Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Downtown

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Following a $100-million expansion in 2014, this monumental museum, reflecting the near-biblical importance of country music to Nashville's soul, is a must-see, whether you're a country music fan or not. Gaze at Car…
House in Nashville

Fontanel Mansion

Don't be surprised if your tour guide strums an original song on his guitar while you explore Fontanel Mansion, the former home of country music superstar Barbara Mandrell. The house, constructed of pines trucked in…
Park in Downtown

Cumberland Park

This 6.5-acre park hugs the Cumberland River's eastern bank across from downtown. For kids, there's a climbing wall and an innovative washboard play area. In summer, splash around in the sprayground. For artistic di…
Library in Downtown

Nashville Public Library – Downtown

For an excellent overview of the Civil Rights movement in Nashville, check out the Civil Rights Collection, a permanent exhibit in the 2nd-floor galleries. Highlights from the movement are described on a symbolic lu…
Historic Site in Nashville

Stones River National Battlefield Park

The stillness is eerie at the Slaughter Pen, a cedar-dotted grove of limestone boulders where Union soldiers were penned in and gunned down by Confederate troops during the multi-day Battle of Stones River, which be…
Museum in South Nashville

Adventure Science Center

The coolest exhibit? Space Chase, where future astronauts tackle a moonwalk and experience the challenges of weightlessness. In the center of the museum, kids scramble up the 75ft-high Adventure Tower, a multi-level…
Fort in South Nashville

Fort Negley

In 1862 Union forces captured Nashville, an important transportation hub linking rivers, turnpikes and railroads. More than 2700 runaway slaves and free blacks helped built the fort, which sprawls across four acres …
University in Midtown

Vanderbilt University

This prestigious university was founded in 1833 by railway magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. The 330-acre campus buzzes with about 12,000 students on lush and leafy lawns. Just how leafy? The campus, home to more than 6…
House in Midtown

Belmont Mansion

The story of Belmont Mansion is the story of Adelicia Acklen, a Nashville socialite turned savvy business woman. One maneuver of note? Asking her second husband to sign a prenuptial agreement, unusual at the time, w…
Historic Building in South Nashville

Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum

Tours of this historic house, which dates from 1799, tell the story of John Overton, a Tennessee attorney, judge and businessman who also founded Memphis. Confederate Gen John Bell Hood used the home as his headquar…