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Where in the world: USA  /  Tennessee  /  Davidson County  /  Nashville
For most visitors, things to do in Nashville include a trip to the famous Grand Ole Opry, a venue for a live show that has featured the likes of Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Dolly Parton. Music lovers will also enjoy a visit to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to rotating exhibits and regular live performances. At lunch time, head to Centennial Park for a picnic beneath the Parthenon, a life-sized replica of the Greek monument.

Nashville is best known for its Theaters, Nightlife, and Specialty Museums.

Top 15 things to do in Nashville

1. The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

Endorsed by the famous singer-songwriter’s family, The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe is your official guide to his colorful life. You’ll be taken from his early childhood and personal life to the peak of his fame and his death. Learn more about Johnny Cash’s music, his interests, and his family through interactive exhibits, short film clips and personal items. Ranked #1 on Forbes and National Geographic travel lists, the museum is not to be missed whether you’re a fan of Johnny Cash or not. Audio guides loaded with his music are available as you tour the museum.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery

The historical Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, established in 1807, has served as a thoroughbred stud breeding ground, an extensive farm with a cotton gin, and a Confederate general’s headquarters. Take a tour of Greek-Revival mansion, restored to its turn-of-the-century appearance, and several original outbuildings. You can explore the dairy, carriage house, mausoleum, stable, and reconstructed slave quarters as a costumed guide narrates the property’s history. After the tour, head to the onsite winery for a free tasting. Also swing by Harding House restaurant for some Southern hospitality.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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3. Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

Learn about the life of America's seventh president at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. His plantation is now a museum and National Historic Landmark. Artifacts and displays provide insight into the Jackson's life and a glimpse of the South of the 1800s. Explore the mansion, grounds, memorials, and tombs. Pick up an audio guide, or join a guided tour to enhance your visit. A wagon tour, available at an additional cost, takes you through the back of the field quarters and focuses on what slavery was like on a 19th-century farm. Refuel with some Southern-style picnic food and a Coke float at the on-site restaurant.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Grand Ole Opry

Sing along to the tunes at Grand Ole Opry, a venue for weekly country music performances that's been dubbed the country's most famous stage and the home of American music. Numerous country legends have played here, including Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams. Even U.S. President Nixon visited and played a few rounds on the piano. Take a backstage tour for insight into this country music institution, and look out for performances featuring genres like bluegrass, folk, gospel, and even comedy. Check the website for showtimes and upcoming guests, and book your tour online or by phone.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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5. Downtown Nashville

Explore the heart of the Music City at Downtown Nashville, the hub of entertainment, dining, and cultural activities. Busy and bustling 24/7, the area is also home to a lively bar scene and the place to go for celebrity sightings.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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6. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Established in 1961 to preserve the history and traditions of country music, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum features rotating exhibits and frequent live performances by some of the genre's top artists. The museum holds a collection of video clips and recorded music, put together to illustrate the story of country music as it evolved over the years. Just seeing the exterior of the keyboard-shaped building in the heart of the city may rank high on your itinerary, but don't miss a chance to spend a little time exploring the museum's oral history exhibits, containing over 600 interviews with songwriters, producers, and performers. The museum also features an on-site gift shop and restaurant.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Beer Tastings & Tours

Soak up some of that old-world Southern charm while sampling different kinds of craft beers on a guided beer-tasting tour. Follow your friendly guide--a treasurer of Nashville fun facts and trivia--to some of the best local breweries, where you will meet the craftspeople behind the beer, learn about the brewing process, and savor the final product. For a laidback cruise around the Brewery District, opt for the tour by shuttle cart or by party bike--a tavern on wheels you'll get to pedal past honky-tonks and neon lights. Most tours take 3 hours or less.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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9. Nashville Parthenon

Experience Ancient Greece in the heart of Tennessee at Nashville Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original structure in Athens. The impressive imitation was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, no doubt influenced by Nashville's moniker, "Athens of the South." Examine the plaster replica of the Parthenon Marbles and the imposing statue of Athena Parthenos. Nashville native Alan LeQuire needed eight years to complete the 13 m (42 ft) tall Athena statue. The building also serves as an art museum with a permanent collection of 63 paintings by 19th- and 20th-century American artists.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Lotz House Museum, Franklin

Lotz House Museum tells the story of the talented Lotz family and their home during the American Civil War. A guide will take you through the remarkable house. Admire the intricate carpentry of Johann Lotz and the finest Civil War-era antiques collection in the South. The Lotz house was in the central area of the Battle of Franklin, one of the bloodiest of the war, and you can still see damage from the five hours of fighting. Look for the charred dent in the wooden floor from a cannonball that crashed through the roof. Following the battle, the house served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Bloodstains are still visible on the floors and walls throughout the house. On your way out, stop by the gift shop, which features DVDs and books about the Civil War, as well as one-of-a-kind antiques and collectibles. .
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Room Escape Games

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

A 3.6 hectare (9 acre) indoor space, Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens features lush and exotic plants, cascading waterfalls, and bubbling brooks. Natural light floods through the high glass ceiling, giving the impression of being outside. You can take a guided tour along the fish-filled river on one of the Delta flatboats. You will pass bountiful fruit trees, ancient bonsais, delicate orchids, and more. Don’t forget to make a wish when you pass under the Wishing Banyan tree. The gardens are home to two restaurants: an American cafe and a sushi bar.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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13. RCA Studio B

The birthplace of the Nashville Sound, RCA Studio B immortalizes the spirit of country music. Now a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the studio was once used by artists such as Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson to record some of their most famous songs. Take a guided tour and learn about the history of the studio, the artists, and the country music scene. See the original recording equipment, sit at Elvis Presley’s favorite piano, and see the spot where Dolly Parton drove her car through the studio wall. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear original recordings of songs as they sounded when they were first performed. The studio is relatively small and availability may be limited, so make to sure to book tickets ahead of time.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park

Winding through the ground for nearly 652 km (405 mi), the World Heritage Site Mammoth Cave claims the title, by a significant margin, of longest cave system on the planet. You won’t be the only one surveying the cave. Exploration continues constantly, so the official length of the system continues to grow with the discovery of new passageways, tunnels, and caverns. In addition to thousands of bats, the subterranean labyrinth possesses a nearly 6,000-year history of humans, beginning with pre-Columbian natives of the region. The National Park Service runs multiple versions of its cave tours of varying length, which can take you on popular paths or on more adventurous routes that require some tight squeezes and nimbleness. Watch for geological mineral and rock formations scattered throughout the cave.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Centennial Park

Today a large, popular park, the original purpose of Centennial Park was to host Tennessee's centennial exposition in 1897. The main attraction of the park, and one of the most famous exhibits of the exposition, is the Parthenon replica. Explore inside this full-scale reproduction, then visit the art center for some more modern creative works. You can walk or jog the short trail or play volleyball in another area. You'll find plenty of spots for relaxing, such as the sunken garden. If you need to catch up with friends or family, the park features free Wi-Fi access.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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