Here at Vinnie Louise, we love our city and are so proud to be based in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville is such a fun town that has way more to offer than just cowboy boots and country music, and we want to share some of the excitement of the city with each of you! Have you been wanting to make a trip to Nashville? Or do you live right here in town and need some fun things to do? We’ve compiled this list of our 7 can’t miss things to do here in town.
If you’re hankering for some time spent in the great outdoors, there is no better place in Nashville than Radnor Lake. Regardless of the season, a day spent at Radnor will be a gorgeous one. Whether you walk the trails or meet friends for a weekend picnic lunch you’re sure to see wildlife of all sorts. Bonus: You might even totally forget that you’re right in the center of the city! Go early or during the week to avoid any crowds.
If the weather in Nashville ends up being gloomy and cold during your time in town, have no fear! You can spend literally hours of your day wandering around in the mesmerizing, one of a kind Gaylord Opryland Resort. Sprawled out over 120 acres, the Opryland Hotel is truly an indoor wonderland. Sure it’s a hotel, but there’s also bars and restaurants, shops, indoor waterfalls, and a scenic riverboat ride tucked away inside! If you happen to be in town in November or December, the resort is decked out in the most extravagant indoor/outdoor light show you’ve ever seen. Don’t miss it!
There are tons of great parks around the Nashville area, depending on what you’re looking to do. However, if you have little ones in tow, look no further than Cumberland Park on the banks of downtown. Nestled in the shadows of the Titans football stadium, Cumberland Park. This park features splash pads for little ones, and grown-ups alike, Not to mention the free outdoor climbing wall, sand pits, and crazy cool slides. It’s also the perfect spot for a picnic lunch or dinner before heading across the Pedestrian Bridge for a night in downtown Nashville. There are so many great photo ops here. Plus, you can't beat the free parking.
Why not get a little artsy? Right in the center of the city but a little bit further from the madness on Broadway, you’ll find the Frist Art Museum. Whether you know much about the history of art or not, the Frist is an experience. Their art installations and shows are top-notch, and you’ll leave feeling more cultured than you came for sure. Have kids? Everyone under 18 is welcome at the museum for free, all the time! They also offer a discounted ticket price for college students and groups.
A short 25-minute drive away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Nashville, you’ll find the quaint and charming town of Franklin, TN. Known for it’s rolling Tennessee hills, some delicious food, and being home to some of your favorite country music stars, Franklin is a great little getaway and respite from big city life. Be sure to make a wish in the fountain, grab a cup of coffee from Frothy Monkey or The Coffee House, try dinner at Gray’s On Main and finish things off with frozen yogurt from Sweet CiCi’s. It’ll be a real treat! If you’re in the area for breakfast time, don’t miss Meridee’s, Franklin Mercantile, or Biscuit Love’s latest location in a gorgeous remodeled house from the 1800’s.
There is no other place to see the different worlds and neighborhoods of Nashville collide quite like they do at the Nashville Flea Market. If you’re planning a trip from out of town, try to stop in when this is going on! The third weekend of every month, the Nashville Flea Market boasts thousands upon thousands of new and used goods that are unique, fun, and can’t be missed. From antique furniture to delicious homemade cooking, to vintage handbags and records you can’t find anywhere else, there is truly something for everyone at the flea market. You might even have a celebrity sighting or two while you’re there. Stay hydrated!
Centennial Park is gorgeous in every season. But summer is our definitely our favorite due to the glorious flower gardens you’ll find on the property. Go for a stroll with a loved one on the winding paths, or on a rainy day check out the life-size replica of the Parthenon in Athens that sits in the center of the park. If you’ve got a furry friend, Centennial also boasts an awesome dog park. If you have little ones there’s a great playground, and throughout the year they host awesome events here like swing dancing nights, symphony in the park, and Musicians Corner - a summer music series. Don’t skip out on this one!
Have you visited any or all of these places? Which ones are your favorites? Comment below and let us know!