Spotlight On Nashville
Have some extra time while you are in Nashville to explore? We have you covered!
Nashville has endless activities that cater to almost any interest (not just music!) and we encourage you to take a look at some of our suggestions/personal favorites below and enjoy all that Nashville has to offer.
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where you will see the world’s largest
collection of country music artifacts
- Sports fans should catch a Nashville Predators hockey game – schedule is TBD, so will update
- Grab drinks at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Broadway, an iconic honky-tonk that has hosted some
of the biggest names in country music
- Take a stroll or jog through Centennial Park, home of a full-scale replica of the Parthenon
- Visit Hatch Show Print in the lobby of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Building (fun
fact: this was the inspiration for the design of all conference materials!)
- Bicentennial Capitol Mall is a great place to walk/run with fantastic views of the Capitol Building
- Stop by the Ryman Auditorium for a tour of one of the most iconic venues in Nashville and learn
about its storied, 130-year history (Taylor Tomlinson will be doing standup on the 9th)
- For the history buff, Fort Negley is a Civil War fort just a short drive from the hotel and offers
one of the best views of the Nashville Skyline.
- Art fans should stop in at the Frist Museum to see one of their rotating exhibitions; head up to
the ArtQuest room on the second floor to make your own creations
- If you’re up for a drive, Lane Motor Museum is right across town and features an incredible
collection of more than 150 vehicles from the early 1900s all the way up to modern day
- Catch a show at The Bluebird Café. Featured on the show Nashville, this is where you can go to
hear songwriters share the stories behind their songs.
- There are a number of distilleries—Corsair, Nelson’s Green Brier—and breweries—Black Abbey,
Jackalope—that you can visit and tour
Looking for more ideas on things to do while you are in Nashville? Visit the following sites for additional
- The 18 best things to do in Nashville – TimeOut.com
- 10 Things to do in Nashville – VisitMusicCity.com
- The Best Things to Do in Nashville (Even If You’re Not a Partier!) – Country Living Magazine
- The Coolest, Weirdest, and Best Museums in Nashville – Thrillest.com
Did you know? Nashville Fun Facts
- Nashville has a full-scale replica of the Parthenon, which is located in Centennial Park. A sculpture of Athena Parthenos inside the Parthenon is the tallest indoor sculpture in the western hemisphere at 42 feet high.
- Elvis Presley recorded more than 200 songs at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B. There is still a
string of Christmas lights on display that were hung when Elvis couldn’t get into the spirit while
recording a Christmas album.
- Nashville native William Walker became the president of Nicaragua in 1856. No other American
has become president of another country since.
- President Richard Nixon performed on the Grand Ole Opry during its first show at the new Opry
House in 1974. He played “God Bless America” on the piano.
- Blind Vanderbilt University student Morris Frank traveled overseas to investigate the use of
seeing-eye dogs. He brought the first service dog back to the U.S. in 1928 and founded The
Seeing Eye, Inc. in Nashville.
- Nashville is home to the largest songwriter’s festival in the world. Tin Pan South takes place
every spring and draws more than 350 songwriters who perform original work in venues around
- The 33-story AT&T building, aka the Batman Building, located in Nashville is the Tallest Building
in Tennessee. The distinctive towers on either side of the building, which led to its name, were
added to make the skyscraper taller than building in Memphis, which previously held the record.
- Nashville Has the Largest Kurdish Population in the United States, having had three waves of
Kurdish immigrants beginning in the 1970s. The city is also home to the first Kurdish mosque
built in the United States.