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What to do in Nashville?

Here is a list of our favorite things to do in Nashville and recommendations for visitors to the city. It’s a general list and if you have questions be sure and ask!

1). Country Music Hall of Fame. This museum will take at least 2 hours to walk through. Just depends on the special exhibits they have and the level of country music fan that you are. Even if you’re not a huge country music fan, it’s definitely worth a visit to the hall of fame.

2). Ryman Auditorium. This is the “home” of the Grand Ole Opry and is the best place to see a show in Nashville. Definitely check out their calendar and if there is a show of interest during your stay, definitely purchase tickets. The acoustics are amazing and the feel of the venue is fantastic. Even if there isn’t a show that peaks your interest, we would recommend a tour.

3). Downtown Franklin. Franklin is a historic town 20 minutes south of Nashville. The downtown area is filled with fun little shops and great restaurants. While you’re in the Franklin area, be sure and drive around in the country to take in the beautiful horse farms and scenery. Franklin is home to many country artists and others in the music business.

4). Bell Meade Plantation. This is a beautiful historic mansion in the midst of the city.

5). Jack Daniel’s Distillery. The distillery is about an hour + south of Nashville and is nestled in the beautiful hills of Tennessee. The tour is pretty interesting regardless of your desired sobriety.

6). The Hermitage - the home of President Andrew Jackson.

7). The Grand Ole Opry - The Opry hosts shows each Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday and other nights on occasion. Because it is a live radio show there are commercials throughout the show, providing a unique experience. The lineup is usually pretty diverse and each artists usually performs 2-3 songs each night. If you’re not able to make it to a show, a tour of the facility is warranted.

  1. 3rd & Lindsley- You never know who might show up:


Nashville has quickly become a food town, so you won’t find a shortage of dining options. These are just a few of our favorites.

1). The Pharmacy - there is always a wait, but the burgers are amazing and worth the wait. They also have house made sodas and milkshakes which are delicious.

2). Husk - this is one of our go to places for special occasions. The menu changes daily and the service is impressive.

3). Puckett’s - there are multiple locations, including one in downtown Nashville and Franklin. They have traditional southern fare and we have yet to have had a poor experience.

4). Scoreboard - Nashville is known for hot chicken and while this place definitely isn’t fancy, the chicken is impressive. This restaurant is located in the Opryland area.

5). Pancake Pantry - a longstanding Nashville tradition. This nostalgic pancake place tends to have a wait, but moves pretty quickly. There is one other location which is in Gatlinburg.

Other restaurants to check out: Smokin’ Thighs, Peg Leg Porker, The Southern (nicer)



Linda, Meli and I have NEVER visited Nashville yet, but would love to. This list is exactly what we were looking for! THANKS!


That’s a great list @BanjoBen Thanks. My husband is going to be on his own while I am at camp, and he wondered if any recording studios allow visitors, or give tours.


When your husband is visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame tell him to buy his ticket there and go on the Studio B tour! It is awesome!

Puckett’s is awesome! I liked Biscuit Love too.

Together, y’all should goto Carters Vintage Guitars!


My top three places to visit are Carter’s Vintage Guitars, Gruhn Guitars, and The Mandolin Store


Well, sadly, it won’t be happening anytime soon. We will not be visiting America any time soon. But I will make a note of the recommendation for another time. Thanks.


Gruhn Guitars is a must if you’re in Nashville. It’s hard to believe until you see it… make sure to visit the second floor and see the really high end instruments, and talk to George. The third floor is an enormous repair shop.


Go in January so you can go to SPBGMA!