The Top 7 Nashville Activities.
In Nashville, there is no excuse to let boredom take over your life. This city that never sleeps has a variety of options for its residents, including places to eat, drink, play, study, and shop.
This city is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to all of that, there is music playing in the background, ranging from rock to bluegrass to country. It doesn’t matter whether you walk in with a guitar on your back or if you don’t know a fret from a saddle; you’ll still be able to locate something that appeals to your sense of sound. Here is a list of the top 10 activities that visitors should do while in Nashville.
Explore a Well-Known Performance Area
The adoration that comes from performing music in front of an admiring audience is something that not all of us will ever get to experience. However, we may acquire a sense of the bigger picture by going on a tour that is jam-packed with knowledge and by having the opportunity to walk on a sacred platform.
The Grand Ole Opry’s Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium provide backstage tours that are among the finest in the country music industry.
Both provide a wealth of information on the renowned people who have played on these platforms as well as an opportunity for you to take a snapshot that will wow your friends and family back at home.
Sip Tennessee Whiskey
What kind of vacation in Tennessee’s whiskey region would it be if you didn’t drink some of the local brown liquor? Let Mint Julep Tours take care of the driving if you want to visit a number of distilleries in Middle Tennessee, such as the illustrious Jack Daniel’s Distillery and George Dickel, but you don’t have to.
Inside the city borders, there is a wide variety of choices, including the distilleries of Pennington, Corsair Artisan Distillery, and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. At Pennington, you may even combine your own bottle of spirit.
Music City isn’t just a nickname for the place for nothing. Lower Broadway, a boulevard in the center of downtown Nashville that has neon lights, late-night clubs, and live music all day and every day, is the hub of the vibrant live music scene that Nashville is known for.
Choose one of the pubs, known as honky tonks, that plays traditional Western swing music, such as Robert’s Western World or Layla’s, in order to have an experience that is really representative of Nashville.
Because there are so many of these establishments, some people refer to this road as the Honky Tonk Highway. However, this is not the same area of town as Music Row, which is where you will find the offices of music publishers. Don’t forget to leave a good tip for the band. They are the ones that make Nashville sing, both figuratively and practically.
Learn more about the history of the civil rights movement.
The participation of students from three different institutions in Nashville was critical to the success of the sit-in campaign during the civil rights struggle. There are a few different locations where information on their tactics of peaceful protest may be obtained (and the violent responses they faced.)
The Nashville Public Library has a Civil Rights Room that is a good place to start learning about the topic. After that, make your way over to the Woolworth Theatre and have a look at the window displays there; they include antiques that were donated by Representative John Lewis.
The next step is to go on reading the inscriptions that are located on the Witness Walls that are located outside.
Visit Little Kurdistan
The fact that Nashville has a larger population of Kurdish Americans than any other city in the United States is one of the reasons the city is so well-known in this part of the nation. It is a wonderful chance to discover more about the culture and cuisine of the Kurdish area, which comprises portions of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. This region is known for its distinctive dress and cuisine.
(Kurds make up the biggest ethnic minority in the world that does not own their own independent territory.) A region known as “Little Kurdistan” can be found just off of Nolensville Pike.
This is a neighborhood that is home to a large number of establishments, including restaurants and businesses, that are owned by people who are originally from Kurdistan. The baklava and black tea at Newroz Market, the freshly baked bread at Azadi International Food Market and Bakery, and the shawarma at Sulav International Market are among of the standouts of this international food market.
Listen to Singer-Songwriters
In all candor, it is practically impossible to avoid listening to live music in Nashville due to the fact that music is deeply ingrained in the city’s culture and can be heard almost everywhere, including on the streets of Lower Broadway, in hotel lobbies, and in official music venues.
Choose a venue where you can hear singer-songwriters play acoustic sets and talk about how they come up with their ideas (these sessions often include multiple songwriters who take turns, a format that is called “in the round”). Doing so will give you a better understanding of the way stories are told through songs in Nashville.
The Listening Room, Backstage Nashville, and the world-famous Bluebird Cafe are your best chances for an up-close and personal performance (for which tickets typically sell out).
Get Glam, Nashville-Style
No, not absolutely everyone in Nashville goes about wearing rhinestone-studded cowboy hats and boots every day. Music City is home to a large number of very skilled designers who also operate businesses there.
As a result, it is a great spot to go shopping for the fashion accessories of your dreams, especially if those aspirations include some degree of personal customization.
You may get cowboy boots created to order from Planet Cowboy, a one-of-a-kind hat from Daisy May Hat Co., artisan bling from Judith Bright Jewelry, and apparel with sequins from Any Old Iron.
Since 1897, a full-size copy of the Parthenon in Athens, which is a tribute to education, intelligence, and architecture, has been one of the most recognizable monuments in Nashville.
Visit Centennial Park to take in the iconic landmark that is sure to turn heads. During the daytime hours, visitors may embark on guided tours of the building’s art galleries and check out the inside statue of Athena, which is 42 feet tall.
During the evening, you can see the shadows cast by the columns interact with the lights, which start to accentuate the columns’ shadows and shape at sunset.
Participate in a Tour of a Music Museum.
Both the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum are located here.
A music museum that has been thoughtfully planned will take you beyond wonderful sounds to help you get an understanding of the people and locations that were responsible for the creation of your favorite musical genres and songs. When it comes to delving further into the sounds that have shaped the soundtrack of our lives, there are several key stops that can be found in Nashville.
During the guided tour of The Jefferson Street Sound Museum that is provided by Lorenzo Washington, you will get a glimpse into the lives of musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Sam Cooke, as well as other musicians that contributed to the success of Jefferson Street. The National Museum of African American Music is an experience that is both interactive and multimedia, and it covers R&B, gospel, blues, and other styles of African American music.
The holdings of the Johnny Cash Museum and the Patsy Cline Museum are both smaller and more personal than those at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
While the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum preserves historical information about the development of a musical style, the Musicians Hall of Fame honors the musicians who have made significant contributions to the field.
Consume your meals in a Meat ‘N’ Three restaurants.
The meat ‘n’ three is a cafeteria-style restaurant that is a Nashville tradition. It is a place where everyone, regardless of whether they are famous or not, waits in line with a tray and picks meals from the comfort food of the day.
Traditional “meat and threes” restaurants are open mostly for lunch and serve dishes like fried chicken, meatloaf, and fried catfish with sides like green beans and mac & cheese.
Meat-and-three-course meals may be found at some of Music City’s most popular restaurants, including Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Silver Sands Cafe, and Swett’s.