Things to Do in Nashville

Top Things to Do in Nashville

Things to Do in Nashville

Go behind-the-scenes of Nashville’s music row at the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame. Then, head downtown for live music, good Southern food, and buzzing nightlife.

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Top Attractions in Nashville

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Gardens
Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has earned an international reputation for its service and amenities but is equally well known for its nine acres of lavish indoor gardens. Boasting 50,000 tropical plants, rare international blooms and romantic Southern species, the horticultural displays at Gaylord Opryland are among the most exquisite in the world. Meticulously selected and lovingly maintained by a staff of 20 full-time interior horticulturists, the landscaping is a colorful, year-round paradise tucked inside this amazing resort. Each of the gardens is housed under one of the hotel's soaring atriums, creating a series of breathtaking horticultural wonderlands. An elaborate climate-control system keeps the temperature at 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Relative humidity stays around 55 percent most of the time. There is also an air exchange system to ensure air in the atriums does not become stale. The system exchanges air four times in a 24-hour period. The Garden Conservatory features a collection of 10,000 tropical plants, representing more than 215 species. Towering palms and banana trees rise 60 feet above the atrium floor. In all, there are 37 different families of trees represented, including ficus, banana trees, palms and a sampling of miniature orange trees. In August 1982, months before opening, a staff of 10 began landscaping the Garden Conservatory, which was at that time one of the largest facilities of its kind in a single, glass-topped room in the world. Many of the taller plants were put in place before construction was completed, in advance of installing the thousands of flowers that add color and texture to the majestic space. It took staff 3 months to install the gardens of the Garden Conservatory Atrium. A precise drip-irrigation system was developed that allows many plants to be watered slowly over the course of several hours. The soil is a special mixture of pine, peat and cypress bark solelite developed specifically for the environment. For the Cascades Atrium, dozens of Florida nurseries were visited before staff selected more than 8200 tropical ornamental plants representing 449 species. Plant varieties range from an Alexandria palm tree towering more than 40 feet high to six-foot-tall ginger bushes and jasminum vines. Sunlight levels are higher in the Cascades than in the Garden Conservatory, providing a sustainable environment for different plant varieties. Beyond the Cascades is the Delta Atrium, an amazing indoor garden with a subtropical feeling. Even though it is an indoor environment, 370 trees and palms--between 20- and 40-feet tall--share space with thousands of smaller plants. To create the appearance of the outdoors, black olive trees and West Indian mahoganies were chosen for their resemblance to oaks. Unlike oaks, they do not shed their leaves. And in true Southern tradition, Spanish moss trails from their imposing branches. Design of the Delta's gardens began two years before the Delta's opening in June 1996. Most of the plants originated in Florida. It took 32 tractor trailers to transport them to their new home in the protected environment of the Delta Atrium. The Delta is a true garden of the South with 120 sabal palms, tall lady palms, camellias, banana trees and cycads. Primary hedging plants are ever-blooming gardenia and camellias pittosporum (both green and variegated). There are 1500 plants representing 30 varieties of camellias in the Delta. Two 40-foot-tall Magnolia grandiflora (Southern magnolias) accent the front of the Delta Mansion. ABOUT GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., is the largest non-gaming hotel facility in the continental United States and the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels. The newly-renovated resort features nearly 3,000 guest rooms and more than 700,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibit space.
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What travelers are saying

  • Cajuns
    Crowley, LA11 contributions
    We did seats C 1 and C2 in the balcony. Just perfect on view, concesssions, restrooms, sound and ease of seating. I'd book C1-4 or B1-4 or A1-4.
    Written February 23, 2024
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  • holly l
    2 contributions
    We had a tasting with Hannah and she was amazing, super informative and entertaining! Highly recommend!!
    Moonshine was delicious 😍
    Written February 22, 2024
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  • c k
    Deerfield Beach, FL71 contributions
    Wonderful to see and hear the history - where the grand ole Opry started. Our guides are so knowledgeable, many things to learn and see . Takes about 1.5 if you do it fast . Great to see before going to grand old Opry .
    Written January 30, 2024
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  • mcintyre95
    Merrill, WI2 contributions
    We enjoyed our visit to Belle Meade. We learned about this site from my brother who visited in the past. How wonderful that it was preserved and cared for. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the wine tasting and seeing the many historic buildings on the grounds. Thank you.
    Written February 23, 2024
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  • KAREN M
    Forney, TX16 contributions
    A MUST see when in Nashville but allow at least 2 hours or don't bother. There is so much to see and so interesting so take your time. We combined this with the RCA Studio B tour which was also amazing.
    Written February 8, 2024
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  • Gabrielle O
    New York City, NY2 contributions
    The Studio B tour is a MUST if you’re visiting Nashville. A shuttle takes you right from the Country Music HOF which was very convenient. Our tour guide Ron was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing this great piece of history with others. Highlight of my trip for sure!
    Written January 27, 2024
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  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, WA3,196 contributions
    I know many people (myself included) think of the country music scene, the honky Tonks on Broadway and maybe even all the different sporting events when considering what to do in Nashville. Overlooking the Hermitage would be a mistake. Not only is there a lot of history involved, but there is a lot of natural beauty here. When we visited, a local winery was doing tastings so we had another activity to do. I would recommend going online and reserving your tickets because even during the week in the winter, we had to wait 45 minutes for the next available tour. However, the museum is excellent so we did learn a lot. I highly recommend this tour.
    Written January 8, 2024
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  • Alice
    Atlanta, GA31 contributions
    I love walking through the gardens at Opryland. It is my favorite botanical garden because there are no pesky bugs around. They also have an amazing variety of plants that you would normally see in this region. Love the tropical plants, palm trees, and banana plants. The views are breathtaking not just of the trees but also the lovely waterfalls throughout the hotel.
    Written February 1, 2024
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  • Travis
    74 contributions
    We from Louisiana and I finally see why everyone is going to Nashville instead of New Orleans. Felt safe the whole time and there was always police seen. The bathrooms in most bars was so clean. The drinks was always good. It is crowded and drinks are a little pricey but well worth it.
    Written February 21, 2024
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