First things first, you don’t have to love country music to have a good time in Nashville. When I decided that I wanted to look into seeing what you can do in Music City USA I was worried that I would be inundated with country-inspired tourist traps. After speaking with, an online travel agency, I found out I couldn’t be more wrong. While they did suggest giving some of these more folk-inspired spots a try, there are actually numerous things to check out in Nashville.
Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry
Lets deal with the elephant in the room. The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music show that has been running in Nashville for decades. Whether or not you are a fan of the genre, it is a cultural experience worth taking the time out to enjoy according to. While the Opry largely makes its home at Opry Mills, the bets time to go is when the Opry is held at its traditional home, The Ryman Auditorium. One of the most famous venues for live music in America, The Ryman hosts not only the Opry, but larger touring acts as well.
Parthenon and Centennial Park
Want to see some famous Greek architecture but a trip to Greece is out of the cards? Nashville’s Centennial Park is home to a full-scale replica of The Parthenon. Built in 1897 as part of Nashville’s Centennial Exposition according to JustFly, The Parthenon is located near Vanderbilt University and a great place to visit and explore by bicycle. Inside The Parthenon is a collection of Greek art for those who want to tour the innards of this replica building.
Third Man Records
If you still want to get exposed to some music in Nashville, but country music isn’t your thing, a smaller place worth checking out is The Third Man Records shop. Located a bit off the beaten path, this neat shop is home base for Jack White’s Third Man Records. Grab records, record player, and record player accessories, or just check out some of the weird musical inventions, such as records filled with fluid, records that you can split in half, and records that play uniquely.
Adventure Science Centre
If science is more your cup of tea, Nashville’s Adventure Science Centre is worth a stop. This science centre features multiple exhibits including biology, space, and health exhibits. While some museums are look but don’t touch type affairs, JustFly says there are tonnes of interactive attractions at the Adventure Science Centre.