Nashville, the capital of Tennessee and the home of country music. This was my first stop on a little summer road trip I went on. The weather was good for the most part. It rained a bit while I was there. But the food was good and the places I went to were really beautiful. Here are some of the things I would suggest doing if you’re going to Nashville.
First off, lets head to Centennial Park which is a large urban park located about two miles west of downtown Nashville in the area called the West End. It’s a great place to walk, run, bike or hang out. On Saturdays during the summer, the park hosts Musicians Corner, a free live music show with food trucks and a bier garden. There is also the Big Band Dance under the pavilion in the summer where you can learn how to swing dance for free. There are also 2 stations in the park where you can rent bikes cheaply. The park also hosts the Parthenon.
Inside Centennial Park is The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. The Parthenon is at the center of Centennial Park and inside is an art museum and a 42-foot statue of the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Athena.
Next, head over to the Ryman Auditorium which is home to the Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert which was founded in 1925. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of famous singers and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and comedic performances and skits.
If you want more country music then head over to the Country Music Hall of Fame. It is one of the world’s largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music. Chartered in 1964, the museum has amassed one of the world’s most extensive musical collections.
Next, lets head over to Cumberland Park which is an innovative play space along the Cumberland river with a climbing wall, splash areas, amphitheater & a trail. The day I went there, there was a free outdoor yoga class going on and even a guy on a jet ski on the river!
The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, right by Cumberland Park, is a truss bridge that spans the Cumberland River. The bridge spans 960 m and is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. You can get some great views of the city from the top of the bridge. It’s a great place to watch the sunset or people watch.
Stay tuned for more posts on Nashville! What are your favorite things to do in Nashville? Leave me a comment below and let me know!