25 Best Things to do in Nashville

Things to do in Nashville

People from all over the country flood to experience the live music, history and fun that Nashville has to offer. There is so much to do in Nashville beyond bar hopping, even though that is one of the top things to do here! This list of the 25 best things to do in Nashville will provide inspiration for you to plan your itinerary for your trip here.

Choose your own Nashville adventure

Depending on your travel preferences, some of these activities will be more enticing than others. If you are not a big drinker or traveling with others under 21 years of age, there is still plenty to do in Nashville that does not revolve around the bar scene. If you want a rowdy weekend with your friends, this is the place to be! You can design a trip that is best for you and your preferences.

what to do in Nashville

1. Hit the honkey tonk on Broadway

If it is your first time visiting Nashville, then you need to experience the live music and mayhem at the bars on Broadway. The street is lined with fun bars all playing live music and the local talent is unmatched!

Read our list of the best bars in Nashville!

Shopping in Nashville

2. Shop till you drop through The Gulch and 12 South

Nashville is home to tons of local boutiques which makes for great shopping! The Gulch and 12 South are perfect areas of town to grab a coffee and explore some of the best shops.

3. Grab rooftop cocktails at White Limozeen

A Dolly Parton themed rooftop bar? Yes please! Make a reservation in advance to grab a cocktail at this adorable spot downtown!

4. Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame

This is one of the largest and most famous museums filled with music history.

Get tickets here!

5. Dine at Fifth + Broadway

This is a complex built right downtown with tons of amazing new restaurants to try.

Browse your options here.

games in Nashville

6. Play duckpin bowling at Pins Mechanical

This activity is great for groups of all ages because Pins Mechanical allows underage patrons into the bar before 8pm. Enjoy some friendly competition playing duckpin bowling and other games here!

7. See a show at The Grand ‘Ole Oprey

The Grand ‘Ole Oprey is one of the most famous music venues in the world. Book tickets in advance to watch a show here.

Buy tickets here.

8. Bar hop in historic Printer’s Alley

This historic street is filled with fun bars and amazing live music.

9. Try Nashville’s famous hot chicken

Can you take the heat? Try Nashville’s famous hot chicken to test your taste buds and enjoy some local flavors.

Local tip: Skip the line and order Hattie B’s as takeout or delivery.

Pedestrian bridge Nashville

10. Walk across the river on the pedestrian bridge

This bridge has beautiful views of the city and the river. You can access the bridge right downtown as you are exploring the area!

11. Do a moonshine tasting at 6th & Peabody

For only $10, you can try a variety of local moonshine flavors. This is also connected to Yee-haw Brewing co. which is one of the most popular breweries downtown.

Be warned: the moonshine tasting will lead to drunkenness.

Pantheon in Nashville

12. Walk through Centennial Park & The Parthenon

Greece meets Nashville! The Parthenon is an exact replica of the historic building in Athens and there is also a museum to browse inside. The structure is in the center of Centennial Park which is the perfect place for a stroll.

13. Browse memorabilia at The Johnny Cash Museum

This one of the most talked about museums in Nashville. Take a break from the cocktails on Broadway and learn some history at The Johnny Cash Museum.

Skip the line and buy tickets here in advance.

Dive Motel in Nashville

14. Party poolside at The Dive Motel

The Dive Motel is one of the most unique establishments in Nashville. They typically have DJs perform poolside on the weekend which is just an added bonus to the already fun vibes.

15. Brunch at Hampton Social

This is the one of the most “Instagrammable” restaurants in Nashville. Make sure to book a reservation in advance because of the popularity of this restaurant.

Sports in Nashville

16. Go to a sports game

There are tons of sports teams to support in Nashville! Nashville is also a great city to visit as an opposing team’s fan. Check out any of these teams listed below.

  • Hockey: Nashville Predators
  • Football: Tennessee Titans
  • Baseball: Nashville Sounds
  • Soccer: Nashville SC

17. See a show at The Listening Room

This is a great way to see local musicians in an intimate setting for typically $10 – $20 for a ticket. You can also watch writer’s rounds with up and coming writers and artists.

Check out the schedule here!

18. See an improv show at Zanies Comedy Night Club

Similar to local musicians, there are so many talented comedians in Nashville. Seeing a comedy show at Zanies Comedy Night Club is a hilarious and unique thing to do while visiting Nashville!

Buy tickets to a show here.

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19. Browse the local farmers’ market

Walking through the farmers’ market in Germantown is a great morning activity in Nashville. There are tons of vendors showcasing unique local products from all over Tennessee.

20. Eat Martin’s BBQ

With two locations downtown, this is the best BBQ to try in Nashville. The location on 4th Avenue has games to play while you eat and drink!

21. Go Cabrewing on the Cumberland

This is an underrated activity in Nashville, especially when it is HOT! Take in the beautiful scenery and cool off with a day on the Cumberland.

Ascend in Nashville

22. Walk through Ascend Amphitheater

Ascend is one of the most stunning music venues. There are views of the city to one side and river on the other! If there is a concert while you are visiting, highly recommend catching the show. If there is not a show while you are in town, you can still walk through the venue.

23. Wander through the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Another kid friendly activity, grab the family and explore these historic and beautiful gardens.

Browse activity and ticket options here.

24. Hike Percy Warner State Park

This state park is about a 20 minute drive from downtown. The hike is easy and fun for all ages!

25. Check out some art at the Frist Art Museum

If art museums are up your alley, definitely take some time to explore the Frist Art Museum.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Additional Nashville Resources:

Where to drink: The best bars in Nashville
Where to eat: The best restaurants in Nashville
Nashville bachelorette party guide and itinerary

We hope this list of the best things to do in Nashville helps plan your trip to this vibrant and fun city! Let us know in the comments which Nashville activity is your favorite.

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