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9 Awesome Things to Do in Nashville Tennessee

Looking for the best things to do in Nashville, Tennessee? If you’re a first-timer, don’t miss these spots.

What do you prioritize when you visit a new city? We usually prioritize two things: food and photos.

We really enjoyed our time here and can’t wait to visit again. If you’re headed to Nashville (or thinking about moving here), these are the awesome things you should check out:

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Last Updated: June 11, 2024

9 Awesome Things to Do in Nashville Tennessee

1. The Parthenon in Centennial Park

2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, map

Yes, we’re talking about the same Parthenon that’s in Athens, Greece. In Nashville, there is a full-scale replica at Centennial Park near the Vanderbilt campus. It’s a really nice park to walk around.

The Parthenon, Nashville Tennesee - full scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens Greece // localadventurer.com

2. Eat Hot Chicken

This is the local Nashville specialty that’s worth a try. Everyone has their own opinion on what is best, but we noticed many people point you towards Hattie B’s. It was closed on Sunday, so we tried Helen’s Hot Chicken and Party Fowl instead.

According to our friend, who has tried every hot chicken place in the area, Party Fowl is the best. We enjoyed both, but I think we must go back and try all the others.

3. The Hermitage →

4580 Rachels Ln, Hermitage, TN 37076, map

This mansion was once home to Andrew Jackson and is still home to many of his belongings. Spend a day touring the mansion, garden, and tomb.

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4. Walk the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and See the Nashville Skyline

592 S 1st St, Nashville, TN 37213, map

Nashville has a unique skyline, with what most people call the Batman building (it looks like his head). Enjoy the views from the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, formerly known as the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, or from the shores of the Cumberland River.

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5. Belle Meade Plantation

5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205, map

This beautiful historic mansion is now a museum. You can take a tour or stroll the grounds (also a great photo spot).

6. Union Station Hotel

1001 Broadway, Nashville TN 37203, map

Stop by and see the late-Victorian Romanesque Revival architecture of the Union Station Hotel, formerly a railroad terminal.

7. Country Music Hall of Fame →

222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, map

Although we don’t love Country music, you can’t separate Nashville from it. The Hall of Fame has one of the world’s largest collections and research centers that walks you through the history of country music. Don’t forget to check out the Hatch Show Print too.

Right next door is the Music City Center, the main conference center in Nashville. Its beautiful exterior reminded Esther of a guitar, and it is worth stopping by for a few photos.

Music City Center, Nashville Tennessee - This is the main conference center in Nashville but it has a beautiful exterior that reminded us of a guitar // localadventurer.com

8. Live Music at Broadway

Broadway & 2nd, map

Walk down Broadway any time during the week, and you’ll find bar after bar with amazing live music!

9. Printer’s Alley

220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN, map

Printer’s Alley was once the heart of Nashville’s printing and publishing industry and is now a famous nightclub district.

More Things to Do in Nashville Tennessee

Taking another trip to Nashville? Here are a few more suggestions:

  • Patterson House – speakeasy cocktail bar with the best Old Fashioned according to our friend who went to college in Nashville.
  • Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
  • I Believe in Nashville Mural
  • Music Row – you can tour studio B and drive by other famous recording studios. Besides the tours, there isn’t much to see from the street.
  • Radnor Lake
  • Vanderbilt University Campus
  • 18 Essential Nashville Nashville Restaurants
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