Nashville is a vibrant, modern city with a long and fascinating history.
Perhaps one of the best parts of Nashville, for residents and tourists alike, is that there are always plenty of enjoyable activities available. Some off these activities combine Nashville’s musical history with a fun night out on the town. One such attraction is the General Jackson Showboat Lunch and Dinner Cruises. The showboat is a 300-foot long paddlewheel riverboat. It harkens back to times long past – the nineteenth century! This boat provides passengers with a tour of Nashville and the surrounding areas. The boat travels the Cumberland River, which meanders through what many consider the most beautiful countryside in the United States. Passengers can enjoy four different decks over the course of this three-hour tour. Southern style foods are served at lunchtime and dinner is a several course, roasted chicken extravaganza. While patrons are eating, they watch a live production entitled, “Country Music U.S.A. – a Musical Journey. “ The show includes perennial favorites from the Grand Ole Opry and finishes with country hits of today. There is a cash bar for those who wish to “imbibe” during the festivities. Rumor has it that no one ever walks away disappointed from the General Jackson Showboat.
Another enjoyable dinner can be savored at the Nashville Night Life Dinner Theater. This dinner theater was voted the number two attraction in Nashville by the Nashville Business Journal (After the Grand Ole Opry!). The evening is a celebration of past and current county music stars and the songs they made popular. There are special guest appearances throughout the season by entertainers like Tommy Cash and Dianna Murrell. The show lasts one and one-half hours. Audience participation is encouraged which raises the enjoyment quotient. The dinner menu features southern favorites like chicken, spaghetti, homemade rolls, sausage, potatoes, a salad bar, fresh vegetables, and cobbler for dessert. The dinner show is located in an area somewhat removed from the center of Nashville. Those who have attended, however, insist that it is well worth the drive.
And last, but certainly not least, is the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s located in a thirty-seven million dollar complex that contains memorabilia of the “greats” of country music. Many visitors gravitate to the “Wall of Honor,” which features every country music gold or platinum record that ever soared to the top of the charts. There are also exhibits about Hall of Fame inductees and a tour of the legendary RCA Studio B. Even Elvis recorded there! It’s a little piece of history that can still be enjoyed in Nashville!
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