Plan a quick weekend getaway or stay for a week – in Nashville you won't get bored. After a delicious breakfast or lunch, take a tour of the historic RCA Studio B where Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton recorded their tunes, shop at the vibrant Nashville Farmers Market, and explore the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum. Other top things to do in Nashville include the Johnny Cash Museum and the Fontanel Mansion, and a theater or music performance at one of the city’s famous venues. Dine at casual and elegant restaurants to complete your trip.

1. Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
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Built in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle and later renamed the Ryman Auditorium after steamboat captain and founder Thomas G. Ryman, this historic live performance venue is located at 5th Avenue in Nashville and is one of the city’s greatest landmarks.

The venue is renowned for being the home of the famous Grand Ole Opry, which was broadcast from the auditorium from 1943 until 1974. Even when the Opry moved to its new home, Opryland USA Theme Park, the Ryman Auditorium continued to attract visitors.

The auditorium was also featured in a number of major motion pictures, including the Oscar-winning Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) and Honkytonk Man (1982), and has been voted Theater of the Year four times by Pollstar magazine. Since then, the Ryman has become inseparably linked to the country genre and dubbed “The Mother Church of Country Music”.

116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219, Phone: 615-889-3060

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2. Nashville Farmers' Market

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The Nashville Farmers' Market has been a vital part of Nashville life since its inception in the early 1800s.

Today, the market features homegrown, locally sourced and sustainable products from artisans and crafters, farmers and flea merchants, restaurateurs, and shop-owners throughout the year. Two vast covered farm sheds display farm-fresh items from ranchers, dairies, cheese-makers, and vegetable farmers, with a variety of seasonal produce available according to the season.

The indoor Market House is where the fresh produce turns into delicious cuisine: here you will find sixteen restaurants, cafés, stalls, and vendors selling every type of food from pizza to tacos to barbecue. Market-goers can find local and regional craft brews at the Picnic Tap and Batch Nashville, while the bakers at Village Bakery & Provisions make fresh bread to take home.

Nashville Farmers Market’s Craft & Flea Shed is open on Friday and Sunday only, and offers a wealth of handcrafted, vintage and upcycled items, as well as local and international street foods. If you are wondering what to do in what to do in Nashville with kids on a sunny day, this is a great place to visit.

900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37208, Phone: 615-880-2001, (website link)

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3. Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, Nashville, TN

Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, Nashville, TN
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Located on the first floor of the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium, the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum honors all musicians from the time that recorded music was introduced to present day.

Artists are nominated by the American Federation of Musicians and other music industry professionals, including songwriters, singers, producers and engineers, and are inducted into the Hall of Fame regardless of genre or instrument.

Visitors to the museum can learn about the history of the famous hall and browse through photographs and biographies of each of the musicians who have been inducted into the museum thus far.

The venue can also be rented out for private functions and special events with a personalized marquee, special tours of the museum and even a red carpet. The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum is one of the top Nashville, Tennessee attractions.

401 Gay Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37201, Phone: 615-244-3263

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4. Centennial Park, Nashville, TN

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Visited by thousands of people every year who come to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, walking trails and recreational facilities, Centennial Park is Nashville's favorite green space.

Located on West End and 25th Avenue North, the park spans 132 acres and features a fantastic array of things to see and do. Walk or hike the attractive one-mile walking trail or head to the unique exercise trail if you want to jog or run.

Explore the iconic Parthenon and other historical monuments dotted around the park, take in some local art at the Centennial Art Center, or spend a day with the kids at the art activity center. Have a romantic picnic in the stunning sunken garden, or work up a sweat with a game of volleyball.

On warm summer days, hit the water on Lake Watauga for some boating, kayaking or paddling. If you are looking for fun things to do in Nashville with kids, Centennial Park is a beautiful place to visit for couples and families.

2500 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, Phone: 615-862-8400, (website link)

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5. Etch Restaurant, Nashville, TN

Etch Restaurant, Nashville, TN
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Located in downtown Nashville in the Encore Tower, Etch offers a fine dining experience created by Chef Deb Paquette who designed a menu that takes your taste buds on a memorable journey.

The restaurant features a contemporary design, complete with an open kitchen that lets you observe the chef at work. If you are celebrating a special occasion, ask for one of the two private dining rooms for additional privacy.

Must-try dishes include prime-cut steak, Octopus and Shrimp Bruschetta, cobia and Tempura Oyster Mushrooms. The excellent menu at Etch is accompanied by a diverse selection of wine and cocktails.

303 Demonbreun St., Nashville, Tennessee 37201, Phone: 615-522-0685

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6. Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville

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Occupying a prime position in the James K. Polk Cultural Center in downtown Nashville, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is the state’s premier theater venue.

Situated opposite the Tennessee State Capitol, the large-scale performing arts center is made up of three different stage facilities and the Tennessee State Museum. The three stages are named after the three American Presidents who hailed from Tennessee: Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472 seats), the James K. Polk Theater (1,075 seats), and the Andrew Johnson Theater (256 seats).

TPAC produces beloved Broadway shows, special events and engagements, and a variety of educational workshops and programs. The Center is also home to three of Nashville’s top performing arts organizations-- the Nashville Opera, the Nashville Ballet, and the Nashville Repertory Theater-- whose performances are independent of the TPAC. If you are looking for romantic things to do in Nashville, watch a show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37243, Phone: 615-782-4000

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7. Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, Nashville, TN

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Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is a beautifully preserved plantation house and museum just a short drive from downtown Nashville.

Once owned by seventh President of the United States Andrew Jackson, who lived here permanently after he retired from public life, the colonial-style mansion is a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can step back into history and take a stroll through Andrew Jackson’s life with a trip to this magnificent abode.

The museum features an excellent array of exhibits and displays documenting the heritage of the home and the President’s life. The variety of tours around the property include Lantern Evening Tours, the Tulip Grove Tour and the Hermitage by Wagon Tour.

The museum also hosts a number of informative and entertaining events throughout the year. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is one of the top Nashville, Tennessee attractions.

4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, Tennessee 37076, Phone: 615-889-2941, (website link)

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8. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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Lauding the genre, history and traditions of country music through world-class exhibits, presentations and educational programs, the Country Music Hall of Fame is one of Nashville’s major attractions.

The museum houses an unrivaled collection of country music memorabilia. Located in the heart of Music City’s rapidly growing center, The Country Music Hall of Fame boasts state-of-the-art galleries, spacious event halls, dynamic retail space and modern classrooms.

These features have earned it the nickname “Smithsonian of Country Music.” The museum’s main exhibition, “Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music,” sends visitors on a journey through the history and sounds of country music, exploring its origins and showcasing the voices, faces and stories of many of its legends.

Along with world-class galleries, the museum is also home to the CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center and the Grammy-winning re-issue label of CMF Records.

222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, Phone: 615-416-2001

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9. The Farm House, Nashville, TN

The Farm House, Nashville, TN
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The Farm House is a delightful restaurant in downtown Nashville where chef/owner Trey Cioccia combines his Italian and Southern heritage with his ‘farm-to-table’ philosophy to come up with superb, imaginative and exceptionally fresh meals.

All ingredients are seasonal and fresh – Cioccia works with local farmers, like Farmer Dave from Southland Farms or Trout farmer Bob Lukens, to bring to your table only the best and the freshest. The original and whimsical menu includes such treats as pork belly Pop Tarts or pimento cheese beignets. Chef Cioccia makes his own cornbread, sauces and bacon, and there is a nice selection of local beers on tap to wash it all down.

210 Almond St, Nashville, Tennessee 37201, Phone: 615-522-0688, (website link)

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10. Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville, TN

Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville, TN
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Celebrating the life of one of music’s greatest legends, the Johnny Cash Museum is an award-winning, world-class museum honoring the singer. Located on 3rd Avenue in Nashville, the red-brick museum boasts a fantastic display of memorabilia, photographs, documents and personal items from the life of Johnny Cash, regarded by many as the epitome of the country music star.

The museum follows the story of Cash’s extraordinary life and explores his lengthy and impressive career through state-of-the-art multimedia technology. Guests can wander through the lavishly decorated rooms and learn about his life, beginning with a recording Cash made with Elvis and concluding in the company of music icon Nick Cave.

Since its grand opening in 2013, the museum has earned accolades, including the 2014 Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums and the coveted AAA Gem Rating.

119 Third Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37201, Phone: 615-256-1777, (website link)

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11. The Grilled Cheeserie, Nashville, TN

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What started as a popular food truck grew into a brick-and-mortar spot in Nashville’s Belmont/Hillsboro neighborhood, offering a fancy version of everyone’s childhood favorite: Grilled cheese sandwich. If you are wondering what they could possibly do to a melted cheese sandwich to make it fancy, you would be surprised, and you will never again be satisfied with the old, simple version. To get the idea, try turkey di Parma with free-range turkey, buttermilk cheddar, balsamic-marinated sun-cured tomatoes, and walnut pesto aioli on parmesan-crusted rosemary garlic bread. The large industrial unadorned counter-serve place provides plenty of seating if you cannot wait to sink your teeth in the delicious cheesy delight. They also offer in-house made soups and spectacular milkshakes, snacks, and old-fashioned ice cream floats. And don’t worry; their truck is still going around Nashville.

2003 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212, Phone: 615-203-0351

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12. Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Nashville, TN

Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Nashville, TN
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Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is an iconic Nashville country music lounge located across the alley from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Established in 1960, this famous lounge and watering hole has hosted some big names such as Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson while they were young and unknown artists. Tootsie, the owner, was known for her support and generosity toward young struggling musicians. The funky lavender color of the building started as a painter’s mistake but is now part of Tootsie’s image. The space inside is cozy, with a large stage that dominate the place and walls covered with photos and memorabilia, painting the whole history of this iconic spot. There are live bands playing every night to the full house on one of the three patios.

422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-726-0463

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13. Things to Do in Nashville, TN: Party Fowl

Things to Do in Nashville, TN: Party Fowl
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Party Fowl is a one-of-a-kind Nashville dining destination opened by Nick Jacobson and Austin Smith, offering three dining destinations throughout downtown Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Donelson. The restaurant specializes in the Music City's unique Nashville Hot Chicken dish, a type of fried chicken seasoned with a signature blend of hot spices. Hot chicken entrees range from chicken po'boy and Cuban sandwiches to hot chicken poutine, nachos, and tacos. Delicious burgers, sandwiches, and land and sea entrees are also available, including Nashville Hot catfish and andouille sausage po'boys and the restaurant's signature beer butt chicken. More than 20 local brews are offered up on draft, along with a craft cocktail program cultivated by Nashville Ice Lab.

719 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-624-8255

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14. Five Points Pizza, Nashville, TN

Five Points Pizza, Nashville, TN
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It is not easy to develop a great reputation in the highly competitive pizza market, but Five Points Pizza in Nashville has managed to do just that with their massive slices of New York-style thin-crust pizzas and excellent craft beers on draft, winning awards for the best pizza in Nashville year after year. Folks keep coming back to their original shop in East Nashville’s Five Points for a slice of their pizza with prosciutto with basil or for the entire 18-inch pie for a party, loaded with meatballs and a mountain of mozzarella, or any other delicious topping. The small, simple restaurant has a walk-up window that is open late as well as regular indoor seating, but there is always a line outside. One of the great pleasures is to sit at the kitchen counter and watch the art of tossing and putting it all together.

1012 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206, Phone: 615-915-4174

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15. Pinewood Social

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Pinewood Social takes the term “gathering space” to a new level. Whether you feel like relaxing on comfortable couches with a coffee, lying by the swimming pool with a cocktail, or hitting the bar for a tequila with friends, Pinewood Social has a little bit of everything.

Housed in a historic trolley barn, Pinewood Social combines home-away-from-home comforts with a retro dining and entertainment space. Within Pinewood Social, a satellite location of the beloved Crema Coffee Roasters offers Americana-inspired dishes such as smoked trout casserole and mushroom pot pie, as well as a full bar serving local craft beers, excellent wines and handcrafted cocktails with a twist.

After your meal, enjoy a game of bowling in the six-lane bowling alley, a game of bocce, or cocktails from the Airstream bar next to the pool.

33 Peabody St, Nashville, Tennessee 37210, Phone: 615-751-8111

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16. Embers Ski Lodge

Embers Ski Lodge
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Mountain lodges are known for their great after-ski atmosphere and fun. Rustic and relaxed, Embers Ski Lodge is a neighborhood bar and eatery in Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood that tries to recreate a hip Aspen mountain lodge vibe with lot of wood, a large curved bar, and a pleasant, homey feel. The food is great, the cocktails are quirky, the whiskey and craft beer lists are enormous, and the happy hour specials are super-attractive. No wonder Ember Ski Lodge is so popular. It is great place to hang out with friends. If you come hungry, try their juicy cheeseburgers, fish tacos, or steak sandwiches or one of their large, fresh salads.

2410 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, Phone: 615-866-5652

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17. Husk Nashville

Husk Nashville
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James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock’s latest venture, Husk Nashville is the newest addition to the Neighborhood Dining Group.

Located in Rutledge Hill, the restaurant’s menu is all about the South: not only discovering its unique food, but enjoying a reinvention of Southern cuisine. Under the expert eye of Brock, dishes are created from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients and traditional Southern cooking techniques and put together in an open, collaborative kitchen.

The chefs themselves deliver the food they make to the tables, and anything that isn’t used is preserved, pickled, smoked, and saved. Husk’s beautifully designed interior spaces highlight the heritage of the building, which was constructed between 1879 and 1882, with an elegant fusion of Southern style and cosmopolitan flair. If you are looking for unique date night ideas in Nashville, book a table at this great restaurant.

37 Rutledge St., Nashville, Tennessee 37210, Phone: 615-256-6565

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18. D. Luxe Home, Nashville, TN

D. Luxe Home, Nashville, TN
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D. Luxe Home is one of Nashville's most beloved home goods stores, operated by design firm Bynum Residential Design. The charming store is housed within an 1,800-square-foot space within Marathon Village, offering a wide variety of furniture, artwork, and home decor items, with a tourist-oriented focus on smaller decor and design items that may be easily packed within a suitcase. Many items are vintage, salvaged, or upcycled items, creating sleek, revitalized pieces for customers to proudly display within their homes and offices. Local retailers and artisans are showcased, along with locally-sourced antique and vintage items. Light fixtures of all varieties are also sold, ranging from antique chandeliers to quirky modern lamps.

1200 Clinton Street, Suite 30, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, Phone: 615-988-2180

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19. The Fox Bar and Cocktail Club, Nashville, TN

The Fox Bar and Cocktail Club, Nashville, TN
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The Fox Bar and Cocktail Club is a trendy East Nashville cocktail joint opened in 2017 by Andrew Cook and Bryan Rushton. The bar, which is located behind counter-service comfort food shop Nicoletto's Italian Kitchen, showcases an extensive menu of classic and inventive cocktails created by Will Benedetto, ranging from 19th-century-style Manhattans and Royal Gin and Tonics to unique Pecan Pie-Tais and Garden Margaritas with bell peppers, avocado, and ancho verde. A full menu of old-fashioneds is available, along with local craft beers, wines, and clever non-alcoholic beverages. Food options range from light bites to sandwiches, with many vegetarian and vegan options served.

2905 B Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216, Phone: 615-678-6541, (website link)

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20. Things to Do in Nashville, TN: RCA Studio B

Things to Do in Nashville, TN: RCA Studio B
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RCA Studio B was once the center of music in the City of Music. Built in 1957 by Dan Maddox, RCA Studio B was a recording studio that saw the likes of popular music megastars such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and the Everly Brothers.

The studio not only helped countless stars shoot to fame, but also put Nashville on the map as an international recording center. Today the historic studio is a popular cultural attraction where visitors can take a step back in time and learn about the vital role the studio played in the evolution of Nashville as “the Music City.”

The studio also acts as a classroom for Nashville music students who want to learn the science of sound and recording technology.

1611 Roy Acuff Pl, Nashville, Tennessee 37246, Phone: 615-416-2001

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