Nashville Essentials

This guide to Nashville's best places to eat, drink, check out music and more makes sure you get the most out of your stay.

Photo courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation Looking for a place to take the kids? Check out Nashville's Adventure Science Center.

Entertainment Essentials: Best Places to...

HAVE FUN FOR FREE

Free Fridays at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway
One Friday a month in the summer. Great for couples or singles and a good start to the evening for groups of friends.

Outdoor Concerts in Centennial Park
2500 West End
In summer months, the Parks department arranges dance lessons and big band concerts on Saturday nights in Centennial Park. Families and couples come to dance, or bring blankets and chairs and just enjoy the show.

ENTERTAIN THE KIDS

See a Puppet Show
615 Church St.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning puppet shows at the downtown public library, featuring the renowned Tom Tichenor marionettes.

Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Lets little kids run around like crazy, bigger kids learn something while they get some exercise, and biggest kids dig the new, awesome Sudekum planetarium housed there.


Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Pike
From usual daily activities and animal visits to regular special events, the Nashville Zoo is a family favorite.


Photo courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation Meet new people at trivia night at 3 Crow Bar in East Nashville.

MEET NEW PEOPLE

Cooking Classes at Salud
4021 Hillsboro Pike
Channel your inner chef at the Salud Cooking School in the Whole Foods Market in Green Hills.

Trivia Night at 3 Crow Bar
1020 - 1024 Woodland St.
Test your trivia knowledge with other young singles on Thursday nights.

Hands-On Nashville
Mobilizes people who just want to pitch in on a charitable project here and there.

LISTEN TO COUNTRY MUSIC

Ryman Auditorium
116 5th Ave. North
It only happens a couple of times a year, so locals watch closely for the evenings that the Grand Ole Opry returns to perform at this historic venue.

SHOP AT A FUNKY LOCAL BUSINESS
How to choose in a city crammed with sole proprietorships flying their freak flags? Try these:

  • Local Honey
    2009 Belmont Blvd.
    Vintage treasure trove plus local tailors and designers sell their handmade clothes.
  • Green Wagon
    1100 Forrest Ave.
    Gathers all things reduced, reused, recycled and sustainable under one roof.
  • Fabu
    4606 Charlotte Ave.
    A funky house crammed with the oddest and most endearing product mix imaginable.
SHOP FOR LESS

Opry Mills
433 Opry Mills Drive, off Briley Parkway in Donelson
Outlets for Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Nike, Hartstrings, Bath and Body Works, Gymboree and Claire’s – if you want it, it’s probably here. It’s worth a drive across town to shop at Off Broadway shoes and take in an IMAX film at the 20-screen cinema.

BE A TOURIST

Take a tour of the city
Get on the pink bus for the NashTrash Tour or choose a more conventional Gray Line tour. It’s a tourist's-eye view of the city most locals don’t know.

DO SOMETHING MOST LOCALS HAVEN'T DONE

Cemetery hike of the Warner Parks
7311 Highway 100
This lush 2,000-acre park has nine cemeteries and a fascinating history.

SHOP AT A SECOND-HAND STORE

Goodwill Industries
With more than 10 locations in the greater Nashville area, Goodwill is a cornerstone for any good Nashville thrift shopper.


HAVE FUN ON A TUESDAY NIGHT

See the Doyle and Debbie Show at Zanies Comedy Club
2025 8th Ave. South
Satire joins musicianship in this popular country drama/music showcase.


DANCE

  • Fuse at Opryland – Geared for a younger crowd
  • Wildhorse Saloon, 120 2nd Ave. North – This is the place to get your line dancing on.
  • SEEN, 114 2nd Ave. South – Big city dance club vibe with great DJs.

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