Things to do in Nashville

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All distances listed assume Renaissance Nashville Hotel as starting location.

Activities within Walking Distance

National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) (0.2 miles, 5 minutes)

Tickets: $18.75-24.95*

NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum’s expertly-curated collections share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past to the present. NMAAM strengthens and diversifies the “Music City” brand with compelling connections to both local and national musical distinctions.

Printer’s Alley – National Register Historic District (0.3 miles, 7 minutes)

Traditionally the center of Nashville’s nightlife, Printers Alley began as a series of posts where men bound for the courthouse hitched their horses. By the turn of the twentieth century it became the center of Nashville’s printing industry. Nightclubs opened in the 1940s, and the alley became a showcase for the talents of performers such as Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Dottie West, The Supremes, Hank Williams, Barbara Mandrell, and Jimi Hendrix. Today’s nightclubs are the descendants of the saloons, speakeasies, and clubs which developed into the entertainment district still known as Printers Alley.


The George Jones Rooftop Bar (0.3 miles, 7 minutes)

As one of Music City’s best rooftops, the Rooftop Bar at The George Jones is the perfect spot to hang out while immersing yourself in the Nashville scene. Whether it is enjoying a bite to eat from our Smokehouse menu or dancing along to the country band on stage, the Rooftop Bar never disappoints. Between views of the Cumberland River and the Downtown skyline, guests are completely surrounded by all things Nashville.


Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (0.4 miles, 8 minutes)

Tickets: $23-26*

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the world’s largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum seeks to collect, preserve, and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music, and has amassed one of the world’s most extensive music collections. Through exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum teaches its diverse audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music.

Music City Walk of Fame Park (0.4 miles, 8 minutes)

The Music City Walk of Fame on Nashville’s Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City. It’s a uniquely Nashville experience. Don’t miss it!



Frist Art Museum (0.4 miles, 8 minutes)

Tickets: $10-15*

The Frist Art Museum strives to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. It opened in April 2001 and has since hosted touring exhibitions from some of the most prestigious collections in the world, as well as award-winning shows organized in-house.

Ole Smoky Distillery & Yee-Haw Brewery (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)

Ole Smoky Distillery is the leading craft distiller of Moonshine and home of the world’s most visited distillery. They joined forces with Yee Haw Brewing Company, one of Tennessee’s top craft breweries, to open a complex in Nashville’s burgeoning area of SoBro. The venue features a distillery, brewery, bars, tasting areas, beer & bottle shops, merchandise, big screen TVs and live entertainment. Visitors can enjoy moonshine, cocktails, beery by the glass, food including White Duck Taco and Nashville’s own Prince’s Hot Chicken, as well as purchase jars of moonshine and bottled beer for enjoyment at home.

John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)

The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and connects downtown Nashville to the residential suburbs of East Nashville, providing outstanding views of the river and downtown skyline. Built between 1907-09, it was originally names the Sparkman Street Bridge. The bridge contains 48 spans including four steel trusses and two reinforced concrete trusses. Spans over the old Tennessee Central Railroad tracks (now CSX) are the only concrete trusses identified in Tennessee.

What Lifts You Mural (0.7 miles, 17 minutes)

Murals are spread throughout the city and offer a visual commentary on the history, culture, and style of Music City. In the Gulch angel wings, Kelsey Montague has created an interactive mural that has helped make the #WhatLiftsYou hashtag go viral. After Taylor Swift posted a picture posing with Montague’s wings in Nolita, NY, Kelsey’s work has been recognized globally and Nashville’s wall got similar recognition, causing lines of tourists and locals alike to loop around the Gulch district in search for a picture with the renown wings. Nashville’s “What Lifts You” mural is a perfect example of integrating the pulse of the locale to her artistic composition: it features wings emblazoned with guitars and music notes.


Riverfront Park (0.8 miles, 16 minutes)

Directly across First Avenue is Riverfront Park, created in the early 1980s to commemorate Nashville’s river history. In the 1780s, Nashville’s first settlers came over land and river to settle along the Cumberland River. Those settlers built a two-acre fort around a freshwater spring and tucked among the cedar trees on the river bluff. A 1930 replica of that first settlement, Fort Nashborough, stands north of Riverfront Park in Bicentennial Park. Also located in Bicentennial Park is Alan LeQuire’s statue of Timothy Demonbreun, an early French Canadian fur trader who settled here, and Puryear Mims’s sculpture of town founders James Robertson and John Donelson.

Activities To Drive To

Nashville Farmers’ Market (1.2 miles, approx. 5-7 minutes)

The Nashville Farmers’ Market consists of the Farm Sheds and the Market House. The open-air outdoor Farm Sheds consist of two large covered sheds that serve as a home to more than 150 farmers, artisans and small businesses during peak growing season. Throughout the year, shoppers can find ranchers, dairy farmers, cheese-makers, bakers, food artisans, crafters and flea merchants, as well as farm-direct products like honey, jams, jellies and more. The Market House features 20 locally owned shops and restaurants offering cuisines that span the globe. It also houses the Grow Local Kitchen, a commercial kitchen designed to incubate and support start-up food entrepreneurs and provide programming space for culinary classes and workshops.

Fannie Mae Dee’s Park (3.1 miles, approx. 9-12 minutes)

Fannie Mae Dees Park, located between Vanderbilt University and Belmont University, is also known as Dragon Park because of the large mosaic serpent sculpture that slithers through the landscape. The park takes its official name from the local civic leader Fannie Mae Dees, and was created in 1978.

Nashville Parthenon - Centennial Park (2.5 miles, approx. 10-12 minutes)

Located on West End and 25th Avenue North, the 132-acre park features: the iconic Parthenon, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, and a beautiful sunken garden. The Parthenon is the cetner of the park and features a re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena. Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The Parthenon also serves as Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. 

Nashville Zoo (6.3 miles, approx. 16-21 minutes)

Tickets: $16-23*

The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is a zoological garden and farmhouse located 6 miles southeast of Downtown Nashville.. See animals from around the world including spider monkeys, white rhinoceros, Masai giraffe, clouded leopards and much more! Nashville Zoo is proud to report that they have been ranked as one of the top ten Zoos and Aquariums by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities.

Sri Ganesha Temple (11.2 miles, approx. 16-21 minutes)

Sri Ganesha Temple was built to provide a place for cultural, educational, and spiritual activities related to Hinduism, to promote inter religious, social, and cultural understanding, and to support humanitarian causes.. It was designed by Sri MuthiahSthapathi, and resembles the temple architecture of Chola dynasty (900AD -1150AD). 



Radnor Lake State Park (10.5 miles, approx. 17-23 minutes)

The Radnor Lake State Park is perfect for nature enthusiasts. The 1,368-acre park is protected t is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities, and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the 7.75-miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography, and wildlife observation. Pets, jogging, and bicycles are only allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail. The Lake Trail is accessible to people with all-terrain wheelchairs.

*Pricing subject to change