Nashville offers much more than great country music! From historical landmarks, fabulous eats, great views, honky tonks, symphony halls and fine art museums, you are sure to get the true Nashville experience at ESX Nashville.
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Arrington Vineyards is Tennessee's premier winery. Located only 30 minutes south of Nashville. Arrington Vineyards offers breathtaking views and tastings of 12 outstanding wines. http://www.arringtonvineyards.com
The Arts Community- Downtown Nashville
Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of every month when art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings! Over 1,000 people attend this very popular monthly event. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. The gallery crawl is a great free night on the town!
Belle Meade Plantation
Come visit the home of where the bloodlines of Seabiscuit, Funny Cide, Smarty Jones and Barbarro began. Tour features the 1853 Greek Revival mansion; other historic outbuildings include the 1890's carriage house and stables and original 1790's log cabin. Museum store and restaurant on property. http://www.bellemeadeplantation.com
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art
Within its 55 acres, Cheekwood is a complex institution rich with history, beautiful gardens and fine art. The Botanical Garden showcases fine horticultural collections, acclaimed for their diversity and quality. The Museum of Art presents American and European art and is recognized as a center for contemporary art in the Southeast. These collections reside in one of the grandest estates in Nashville, the former Cheek residence. Named to the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion and the original boxwood gardens are an amazing work of architecture and design and the ideal setting for the gardens and art museum. http://www.cheekwood.org
Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
Do more than hear the music. See it. Live it. Experience it. This isn't just a museum; it's an experience, an exciting and entertaining destination in Nashville with something for everyone. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments and tear-stained lyric sheets are only the beginning. Add interactive exhibits, films featuring today's top country names, private sessions with professional songwriters, incredible architecture along with our famous southern hospitality, and a day at the museum turns into the memories of a lifetime. http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org
Home of the New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South, Carnton was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War, the November 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin. During and after the battle, Carnton served as the largest field hospital, sheltering hundreds of wounded and dying Confederates, including four Confederate generals whose bodies were laid out on the porch as their men paid their final respects. Eighteen months later, Carrie and John McGavock established a cemetery as a final resting place for 1,491 Confederate soldiers.
Today the house is open daily for tours. Visitors see an elegantly restored home with floors still stained with the blood of fallen soldiers. www.carnton.org
The Carter House
The Carter House, built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, witnessed one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War on November 30, 1864.
This Registered Historic Landmark has been open to the public since 1953 and serves as a memorial to the Carter Family, as well as the countless heroes of the Battle of Franklin.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The family-friendly Frist Center is a world-class art center dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions from local, regional, national and international sources. The Center also features the interactive ArtQuest gallery, educational programs, gift shop and cafe, all surrounded by gorgeous architecture. Explore, learn, and enjoy great art. http://www.fristcenter.org
Gaylord Springs Golf Links
Open daily year-round. 18 hole links-style golf course, full-service clubhouse open for lunch, pro shop, golf instruction, on-site club repair, custom club fitting, group outings. Designed by Larry Nelson, this 18 hole links-style course offers 18 holes of championship golf. An on-site Golf Institute also offers instruction, custom club fitting and on-site repair.
General Jackson Showboat
Climb aboard the General
Jackson Showboat for a unique entertainment experience. This 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat cruises the Cumberland River offering fantastic shows and delicious meals. Special event cruises are offered throughout the year.
Grand Ole Opry
What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon dedicated to honoring country music's rich history and dynamic present with a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps.
Hatch Show Print
One of the oldest-known letterpress poster shops in America, Hatch Show Print has been in business since 1879 and still continues to use the same techniques employed in the 15th century. Now owned and operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Hatch has been a leading poster printer for vaudeville, circuses, and sporting events; however, Hatch is probably best known for posters of the Grand Ole Opry stars. Free admission. http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org/hatch
Historic RCA Studio B
Visit Historic RCA Studio B, "The Home of 1,000 Hits." Get an up-close look at what was once the second home of music legends Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton and more. Over 35,000 songs were recorded here, including "It's Now Or Never," "Only The Lonely," and "I Will Always Love You." Now you can see how and where many of the greatest performers of the 1950s through the 1970s made timeless music and recording history. http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org
Lane Motor Museum
Discover 150 unique cars and motorcycles. Lane Motor Museum features a collection of vehicles typically not seen in the U.S. Vehicles on display include microcars, amphibious vehicles, competition cars, Czechoslovakian vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, military vehicles, motorcycles, prototypes and one-of-a-kind vehicles. http://www.lanemotormuseum.org
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Nashville Zoo is an animal adventure for everyone. Come experience the new Alligator Cove, Giraffe Savannah and red river hog habitat. Ride the Carousel, tour the Grassmere Historic Home and explore beautiful habitats featuring Bengal tigers, elephants, zebras and many other animals from around the world. http://www.nashvillezoo.org
The world's only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple, 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. http://www.parthenon.org
The Ryman Auditorium, built in 1892 and designated a National Historic Landmark, offers the best in entertainment opportunities. By day, take a self-guided museum tour or guided backstage tour. Record your own CD in the new Ryman Recording Studio! In the evening, return for a show or concert at this premier performance hall - a three-time winner of Pollstar's National Theatre of the Year.. http://www.ryman.com
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Just opened in September 2006, this performance venue is among the best acoustically in the world. Located in the SoBro district, the new Symphony Center completes the quadrangle of entertainment in downtown Nashville. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center offers building tours, free of charge, given by highly-trained and enthusiastic volunteer docents. Tours begin promptly from the West Atrium on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 1:00pm and last approximately 50 minutes. All scheduled tours are subject to change depending on previously scheduled event activity. Call the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Hotline at 615-687-6580 for the most up-to-date information prior to your visit.
A Tribute to the KING:Thru the Years 1953 - 1977
The legend lives on in Nashville, paying tribute to the King in Music City where he recorded over 300 songs. This high-energy live musical biography starring John Beardsley transports the audience through six eras of his career. With over 30 songs and 5 costumes, this show has thrilled audiences of all ages. http://www.thenashvilleking.com