Adventures in Music City
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp contacts:
Laurel Bennett, CTIS, Vice President of Tourism Sales
615-259-4790 / Laurel@visitmusiccity.com
LouAnna Henton, CSTP, Senior Tourism Sales Manager
615-259-4758 / LouAnna@visitmusiccity.com
Staci Flores, Tourism Sales Manager
615-259-4751 / Staci@visitmusiccity.com
Mary Rowe, Sales Coordinator
615-259-4780 / Mary@visitmusiccity.com
Spend the morning stepping back in time at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson. The Hermitage is the most authentic early presidential home in America, where you'll be an honored guest in the Jackson family mansion, the formal garden, slave quarters, and the original log cabin that Jackson occupied in 1804.
Step aboard the General Jackson Showboat, one of the largest showboats in the country! Back by popular demand, Country Music USA returns to the General Jackson with a high-energy country music extravaganza. Enjoy a delicious dinner and lively entertainment while cruising down the majestic Cumberland River!
Enjoy some leisure time strolling through Opry Mills Shopping Mall, the largest outlet, value retail, entertainment, and dining destination in Tennessee!
Go wild at Nashville Zoo with this afternoon package designed to unleash the beast in every student. Explore Nashville’s number one family attraction and, after the Zoo closes, stay for a unique after-hours adventure. The Zoo staff can create an outing with everything from carousel rides, to field games, to a romp on their enormous Jungle Gym playground. Your group can even get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s inhabitants. Afternoon Zoolite is the perfect way to end your fun-filled day in Music City!
Begin the day with an amazing, original, scientific adventure at the Adventure Science Center! Complete your astronaut training and tour the solar system in the new Space Chase exhibit wing. Make your way Down the Hatch to The Heart of It All, Body Battles, BrainStorm Theater, and other interactive exhibits in BodyQuest, as you learn how your body works. Plus, experience the Adventure Tower, Sudekum Planetarium, BlueMax, and more!
Begin your day at Adventureworks (locations in both Kingston Springs, located 25 minutes west of Nashville, and at Fontanel, located in Whites Creek, TN, just 15 minutes northwest of downtown Nashville). Zipping is a thrilling adventure with a bird’s eye view! Families, friends, and groups of all kinds love soaring through the trees in our 40-acre forest nestled in a scenic bend of the Harpeth River. Zippers sail through the air on steel cables, secured in a safety harness and attached to a zip pulley system. Guides point out native trees, plants, and wildlife. After Zipping, your group will continue the adventure with a challenging, team-building ropes course. Courses include the Low Course Challenge, High Course Challenge, The Great Rescue, and Climb Jump Swing.
Learn why Nashville is known as “the Athens of the South” at the world’s only full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Nashville’s Parthenon stands in Centennial Park and features both the city’s art museum and Athena Parthenos. At almost 42 feet in height, Athena Parthenos is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
Enjoy lunch on your own at the Nashville Farmers' Market, featuring exciting culinary experiences from all over the world in their food hall. After lunch, explore the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. There, you will tour Tennessee via a 200-foot granite map of the state, a walkway featuring the 95 counties, 31 fountains representing the major rivers of Tennessee, and an extraordinary wall depicting the history of the state. The park also includes the 95 Bell Carillon, the World War II Memorial, Court of Three Stars, a 2,000-seat amphitheater, and a visitor center. Rangers may be seen reenacting characters in Tennessee's history such as David Crockett, Alvin C. York, and soldiers of Tennessee's past wars.
Travel to Belle Meade Plantation, where one hundred years of history come to life as costumed guides tell stories of plantation life. This historic venue showcases the 1853 Greek revival mansion and seven outbuildings including the colossal Carriage House and stables housing an antique carriage collection. Experience the stories of enslaved African Americans who helped build and maintain the world-famous thoroughbred plantation in the 19th century.
Dinner at B.B. Kings, Dick’s Last Resort, Hard Rock Café, Margaritaville, or Puckett’s on 5th.
Entertain your group by taking in one of Music City’s many productions: A Tribute to the King, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, Miss Jeanne’s Mystery Dinner Theatre, Nashville Nightlife Theater, Nashville Symphony, Tennessee Performing Arts Center – Broadway Series, or Nashville Repertory Theatre.
Explore downtown Nashville on a Nashville Ghost Tour with a variety of tours to suit your educational group needs including topics such as Nashville history, local legends, and ghost stories. Student groups will enjoy a new and unique way to learn about Music City’s colorful past.
Be a Star for a Day! The star treatment is what Nashville does best, and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum brings it all together in this very unique package offering. Your group begins with a personally guided tour of Historic RCA Studio B, Home of 1,000 Hits, where music legends recorded timeless songs. They’ll be inspired during their own recording session directed by a sound engineer right where Elvis himself stood to record over 200 songs. Then it’s off to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, where they can hear rare recordings of country’s legendary performers, see behind-the-scenes films by today’s stars, along with costumes, instruments, and personal treasures from country music’s past and present. And, enjoy a hands-on experience at Hatch Show Print, one of the country's oldest letterpress printing shops.
After the excitement of touring and performing, your group will enjoy a home-style barbeque buffet and line-dancing lessons at the famous Wildhorse Saloon. We delight them one more time by playing their “latest hit” over the Wildhorse's sound system.
After lunch, your group will head backstage at the “Mother Church of Country Music,” the Ryman Auditorium!
Learn about a real-life Scarlett O’Hara at Belmont Mansion! Completed in 1853 by Adelicia Acklen, Belmont Mansion (currently on the campus of Belmont University) was recognized as one of the most elaborate and unusual homes in the South. Adelicia secretly conspired with both the Confederate and Union forces to emerge from the Civil War with her fortune intact. The Grand Salon with its staircase is considered the most elaborate domestic room built in antebellum Tennessee.
Experience one of Nashville's newest music museums, The Johnny Cash Museum pays tribute to the man in black and houses the largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is the one and only museum in the world that honors the talented musicians who actually played on the greatest recordings of all time.
Dinner at the Aquarium Restaurant or Rainforest Café in Opry Mills!
Experience the Grand Ole Opry – Nashville’s must-see attraction and the world’s longest running live radio show. As the home of country music, the Opry offers an incredible mix of talent to create an American experience like no other!