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Visiting Nashville

Visiting nashville

There are many nearby hotels that offer a Vanderbilt discount during select
times of the year. You can expect higher rates on football game weekends. To
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Is there visitor parking available when I visit my student?

Campus visitors and Vanderbilt community members can now use new hourly paid parking spaces in select parking lots and garages across campus for short-term and visitor parking needs. These spaces are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Current parking meters and pay stations are in the process of being converted to this new system, and additional spaces will be added on campus. To learn more about on-campus parking, visit


About Nashville 

As the hub for several booming industries, the home to a global community—including the nation’s largest Kurdish population—and “America’s friendliest city” according to Travel + Leisure magazine, Nashville combines history and hospitality with diverse culture and growth.

Tennessee’s capital also is an international destination for the arts, entrepreneurship and scientific research, thereby attracting world-renowned scholars to Vanderbilt and the broader community. In turn, it’s no surprise that many students choose to call Music City home, even after their time as Vanderbilt students comes to an end.

Major regional industries include music and entertainment, tourism, printing and publishing, technology, higher education, automobile production and health care management.

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Arrington Vineyards
Located only 30 minutes south of Nashville, Tennessee’s premier
winery Arrington Vineyards, offers 12 outstanding wines for tasting and
breathtaking views.

Ascend Amphitheater
Ascend Amphitheater is a 6,800 capacity venue operated by Live Nation
and located in Riverfront Park in Nashville, Tenn.

Belle Meade Plantation
The plantation started in 1807 with a log cabin and 250 acres. It grew into
a beautiful Greek Revival Mansion covering over 5400 acres. Today, visitors
can explore the remaining 30 acres and find the original cabin, a slave cabin
and a massive carriage house. After your guided tour is complete, you can
enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in their winery.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park serves as a lasting monument to
Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration. To honor that history park tours are
offered to explore the natural, cultural and historical resources of the area
and the state.

Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Cafe is Nashville’s best loved live music venue, featuring up and-
coming as well as hit songwriters. It is a listening room where the music
is the most important thing. The food is good, too.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum
The 55-acre estate was built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune and is
one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate in the
United States. The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color
and horticultural diversity. The Museum of Art has collections of painting,
sculpture and decorative arts that are on display year round.

Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is the definitive home of
America’s music, safeguarding more than 2.5 million priceless artifacts,
including countless recordings and photographs, numerous stage costumes,
musical instruments and more.

Frist Center of the Visual Arts
The family-friendly Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a world-class art
center dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions
from local, regional, national and international sources.

Grand Ole Opry
Known around the world as “the show that made country music famous,”
you can count on things happening at the Opry that you just can’t see
anywhere else. It began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 and today is an
entertainment phenomenon showcasing a mix of country music greats–
new stars, superstars, and legends.

Hatch Show Print
Owned and operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum,
Hatch Show Print has been in business since 1879 and is one of the nation’s
oldest working letterpress poster shops. The Haley Gallery showcases their
historic restrikes of original posters from the Hatch collection, as well as
Master Printer Jim Sherraden’s monoprints.

The Hermitage
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President
Since opening in 1889, President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage has
welcomed over 15 million guests. This National Historic Site consists of
1120 gorgeous acres where you can step back in history and explore the
grounds, Hermitage Mansion, the first Hermitage, gardens, museum,
enslaved memorials and much, much more.

The Parthenon
The world’s only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple,
Nashville’s Parthenon stands in Centennial Park and features both the
city’s art museum and Athena Parthenos. At almost 42 feet in height,
Athena Parthenos is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.

Ryman Auditorium
Dubbed ‘The Mother Church of Country Music’ by Nashvillians, the Ryman
is the home of the original Grand Ole Opry. The Ryman’s acoustics are
among the finest in the world. Today, the Ryman remains true to its diverse
entertainment legacy, hosting concerts of all genres by a new generation of
entertainers for a new generation of audiences.


Nashville Symphony
One of Tennessee’s largest and longest-running nonprofit performing
arts organizations, the Nashville Symphony has been an integral part of
the Music City sound since 1946. Led by music director Giancarlo
Guerrero, the 83-member ensemble performs more than 150 concerts
annually, with a focus on contemporary American orchestral music
through collaborations with composers including Jennifer Higdon, Aaron
Jay Kernis and John Harbison.


Nashville Sports Teams

Tennessee Titans
NFL Football
Nissan Stadium

Nashville Sounds
Minor League Baseball
First Tennessee Park

Nashville Predators
NHL Hockey
Bridgestone Arena

Nashville Soccer Club
MLS Soccer


Food and Drink

Nashville’s dining scene has grown dramatically in the past decade and is now regularly included on “best-of” lists by publications such as Bon AppetitTravel + Leisure and Southern Living.

Home to a number of award-winning restaurants and chefs, the city’s ever-expanding food options include cuisines from around the world, as well as signature dishes like Nashville hot chicken and other Southern classics.

Visit below to see restaurant recommendations: