What to Do in Nashville, Tennessee

Are you serious? You really have to ask me that? You are clearly in need of some serious guidance, my friend. Luckily, I’m in a good mood, so I’ll help you out, though I should just send you blindfolded down the street. What should you do in Nashville? Anything and everything you can squeeze into your too-short visit, that’s what.

See a Show, Duh

Even though you’re staring up at me like a little lost sheep, I’m going to give you some credit and assume you already know that Nashville is all about the music, baby. Five of the top ten attractions in the city regularly host live performances, so there’s no excuse to skip out. Then again, I’m not the one who’s going to face down a room full of angrily booing friends when asked about my visit. Do as you like.

The Most Dangerous Game

Okay, fine, it’s not dangerous. It’s just really, really, dangerously cool. Here’s how it works: you get a bunch of friends together, you go to this venue, and you…try to escape from a locked room. Wait. That sounded better in my head. But I swear, it’s crazy fun. And so do pretty much all of the people who try it out.

Ancient History

I don’t care who you are or what you hold dear, y’all need to pay your dues to the past when you’re in such a legendary place. From the Fontanel Mansion to Andrew Jackson’s old digs, known as the Hermitage, to cemeteries, throwbacks, and tributes, there’s plenty of ghosts around to flatter with your presence and your short little twenty-first century attention span.

Fake History

Is that Elvis? No. Are you in Greece? No, you’re not. Yes, that’s real gold on the Athena Pathenos replica, but no, there’s not nearly as much of it as there was on the original. Do the historic plantations do justice to the topic that most people associate with the word “plantation”? Nooope. Do I still recommend you check out one or more of these attractions? Sure. Okay, maybe not the plantations.

Get Your Garden On

These people really love their flowers. I know what you’re thinking…boring. Broaden your mind! What better place to take a lover’s stroll at twilight? To picnic with a passel of restless kiddos? To zen out for a lazy afternoon?

There’s more…much, much more. If I were you I’d also make sure to hit up the Upper Room, the Old Time Pickin’ Parlor, and Hatch Show Print. But after that you’re on your own. After all, that’s what great cities like Nashville are for—setting out to discover.

Andy Johnson is a lifelong adventurer.  When he isn’t working on his Adventure Magazine, Rock-Runner.com, he can be found looking for another adventure destination.  He is at home in the deserts of the American Southwest and is often in the company of his dog Disco or daughter Marina.