Top 10 Things to Do in Nashville (with Kids, too!)

If you’re looking for things to do in Nashville with kids, or without –this is my list of the top 10 Nashville attractions.

Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee named after Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary war hero, and the city was founded in 1979 and got its nickname –“The Music City” due to its rich musical history. You’ll see a lot of music venues here while exploring things to do in Nashville.

If you have no idea where to start, keep on reading this guide for plenty of great activities, places to visit and things to do in Nashville with kids, or without.

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1. Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame is a premier destination for visitors to the city, and should be on the top of everyone’s “things to do in Nashville with kids” bucket list.

History buffs, music lovers, parents and kids alike will absolutely enjoy the displays at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Gallery. Here, get a glance of plaques from the country’s musical icons such as Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. You’ll also see Elvis Presley’s Cadillac limo and Jimmie Rodger’s guitar. If you have more time, don’t forget to check out the two-story country record wall covered in gold and platinum.

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2. Hatch Show Print

The Hatch Show Print Shop is just walking distance from Country Music Hall of Fame, and they’ve got plenty of old concert photos on display here. Take a trip down Nashville’s memory lane and spend some time studying the photos to see if you can spot some of your favorite music idols. This is one thing to do in Nashville with kids that you can take home with you –Hatch Show has a great selection of prints for sale.

3. RCA Studio B Tour

Learn about Nashville’s musical history by visiting the RCA Studio. This is the same recording studio where Elvis Presley recorded more than 200 songs!

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4. Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium used to be the home of the Grand Ole Opry. The performance venue can take seat up to 2,362 people. The place itself is worth a look as a tourist but the best experience happens whenever there are concerts held here.

A diverse selection of big names that have played here include Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Tallulah Bankhead, Ryan Adams, James Brown, Van Morrison, Robert Plant, The Byrds, Jonny Lang, Wayne Newton, Belle and Sebastian, and even Charlie Chaplin. A premier destination for visitors to Nashville looking for something to do.

5. Grand Ole Opry tour

Grand Ole Opry tour is a radio show that aired in the 1920’s, putting Nashville as the “Country Music Capital of the World.” It has hosted top performers like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, and Brad Paisley.

6. The Parthenon

“Athens of the South” is what they also called the city of Nashville because of the full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Best to visit here in the evening where lights illuminate the building. The Parthenon was built in 1897 for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

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7. Johnny Cash Museum

Johnny Cash is one of the most celebrated music artists, and fans looking to discover more about his personal life and career as an actor, put the Johnny Cash Museum on your list of things to do in Nashville. It was opened in 2013 and quickly become a must-see attraction in Nashville earning recognition from the National Geographic and Forbes.

8. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

After learning about Nashville’s roots, it’s time to listen to some music. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is the go-to place to experience a relaxing vibe accompanied by an excellent form of entertainment. This downtown bar is also known to feature some of the most famous and promising music artists.

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9. Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Some things in life I’m willing to wait 2 hours for, such as Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. It was definitely worth the wait. This family owned restaurant has three locations in the United States and is best known for the fried chicken dish and hot chicken.

10. Martin’s BBQ

Martin’s BBQ has the best BBQ in Nashville. Bon Appetit just named it one of America’s “Top 10 New Barbecue Restaurants.” Pat Martin is the proud owner and it’s famous for its signature West Tennessee-style whole hog BBQ. The best way to experience this place is by eating the whole hog using your hands.

That wraps up my list of the best things to do and see in Nashville –did I miss anything? Please let everyone know in the comments!

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