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Nashville : Day to Night Life


Want to move to Nashville, but not sure what there is to do during the daytime? Want an always-exciting nightlife? Maybe you live in Nashville and are expecting visitors…want to treat them to an unforgettable weekend?  Below, in no particular order, Turfmates has compiled a list of museums and historic places, followed by the most famous nighttime attractions to create a memorable check off list of all things Nashville! (Click green to go to specific location sites!)


#1  Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Music lovers and history buffs and explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and find plaques and artifacts like Elvis Pressley’s gold Cadillac limo and every gold platinum country record produced. You can take a self-guided tour through the "Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music" exhibit, which spans two floors of the museum. 

Plan to spend 2 hours – half a day


#2   The Parthenon

Nashville is a city of many nicknames; most of them have to do with music. Still, the city is also known as the "Athens of the South" thanks to the numerous higher education institutions established there. Just a few blocks from the Vanderbilt campus, you will find the construction of the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the one found in Athens, Greece. Recent visitors praised the well-kept grounds, peaceful atmosphere and magnificent building, recommending an evening visit to see it illuminated. Others rave about the surrounding green space, which is free to access and great for picnicking. 

Plan to spend 1/2 hour - 2 hours


#3  The Hermitage

Constructed in 1821 for President Andrew Jackson, this Greek Revival mansion now stands as a National Historic Landmark. A tour of the 1,000-acre estate provides a more up-close-and-personal look into President Jackson’s life beyond what is mostly known about his role in the War of 1812 and appearance on the $20 bill. Along the guided tour you'll see the main house, the kitchen, an original log cabin, Jackson's tomb and the Old Hermitage Church. Another popular exhibit tells the story of the 150 slaves that worked on the grounds from 1804 to 1865. Many travelers say it is well worth the entry fee.

Plan to spend 2 hours – half a day


#4     The Nashville Zoo

The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is a zoological garden and historic plantation farmhouse located 6 miles southeast of Downtown Nashville.  With over 6,200 species of animals, the Nashville Zoo is your ticket to African giraffes, poison arrow frogs, zebras, red pandas, kangaroos, gibbons, meerkats and much more! Children of all ages will be fascinated with the zoo’s Highlighted Habitats. Opened in 1997, the Nashville Zoo ranks among the top 10 percent of American zoos. Nashville Zoo’s Jungle Gym, the largest community-built playground in the United States, is the wildest place for a high-flying, high-swinging adventure! Swing like a gibbon, run like the zebras and prowl around tiger-style in the 66,000-square foot playground. Jungle Gym features a 35-foot tall tree house structure, super slides, swings, and giant snake tunnel. 

Plan to spend 2 hours - half a day


#5   Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Art aficionados and nature lovers alike should plan on making a stop at the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. With its greenhouses, sculpture trail and chromatic flower display, the 55-acre Botanical Garden offers sanctuary from downtown's bustle. Housed in the original Georgian-style Cheek family mansion at the heart of the grounds, the museum boasts an impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, as well as antique furniture, temporary exhibitions and artifacts from around the world. Cheekwood is beautiful to visit any time of year, but visitors rave about the Christmas displays throughout the holiday season.

Plan to spend 2 hours – half a day



#6   Adventure Science Center

Take a break from history and country music and treat your kids to some hands-on educational entertainment. Interactive displays at the Adventure Science Center allow little ones to learn about science, from what goes on inside the human body to what goes on thousands of light-years above our heads. Kids can get behind the controls of a flight simulator; learn what it takes to become an astronaut and step inside a face-altering photo booth to get a peek at what their future selves will look like. 

Plan to spend 1 - 2 hours


#7   The Johnny Cash Museum

Who really was The Man in Black ? With a visit to The Johnny Cash Museum, you will be able to answer that question.  Opening in April of 2013, the museum boasts the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia, including films, handwritten notes and letters penned by Cash himself along with more than 25 costumes made famous during the music legend's career. Exhibits spotlight different periods in Cash's life, including his years in the Air Force, his marriage to June Carter and his famous prison concert tour. And because the museum is officially endorsed by the Cash family, you can bet you'll stumble across other personal mementos not available to the public anywhere else 

Plan to spend 1 - 2 hours



#8   Belle Meade Plantation

Constructed in 1853 in a breathtaking Greek Revival style, the Belle Meade Plantation is known as the "Queen of the Tennessee Plantations." At the center of the plantation is the mansion (its columns are peppered with bullet holes from the Civil War), where guides dressed in period costumes offer tours of the mansion's antebellum-style interior. You're invited to explore the grounds, which are home to the country's first and best thoroughbred breeding farms (the visitor center is modeled after a traditional Southern paddock) as well as the renowned Iroquois Steeplechase, the oldest in the United States. During the summer and fall, the Belle Meade Plantation hosts numerous events, including Easter egg hunts and antique auctions.

Plan to spend 2 hours – half a day


#1    Ryman Auditorium

There's no better place to start absorbing Nashville's musical heritage than the Ryman Auditorium. It's no longer home to the Grand Ole Opry, but the auditorium continues to host contemporary acts like Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton and Luke Combs. Popular musicians play concerts regularly and there is nothing like hearing your favorite band and sitting in the pews of the “Mother Church”.

Plan to spend 1 hour- concert length

#2   Grand Ole Opry

It was this radio show, which began broadcasting in the 1920s, that put Nashville on the map as the "Country Music Capital of the World." Although its venue has changed over the years, the Grand Ole Opry continues to host top country performers like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. And a trip to Nashville isn't complete without stopping by the Grand Ole Opry House for a tour to look back through the ages. Get a behind-the-scenes look one of three ways: with a daytime backstage tour, a post-show tour or a VIP tour. During a daytime tour, your guide will share stories of music legends who have walked the venue's hallowed halls, show you photos from the Opry's venerated history and possibly bring you on to the iconic stage. Recent visitors were very pleased with the tours, noting the guides were energetic and offered many fun facts about the institution.

Plan to spend 1 hour - 2 hours


#3   Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

Recent visitors suggest abandoning your inhibitions and hitting the upstairs dance floor, but you'll find the largest crowd congregated downstairs around the bar and stage. Though some travelers bemoan the bar's cramped atmosphere, others say that's just part of the Tootsie's experience. You can stay at Tootsie's until the wee hours of the morning, and luckily there's no cover charge

Plan to spend 1- dancing hours



#4  Wildhorse Saloon   

The Wildhorse Saloon turned a three-level historic warehouse into a destination that is simultaneously a restaurant, bar, concert site, and dance venue. Guests can enjoy a great meal, catch the hottest concerts, and learn the newest dance steps on the largest dance floor in the city.

Plan to spend 1 - dancing hours



#5  Broadway and 2nd

There may be a song about Beale Street in Memphis, but we can promise you that you won’t leave unsatisfied by dancing your way down Broadway and 2ndAve.  With a slew of bars, honky tonks, and delicious assortment of restaurants you are likely to see performances by both world-renowned and up and coming artists. Link to Nashvillelife.com rating of all the honky-tonks down the road!

Plan to spend 1 - 1/2 a day


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