Music City Attractions
Antique Archaeology Nashville
Antique Archaeology, made famous on the hit TV show, American Pickers, has opened in Music City, located just a few blocks away from downtown Nashville. Here you will find your favorite Antique Archaeology gear, including their latest Nashville-exclusive designs, plus new picks that you may have seen on the show. Tune up your guitar and stay a while!
Belle Meade Plantation
No trip to Nashville is complete without a tour of Belle Meade Plantation, made famous by its reputation as a thoroughbred horse farm known for breeding and training championship horses. Today, visitors can explore the remaining 30 acres which feature a winery, visitor’s center, gift shop, cabins, dairy, carriage house and stable.
This 55-acre botanical garden and art museum, located on the historic Cheek estate, boasts nationally recognized collections of American and contemporary painting and sculpture, a botanical garden named in the top 10 by Southern Living magazine and year-round family-friendly activities.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The 140,000-square-foot museum is currently home to the largest collection of country music artifacts in the world. Due to open spring 2014, it will receive a 220,000-square-foot, $75 million expansion, which will more than double the size. The expansion will connect to the new Omni Nashville Hotel on three levels, and will include a beautiful 10,000-square-foot glassenclosed ballroom with a breathtaking view of the skyline, and an incredible new stateof- the-art 800-seat theater. This remarkable expansion will enhance current spaces that include the 11,000-square-foot Curb Conservatory, the hallowed Hall of Fame Rotunda, and the intimate 213-seat Ford Theatre. Moving to the Country Music Hall of Fame will be Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America.
Nashville’s only country music mansion tour, the Fontanel Mansion gives visitors a sneak peek into the life of country music by providing a truly hands-on interactive experience. The 27,000-square-foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell is open daily for guided tours. Guests are invited to explore the trails, dine at Café Fontanella and shop in the Goo Goo Outpost.
The General Jackson, the world’s grandest showboat, cruises year-round on Nashville’s scenic Cumberland River. The midday cruise offers a delicious lunch, which features lively music and an uproarious comedy show along with the scenic beauty of the river. The evening cruise offers a three-course dinner, country music production show and the ambiance of the Cumberland at night.
Grand Ole Opry
Nothing says “Nashville” like a night at the Grand Ole Opry. What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today an entertainment phenomenon showcasing a mix of country music legends and new stars all on one stage. Go behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous on an Opry Backstage Tour and walk in the footsteps of country legends and today’s hottest acts.
Encounter, experience and explore the times, challenges and traditions that shaped our young nation at the home of America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. See the Hermitage mansion, the First Hermitage, gardens and museums of this 1120 acre plantation.
Historic RCA Studio B
This legendary studio provides a glimpse into Nashville music-making during one of its most exciting periods. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” “He’ll Have to Go,” “All I Have to Do is Dream,” and “I Will Always Love You” are just a few hits that were recorded here. Tours depart daily from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and are available in conjunction with Museum admission.
Johnny Cash Museum
Dedicated to the life and music career of the ‘Man in Black’, the museum opened May 2013 and features the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The 18,000 square feet of memorabilia, interactive exhibits and a 250-seat auditorium, combined with never before seen historical documents, letters, awards, costumes and instruments takes the visitor on a three dimensional journey through Johnny Cash’s life.
Lane Motor Museum
Discover the largest European collection in the United States. Featuring 150 rare and unique cars and motorcycles from around the world. Visitors will discover oddities like propeller-driven vehicles, microcars, amphibious vehicles, one-of-a-kind prototypes, military vehicles, competition cars and more. Lane Motor Museum is a working museum with a goal to maintain all vehicles in running order.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
The Nashville Municipal Auditorium is the new home to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors musicians from stars to studio players that represent all genres of music, with emphasis on 1960s and 1970s popular music. The first floor houses the museum exhibit space and Hall of Fame inductees. From Hank Williams Sr. to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motown to Southern Rock – there is truly something of interest to everyone. The exhibit space is divided into cities that have a history of recorded music (such as Detroit, Memphis, Nashville etc.); each exhibit includes the very instruments that these musicians used to record many of their great hits.
National Museum of African American Music
Currently under development, the museum stands as an international iconic cultural building dedicated to the vast contributions African Americans have made in music. As the only museum in the nation with a dedicated focus on all dimensions of the contributions African Americans have made to American music, NMAAM will encompass musical distinctions that reinforce the impact of African Americans across the country and around the world.
Tennessee’s largest outlet, value-retail shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Mills Means More and you’ll find something for everyone with more stores, more savings, more brands and more fun. Featuring the new H&M store, entertainment venues such as the Aquarium Restaurant, Rainforest Café, Regal IMAX and Dave & Buster’s.
The world’s only full-scale replica of the famous Greek temple, Nashville’s Parthenon stands in Centennial Park and features both the city’s art museum and Athena Pathenos, which at almost 42 feet in height, is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
Built in 1892, the Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and Pollstar’s Concert Venue of the Year. It is most famous for being the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. See genuine artifacts from those early Opry years and have your picture taken on the stage graced by legends from Houdini and Hank Williams to Keith Urban and Kings of Leon. Backstage tours also available.
Tennessee State Museum and State Capitol
Guided tours are available Monday-Friday of the Tennessee State Capitol - one of the oldest-operating capitols in the country. Permanent exhibits in the Museum begin with the prehistoric period and continue through the early 1900s. The Military Museum explores America’s overseas conflicts from the Spanish-American War through World War II.
Music City Walk of Fame Park
Located along the Music Mile, which connects downtown to Music Row, this park honors the men and women who write, perform, promote and produce the Nashville sound around the world. Recent inductees include Steve Winwood, Peter Frampton and the Kings of Leon.
Adventure Science Center
adventuresci.com It’s an amazing, original scientific adventure! Travel to the outer reaches of the galaxy in the Sudekum Planetarium and Space Chase wing. In BodyQuest, explore the systems of the human body, and then climb the seven levels of the Adventure Tower to discover the many roles science plays in everyday life.
Adventures for individuals, families, and groups of all types! Adventureworks is a nationally recognized leader in experience-based team building and outdoor recreational adventure. Experience the thrilling zipline tour nestled in 40 acres of old-growth forest. Take in all of nature’s beauty from many different vantage points! Explore aerial trekking: figure out how to navigate the obstacle course, high in the trees, full of nets, ropes, and broken bridges. If you want even more adventure, climb 30 feet to take the quantum leap, or pull your rip cord and swing out 60 feet on the giant swing!
The park features Kowabunga Beach, a four-story water treehouse and sprayground, plus a huge wavepool, lazy river, nine waterslides, three pools, a beach, lake cruises, kayaks, the Giant Bucket of Fun and much more! Treetop Adventure includes zip lines, cargo nets, suspended bridges, ladders and Tarzan jumps! The park offers lodging facilities including lake-view cabins, tent camping and RV sites.
At the Nashville Zoo, discover clouded leopards and red pandas along Bamboo Trail, see elephants and giraffes wandering through African savannahs and splash around the Unseen New World with some of the wildest things you’ve never seen. Beastly Feasts, Educational Encounters and guided tours are now available! NEW for 2013: Kangaroo Kickabout is Nashville Zoo’s new interactive exhibit that gives guests the opportunity to enter the home of a family of red kangaroos.
Arrington Vineyard and Winery
Arrington Vineyards is Tennessee’s premier winery. Located only 30 minutes south of Nashville, Arrington Vineyards offers 12 outstanding wines for tasting and breathtaking views.
The Carter House
The Carter House, built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, was the site of one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War on November 30, 1864. Capt. Tod Carter, who grew up in the house, was involved in the battle and mortally wounded. The site serves as a memorial to the Carter family and countless heroes of the battle. One of the outbuildings riveted with more than 1,000 bullet holes is still visible today. The Visitor’s Center includes a video presentation, military museum and museum store.
Discover Tennessee’s largest show cave and U.S. Natural Landmark. Open year-round, seven days a week, with daily scenic walking tours, daytime adventure trips, and overnight spelunking with camping in the cave. Cumberland Caverns is also the home of Bluegrass Underground.
Historic Carnton Plantation
Home of the New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South, Carnton was a field hospital after the 1864 Battle of Franklin. Eighteen months later, Carrie and John McGavock established a cemetery as a final resting place for 1,491 Confederate soldiers.
Jack Daniel Distillery
The Jack Daniel Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and among the most prestigious listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors receive personally-guided tours of the distillery and observe the famous whiskey-making process Mr. Jack Daniel perfected back in 1866.
National Corvette Museum
Gateway to all things Corvette, with interactive exhibits, driving simulators, store, café, conference center, unique car displays and Corvette raffles.
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