Places to Visit in Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt’s beloved hometown of Nashville is a vibrant, engaging and diverse city most famously and proudly known as “Music City, U.S.A.” Located a little more than a mile from downtown, the university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt.
Nashville plays a very important role in the country’s music industry with the highest concentration of people working in the music industry per capita greater in Nashville than anywhere else in the world. As one study contextualizes it: “Nashville’s growth as a music center has been explosive; since 1970 it accounts for almost all the growth in the music sector in the United States.” Visitors to Nashville, can directly enjoy Nashville’s booming music scene by taking advantage of the more than 180 honkytonks and live music venues that are located on Broadway, Music Row and across the city.
Nashville is also a great city for anyone to visit with great food, art, nightlife, and scenic nature the city is a welcoming retreat for anyone and has been named #1 friendliest city in America for three years in a row by Travel + Leisure as well as #3 on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of “30 Places to Visit Before You’re 30.”
The Ryman Auditorium
Opened in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, the Ryman has hosted world-class symphonic performances, The Grand Ole Opry (the world’s longest-running radio show, which is still going strong in a different venue across town), and countless would-be and current stars in a wide variety of genres.
Location: 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Frist Art Museum
The Frist Art Museum is a family-friendly, world-class art museum located in downtown Nashville and is dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions from local, regional, national and international sources. The Frist also features the award-winning Martin ArtQuest Gallery with 30 interactive art-making stations; educational programs; free live music on Thursday and Friday evenings; a gift shop full of hand-crafted merchandise; and a full-service cafe — all surrounded by gorgeous architecture. It’s a great place to explore, learn, and enjoy great art!
Location: 919 Broadway Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Centennial Park and The Parthenon
Centennial Park is one of Nashville’s premier parks. Located on West End and 25th Avenue North, the 132-acre features: the iconic Parthenon, a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center, a beautiful sunken garden, a bandshell, an events shelter, sand volleyball courts, dog park, and an exercise trail. 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.
Location: 2500 West End Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Tennessee State Capitol/State Museum
Located close to the Nashville Farmers Market the Tennessee State Museum is free and offers free tours of the State Capitol building at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Location: 1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. With more than 140 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs reach 60,000 children and adults each year.
Location: Schermerhorn Symphony Center One Symphony Place Nashville, Tennessee 37201-2031
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the definitive home of American music, safeguarding more than 2.5 million priceless artifacts, including countless recordings and photographs, numerous stage costumes, musical instruments, and more.
Location: 222 5th Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Nashville’s Farmers Market
The Nashville Farmers Market, founded in the early 1800s, is located in the urban core of downtown Nashville adjacent to the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Mall State Park. The year-round Market provides retail space to farmers, artisans, nonprofits and small businesses. Our facility includes two covered open-air sheds, a container farm, a greenhouse microgreens farm, a 24,000 square-foot garden center, a culinary incubation center and an international food hall that includes some two-dozen restaurants and shops. The Market offers monthly chef-led cooking demonstrations, community workshops and free on-site two-hour parking for Market patrons.
Location: 900 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard Nashville, Tennessee 37208
The Bluebird Cafe
Built in 1982, the Bluebird Café is a 90-seat music club/restaurant. It is famous for showcasing new country artists, and is where Taylor Swift was discovered. The Café served as featured location on ABC’s “Nashville” television series.
Location: 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215
Four blocks of honky-tonks and restaurants, located between Bridgestone Arena and Nissan Stadium. Visitors are treated to a plethora of bands and live music (primarily country).
Location: 320 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Historic Studio B RCA
Upgrade your Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum experience by adding a tour of Historic RCA Studio B “The Home of a 1000 Hits.” As Music City’s only studio tour, Studio B provides a glimpse into the heart of the Nashville Sound during one of its most exciting and classic periods.
Location: 1611 Roy Acuff Pl Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group
The Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest running live radio show and is credited for being the show that made country music famous. There are a variety of options to incorporate the Grand Ole Opry into your meeting itinerary. Attend a Grand Ole Opry show, take a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House or host a special event in the Grand Ole Opry House.
Location: One Gaylord Drive Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is one of the largest, most visited presidential homes in the United States and one of Nashville’s top-rated attractions. Located only minutes from downtown and Gaylord Opryland Resort, this is a must-do when visiting Music City. This 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark features more than 30 historic buildings, a seasonal wagon tour, walking trails, beautiful gardens and grounds and much, much more.
Location: 4580 Rachel’s Lane Nashville, Tennessee 37076
“I Believe in Nashville” Mural / 12th South
Iconic Nashville mural depicting the Tennessee state flag. Famous tourist picture spot.
The mural’s surrounding neighborhood, 12th South, encompasses eclectic shopping, boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants.
Location: 2702 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
Rudy’s Jazz Room
Nashville’s jazz club delivers world-class live music, New Orleans food, local brews, and prohibition era cocktails every night in an intimate and casual setting. The historic space is furnished with Persian rugs, armchairs, and colorful Moroccan lights giving it the warm feel of a speakeasy. Open seven nights a week each evening features top-notch live music with multiple varying styles of jazz groups and jazz brunch buffet on Sundays.
Location: 809 Gleaves Street Nashville, Tennessee 37203