Nashville is arguably one of the most storied cities in the US and its residents openly wear their history proud. From Greek Temples to its deep country music roots, Nashville has something to offer to anyone, regardless of where they are from. Indeed, the city attracts millions of visitors from around the world and has a seemingly endless list of attractions, exhibits and festivals. Here is just a handful of the tonne of things you can do in Music City.
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art
Adventure Science Center
While Nashville’s rich history and country music attract millions of visitors from around the world, visiting the Adventure Science Center is a great way to shift gears and let the kids have some hands-on fun with science. At the ASC, kids can play around with interactive and educational science displays including flight simulators, face-morphing photo booths and go behind-the-scenes to learn what it takes to become an astronaut. The experience will take them out of this world!
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
It was after doing a live performance at Tootsie’s when Willie Nelson got his first songwriting job, and so began his successful career. If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, stop by Tootsies for an authentic atmosphere and top-notch performances. Don’t forget your dancing shoes since the above section lets customers let loose and abandon their inhibitions. This great little bar still holds performances by world-renowned and up-and-coming artists and as a bonus: there’s no cover charge!
Come on down to the Downtown area
From its west bank of the Cumberland River to the west of the Vanderbilt campus, Nashville’s downtown area has everything you can think of including the Third Financial Center and the Tennessee Convention. In the years following the civil war the city experienced a period of renewed prosperity which left the city with a bevvy of grand classical-style buildings that remain to this day. While there is plenty of shopping and sightseeing to be done in the downtown area, some real highlights include the District, located in the heart of the city, and Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Built as a lasting monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration which was on June 1st, 1996, the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park offers visitors a refreshing view of the city’s rich history and envious natural wonders. A slew of events held in the state park keeps visitors coming back for more, including the annual History Festival of Tennessee. A 2,000-seat amphitheatre lets' visitor gaze in awe at the world-famous Nashville Skyline.
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