Nashville attractions will keep you on your toes and give you things to do for days. With so much going on around Music City, it may be a daunting task to decide what to do first. To help you out, here's a list of the top 10 things to do in Nashville, from a local's perspective:
Welcome to Music City! You can't be in Nashville and not see a show. No matter what music you like, there's a venue or spot in the city to listen to it. We have jazz clubs, a symphony center, rock and country bars, dueling piano bars, blues clubs and, of course, country music. Popular music venues in Nashville include the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, Grimey's, Exit/In, and the newest addition, West Riverfront Park and Amphitheater, opening July 2015.
Football fans can't miss the NFL's Tennessee Titans, who play at LP Field in downtown Nashville. The stadium seats more than 68,000 fans who cheer the team and shop for merchandise. The Titans are responsible for the Music City Miracle, one of the most historic plays in NFL playoff history.
Eat fresh at the Nashville Farmers' Market on Rosa Parks in downtown, which features two covered sheds, a market house with 16 restaurants and shops, and a craft and flea shed with up to 50 merchants, open on weekends. Remember to bring bags, maybe a cooler and some cash.
Once you've bought your fresh fruits and veggies, stop by Yazoo Brewery on Division Street for a beer. The taproom is located in the popular Gulch area, and brewery tours are available during regular hours. For large groups, make sure to book a reservation.
If you like spicy foods, start with a medium. The hot can be so hot you may not be able to finish it. Hot chicken, a Nashville food staple, is breaded, coated in seasoning (especially cayenne pepper) and fried to deliciousness. Several restaurants serve it, but some must-trys are Hattie B's, 400 Degrees and Prince's.
To complete a day downtown, keep the party going at one of Nashville's many honky tonks. Honky Tonk District, located on lower Broadway, is full of honky tonks small and large, and families are welcome before 8 or 9 p.m. Some nightlife hot spots include Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Robert’s Western World, The Second Fiddle, and newcomer Honky Tonk Central, a three-story restaurant and venue.
Nashville also has places to unwind, such as Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, a 55-acre estate in West Nashville. Stroll through several gardens that include Japanese, herb, two perennials, an award-winning wildflower garden and more. Housed in a 30,000-square-foot Georgian-style mansion is the museum of art, which features American and English collections.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts features permanent and traveling exhibits in 24,000 square feet of gallery space. The family-friendly center has a large area for kids and parents to create their own pieces and get hands-on art experience. Visitors under 18 are always free.
See the city's wildest side at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, home to more than 2,500 individual animals. Little ones will love the bounce house, while older kids can play on a massive jungle gym, measuring 66,000 square feet for fun and exercise.
Radnor Lake is one of the most visited spots in the area for outdoor recreation. The state park offers water activities, camping sites, trails for hiking and events. There are eight restaurants on site, and first-time visitors are encouraged to check out the visitor center to learn about the park's history and highlights.