Living in Nashville, Tennessee provides many benefits found through the attractions, climate, location and more. Some of the best reasons to live in the area include the economy and the job market, but don't forget about all the things residents can enjoy right in their backyard.
Finding something unique in Nashville isn't hard. From the incredible honky-tonks to the many museums, there's plenty of the odd and unique here. Here is a list of some of the best attractions Nashville visitors and residents can find today.
The Parthenon & Centennial Park
It may seem like odd placement, but Nashville, Tennessee is home to the only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon in the entire world. Take one step through the stone columns and you won't doubt it for a second… This place is huge! Truly awe-inspiring to behold; it really feels like the original when you're inside.
The Nashville Parthenon was built in 1897 as a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece. It’s the centerpiece of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and hosts many productions and pageants. The Parthenon is also an art museum with many great works of art and is another "must see" of Nashville.
The Parthenon is situated inside of Centennial Park, which is gorgeous in and of itself. Located just a little ways outside of downtown Nashville, the park offers a great place for your family to enjoy a day in the sun, senior or family pictures, and just about any other outdoor activity.
The National Museum of African American Music
Known for its jazz music history, Nashville boasts the National Museum of African American Music. It stands as a museum dedicated to the many contributions that African Americans have made in the music world in the past.
Opryland Indoor Hotel and Gardens
This beautiful hotel is both luxurious and integral as part of Nashville's rich history. It was originally built to support the Grand Ole Opry, which we discuss later in this article. However, now The Opryland Hotel is its own distinct landmark, complete with 3 nationally awarded indoor gardens that will make your jaw drop. It is, of course, a bit pricey to actually stay in, but it's well worth the small parking fee to walk around inside and behold the amazing collection of exotic plants and artwork.
The Opryland Hotel Indoor Garden and Collections is the only place that can give the Parthenon a run for its money in Nashville. Admission is free, so you will only have to pay for parking, which can be as high as $18 for closer spots, but does get cheaper the further away you choose to park. For only the parking fee, though, this attraction has an immense amount of value. You will be able to walk through the many nationally acclaimed gardens such as The Conservatory, The Cascades and The Delta. There are tons of little shops and eateries on the property as well. Of course, there is also the hotel, which is very beautiful as well.
Country Music Hall of Fame
Whether or not you are a country music fan, visiting Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame will be both educational and rewarding. Of course, if you do enjoy the soulful thrums of western country then the museum will be exponentially more enjoyable, but regardless it makes a memorable stop for all. The museum is regularly cycling through exhibits, so there's almost always something new to see. Plus, they offer kid and teen activities throughout the month for extra entertainment.
You will be able to see over 3,000 stage costumes, musical instruments, and song manuscripts of some of the most popular country songs ever. Visitors can also tour the famous RCA Studio B and even see Elvis’s solid gold Cadillac.
The Many Malls of Nashville
Along with the amazing cultural activities and renowned entertainment venues, Nashville has amazing venues for those who love to shop. The six malls in Nashville include the Rivergate Mall, Opry Mills, The Mall at Green Hills, Cool Springs Galleria, Hill Center Green Hills, and the Lebanon Premium Outlets. With the major shopping malls, there are countless cultural markets and small businesses for every interest.
Grand Ole Opry
Last but not least, the Grand Ole Opry is perhaps the keystone of Nashville culture. Featuring live performances from both old and new country greats, this venue is filled to the brim with Tennessee's history. If there are no performances when you happen to be there, a museum is attached in homage of the many country stars that have passed through or played in Nashville.
General Jackson Showboat
Visitors enjoy cruising the Cumberland River, while enjoying a show and dinner. It's the world's largest showboat and one of the "must see" attractions of Nashville.
As a National Historical Landmark, the Ryman Auditorium was first opened in 1892. It started as a Gospel Tabernacle and later became the place for the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. It closed for a while, but reopened in 1994 as a museum and performance venue. Many concerts, theatre shows and comedy shows are featured at the Ryman Auditorium.
Found just minutes from downtown, this place is far from ordinary. It boasts 27,000 square feet of space under a log home roof. Barbara Mandrell and Ken Dudney used to own the home, which has three stories, over 20 rooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens and so much more. It may not seem very unique yet, but throw in the indoor pool, indoor shooting range, 136 acres of land and the many photo and video shoots that happen here very year and you get something far outside the ordinary box.
Along with everything the mansion provides on its own, the walls and rooms have also been covered with memorabilia, photos and items from when the Mandrell/Dudney family occupied the home. It's one of the only country music mansion tours in the world and provides something you just won't find elsewhere.
If you decide to stay within the area, you will find so many other things around the property including:
- The Woods Amphitheater
- Cafe Fontanella
- Goo Goo Outpost
- Prodigy Signature Disc Golf Course
- The Trails and Metro Parks Greenway
- AdventureWorks Ziplines
- Prichard's Distillery
- And More!
The Inn at Fontanel will be opening in February 2014, as well. This means, you can stay even closer to all the unique fun found here.
The Mansion is also available for private events and holds plenty of regular events throughout the year. If you're looking for something different, you can come and tour the Fontanel Mansion any day of the week from 9am to 3pm.
Get Started Exploring Nashville TN Today
Nashville is full of different attractions and event for people to have fun with. Whether you are a large family full of kids, just a couple, or by yourself, it is quite easy to have fun at the many different places in Nashville.
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