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100 Things to Do in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, TN, aka Music City, is home to one of the largest growing cities in the country and home to us! And the best thing about Nashville is there is ALWAYS something to do! Whether that be seeing a show, catching sunset at a rooftop, mural hunting… there is something for everyone. So… WHAT SHOULD YOU DO ON YOUR TRIP?! Well, here’s 100 things to do in Nashville, Tennessee! Take your pick!

Touristy Things to Do

There ain’t nothing wrong with being a tourist, especially in this town. These are some major bucket list items for both visitors and locals alike. Click the links to be directed right to their sites to book or make reservations!

Acme Feed and Seed on Broadway

– BROADWAY DAY OR NIGHT

– PLANTATIONS- Belle Meade, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Belmont Mansion

– BUS TOUR- hop on hop off tours available through lots of different tour companies, private or public, Here is a tour with a native on Airbnb Experiences.

CHEEKWOOD ESTATE

TOPGOLF

– PARTY BUS/TRACTOR- lots and lots of options!

NASHVILLE ZOO– check calendar for event like Brew at the Zoo

– BOOK A STAYCATION WITH STAY MINTY

Morgo Goes during a staycation with us!

– BOWLING AT PINEWOOD SOCIAL

– AXE THROWING AT DOWNTOWN SPORTING CLUB

– LEARN TO MAKE COCKTAILS AT LIQUOR LAB

PHOTOWALK NASHVILLE- Take a walking photo tour in either the Gulch, 12S, or downtown with some of Nashville’s top photographers.

– ARCADE GAMES AT HEADQUARTERS BEERCADE

HELICOPTER RIDE OVER THE CITY

Photo from Morgan Lewis

MUSIC CITY INDOOR CARTING

– DUCK BOWLING AT PINS MECHANICAL

– SIP VINO AT ARRINGTON VINYARDS

PERSONAL SHOPPER VINTAGE CLOTHING TOUR

WRITE A SONG WITH A MUSIC ROW PRO

Free Things to Do

Now that you have booked a couple of tours or experiences, check out these FREE things to do!

Photo from Pinewood Social

NATCHEZ TRACE BRIDGE– then drive the Natchez Trace (especially in the fall!)

– WALK THE JOHN SEIGENTHALER PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

– POOLS AT PINEWOOD SOCIAL

– PICNIC AT LOVES CIRCLE

WHISKEY JAM– Every Monday and Thursday at Winner’s Bar

NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET

– MURAL HUNT- Check out our blog post of the most Instagrammable spots in Nashville here!

Museums

The capital of country music will definitely not leave you hanging when it comes to perusing the loads of famous vintage mementoes, instruments, cars, fashion, art and science. You’ll have the opportunity to either solo explore or take a tour of places you have only read about in history books! Click each link to snag tickets to these fab museums in Nashville!

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

– TOUR THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM

JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM

GRAND OL OPRY

FRIST ART MUSEUM

ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER– check out their events for adult nights, good for kids**

On the Water

Y’all Tennessee is hot! Especially in the summertime. If you are planning to visit on those warmer weather months, check out our list of the best places to splash around in all the lakes, rivers, and marinas around town.

– KAYAK THE HARPETH- many different companies for rentals or bring your own, Click here for a unique Airbnb experience.

CANOE THE CANEY

– KAYAK THE CUMBERLAND- We would recommend these two companies: River Queen Voyages or Cumberland Kayak

– RENT A BOAT ON HENDERSONVILLE LAKE

– GO FISHING!

– KAYAK TO LUAU ISLAND– On Percy Priest Lake

ANDERSON PARK BEACH AREA (On Percy Priest Lake)

– STAND UP PADDLE BOARD- Nashville Paddle Company on Percy Priest Lake or Paddle Up Nashville on the Cumberland River/Marina

Events/Seasonal

There is never a dull moment in Music City. Not only do we burn the midnight oil, there is always a game, concert, pop up event, markets, etc. Check out this list below of the annual events we have as well as specific companies that offer specific experiences.

Photo from NHL

GULCH NIGHT MARKET

PREDATORS GAME

TITANS FOOTBALL GAME

NASHVILLE SOCCER CLUB GAME– stadium being built!

SOUNDS BASEBALL GAME– We recommend getting general admission tickets and hanging out near the Band Box!

– WINTER BUCKET LIST- Check out Morgo Goes’s blog detailing everything to do in the winter in Nashville here.

NASHVILLE FLEA MARKET– Every last weekend of the month, currently closed until June 2021

– POP UP SHOPS- some regulars are cacti from Varnish and Vine, East Nash Night Markets, etc. Check out Go to Nashville’s Instagram for all pop up info!!

– GOAT YOGA- With Goat Yoga Nashville or Shenanigoats

Photo from Shenanigoats

CMA FEST

FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWL– Downtown in the Arcade

– CHECK NASHVILLE GURU’S PAGE FOR EVENTS WHILE IN TOWN

WINE TRAIN

OKTOBERFEST

TOMATO ART FESTIVAL

– TRIVIA NIGHTS- Check out Nashville Guru’s List of amazing trivia schedule here!

Day Trips

Nashville has so many amazing cities and small towns close to us, that it is possible that you’ll wanna check out all Tennessee has to offer. If you are planning to spend a week or more in town, we recommend looking into any of these options for a day or weekend away!

Photo by Morgan Lewis

SUNFLOWER FIELD NEAR CHATTANOOGA

– LYNCHBURG FOR JACK DANIELS TOUR

– WALK DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN, TN– About 30 min from downtown Nashville

CHATTANOOGA

KNOXVILLE

– GATLINBURG/SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK- Check out our other blog post here detailing where to stay and what to do!

MEMPHIS

Where to Catch a Show

Country music reigns King in Nashville most nights, but did you know there are more than just honky tonks. And they don’t call it Music City for nothing! Check out our suggestions below for open mic nights, free concerts, shows with a cover, or songwriter nights! You never know who you’ll see pop in for a surprise!

THE STATION INN– Debbie and Doyle Show recommended

BELCOURT TAPS

ANALOG AT THE HUTTON

THE LISTENING ROOM

MERCY LOUNGE AT CANNERY ROW

WINNER’S– Head out on Monday’s and Thursday’s for Whiskey Jam, hand selected up-and-coming artists. Make sure to check out when they’ll be hosting their outdoor concerts again!

BLUEBIRD CAFE– Made famous by the show, Nashville!

THIRD AND LINDSLEY

MARATHON MUSIC WORKS

Ask us how to book your own private concert at your Stay Minty rental!

12TH & PORTER

THE BASEMENT EAST

DAWGHOUSE SALOON– Check them out on Sundays for game days and Spazmatic’s house band!

ASCEND AMPHITHEATER– Outdoor venue

ZANIES– Stand up comedy instead of music

Shop

Nashville has so many new luxury/boutique store fronts and some of the country’s only brick and mortar USA stores, like Winky Lux. There is also the option to rent local pieces worn by CELEBRITIES from places like The Showroom! Also, if you already haven’t booked your vintage clothing tour above, make sure to check out that opportunity to be styled professionally as well!

THIRD MAN RECORDS– Owned by Jack White from The White Stripes

– HILLSBORO VILLAGE- POSH, UAL

– THE GULCH- Uncommon James, Two Old Hippies, E. Allen, KITTENISH. Check out this neighborhood guide to the Gulch!

PLANT SHOPPING AT HEWITT

– 12S- White’s Mercantile, Imogene + Willie, Savant Vintage. Check out Morgo Goes’s guide to 12 South neighborhood here.

– GERMANTOWN- Abednego & The Golden Slipper

AMELIAS FLOWER TRUCK– Peep their Instagram for where they will be that day.

SHOPS AT FATHERLAND

L&L MARKETPLACE– many boutiques!

– ANTIQUING- New downtown antique mall in the works, Goodlettsville Antique Mall, Rare Bird Antiques, and so many more.

Parks/Hikes

One of the best things about Tennessee is that there is so much natural beauty. We have several lakes, rivers, and mountains surrounding the state that you can find something to do outside, pending weather. Check out these hikes that are easy to moderate around the greater Nashville area!

Photo by Morgan Lewis

–  PERCY WARNER STAIRS

RADNOR LAKE

CENTENNIAL PARK– Full scale replica of the Greek monument, the Parthenon, with paths.

BICENTENNIAL MALL PARK

FORT NEGLEY HISTORICAL SITE

LONG HUNTER STATE PARK

HARPETH RIVER OVERLOOK

SHELBY BOTTOM GREENWAY

CORNELIA AIR PARK

Waterfalls

Most of the waterfalls listed below are a little over a one hour drive from Nashville. We 10/10 recommend renting a car or hitting up one of your local friends to get a group to go! Most hikes are easy to moderate and allow dogs, just double check to make sure on AllTrails.com. Some places need permits so do your research for all details before you drive out!

Fiery Gizzard Trail

FALL CREEK FALLS

CUMMINS FALLS– Requires a permit before hike because on private land

GREETER FALLS

FIERY GIZZARD

Eats

Nashville’s food scene is insane and full of all the southern cookin’ you could ever ask for. It is definitely an eatin’/drinkin’ town, making this a topic for a whole other post. Make sure to check out our other blogs laying out specific options for all meals and types of cuisine. So, let’s just count eating is only ONE thing to do here in Nashville! Check out these food tours below that will also guide you to the best food options in town.

Photo by Morgan Lewis

Food Tours

Historic area food tour

Food and Sightseeing Tour of Nashville

Music City walking food tour

Drinks

Drinking is basically a hobby when it comes to happy hours in Nashville. Nightlife is queen here so again, check out our recommendations for places to get a drink in our other blog post here. Here is a teaser of 3 suggestions for unique options outside of Broadway!

LOSERS– best house band in town

Private Cocktail Experience at The Fox

SANTA’S PUB– cash-only karaoke in a double wide, smoke filled trailer. The truest of Nashville experiences. Celeb sightings often here!

And there you have it, over 100+ things to do in Nashville! Always do your research on limited hours, closures, and events being postponed due to the world we live in currently. Can’t wait to see what y’all add to your lists! Leave comments below of your FAVORITE Nashville things to do!

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