Nashville Attractions

Nashville Attractions is the result of what time, people, and location have interacted to create Nashville. They make Nashville unique. This Cumberland Riverfront town is full of history and it's location is the reason it has drawn people here. Fort Nashborough created Nashville in the 1700`s. The Cumberland River gave it importance due to river traffic in the 1800's. The Ryman brought Country Music in the 1900's. Now due to the History, the Tourist trade is making Nashville a world class vacation destination.

The top Nashville attractions to see, especially if it is your first visit. I would
definitely go to the Ryman and take the day tour. Make sure after you see the Ryman day tour to go next door and see Tootsies. This is where the stars would go to wait for their time to go on stage.

Next, take a trip on the General Jackson Show Boat. Their dinner cruise is a favorite. It is a trip on the Cumberland River where you get a river view of Nashville.

You know the show Antique Archaeology, they have a store right here in Nashville. They have filled it with their finds from the show and have musicians at times entertaining the customers. That gives it a good Nashville feel.

Below are the Attractions by area.

Downtown Nashville Attractions

You are probably coming to see the music scene. The music scene may not have come to Nashville if it wasn't for Thomas Ryman. He built the Ryman Auditorium. This is where the Grand Ole Opry got it's start.

Ryman Auditorium - It is located downtown just off Broadway and known as the Mother Church of Country Music. There are tours daily from 9am to 4pm. The Ryman opened in 1892 as a church. The Grand Ole Opry moved into the Ryman in 1943 and relocated in 1974 to its current location in Music Valley. This move left the Ryman vacant until in 1994, the Ryman was restored. Today, an occasional show can be seen and daily tours are given so anyone can see a truly historic Nashville Attraction.
Location: 116 Fifth Ave North, Nashville, TN 37219, 615-889-3060

Make sure you see Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. It is next to the Ryman Auditorium. This is where stars would spend their time waiting to go on stage at the Ryman.

Music row is a historic location for the music industry. It is where Elvis recorded his records, most of them in Studio B.

Antique Archaeology Nashville - This is the second store location for Mike Wolfe. It is in the old Marathon Automobile car factory from the early 1900's.  There is a lot of rusty gold there with emphasis on old motorcycles and automobiles.

Adventure Science Center creates opportunity for children to learn about science in an exciting way. Learn through technology with touch screen monitors, and listening posts. There is 30+ interactive astronomy exhibits to get hands on experience, and full body experiences with EVA and Moon walk simulations. Exhibits are: Adventure Tower, Blue Max, Body Quest, Mission Possible, Space Chase.
Location: 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville TN 37203, 615-862-5160

Music Valley Attractions

Opryland Hotel Garden is a treasure among all the Nashville Attractions

Located in Music Valley just off Briley Parkway. It has three indoors gardens and one outdoor garden. You can stroll along the overhead walkways and get a bird's eye view of the gardens.

The ground level walkways will take you thru lush vegetation, along indoor streams, and under a waterfall. There are dining areas in case you get hungry and shops along the upper walkway.
It is located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tn 37214, 615-889-1000

General Jackson Show Boat

- You will find The General Jackson in music Valley. Remember back to the time when riverboats were the most luxurious way to travel. Take a nostalgic trip on the Cumberland River aboard a 3 story paddle boat.

Enjoy the sights from the river as the paddle boat strolls along past Nashville and see what it looks like from the river. The boarding area is located by the Opry Mills Mall, and you park in the mall parking lot. There is a 2-1/2 hour midday cruise, an Evening Cruise with dinner and a show.
Location: 2812 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, 615-889-1000

Other Attraction Locations

The Fontanel Mansion

is a 27,000 square foot log home owned by Barbara Mandrell before turning it into a music attraction. Along with the home there is a outdoor amphitheater that holds 4,500 guests, the Farm House restaurant, over 2 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, and a gift shop. Location 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37189             1-877-820-8687 or 615-724-1600

Nashville Zoo - If you are an animal lover then the Zoo is one of the coolest of Nashville Attractions. Built on 200 acres just south of Nashville, the Nashville Zoo is under development to become the largest Zoo in the country with world class exhibits. Come and see animals and their habitats from all over the world. Enjoy the activities, shows and events going on throughout the year.
Location: 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN 37211, 615-833-1534 ext. 100


Tennessee State Fair Grounds - Built specifically for meetings, conferences, trade shows and special events. The 117-acre Tennessee State Fairgrounds is less than one mile south of downtown Nashville. It has direct interstate access from I-65 and I-440 and easily accessed from I-24. Attractions are the Flea Market every 4th weekend, Sports Arena, Speedway, Expo Center.
Location: 625 Smith Ave, Nashville, TN 37203.

The Nashville Parthenon
This Nashville Attraction goes along with the fact that Nashville is sometimes called the Athens of the South. The Parthenon is the centerpiece of Centennial Park and a monument to the pinnacle of classical architecture. It is a replica of the original Parthenon in Athens and inside, a re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena. It also serves as Nashville's Art Museum.
Location: 2600 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-862-8431

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