Music is a very important part of Nashville culture, but it is not the only attraction. Tennessee’s capital has a rich history, athletic tradition, culture, and commitment to the arts. Here, we will explore some of the ways you can spend a day in Nashville with friends, grandkids, or on your own.
There are two major art museums in Nashville. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is housed in the city’s historic United States Post Office building. It does not have a permanent collection. Instead, they secure traveling exhibitions from around the world and focus on creating exhibitions. The Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is located on the western edge of Nashville in a 30,000-square-foot Georgian-style mansion. The American art collection features 5,000 prints and 600 paintings.
Nothing lets you relive the past like a well-curated history museum, and Nashville has history museums in spades. The Tennessee State Museum is a large museum in Nashville that focuses on the state’s history. The museum interprets the frontier, the age of President Andrew Jackson, and the American Civil War starting from pre-colonization and going into the 20th century. The museum is home to one of the largest collections of Civil War weapons, battle flags, and uniforms.
We discussed the art museum at the Cheekwood above, but it is also home to a 55-acre botanical garden. The site emphasizes education, study, and display. The plant collections include redbud, magnolia, hydrangea, holly, fern, daylily, crape myrtle, boxwood, trillium, Southeastern US natives, Japanese maple, hosta, herb, dogwood, daffodil, and conifer. In addition, Nashville’s Metro Board of Parks and Recreation manages and owns more than 10,000 acres of land and almost a hundred greenways and parks.
There are two major professional sports teams in Nashville. The National Football League’s Tennessee Titans play their home games at Nissan Stadium, where they attract almost 70,000 fans per game. The National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators take the ice at Bridgestone Arena, where 17,000 screaming fans cheer them on. College sports is also big in Nashville. The Vanderbilt Commodores college sports teams compete in the Southeastern Conference.
There is a long list of annual events in Nashville that attract visitors from all over the region. One of the biggest is the Tennessee State Fair, which is held each September at the State Fairgrounds. It lasts nine days and has rodeos, rides, tractor pulls, exhibits, and several other attractions and shows. For four days in June, the CMA Music Festival features autograph signings, fan/artist interactions, performances by country music stars, and other activities for country music fans. And, the Nashville Film Festival showcases hundreds of independent films for a week in April.
Nashville also has some relaxing alternatives. William Edge in Midtown is one of the best places to go for a makeover. Whereas, Escape Day Spa and Salon is ideal for massages. Both are great for taking it easy in the Music City.
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