ditch your usual weekend plans and try the climb to reach zip lines. This is a tree-to-tree climbing adventure that will provide fun for the whole family.

The adventure park offers 162 treetop platforms that are connected by bridges, ropes, courses, ladders, 25 zip lines, and other crossings. This is the perfect action-packed day for a thrill seeker. Whether you’re looking to face your fears or an adrenaline junkie, there’s more than enough adventure here.

Don’t worry, this park allows you to go at your own pace no matter what your experience level is. If the zip line course in Nashville sounds like fun to you, then we think you’re up for the challenge!

What you’ll need to know: If you’re thinking about what to do for lunch, they have you covered. Guests of the Adventure Park receive special offers from Marco’s Pizza location.

Related Read: 25 Best Nashville Hiking Trails

29. Nashville SuperSpeedway

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Map It: 4847-F McCrary Rd, Lebanon, TN 37090 | Phone: (866)-722-3849 | WebsiteHours: Varies by event | Entrance: Varies by event

The Nashville SuperSpeedway is a race track that is located at the Nashville Fairgrounds. It is the second-oldest track operating in the United States. If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity that is the heart of regional sports, entertainment, and festival scenes.

Nashville Speedway is also the largest concrete-only track in NASCAR. One of the unique activities about this site is that you can even go camping! Along the infield, there are spots where you can pull up your RV, making this a great weekend camping location.

If you want to purchase tickets, mobile entry is the safest and easiest way to access your tickets. This will give you flexibility in managing your tickets and give you quicker entry.

What you need to know: Before arriving, you’ll want to download Nashville SuperSpeedway Mobile App so you can present your tickets at the gate.

30. Nashville Kayak Adventures

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Map It: 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 27213Phone: (615)-800-7321 | WebsiteHours: Wednesday-Sunday: 9 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Starting at $39

Cumberland Kayak has many different kayak routes available for you to spend a day on the water. The Nashville skyline will allow kayakers to paddle under three bridges and the iconic Nashville skyline. On your trip, you may see turtles, kingfishers, and blue herons.

Another popular kayaking route that you may take is The Falls. You will paddle up Center Hill Lake up to Burgess Falls. In the summertime, you’ll even be able to kayak to the base of the falls.

What you’ll need to know: Before venturing out, you should always check the weather before you plan to kayak. After the rain, the current may be difficult so you’ll need to check if water levels rise.

31. Pedal on the Sprocket Rocket

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Map It: 535 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203Phone: (615)-707-1368 | WebsiteHours: Monday-Thursday: 10 AM-9 PM, Friday & Saturday: 9 AM-11 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-8 PM | Entrance: Starting at $49

The Sprocket Rocket is like no other ride you’ve ever taken before. It is the number 1 party bus and Tavern tour in all of Nashville! The Sprocket Rocket offers over fifty-eight ride times per day and has a pick-up and drop-off location, driver, an experienced bartender, electric assist motor, and LED party lights.

When booking, not all routes are guaranteed, but most trips include loopy loops around Broadway and the surrounding area. The Sprocket Rocket has 15 seats and is the perfect party for celebrating any major events.

What you’ll need to know: Since alcohol is served on this party bus, guests must be 21 years old or over.

32. Take a Swing at Top Golf

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Map It: 500 Cowan St, Nashville, TN 37207 | Phone: (615)-777-3007 | WebsiteHours: Monday-Thursday: 10 AM-12 AM, Friday & Saturday: 10 AM-1 AM, Sunday: 10 AM-12 AM | Entrance: Prices vary per day & hour

Top golf Nashville is one of the premier entertainment destinations in Tennessee. The bays are climate-controlled for year-round comfort with HDTVs in every bay throughout the bar and restaurant. You’ll be able to aim at giant outfield targets with high-tech balls that will score themselves.

While you play golf, you’ll also be able to get food at the Topgolf restaurant. The restaurant used high-quality ingredients to deliver the best dishes. They’re just not a place to play, but one of the best places to eat.

Top golf Nashville has several amenities you and your family can enjoy. There are three floors, a rooftop terrace with fire pits, 2,500 square foot entertainment space, free wi-fi, over 200 TVs, and a VIP deck with a private balcony and bar.

What you’ll need to know: You can score better deals on a Tuesday for half-priced Tuesdays. All gameplay is half-priced with the coupons required.

33. Go Flyboarding

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Map it: 4001 Bell Rd, Hermitage, TN 37076 | Phone: (615)-580-9030 | WebsiteHours: Monday-Sunday: 10 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Starting at $85

If you’re looking for the ultimate adventure in water sports, you’ll want to check out Nashville’s Flyboarding! The best part about this activity is that no prior experience is necessary for you to try it. It’s fun, safe, and a great outing whether you’re with family or a group of friends.

Flyboard in Nashville offers Flyboard, Hoverboard, and Jetpack or Combo Packages. It’s located just 15 minutes from Nashville and you can arrive by either car or boat.

What you’ll need to know: If you’re unsure of what to do, the employees will go through the intensity of Flyboarding, Jetpacking, or Hoverboarding so you can choose the experience that is right for you.

34. Visit the Belle Meade Plantation

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Map it: 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 | Phone: (615)-356-0501 | WebsiteHours: Monday-Sunday: 9 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Starting at $28

If you’re in Nashville and have an eye for history, you'll want to take a tour of the Belle Meade Plantation. The Belle Meade Plantation is a historic site and winery where you will experience over two centuries of legendary hospitality. They have historic tours, wine and food, outdoor adventures, and family tours.

Some of the historic tours that are offered are the Mansion Tour, Journey to Jubilee Tour, and the Southern Food Traditions Tour. If you want the wine experience you can do a wine and food pairing, the Belle Meade Bourbon experience, or the chef-inspired food and wine pairing.

What you'll need to know: If you plan on making this tour and have small children, you should know that strollers are not allowed in the Mansion, but on the grounds. Also, upon arriving, you will need to submit to a bag or package inspection.

35. Visit the Wildhorse Saloon

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Map it: 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201Phone: (615)-902-8200 | WebsiteHours: Monday & Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday & Thursday: 4 PM-10 PM, Friday & Saturday: 12 PM-12 AM, Sunday: 12 PM-10 PM | Entrance: Prices vary

If you have a heart for live music and dancing, you'll want to stop by the Wild Horse Saloon. They are a restaurant, catering, bar, concert site, and dance venue all under one roof. This is a family-friendly venue that is located in the heart of Music City’s downtown district.

The Wildhorse Saloon even offers FREE line dancing lessons on their largest dance floor. This is a must-do experience for visitors worldwide.

What you'll need to know: If you want to check out the line dancing lessons, you can see their schedule here.

36. Nashville Sounds

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Map it: 19 Jackson St, Nashville, TN 37219Phone: (615)-690-4487 | WebsiteHours: Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM | Entrance: Starts at $10

If you're a sports fanatic and in town, you'll want to check out a Nashville Sounds game. The Nashville Sounds are a minor baseball league team who are an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They are located in Nashville and are named simply because of the music industry in town.

Bring the children along for a chance to see the team player and for a chance to interact with their mascot. The mascot is names booster and is bright red with yellow legs, beak, comb, and palms. This is a perfect opportunity to escape the business downtown.

What you'll need to know: If you purchase your tickets the day before or earlier, you'll receive a $4 discount.

37. Visit the Pfunky Griddle

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Map it: 2800 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204Phone: (615)-298-2088 | WebsiteHours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Friday: 8 AM-2 PM, Saturday & Sunday: 7 AM-2 PM | Entrance: Call for pricing

One of the hidden gems of Nashville is the restaurant called The Pfunky Griddle. It is a family-friendly restaurant that gives the experience of the customers being the cooks. The Pfunky Griddle provides everything you need for pancakes, all you need to do is cook.

The Pancakes are all you can eat and are prepared with unbleached flour. They have a variety of toppings such as Nutella, butter finger, granola, peanut butter, strawberries, chocolate chips, and more! In addition to pancakes, you can make French toast and grilled cheese.

What you'll need to know: If you’re a tired parent, don't worry, the Pfunky Griddle also serves coffee and espresso.

38. Poole Knobs Campground

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Map it: 493 Jones Mills Rd, La Vergne, TN 37086Phone: (615)-459-6948 | WebsiteHours: Times vary | Entrance: Prices vary per night

If you love camping, you'll love Poole Knobs Campground. Poole Knobs Campground has over eighty shady and spacious campsites, along with larger camping sites. The campground features a large water station, dump station, flush toilets, and hot showers to create a comfortable camping experience.

At the campgrounds, you'll find several family-friendly recreational activities. You'll be able to choose from fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. You'll find Poole Knobs Campground just 10 miles away from downtown Nashville.

What you’ll need to know: There is a $3 fee for guest vehicles of campers, no designated swimming area, only two vehicles are allowed per site, wi-fi is not provided, and there is a 14-day camping limit.

39. Mural Art Tour

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Map it: 833 9th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203Phone: (888)-651-9786 | WebsiteHours: Between 4 PM and 8 PM | Entrance: From $64.84

With this mural art tour, you'll see more than just music sites on this golf cart. On this tour, you'll have a guide, cruise along the city streets, and stop at murals for photo opportunities. On your mural tour, you'll be able to choose from morning, afternoon, or evening departures.

You'll visit visual hotspots in the areas of Gulch, 12th South, Marathon Village, downtown, and east Nashville. This is a unique Tour that is perfect for those who are looking to update their Instagram feeds.

What you'll need to know: Children under 4 are not allowed on this tour. Children ages 5-8 must be in a booster or car seat.

40. Nashville Ghost Tour

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Map it: NCC 511 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219Phone: (615)-884-3999 | WebsiteHours: Sunday-Friday: 8 AM-9:30 PM, Saturday: 8 AM-10:30 PM | Entrance: From $20

Do you have an eye for spooky settings? Nashville ghost tours offer a blend of historic facts, local legends, and real ghost stories. On the walking tour, you will hear tales by the lantern light of spirits that haunt Nashville landmarks.

On the haunted tavern tour, you will be served different kinds of spirits as you visit local pubs and bars that unlock the mysteries of Nashville. You'll hear stories of hauntings, murder, and Civil War soldiers while enjoying your favorite beverage and competing for top prizes.

Lastly, you'll also get to choose from the Nashville Hearse tour. The hearse allows you to sit back and relax for 60 minutes and go through Nashville’s most haunted buildings.

What you'll need to know: Tours sell out often so you'll need to purchase your tickets in advance.

41. Take a Guided Segway Tour

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Map it: 217 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 | Phone: +1 855 275 5071 | WebsiteHours: Open Daily  | Entrance: From $129

If you want to get to know Nashville, you'll want to immediately sign up for Nashville’s segway tour. When you go to sign up, you'll have many different tours to choose from. Tours can last anywhere from 1-2 hours and are led by entertaining and knowledgeable guides.

The tour options will allow you to pick from what best fits your time and budget. Some of your options include the downtown tour, music city snapshot, bicentennial segway tour, and segway excursion tour.

What you'll need to know: The minimum age requirement for the segway tour is 12 years old. It is also recommended that you make a reservation ahead of time.

42. Take the Nashville Food Tour

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Map it: 330A Harrison St, Nashville, TN 37219 | Phone: (615)-678-8784 | WebsiteHours: Monday-Saturday: 10 AM-9 PM  | Entrance: From $75

The Nashville Food Tours is a fun, delicious way to see Music City. They offer two types of tours - Bites & Sites walking tours or the Nashville Food Aventure driving tour. They are also able to create custom food tour experiences.

During the driving tours, you'll learn about the history of the area where sampling tasty meats, baked goods, modern dishes, and an occasional cocktail. You’ll be doing this while in the company of your guide and other foodies.

During the walking tours, you'll stroll through historic neighborhoods and sample artisan food created in small neighborhood shops. During specialty tours their partners will put together a dinner party, specialized tours, photo safari, and other adventures.

What you'll need to know: Guests must be 21 years or older to go along on these tours.

Tobi Miles
Article updated:
March 28, 2024
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