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Top Things to Do in Nashville

Top Things to Do in Nashville

Summer in Nashville is filled with fun things to do, from music festivals and sporting events, to culinary celebrations and the can’t-miss attractions that make Music City such a dynamic vacation destination. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors while exploring gardens, check out some of the iconic live venues that put Nashville on the map, or join in on the fun as the city celebrates Independence Day in signature style. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway or visiting Nashville with the whole family, you’ll discover a seemingly endless variety of activities and events during the summer months. To help you start planning your stay, we’ve created a list of the top ten things to do in Nashville this summer:

    1. Watch a Show at the Grand Ole Opry There’s always something going on at the Opry. Check their calendar listings for upcoming concerts during your stay, or opt for a behind the scenes tour to get an exclusive look at what it takes to put on a show at the legendary venue that made country music famous throughout the world.
    2. Discover the History of Music City at the Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumLearn about the history and tradition of country music through a series of spectacular exhibits and interactive activities, as well as the famous letterpress operation known as the Hatch Show Print. There’s also the 776-seat CMA Theater and other unique features.
    3. Stroll through the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art
      Explore 55-acres of lush gardens, historic plant and tree collections, contemporary sculptures and permanent exhibits at this enchanting garden/art museum.
    4. Check out the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
      Experience up-close encounters with over 350 species of animals including the clouded leopards, spider monkeys, red pandas and the African elephant. The zoo also offers a variety of events and activities, including live feedings, special talks with the animal keepers, live shows and more.
    5. Cool off at Nashville Shores
      Cool off from the summer heat and enjoy more than one million gallons of summer fun, including a gigantic wave pool, thrilling water slides, a lazy river, and a massive water treehouse and playground.
    6. Check out the Music City Hot Chicken Festival
      Nashville is famous for its hot chicken and this annual festival is the perfect excuse to try out some of the city’s most famous culinary traditions. Sample juicy tender wings and cold beer while enjoying live music, local vendors, and family-friendly activities.
    7. Get Inspired at a First Saturday Art Crawl
      Typically held on the first Saturday of each month, art galleries around Nashville offer free admission from 6pm to 9pm so locals and visitors can check out their latest exhibits. Over 20 art venues participate in the First Saturday Art Crawl, which features local artwork as well as world-renowned artists. You’ll see everything from paintings and photography to sculptures and modern, media-based art projects.


Stay Near Nashville Activities

Stay near all the excitement while enjoying the exceptional amenities and Southern hospitality at Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University. Located on the Vanderbilt University campus, our newly renovated rooms feature pillow top mattresses outfitted with cotton-rich sheets, 49” flat-screen TVs, as well as impressive views of the Vanderbilt Stadium and Parthenon. Enjoy delicious dining options at our own Park25 Bistro, and take advantage of complimentary shuttle service to destinations within a two-mile radius of the hotel.

You can also count on our friendly staff of local insiders to recommend nearby activities and attractions based on your unique interests. Let our West End Nashville hotel make your summer vacation an unforgettable experience.