Nashville's top 7 attractions

Music City is home to the Grand Ole Opry and so much more! Experts say these 7 attractions are not to be missed.

by Michael Carl Budd

Nashville is undoubtedly best known as the capital of country music.  Iconic attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry commemorate and foster the musical talent that put "Music City" on the map.  Don't count out the visual arts here, though: the Frist Center and the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art showcase some of the finest collections and exhibitions in the region.  Belle Meade Plantation will attract history buffs while the Adventure Science Center's perfect for curious kids and kids at heart.  There's something for everyone among these top Nashville spots. 

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 94

222 Fifth Avenue South

You don't have to be a country lover to appreciate the Country Music Hall of Fame, the 350,000-square-feet museum.

- Travel + Leisure

This art gallery boasts 24,000 square feet of exhibit space and hosts first-class exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and other visual art.

- Fodor's

While this destination has plenty to appeal to grown-ups, too, they also host Tuesdays for Tots (from September through May) and Saturday morning activities (year round) that are for littles.

- goop

Belle Meade Plantation 84

5025 Harding Pike

The mansion also has a winery on site and hosts tastings daily.

- Afar Magazine

Ryman Auditorium 87

116 Fifth Ave N

This expansive, mega-entertainment complex on the Cumberland River about 9mi northeast of downtown Nashville encompasses the world's longest-running live radio show, the Grand Ole Opry.

- Michelin Guide

The Grand Ole Opry 83

2804 Opryland Drive

Today the Opry continues to draw crowds for its weekend shows.

- Michelin Guide

Adventure Science Center 81

800 Fort Negley Blvd

Science is an adventure in this museum packed with hands-on activities, changing displays, and a flight simulator.

- Fodor's

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