Nashville is the music capital of America and is home to many wonderful places to visit. We have gathered six Nashville attractions that should be at the top of your list to see while you’re in Music City. Continentally enough, they are all located within a ten-mile radius of the Nashville Airport!
First, there is a shining star in America’s music scene, the Country Music Hall of Fame! Located less than a mile from the Ryman Auditorium, the Museum showcases country music’s finest history. It is home to historic video clips and recorded music, displays amazing exhibits with a state-of-the-art design, and has a regular line-up of live performances and public programs. In addition, the Museum’s store, delicious on-site dining, and great public spaces are sure to make for an unforgettable trip.
If you travel ten miles from the Nashville Airport, you will arrive at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. The zoo is home to over 350 animals including African elephants, Bengal tigers, zebras and river otters. It also features the largest community built jungle gym in the country! Currently, the Nashville Zoo is housing an exhibit featuring the clouded leopard cubs Yim, Rajasi, and Lisu. Another new addition to the zoo is the Wilderness Express train ride. This takes visitors through wooded territory and gives children, and the young at heart, an appreciation of Nashville’s natural surroundings while adding to a fun-filled experience at the Nashville Zoo.
Traveling approximately nine miles from the Nashville Zoo will bring you to another not-to-be-missed Nashville Attraction, the Nashville Parthenon. It was built in 1897 as the centerpiece for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. The building is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and has hosted pageants and theatrical productions for the past hundred years. It also serves as an art museum, featuring such amazing works as Alan LeQuire’s 1990 re-creation of the Athena Parthenos statue.
Less than three miles from the Parthenon is one of Nashville’s best-known attractions, the Ryman Auditorium. Built by Thomas Ryman, it opened its doors in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, but was later renamed the Ryman Auditorium after Ryman’s death. The building was used for the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts from 1943 to 1974 when the Opry moved. Until 1992 it fell into disrepair after Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers performed a series of concerts. In 1994 it reopened as a performance venue and museum, hosting musical concerts, musical theatre productions, and stand-up comedy shows. The Ryman Auditorium was designated a National Historical Landmark in 2001.
Ten miles from the Country Music Hall of Fame is “Country’s Most Famous Stage,” the Grand Ole Opry! It has hosted some of the biggest names in country music since 1925 and attracts hundreds of millions of visitors from around the world every year. A definite must-see!
Less than a minute’s walk from the Grand Ole Opry is the world’s largest showboat, the General Jackson. Visitors can enjoy dinner and a show while cruising the Cumberland River to Downtown Nashville.
So much to see and do make travel to Nashville an unforgettable experience.Tags: nashville airport, Nashville Events, Nashville travel, travel to nashville