Nashville has turned into the new IT city. I love everything about it. I am born and raised just a few minutes North and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Overall, it is just a friendly town. A little bit of city and a little bit of country rolled into one.
Come visit! I’m going to give you a guide to visiting the city with your family. Where to go, what to see and what to do!
This zoo is a perfect place to take the kids. It’s mostly shaded and a pretty easy walk. There is a small kid train, a carousel, a zip line, and a massive playground. The brand new Andean Bear exhibit opens March 15th which will definitely be one to see or you can walk through the kangaroo pin which is always exciting for the kids. There are a ton of fun things for everyone to do here and they have holiday related special events which are always extra special.
Nashville is known for country music. Broadway is the heartbeat of the city. It’s right in downtown Nashville. It is even worth just walking up and down the street. No matter what time a day there is always someone playing music, and usually good music at that! There is so much talent here and you see where it culminates on Broadway. There is a candy store to stop in for the kiddos and you can make your way down to the Riverfront as well. Make sure you stop into the historic Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman was the first home of the Grand Ole Opry before it moved to its current home. The Country Music Hall of Fame is also worth a visit! If you aren’t into the walking tour, there are several unique modes of transportation. You can rent a bike, hop a double decker or trolly or there are even some redneck transportation options that will surely delight.
This is a must visit for sure. They have a couple shows a week and also offer a backstage tour. There are always country music stars gracing the stages of the Opry and you won’t ever be disappointed with the show.
Opryland resort goes hand in hand with visiting the Opry. This hotel is amazing. It has so much to see including a boat tour and 3 huge atriums to explore. Tip: Park in the Opry Mills Parking Lot since its free before you explore the Opry, Hotel and Opry Mills. Opry Mills is a huge mall with a ton the kids can enjoy from the movie theater and Build A Bear workshop to the Rainforest Cafe.
You can check their website to see what exhibits they offer at the time but there is a TON of fun stuff for the kids to play with and learn about.
When the weather is pretty you can find everyone out in this beautiful park. Perfect place for a Nashville picnic.
If the weather is warm you must check out Nashville Shores. In 2018 they are opening a new Aqua Park. There is a wave pool, slides and since they are located on the lake, they even have jet ski rentals.
Nashville Sounds, Nashville Predators or a Tennessee Titans Game
If you are in town during one of these sport seasons make sure you check them out!
Top Golf is Nashville’s newest popular attraction. If you will be there on a weekend I suggest either going at off times, like in the morning or making sure you have a reservation prior to arrival.
Cheekwood has gorgeous gardens, green space and history that make it a must see. While you are visiting Cheekwood make sure to take a pit stop at the nearby Loveless Cafe.
Nashville has some beautiful wall murals around the city. Here are a couple you must check out!
1. “I Believe in Nashville”: 2706 12th Ave. S. – 12th South
2. What Lifts You Wings: 302 11th Ave. S. – The Gulch
3. East Nashville: 600 Main St. – East Nashville
Pastaria – Hearty pasta, wood-fired pizza and gelato
Hattie B’s – Signature hot chicken and comfort food
Kayne Prime – Steaks to die for
Rolf & Daughters – Pasta, seafood
Arnold’s Country Kitchen – Meat & three
Spaghetti Factory – Kid pleaser
Five Daughters Bakery – Picture perfect donuts – kid pleaser
Husk – Southern upscale food
Moto – Rustic Italian
Butcher & Bee
Deacon’s New South