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Best things to do in Nashville

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Museum
“The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is situated at the epicenter of the city’s rapidly growing core, a block from the popular honky-tonks of Broadway, across the street from Bridgestone Arena and Music City Center, and adjacent to the Omni Hotel. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection, recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views. In the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens. Sing Me Back Home is enhanced by several limited-engagement exhibits including Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s. The ACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery offer visitors a hands-on immersion into today’s country music with artifacts from today’s country stars and a series of technology-enhanced activities that allow guests to become “Certified Country.” In addition to world class galleries, the museum has the 776-seat CMA Theater; the 213-seat Ford Theater; the Taylor Swift Education Center; and multi-purpose event rental spaces in high demand. Other historic properties of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum include the legendary letterpress operation Hatch Show Print (located inside the museum) and Historic RCA Studio B (located on famed Music Row), Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio, where landmark recordings by Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and many others were made. Since 1987, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, certifying that the museum operates according to the highest standards, manages its more than two million-item collection responsibly, and provides quality service to the public. Of the 17,500 museums nationwide, only some 1000 are accredited. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has developed multiple platforms to make its collection accessible to a wider audience. From weekly instrument demonstrations to its flagship songwriting program for schools, Words & Music, the museum offers an aggressive schedule of educational programs. The museum also operates CMF Records, a Grammy-winning re-issue label (The Complete Hank Williams and Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970);and CMF Press, a book publishing arm that releases exhibit-related books in cooperation with Vanderbilt University Press and other major trade publishing houses.”
330 locals recommend
Bar
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“Awesome burger, soda and beer joint. Join the wait list through yelp so you won’t have to wait forever on busy days. Outdoor and indoor seating. ”
393 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“It's across the river in the Five Points area. Great pizza, late nights too.”
358 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Cash only street tacos and elote! Their margaritas are so delicious. It's a small place, with a small outside seating area. Totally worth the wait!”
370 locals recommend
Music Venue
“ the venue that started it all. It was the Ryman -- “the Mother Church of Country Music” -- that first started attracting names like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, and George Jones, securing Nashville’s status as the American center of country music. The Ryman remains a country music mecca, but as one of the city’s most dazzling concert-going experiences, has also hosted everyone from the Foo Fighters to Janelle Monae. Even if you don’t make it to a concert, it’s at least worth taking the time for a brief tour. Check their homepage for concerts and dates.”
271 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“It's really right across the river from us. The World's Longest running radio show.”
216 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Our best art museum, this is a nice visit if you have the time. I would check their schedule before visiting since they often have famous collections on loan from bigger museums.”
242 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Located in Centennial Park the Parthenon is one of Nashville's best cultural attractions. Built to mark the state's hundredth birthday, the design was chosen as reference to the Nashville's nickname as the "Athens of the South". The Parthenon and Centennial Park can be seen in "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" ”
234 locals recommend
Bar
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“A favorite spot on Broadway. Rooftop bar is right by the river and you can see all of Nashville! It's beautiful! Order on the 1st floor and pick it up on the 1st floor and you can take it to any floor!”
251 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“The historical Ryman Auditorium has hosted several concerts of the Greats!! From soul to country to hip hop. You can always find a great concert OR comedy show right in the heart of downtown Nashville!!!”
206 locals recommend
Hockey Arena
“Bridgestone is a multi-purpose venue, home to the Nashville Predators and host to some of the greatest performing artists in the world. ”
172 locals recommend
Bar
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“Of all the Honky-Tonks on Lower Broadway I think Robert’s has the best music and ambiance.”
302 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“So my final hot chicken recommendation is another dandy. Bonus is they have multiple locations, depending on where you want to go, but this Midtown location is the closest to us and where we usually take out of town guests. It's really close to Music Row which makes it a fun place to check out. Hattie B's has my favorite sides of all the hot chicken places we've tried. Warning, the lines get REALLY long!! So either call ahead for order pick up or be ready to wait and to fight for a table if you are dining in. We actually like picking an order up and then taking it to a nearby park to eat, Centennial Park being one that is fairly close and definitely worth checking out . Don't quote me on this, but I think they are one of the only hot chicken places that can do a gluten free option (which basically defeats the purpose of hot chicken, lol, but if you have someone with you who is gluten intolerant, call and ask them about this option.)”
192 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Great place for lunch! The market offers a wide variety of inexpensive delicious food, beer, wine, and dessert. Our favorite place is Swagruha Indian restaurant, Bella Pizza, the Venezuelan place (only on weekends) and of course Jenny's Ice Cream. Skip the BBQ joint, it's not very good. If you want good BBQ, head over to Edley's or Martin's. ”
175 locals recommend
Rock Club
“This historic watering hole and prototypical honky-tonk is across the alley from the Ryman.”
198 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Shelby Bottoms Nature Center at one end of the Greenway will connect you to the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge on this 3 mile trek. Bring your walking shoes, bicycle or skates!”
229 locals recommend