14 Things to Do in Nashville

14 Things to do in Nashville

Welcome to Music City, the capital of Tennessee, where country music thrives and live music plays nearly every night. But there is more to Nashvegas than just the honky-tonks. These downtown Nashville attractions are sure to keep you busy on a weekend in Nashville.

Start your day with Biscuit Love where you can get homemade “bonuts” and biscuit french toast!

Biscuit Love is one of the swanky downtown Nashville attractions that will leave you drooling over the menu. It once started as a food truck and has since grown to three different locations all located in the downtown Nashville area. Biscuit Love’s spin on traditional brunch has Southern flair and is made entirely from scratch.
Location: The Gulch & Hillsboro Village
Hours: Sunday-Saturday: 7am-3pm

Biscuit Love French Toast - Nashville, TN
Photo Credit: Biscuit Love

Pose in front of some iconic Nashville street art.

One of the best-known of the downtown Nashville attractions is the widely impressive street art that you can find in many different spots around Nashville. The best part is all of the street art is near many other downtown Nashville attractions so you can easily take some Instagram-worthy shots while preparing to shop or grab some lunch.
Location pictured: Green Pea Salon – 2900 12th Ave S

downtown Nashville attractions

Step back in time at Pinewood Social – a posh place to play, eat and grab a drink.

Pinewood Social is one of our favorite downtown Nashville attractions. It’s a trendy restaurant with craft cocktails and coffees but also has something else that is entirely unique to the restaurant scene – a place to play! Pinewood Social also has a six-lane bowling alley, a patio with two different pools, bocce ball, and an airstream that has been converted into a food truck providing tacos, salads, and drinks to guests using the outdoor dipping pools.
Location: 33 Peabody St
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7am-1am, Saturday & Sunday: 9am-1am

downtown Nashville attractions

Find some unique odds and ends at the Downtown Antique Mall.

The Downtown Antique Mall offers a diverse spin on antiques. Here you can find industrial and unique items from every decade. You can easily get lost down every aisle visiting the booths of the hundreds of different vendors and come out with a creative find!
Location: 612 8th Ave S.
Hours: Sunday 1pm-5pm, Monday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm

downtown Nashville attractions

Get cozy and a cup of joe from Three Brothers Coffee.

Three Brothers Coffee has some neat street art outside plus some local featured artists inside. It has cozy spots to sit, work, chat, or relax inside. Their coffee beans are always rotating so you can get a new style of espresso nearly everytime you visit. Three Brothers Coffee is the perfect place to visit for a midday pick-up.
Location: 2813 West End Ave
Hours: Monday-Friday: 6am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-7pm

downtown Nashville attractions

Enjoy a sweet treat from Sprinkles Cupcake ATM.

Cupcake ATMs have been popping up in nearly every major city and after getting your crafted latte at Three Brothers Coffee getting a sweet treat is a must before heading on to your next of the downtown Nashville attractions on your list. At Sprinkles Cupcake ATM you can get a freshly baked cupcake 24/7! Flavors of the cupcakes rotate daily and change monthly or seasonally.
Location: 2606 12th Ave S
Hours: Open 24/7

downtown Nashville attractions

See a show or tour the legendary Grand Ole Opry.

The Grand Ole Opry is a legendary country music venue that is a must for your downtown Nashville attractions itinerary. Each week there is a new artist that plays, some may be unfamiliar and others very recognizable. If you are wanting to see a concert at the Grand Ole Opry be sure to book your tickets before you go! If you would rather not see a concert or aren’t in town for one, you can also book a tour of the Grand Ole Opry to learn the legacy and history of the Opry.
Location: 2804 Opryland Dr

downtown Nashville attractions

Stroll through the Nashville Farmers’ Market & pick up some local goods.

Every weekend merchants from all over the Nashville area come to set up stands of locally grown produce, cured meats, artesian cheese, fresh flowers, clothing, and other goods. Stop by and see if you can find anything unique to bring back from this local market.
Location: 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Hours: Sunday-Saturday: 7am-8pm

downtown Nashville attractions

See what makes Tennessee’s barbecue so famous at Edley’s BBQ

Like most of Tennessee, Nashville is also well-known for its barbecue. One of the best is Edley’s BBQ which has a few locations in the downtown Nashville area. Lines here start getting long right at 11am so it’s best to get their early or prepare to wait in line!
Location: 2706 12th Ave S
Hours: Sunday-Friday: 11am-10pm, Saturday: 9am-10pm

Edley's BBQ in Nashville, TN
Photo Credit: Edley’s BBQ

See what makes the four floors and rooftop patio bar at ACME Feed & Seed the place to be.

ACME Feed & Seed is one of the most lively places as far as downtown Nashville attractions go. In the evening, the four floors are always packed and you’ll probably hard pressed to try to find a seat if visiting on a weekend. However,  it’s a place that is worth a visit on your Nashville trip. On each floor, you can find a different bar and/or restaurant offering sushi, burgers, and sandwiches. From the rooftop, you can see a stunning view of the downtown city lights of Nashville.
Location: 101 Broadway
Hours: Sunday & Saturday: 10am-11pm, Monday-Thursday: 11am-1opm, Friday: 11am-12am

downtown Nashville attractions

Don’t have your ticket to Athens? Check out the full-scale replica of The Parthenon at Centennial Park.

The Parthenon in Centennial Park was originally built for the 1897 Centennial Exposition. It serves as a “pinnacle of classic architecture” and Nashville’s art museum containing a collection of 19th and 20th-century art pieces. It also offers different exhibitions monthly to attend and get a glimpse of this famous downtown Nashville attraction.
Location: 2500 West End Ave
Hours: Sunday: 12:30-4:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday: 9am-4:30pm, Closed Mondays.

downtown Nashville attractions

Pedal the city with a bike rental from one of many B-cycle locations.

While Nashville is a big city, it is fairly walkable or bike-friendly in many different neighborhoods. If you are looking for a unique way to experience these downtown Nashville attractions, renting a bike from B-cycle is an inexpensive way to view the city.

downtown Nashville attractions

Check out the city views at the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.

The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge offers some of the best views of downtown Nashville, especially by night. The bridge itself is a sight to see as it spans 960 meters over the Cumberland River and is one of the largest pedestrian bridges in the world.
Location: Cumberland River Downtown Nashville

downtown Nashville attractions

Find yourself a pair of cowboy boots at Mr. Hat’s Boot Company.

A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without looking at or purchasing your very own pair of cowboy boots. But even if you aren’t in the market for boots, it’s fun to look around at the variety too! Mr. Hat’s Boot Company is a well-known, reputable company that has been serving the downtown Nashville area for years now.
Location: 121 3rd Ave S
Sunday: 11am – 6pm, Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 9pm

downtown Nashville attractions

Places to Stay in Nashville

There are a ton of hotels, bnbs, and hostels that you can choose to make it easy to visit these top downtown Nashville attractions which is just another reason that Nashville is a perfect destination for any budget. Find your favorite below!

Budget: Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Nashville

Mid-range: Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt Downtown

Boutique: 21c Museum Hotel Nashville

Luxury: Omni Nashville Hotel

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Welcome to Music City, where country music thrives and live music plays nearly every night. But there is more to Nashville than just the honky-tonks. Check out these top things to do in Nashville!
Welcome to Music City, where country music thrives and live music plays nearly every night. But there is more to Nashville than just the honky-tonks. Check out these top things to do in Nashville!


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    Sierra Dehmler
    May 3, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    You had me at BISCUITS. Holy moley. I forgot how much I loved Nashville until right now. You’re making me want to go back just to explore more! (The only time I’ve been was on tour and I was working my butt off, so didn’t get much time to explore, sadly.)

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    May 4, 2017 at 7:06 AM

    wait i was LITERALLY going to type β€œyou had us at biscuit french toast,” and then saw sierra’s comment. BUT SERIOUSLY.

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      Kallsy Page
      May 14, 2017 at 11:30 PM

      Would have eaten it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if the opportunity had presented itself! πŸ™‚

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    May 4, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Definitely planning an RV Camping trip to Nashville from BC Canada very soon. Looks like a lot of great things to see and eat! πŸ™‚ The Biscuit French Toast looks amazing! πŸ™‚

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      Kallsy Page
      May 14, 2017 at 11:30 PM

      Wonderful Robert! Where else will you be stopping? Nashville will be perfect for your road trip. πŸ™‚

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    May 5, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Some of my favorites! Biscuit Love, Edley’s …. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! πŸ˜€

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      Kallsy Page
      May 14, 2017 at 11:31 PM

      Can’t wait to go back and enjoy more delicious food! πŸ™‚ Completely forgot to take a pic of the hot chicken!

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    May 6, 2017 at 6:22 PM

    Biscuit french toast?! YUM! Absolutely amazing photos you guys! That flower truck is stinking adorable

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      Kallsy Page
      May 14, 2017 at 11:21 PM

      Thank you! We had a blast visiting Nashville. I’m pretty sure our waistlines are still trying to recover from all the delicious food. πŸ˜‰

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    May 7, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    I went to college only an hour north of Nashville (WKU) but haven’t done at least half of these things. I’ll have to add all of this to the list next time I come. A cupcake ATM sounds awesome!

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      Kallsy Page
      May 14, 2017 at 11:22 PM

      So funny to hear that! I’m sure you could give us some other things to do and places to eat that we didn’t even think of. πŸ™‚

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    Stacey Billingsley
    May 8, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    I’ve been to Nashville, but you list of activities makes me want to go back. When I was there, when we went on the Pedestrian Bridge, it started to thunder and lightening. I have never been so scared about lightening! We got off of there fast! I want to try Edley’s BBQ if I ever go back.

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      Kallsy Page
      May 14, 2017 at 11:26 PM

      Hello Stacey! I don’t think I could have stood on the bridge if it was storming either! Definitely go to Edley’s BBQ if you have the chance! The line is long but worth the wait.

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    May 10, 2017 at 4:49 AM

    I’ve been daydreaming about Nashville SO MUCH recently – think we need to plan a trip there soon! Going to bookmark this so we have it when we go πŸ™‚

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      Kallsy Page
      May 14, 2017 at 11:29 PM

      Nashville is one of the most fun cities to visit! You’ll definitely never grow bored. πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by!

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    May 13, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    I have never been to the US, but when I go, I definitely want to visit Nashville. Looks like such a unique city.

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      Kallsy Page
      May 14, 2017 at 11:20 PM

      It definitely has a lot of character! I hope you’re able to make it someday.

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    Kallsy Page
    May 14, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    It’s definitely a neat place to visit!

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    June 15, 2017 at 3:36 AM

    Great Post! I really loved Nashville but I was only there for a couple of hours! I went to the Parthenon which was pretty cool and had dinner and I think that was about it. It was a couple of years ago but I definitely need to come back one day! Loving the pictures! πŸ™‚

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      Kallsy Page
      June 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM

      Thank you very much! I’m glad to hear you loved Nashville as well, you definitely need to go back to spend a bit more time there. πŸ™‚

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