What comes to mind whenever you think of Nashville? If you answer with “the music”, that is understandable. In fact, Nashville is most notable for its strong connection to the music, especially country music. It is no wonder that Nashville is nicknamed “The Music City”. As a result, there are numerous world class attractions in Nashville that are related to the music.
So, does that mean that Nashville doesn’t have any compelling attractions that aren’t related to the music? The answer to this question, I can assure you, is a resounding no. Here are some great things to do in Nashville that are outside of the music.
The Parthenon is located inside of Nashville’s Centennial Park. It is on the United States National Register of Historic Places. This is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon is designed in the Greek classical architectural style. The Parthenon functions as an art museum. The signature feature at this art museum is the Athena Parthenos statue.
This is basically a statue of Athena, a goddess from the Greek mythology. The statue is made of a composite of gypsum cement and ground fiberglass. At the art museum, you can view a collection of over 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists. During the summer, there will be Greek performances playing out at the art museum such as Medea and Antigone.
The admission prices for this art museum are free for members, $6 per adults, and $4 for these aged 4 to 17 and these aged 62 and above.
Belle Meade Plantation
The Belle Meade Plantation is located on Leake Avenue in Nashville. This beautiful attraction was a renowned thoroughbred stud farm for a century from 1807 until 1906. During that time, it was considered to be the best thoroughbred stud farm in the United States. This attraction once bred and housed renowned racing horses such as Iroquois, who became the first American-bred horse to win the Epsom Derby.
This attraction was also noted for its use of African American slave laborers during much of its history. This attraction is now a museum. It is built in the Greek revival architectural style. During your time at this museum, you can tour and learn about the history of this plantation and the African American slave laborers who played a role in the plantation’s operations.
The mansion itself as well as the cabin, dairy, carriage house, stable, and mausoleum outbuildings can be toured. There is also a winery, visitors center, and a ice cream and fudge store located on property. There is actually an onsite restaurant called The Harding House. However, this restaurant is currently undergoing renovation and is thus closed at this time.
This museum is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The weekday admission prices are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $13 for youth aged 6 to 18. The weekend prices are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $13 for youth aged 6 to 18. Those who are aged under 6 will get free admission. You can go here to get your tickets.
The Hermitage is located on Rachels Lane in Nashville. This breathtaking plantation was once the home of Andrew Jackson who was the seventh president of the United States from 1829 until 1837. This plantation was used to grow cotton. As was the case with the Belle Meade Plantation, this plantation was noted for its use of African American slave laborers during its history.
This plantation is now a museum. This museum is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. During your time at this museum, you can tour and learn about Andrew Jackson’s life and what life was like in the South part of the United States during the 19th century for everyone from aristocrats to enslaved persons.
The museum has original furnishings from the time that Andrew Jackson lived there. The admission price is about $50 per adult. That is for the VIP Tour as this is the best way to check out this museum. You can buy your tickets here.
The Nashville Zoo is located on Nolensville Pike in Nashville. One attraction inside the zoo that is worth noting is the Grassmere Home. This gorgeous home was once a 300-acre slave holding farm owned by Michael and Elizabeth Dunn in the 19th century. As a part of admission to the zoo, you can tour this historic house and learn about its history.
At the zoo, there are over 6,230 animals from over 339 species. A few of these animals you can encounter at the zoo include spider monkeys, white rhinoceros, Masai giraffes, and clouded leopards. There are countless animal exhibits at the zoo for you to check out. These include Critter Encounters, Lorikeet Landing, Kangaroo Kickabout, and the new Tiger Crossroads.
You can also ride the Soaring Eagle zip line in order to get breathtaking views of the zoo. There will be animal performances for you to watch at the zoo as well. The admission prices at the zoo are $20 for adults and teens, $15 for children aged 2 to 12, and $18 for seniors. Those who are aged under 2 get free admission to the zoo. You can go here to purchase your tickets.
Lane Motor Museum
This museum is located on Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville. If you are a fan of foreign cars and motorcycles, you will want to check out this museum. This museum contains the largest collection of beautiful European cars and motorcycles in the United States. There are over 500 cars and motorcycles in total with 150 of them being displayed each day.
Along with the European collection of cars and motorcycles, you can check out a collection of cars and motorcycles from North America, South America, and Asia. The ages of the cars and motorcycles range from the 1920’s to the present day. In addition to the cars and motorcycles themselves, you can also view art and memorabilia at the museum.
The admission prices to this museum as of 2019 are $12 for adults, $8 for these aged 65 and above, and $3 for these aged 6 to 17. Members as well as these aged under 6 get free admission to this museum.
These are some great things to do in Nashville that doesn’t have anything to do with the music at all. So, if you are looking for something more to do in Nashville than just the music or if you don’t want anything to do with the music at all, you will want to check these things out.
Hotels to Stay At
If you would like somewhere to stay overnight at in Nashville, I am more than happy to help you out here. Here are two hotels for you to book your stay with.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Nashville – Opryland
This hotel is located on McGavock Pike west of the interchange with State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway) in Nashville. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. As for the restaurants, a few nearby options include Old Hickory Steakhouse, Caney Fork, and The Nashville Palace. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center for you to use.
All of the rooms and suites at this hotel comes with WiFi, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $159 to $245. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.
Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville at Opryland
This hotel is located on Rudy Circle northwest of the interchange of McGavock Pike and State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway). This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. If you are hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Cascades American Cafe, Aquarium Restaurant, and Rudie’s Seafood & Sausage. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center available at this hotel.
All the hotel room and suites offer WiFi, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $147 to $238. You can book your stay and/or view some photos by going here.
So, what are your thoughts? Is there anything you are looking forward to checking out when you visit Nashville? Feel free to leave a comment below.