Attractions in Nashville, Tennesee

Attractions in Nashville, Tennesee
With more than 11 million visitors flocking to Nashville, Tenn., every year, it's a sure bet that the city offers plenty of activities, attractions and events for tourists. Nashville lives up to its nickname, Music City USA, with a major focus on its country music legacy. You can't visit the city without seeing its No. 1 attraction, the Grand Ole Opry, but there are other sights to visit as well.
 

Grand Ole Opry

While in Nashville, do what the Nashvillians do and see a show the Grand Opry. This is not the Opry from the old days, despite its name. This place is an extravaganza, complete with a 4,400-seat entertainment space that books some of the biggest names in country music. The extensive lineup of shows is available on the Grand Ole Opry website. Tickets usually are $24.50 for adults and $20 for children. You can also tour the Opry House, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the shows take place.

Tickets for tours are sold at the box office. There are accommodations both at the Grand Ole Opry and nearby, including the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, a huge hotel complex with 2,800 guest rooms, a spa and fitness center, restaurants and the Fuse nightclub. You can purchase ticket packages that include Grand Ole Opry seats and accommodations at the Gaylord resort.

Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
615-871-OPRY
opry.com/

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
615-889-1000
gaylordopryland.com/

 
 

Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium, a National Historic Landmark, is actually the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Restored in 1994, it is open for daytime tours and evening performances. The Ryman, which operated as the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 through 1974, was once known as the Mother Church of Country Music before the Opry moved to the huge Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

You can take a self-guided audio tour of the Ryman to learn more about its long history and to appreciate the auditorium's superb acoustics, or you can sign up for a guided backstage tour. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $13 adults and $6.50 for children. The self-guided tour plus the backstage tour is $17 for adults and $10.50 for children. Shows at the Ryman this spring and summer range from "Vince Gill & Friends" in April to "Bluegrass at the Ryman" in June and July. Tickets can be purchased at the Ryman box office or through ticket outlets like Ticketmaster.

Ryman Auditorium
116 Fifth Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37219
ryman.com/

Belle Meade Plantation

If you want to see an authentic Southern plantation, take a tour of Belle Meade. It dates back to 1807, when John Harding purchased the property and eventually expanded it into a 5,400-acre plantation and thoroughbred horse farm. The mansion itself was constructed in 1853 by Harding's son, William, who was imprisoned during the Civil War. Besides the mansion, which has been restored, you can see the 1890 stable and carriage house and the original log cabin, which dates to 1790.

Tickets to Belle Meade are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $7 for children. A family ticket for four is $45. While there, you can eat at the on-site restaurant, Belle, which is above the visitors' center and serves lunch, brunch and dinner. Also on-site is the Winery, a wine shop that uses Tennessee grapes and specializes in muscadine and blackberry wines. There are daily wine tastings.

Belle Meade Plantation
5025 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
bellemeadeplantation.com

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

The 19-acre Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park complements the Tennessee Capitol Building and informs visitors about the state's history. The park is manned by rangers, who conduct tours and other programs for visitors on a regular basis. If you're on your own, you can enjoy lunch at the park's picnic tables, visit the food court at the Nashville Farmers' Market there or enjoy a special event at the park's 2,000-seat amphitheater.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-3081
615-741-5280
tennessee.gov/environment/parks/Bicentennial/

Downtown Nashville

Downtown Nashville, located all along Broadway and its side streets, comes alive at night with neon signs, music, karaoke bars, nightclubs and lounges all vying for your attention. While much of what you'll see is country music bars, there is a wide array of entertainment available. You might stop in at mainstays like Tootsie's Orchid Lounge at 422 Broadway or Robert's Western World at 416 Broadway, where Dwight Yoakam and Kid Rock have made appearances. You can also look for entertainment at the wild Coyote Ugly Saloon at 154 Second Ave. N. or the BB King Blues Club at 152 Second Ave. N. Even at lunchtime you can grab a sandwich and listen to some acoustic guitar.

Nashville Downtown Partnership
1 Nashville Place
150 4th Ave. N., Suite G-150,
Nashville, TN 37219
615-743-3090
nashvilledowntown.com/

Country Music Hall of Fame

The modern Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located just steps from the Ryman Auditorium and presents a collection of artifacts that trace the story of country music through two centuries. The Hall of Fame uses historic video clips and music in its exhibits and features regular live performances and public programs, plus a museum store. The Hall of Fame's permanent exhibit, "Sing Me Back Home," is a self-guided tour that takes you through the chronological history of American country music. The Gold Ticket offers admission and a celebrity audio tour, at $21.99 for adults, $14.99 for children. The Platinum Ticket offers admission, a celebrity audio tour and a tour of the RCS Studio B, at $29.99 for adults, $21.99 for children.

Country Music Hall of Fame
222 Fifth Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203
countrymusichalloffame.org/

 

Article Written By Evelyn McCormack

Evelyn McCormack is a former New York daily newspaper editor and writer with more than 35 years of experience writing about travel, New York City and social media. She also speaks frequently at regional and national conferences about using social media as a news and public-relations tool. McCormack holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Rhode Island.

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