Nashville Tourist Attractions

Nashville, capital of Tennessee, is situated almost in the centre of the state on the Cumberland River. With its 16 universities and colleges and its reproduction of the Parthenon, it is known as the "Athens of the South". Founded in 1779, Nashville is one of the most important banking and insurance centers in the southern United States, but it is perhaps better known as the capital of country music, which is heard nationwide in the Grand Ole Opry, a long-running radio programme, as well as in countless bars in the city (many of them no more than tourist traps).

Music Square

The area round Music Square, in southwestern downtown Nashville, is the heart of the music industry. Apart from souvenir shops and museums devoted to musicians of greater or Country Music Hall of Fame lesser fame the main sight is the Country Music Hall of Fame, which commemorates the greats of the music business and displays memorabilia of famous singers. There are also guided tours of the historic RCA Studio B in which many a hit first made its mark. The limousines of the great ones, including Elvis Presley's Cadillac, can be seen in the nearby Car Collectors Hall of Fame whilst the Hank Williams Jr. Museum is dedicated to one of the greatest performers of country music.

Belle Meade Plantation

The Belle Meade Plantation (southwest of the city center), built in 1853, is a handsome old Southern mansion, set in one of the finest plantations in Tennessee.
During the Battle of Nashville, Union and rebel forces battled in the front yard and the mansion's massive stone columns sustained many bullet holes - still evident today. The grounds of the mansion consist of a 1790 log cabin, an 1820 smokehouse, an 1840 mausoleum and an 1884 creamery.
Address: 5025 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205-2810, United States


In the Centennial Park, southwest of the city center, is the famous reproduction of the Parthenon, originally built in wood in 1897 to commemorate the centenary of the state of Tennessee and later rebuilt in cement on the same site.
The Parthenon is Nashville's replica of the ancient Greek temple. It features a permanent art collection of 63 works by 19th and 20th C American painters.
Address: West End Avenue and 25th Avenue, Centennial Park, Nashville, TN 37203, United States


Opryland in Nashville consists of the Grand Ole Opry; the paddle-wheel showboat, the General Jackson; the Opryland Hotel and Opry Mills.

Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry shows are performed in the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The Opry radio program has been running since 1925.
Official site:
Address: 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1296, United States

General Jackson

The General Jackson is located at Opryland. It is a four-deck paddle-wheel showboat that offers afternoon and evening cruises on the Cumberland River.
Official site:
Address: 2812 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1297, United States


Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Explore the plains of Africa, delve into the rain forest of South America, and discover the many animals of Asia all at Nashville Zoo. From clouded leopards and Baird tapirs to toucans and Bengal tigers, Nashville Zoo is home to animals found all over the world. These beautiful creatures can be found in equally beautiful habitats like the new Giraffe Savannah, Alligator Cove, Flamingo Lagoon and many more. Lorikeet Landing allows you to enter an aviary and be surrounded by more than 50 Australian parrots. Other attractions include the Wild Animal Carousel, Wildneress Express Train and a humongous Jungle Gym with over 66,000 square feet for sliding, swinging, climbing, crawling and exploring.
Official site:
Address: 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN 37211, United States

Belmont Mansion

To the south of the park is the Belmont Mansion, built in the 1850s. One of the finest houses of its kind in the United States, it has thirteen rooms preserving much of their original decoration and furnishings.
Belmont was built in the style of an Italian villa and set in elaborate gardens with many outbuildings. Exhibits include furniture, paintings, and original statues by American artists.
Official site:
Address: 1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37212-3757, United States

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art

Cheekwood is the Nashville estate of the Cheek family with display gardens. The Woodland Sculpture Trail has four greenhouses with camellias and orchids as well as a learning center with contemporary art galleries. The Museum of Art is housed within the 1920s Georgian-style mansion. American art from the 19th and 20th C is featured.
Official site:
Address: 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205-4206, United States

Tennessee Agricultural Museum

The Tennessee Agricultural Museum in Nashville is located in the Ellington Agricultural Center. The Museum has a collection of home and farm artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries as well as rural Tennessee prints and folk art sculptures. Some of the highlights include textiles, a woodworking collection, buggies, wagons a McCormick reaper and Jumbo steam engine.
Official site:
Address: Box 40627, Nashville, TN 37204-0627, United States

Adventure Science Center

The Adventure Science Center in Nashville features hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage children of all ages to explore how science, invention and innovation affect their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity.
Official site:
Address: 800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37203-4833, United States

Fox Trot Carousel

The Fox Trot Carousel at Riverfront Park in Nashville overlooks the Cumberland River. It is unique among carousels in that the figures on it are all symbols of Tennessee by artist Red Grooms. They include some country and western stars, famous personages from the state and a dancing fox.

Music Valley Wax Museum of the Stars

The Music Valley Wax Museum in Nashville features 53 stage sets with life-size wax figures of country music stars. The Sidewalk of the Stars has more than 250 handprints and signatures.
Address: 2515 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214-1203, United States

Music Valley Car Museum (closed)

The Music Valley Car Museum in Nashville features more than 50 classic cars, including Randy Travis' 1965 Ford Mustang. Many of the cars once belonged to country music performers and stars of the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville Toy Museum

The Nashville Toy Museum features vintage toys and model railroads. Antique toys from Europe and North America include toy and model boats, toy soldiers, and rare dolls.
Address: 2613 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214-1215, United States

Texas Troubadour Theatre

The Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville offers full-scale musical productions and a late-night radio variety show, the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, is also broadcast from here.
Address: 2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, TN 37214, United States

Travellers Rest Plantation

The Travellers Rest Plantation in Nashville was established in 1799 by John Overton, a law partner and presidential advisor to Andrew Jackson. During the Civil War the Battle of Peach Orchard Hill was fought on the grounds.
Address: 636 Farrell Parkway, Nashville, TN 37220-1218, United States

Nashville Opera

The Nashville Opera has the largest opera company in Tennessee. It produces four main-stage performances and one school tour each year.
Official site:
Address: 3622 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN 37209, United States


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