15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN

Originally named Cannonsburgh and for a short time the capital of Tennessee, Murfreesboro is considered one of the most livable towns in Tennessee for its high quality of life. From a mostly agricultural community growing corn, tobacco, and cotton, Murfreesboro grew into a modern city with three colleges and several academies. The city and its surrounds are drenched in history, which can be relived in the picturesque Cannonsburgh Village, the Hazen Brigade Monument, or Stones River National Battlefield. Photo: Jim Vallee/Fotolia


»Barfield Crescent Park

Barfield Crescent Park


Barfield Crescent Park is a very popular 430-acre community park in the southern part of Murfreesboro with recreational facilities for all ages and interests. There are ten picnic shelters of different sizes with tables and chairs, a baseball/softball field, three grass-surface Little League fenced baseball fields, a regulation baseball field, a number of multi-use fields, more than 7 miles of paved and unpaved walking, biking and hiking trails, 12 private and one-group campsites, and the 18-hole championship class Disc Golf Course. In addition, there is the educational Wilderness Station, which has a number of outdoor programs such as Murfreesboro Bird Club, Tales and Trails, Wild Things, Animal Encounters, Homeschool in the Wilderness, and others.

697 Veterans Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37128 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: Al/Fotolia

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»Cannonsburgh Village

Cannonsburgh Village


Cannonsburgh was the original name of Murfreesboro, and Cannonsburgh Village is a historical village established in 1976 to celebrate bicentennial of Murfreesboro. It represents about 100 years of early pioneer life in Tennessee from the 1830s to the 1930s. The village consists of a school house, a grist mill, the house where the telephone operator worked, the Leeman House, the University House, a museum, the wedding chapel, a caboose, a doctor's office, a blacksmith's shop, a general store, a well, and other structures that were part of pioneer life. There are self-guided tours, which are free, while guided tours charge only a small fee. The visitor center has a small shop with items such as post cards, snacks, drinks, t-shirts, and souvenirs. The wedding chapel is a popular wedding venue, with its lovely gazebo and pavilion.

312 S Front St, Murfreesboro, TN 37129-3558, Phone: 615-890-0355 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: James Becker/Fotolia

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»Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring


The Discovery Center began as a children’s museum called the Discovery House in 1986.Thanks to grassroots community action, it grew into an interactive, hands-on children’s educational and fun Discovery Center that opened in 2002. The center consists of a children's museum with a range of temporary and permanent exhibits and 20 acres of wetlands with a number of rare native plants and a boardwalk trail for exploration and observation. The most popular permanent attractions are the Five Senses exhibit, a farmers’ market, riding a firetruck, sliding down a two-and-a-half story slide, and Tennessee Live, which features live animals such as fish, turtles, and snakes. There are regular daily activities and themed temporary exhibits.

502 SE Broad St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, Phone: 615-890-2300 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

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»Hazen Brigade Monument, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Hazen Brigade Monument, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

The Hazen Brigade Monument is located at Stones River near Murfreesboro and is the oldest Civil War memorial in the country. After the Battle of Stones River, which was fought between December 31st 1862 and January 2nd 1863, members of the Union’s Colonel William Hazen’s brigade decided to honor the memories of the soldiers who died in the battle by building a memorial. They selected a suitable location on their defensive line between the Nashville and Chattanooga railroad tracks and Nashville Pike. The monument was constructed of limestone blocks and finished in the early spring of 1863. The soldiers from the brigade who were killed were buried next to the monument. The Hazen Monument is today part of Stones River National Battlefield.

3501 Old Nashville Hwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129-3094, Phone: 615-893-9501 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: Zack Frank/Fotolia

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»Julia's Homestyle Bakery

Julia's Homestyle Bakery


Julia’s Homestyle Bakery is a very popular Murfreesboro bakery located across the street from the Middle Tennessee Medical Center on the corner of Medical Center Parkway and Thompson Lane. The charming brick-walled space does not need any décor – large display cases filled with all kinds of cookies, pastries, cakes, brownies, pies, cheesecakes, and layered dessert cakes are feast for the eyes, and more importantly, anyone’s sweet tooth. The bakery is particularly famous for its custom wedding cakes and other custom decorated cakes and has won numerous awards. With 33 years of experience in creating these spectacular, edible delights, they are justifiably proud of their freshly baked cakes, made using only the best available ingredients.

1911 Medical Center Pkwy # B, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, Phone: 615-890-2253 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: Julia's Homestyle Bakery

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»Just Love Coffee

Just Love Coffee


Having a good cup of your favorite kind of coffee in a nice spot is one of life’s great pleasures. The original Just Love Coffee place is a delightful industrial style space; large, lofty, with high ceilings and concrete floors, filled with busy people working on their computers, checking their emails, or just enjoying the first cup of Java of the day with hot waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Even with the vast space and high ceiling, the place has cozy, pleasant vibe that invites lingering. It probably has something to do with superb coffee they roast themselves. You can see bags full of freshly roasted coffee beans in front of the counter and the smell that pervades the place is intoxicating. Just Love Coffee is also proud to share some of their profits with the community.

129 MTCS Rd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, Phone: 615-624-8169 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: Just Love Coffee

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»Lanes Trains and Automobiles

Lanes Trains and Automobiles


Lanes Trains and Automobiles is Murfreesboro’s party central. This 32-lane bowling alley has super modern bowling facilities with new Vector Scoring and automatic bumpers. They even have 6lb bowling balls for the kids and daily specials that combine your favorite game with delicious pizzas and other treats. This huge place has far more than just bowling – they also offer Tennessee Spinzone Bumper cars, laser tag, and some of the latest arcade games. The place is a very popular venue for birthday parties, corporate events, and all sorts of celebrations – there is a game for everyone and pizza for any taste.

450 Butler Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37127, Phone: 615-890-3999 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: AS Photo Project/Fotolia

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»Mayday Brewery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mayday Brewery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee


Some people go to the Mayday Brewery for their fabulous craft beers, always with 10 to 12 on tap. Some go for the fabulous beer and live music on weekends, while others go for the great beer, excellent music, yoga on Saturdays or open mike on Thursdays. There is always a fun food truck on the premises as well as a super crowd of like-minded people. There is also original art on the exposed brick walls by local artists, fun atmosphere, lovely outdoor space, and Saturday brewery tours with free samples and a brewery pint glass to take with you. The funky, relaxed atmosphere and the buzz of conversation added to the excellent beer make the Mayday Brewery tasting room a place to be in the evening.

521 Old Salem Rd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, Phone: 615-479-9722 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: Africa Studio/Fotolia

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»Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation USA

Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation USA


One of the largest automobile manufacturers in the country, Nissan started its US production in June of 1983 with a white Nissan pickup truck that proudly rolled off the Smyrna assembly line. This giant plant, one of four in the US today, covers about six million square feet of space and the tours that take visitors through the various buildings in a tram ride last about 40 minutes, with a 10-minute introductory video. They make six kinds of vehicles and produce about 2,500 cars per day. Kids have to be ten years or older to participate. There are two tours a day on Tuesday and Thursday and reservation is required.

983 Nissan Dr, Smyrna, TN 37167, Phone: 615-459-1444 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: monstarrr/Fotolia

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»Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN: Oaklands Historic House and Museum

Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN: Oaklands Historic House and Museum


Oaklands is a beautiful historic Italianate plantation home located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and a local landmark that tells the story of the times of prosperity in the Old South and the hardships local people had to endure during the Civil War. It started as a small two-room brick house built in the late 1800s for Dr. James Maney and his wife, Sally Murfree Maney, who inherited the land north of Murfreesboro next to a large spring. The house was added to and improved with the next generation of residents, to end as the elegant mansion lavishly decorated that can be seen today. The plantation was abandoned after the last resident Rebecca Jetton left and was purchased by the city to be torn down until a group of local women rallied to restore it and turn it into a house museum. The house was opened to the public in 1960 and is now registered on the National Register of Historic Places.

900 N Maney Ave, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, Phone: 615-893-0022 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: Oaklands Historic House and Museum

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»Old Stone Fort State Park

Old Stone Fort State Park


The Old Stone Fort is a 1,500 to 2,000-year-old Native American structure built in what is now Coffee County and used for about 500 years before it was abandoned. It is the most complex enclosure on a hilltop discovered in the South. While the structure resembles a fort, it is not sure what its purpose was. It is suspected that it was used for ceremonies rather than for defense. It is now part of Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park and there is a beautiful hiking trail that follows the wall of the fort as it winds through the dramatic scenery. You can see the original entrance to the fort, designed to face the sun rising over the horizon during the summer solstice. There are several informative panels that describe the fort as well as several scenic waterfalls along the trail.

732 Stone Fort Dr, Manchester, TN 37355, Phone: 931-723-5073 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: kellyvandellen/Fotolia

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»Stone River Greenway, , Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Stone River Greenway, , Murfreesboro, Tennessee


The Murfreesboro Greenway is a system of trails that consists of the Stones River Trail and Lytle Creek Trail. They are 13 miles long and are both very popular for nature hikes, running, walking, biking, and in-line skating. The trails can be accessed through 13 trailheads. Along the trails there are access points on the Stone River for small paddleboats for those who love to cruise slowly and silently, surrounded by the lush greenery. The Greenway trails connect several historical sites, neighborhoods, parks, and businesses. The Greenway is also a conservation corridor for the protection and preservation of native natural and cultural resources.

1100 Cason Ln, Murfreesboro, TN 37128-6745 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: Zack Frank/Fotolia

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»Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN: Stones River National Battlefield

Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN: Stones River National Battlefield


Stones River National Battlefield is a 570-acre park on the Stones River in Rutherford County, about 3 miles from Murfreesboro. It was created to honor and remember the Battle of Stones River, a crucial battle of the American Civil War that was fought between December 31, 1862, and January 2, 1863. The battle ended in a strategic victory for the Union army. There is a very informative visitors’ center with rangers providing information, brochures, and maps. The park also has several ranger programs, such as lectures, bike tours, battlefield hikes, evening cemetery walks, living history reenactments, and old weapons demonstrations such as musket and cannon and firing.

3501 Old Nashville Hwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, Phone: 615-893-9501 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: William C. Bunce/Fotolia

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»The Alley on Main, Murfreesboro, TN

The Alley on Main, Murfreesboro, TN


The Alley on Main is a lively, popular restaurant on Murfreesboro’s Main Street with several dining rooms to choose from and a large menu that has something for everyone. There is a full bar, a casual, relaxed dining room, and a nice, elegant dining room with white tablecloths for special occasions. The menu is New American with a focus on high-quality ingredients such as Angus beef and sushi-grade fish flown in few times a week. Dishes are fairly simple, feature everyone’s favorites, and can be adjusted to each customer’s wishes. The place is famous for their homemade desserts such as Thoroughbred Pie, their version of the famous Kentucky treat, with bourbon, walnuts, and chocolate. For lunch they offer great salads, sandwiches, and pastas.

223 W Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, Phone: 615-203-3498 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: The Alley on Main

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»The Grumpy Bookpeddler

The Grumpy Bookpeddler


The Grumpy Bookpeddler is one of those places where you can see many Murfreesboro residents as well as visitors browsing through packed shelves, sitting on one of their comfortable sofas, or chatting with the Grumpy Bookpeddler, who has been serving the city with used books since 2011. The store has grown to stock more than 50,000 used books, 4,000 of which are available online. They also have a few new books written by local authors. There is a nice kiddy corner, where they can browse through their favorite books on a rainy day or just play while their parents are trying to choose their books. The store will also buy your old books.

1111 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, Phone: 615-900-3264 15 Best Things to Do in Murfreesboro, TN - Photo: The Grumpy Bookpeddler

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