If you are a fan of music, especially country music, you most likely have heard of Nashville, even if you have never been there before. That is because the music is at the heart of Nashville’s appeal as a destination. You may notice that Nashville is nicknamed the Music City. There are valid reasons for Nashville having the nickname.
The connection between Nashville and the music is strong. So, if you are a music fan, Nashville is a destination that should be on your go-to list. These are great things to do in Nashville that revolves around the music. This is aimed at helping you to get the most out of your time in Nashville.
Grand Ole Opry House
The Grand Ole Opry House is Nashville’s most iconic attraction. So, visiting this attraction should be the first thing that you do during your time in Nashville. This is the venue where the iconic country music performances, known as the Grand Ole Opry, takes place. The Grand Ole Opry is where country music got its first start and became famous around the world.
As a result, the Grand Ole Opry House is currently the most famous venue in the world of country music. This venue is located on Opryland Drive just west of State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway) in Nashville. Even though there is no telling who will perform during your visit there, many established and rising country music stars are known to perform there.
A few of them include Carrie Underwood, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, and Brad Paisley. The Grand Ole Opry country music performances normally happens on Tuesday, Fridays, and Saturdays from February through October at the Grand Ole Opry House.
The tickets go for around $75 per adult. The tickets also come with free shuttle services from the hotels to the venue. If you decide to take advantage of the free shuttle services, this will be provided by Gray Line of Tennessee.
The Ryman Auditorium is located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Nashville’s downtown. This historic attraction was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry country music performances. As a result, the Ryman Auditorium was where country music was popularized.
Even though, for the most part, the Grand Ole Opry has since moved to its permanent home at the Grand Ole Opry House, they still perform at the Ryman Auditorium from November through January on Fridays and Saturdays. This attraction now functions as a museum while also continuing to function as a venue for music performances from various genres of the music.
During your time at the Ryman Auditorium, you will immerse yourself into a unique theater experience called the Soul of Nashville. This theater experience combines a variety of visual tools to tell the story of the history of this attraction and the impact that it had on American music in general in an exciting way.
These visual tools include holograms, special effects, multidimensional film images, and archival footage. Another notable feature of this attraction is Air Castle Studio. This is where you can go and learn about and then try your hand at recording a song. You can either choose from a menu of songs or you can create and bring your own songs with you.
In the Ryman Auditorium’s Hatch Show Print Gallery section, you can view the unique posters advertising the events that took place at this attraction These posters were crafted by hand. There are also exhibits showcasing the history of this attraction with artifacts and memorabilia. As for visiting this attraction as museum, the price of admission is $23 per person.
As for the Grand Ole Opry country music performances at the Ryman Auditorium, which is called Opry at the Ryman, the price for a ticket is the same as what I mentioned in the Grand Ole Opry House section of this post. If you are interested in any other music performances that take place at this venue, you can check here for the calendar to find out which music performance happens when.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Nashville. As the name of this museum indicates, this museum is all about country music. There is a gallery full of bronze plaques in the hall of fame section of this museum.
These show off all types of people, from musicians to broadcasters to songwriters, who have been recognized for the significant contributions they made to the world of country music. The hall of fame induction began in 1961 with the first inductees being Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Fred Rose. The most recent inductees, from the class of 2019, are Jerry Bradley, Brooks & Dunn, and Ray Stevens.
The museum section of this museum include more than 40 years worth of collections involving country music. These include, but is not limited to, sound recordings, country music books, periodicals, photographs, and fan club newsletters.
A few of the exhibits available at the museum include Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon, Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors, and Still Rings True: The Enduring Voice of Keith Whitley. There are two souvenir stores located onsite. They are Circa The Museum Store and Hatch Show Print Store. Onsite dining options include 222: A Southern Eatery, Red Onion, and Bajo Sexto Taco.
The admission price for this museum is $26 per adult.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is located on Gay Street in downtown Nashville. This museum is dedicated to musicians of all genres. Unlike the Country Music Hall of Fame, the inductions into the hall of fame at this museum only began in 2007. That makes for a young hall of fame at this museum.
A few of the inductees at the 2019 hall of fame induction include Bob Taylor, Eddie Bayers, Paul Franklin, and Michael Rhodes. This museum is renowned for its large collection of instruments that had been used on hundreds of iconic songs. A few of the exhibits at the museum include Motown, American Studio, and Stax Recording Studio. You can also purchase souvenirs from the Museum Gift Shop located onsite.
The admission price for this museum is around $25 per adult. The admission also includes access to the museum’s GRAMMY Museum Gallery.
These are the great things to do in Nashville if you are a fan of the music. This list isn’t necessarily comprehensive, but it will provide you with the best that Nashville has to offer as far as the music is concerned.
The Hotel To Stay At
For the hotel to stay overnight at, here is the hotel that I would suggest you to stay at. As much as Nashville is renowned for the music, Nashville is renowned for this one hotel in particular.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
This resort hotel is located on Opryland Drive just west of State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway) in Nashville. It is just north of the Grand Ole Opry House, making this the most convenient hotel for reaching Nashville’s most iconic attraction. This is a unique Nashville hotel. It is a large, beautiful hotel surrounded by 9 acres of indoor gardens, winding rivers, and waterfalls.
All of this is under the hotel’s iconic glass atrium which keeps the hotel’s temperature at a consistent 84 degree (F) year-round. One of the hotel’s biggest amenities is a combined indoor and outdoor water park called SoundWaves. One interesting thing about SoundWaves is that even when you’re indoors, you can still “sunbath”.
That is because the glass atrium was designed to allow the sun to shine indoors. It makes you feel like you are out in the sun without being outside. Another amenity worth mentioning is the golf course known as Gaylord Springs Golf Links. It is about five minutes away from the hotel, yet it is still a part of this hotel. You can arrive at the golf course via the hotel’s shuttle services if you wish to go golfing.
The golf course is a par-72, 18-hole course surrounded by breathtaking limestone bluffs and protected wetlands. There are a ton of onsite restaurants and bars to choose from at this hotel. Cascades American Cafe, Fuse Sports Bar, and Ravello are just a few of the options available at this hotel. A full service spa called Relache Spa is offered at this hotel.
In additional to the hotel’s water park, SoundWaves, there are three regular swimming pools. One is indoors and the other two are outdoors. They are all heated. There is also a fitness center available for your workout. Some of the hotel’s room and suites offer stunning views of the hotel’s indoor landscape of gardens, rivers, and waterfalls.
All of the rooms and suites will have at least WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $240 to $465. Be aware though that there will also be surcharges in order to access certain amenities at the hotel.
So, what are your thoughts? Are you a fan of the music looking for a place to check out? Feel free to leave a comment below.