Spring Break Playlist
With the warmer weather and longer hours in the day, it’s the perfect time to be in Nashville for a weekend getaway. Bring your family and friends because Nashville’s eclectic mix of offerings is sure to provide fun for all ages.
Let the party begin
Eating and drinking are high on the list of priorities in Nashville, so start your day off with a great breakfast. If the weather is nice, enjoy a mimosa and breakfast entrée on the patio at Hillsboro Village’s Jackson’s Bar & Bistro, 12South’s Urban Grub, Midtown’s Tavern, or SoBro’s The Southern. Looking for more of a quintessential Southern breakfast? Try Music Row-favored Pancake Pantry, downtown’s Puckett’s, or the true Southern down-home Loveless Cafe. Wash it all down with a gourmet coffee at local favorite Fido or Frothy Monkey.
Time to Explore
Since the best way to learn about Nashville is to get out and explore, take the rest of the morning to discover one of the many neighborhoods including Hillsboro Village, 12South, and East Nashville. Hillsboro Village, conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, is a collection of shops, boutiques and restaurants perfect for a morning stroll. Peruse Fire Finch, Posh, or Pangaea for unique jewelry and gifts, or skim the 150,000 used volumes offered in BookMan/BookWoman Used Books. The 12South district is a pedestrian-friendly area with restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques such as Imogene+Willie, a custom blue jeans shop loved by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow. Just over the Cumberland River is East Nashville, an artist's and vintage shopper’s haven. This area is home to several galleries including the Art & Invention Gallery and adjoining studio, Garage Mahal, as well as vintage shops including Goodbuy Girls, The Green Wagon, and Hip Zipper.
Grab a Bite
Re-fuel during lunch at one of two eternally popular Nashville traditions: meat & three restaurants and hot chicken. Check out places like Puckett’s, Arnold’s, and Swett’s for a quintessential meat & three experience. Nashville’s most notable contribution to the Southern culinary culture, hot chicken restaurants, including Prince’s, Hattie B’s, Bolton's, and 400º, let you choose the level of spiciness of your chicken. If you are craving something lighter, stop by the Nashville Farmers' Market where you can grab a lunch of Greek, Mediterranean, Jamaican, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Asian, or Southern fare. Take your food next door to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, a 19-acre park that houses a wide array of exhibits detailing Tennessee’s history, and have a picnic.
Fun in the Sun
Spend the afternoon wandering through the DinoTrek Exhibit at the Nashville Zoo, explore the interactive exhibits at the Adventure Science Center, see the spectacular Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art exhibit at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum, or hit the water slides at Nashville Shores whose season begins in May. The Treetop Adventure Park, an aerial adventure course that is located in Nashville Shores, includes 10 zip lines, cargo nets, ladders, and other thrilling elements! Don't forget to check out The Trails at Fontanel! This two and half mile path goes through the woods under a shaded canopy of tress which brings you up close to nature and the abundant wildlife that calls Fontanel home. Have fun in the sun at the 74th Running of Iroquois Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park, May 9. The Iroquois Steeplechase is the premier spring race meet in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring.
Take a Ride
Sunshine means the perfect time for a bike ride. Take a ride through Two Rivers Park with Bike the Greenway providing transportation to and from the trailhead for those who need it. Tour the city of Nashville with Green Fleet Bicycle Tours. Make your own tour as you borrow a Nashville B-cycle, allowing you to take quick trips around the city.
Discover the History
For the history buff, visit Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibit The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, take a pleasant walk through Franklin and learn the history during the Franklin on Foot tour, or visit one of Nashville’s historic homes such as Belle Meade Plantation, Belmont Mansion, and The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson.
Before dinner, hit some of Nashville’s record shops including Grimey’s New and Preloved Music, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, and Jack White’s Third Man Records. Once you are ready for a cocktail, unwind with a glass of wine on the patio at Rumours, or enjoy a craft brew at Yazoo Brewery in The Gulch.
For an authentic taste of Nashville, head to some of the locals’ favorite neighborhood spots for dinner. Places like The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden and Lockeland Table in East Nashville, Burger Up and Edley’s BBQ in 12South, Saint Anejo and Kayne Prime in The Gulch, and City House and Rolf & Daughters in Germantown offer an eclectic mix of atmospheres and cuisines that provide a diverse sampling of what Nashville has to offer.
Strong Finish to a perfect day
After dining, make plans to attend an "in the round" songwriters performance at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. Next, cheer on the Nashville Sounds baseball team at First Tennessee Park, or hit one of the more than 150 live music venues in town including 3rd & Lindsley, Station Inn, Mercy Lounge, and Exit/In. Download the free “Nashville Live Music Guide” app on your iPhone or Android to find out who is playing and where.