Nashville Tennessee Vacation Ideas

The highlight of a Nashville Tennessee vacation is Music City USA, the capital of country music. Here you can enjoy an exciting array of events, activities and special attractions.

And of course, the Grand Ole Opry, the corner stone of Nashville’s reputation as the heart and soul of country music. But, is there anything else to see on your Nashville Tennessee vacation. Okay, here’s a few Nashville fun vacations ideas.

First and foremost, it’s a family town with many vacation ideas that include fun for the children.

There are miniature golf courses, batting cages, Indy go-carts, video games, alligator adventures, and a petting zoo.

And there’s Nashville Shores Waterpark with giant water slides and lake cruises. There are several State Parks with great facilities such as campsites, boating, miles of hiking trails, cabins, boat launch ramps, pool and lake swimming, playgrounds, fishing, paddleboat and rowboat rentals.

Longhunter State Park makes a great Nashville Tennessee vacation idea. Situated just a little east of the city, you will find 2,400 acres of wilderness, 18 miles of trails and two lakes full of large- and small-mouth bass, rockfish, stripe, crappie, bream and catfish just waiting to be caught on your line.

Basic facts you should know before you arrive are: Nashville may be the capital of Tennessee and it has over 1/2 million residents. Just the right size to combining small-town charm with big-town sophistication.

Other Nashville Tennessee vacation ideas are … one of the oldest man-made tunnels in the United States … canoeing on the Harpeth River … an ancient Indian ceremonial center … wildlife sanctuaries.

Nashville is rich in historic sites & monuments. Of interest are several recontructions of historic buildings.

Fort Nashboro is a reconstruction of the original fort built by the first pioneers arriving in the area. This downtown tourist spot has costumed "settlers" who can tell you all about life in Nashville back in the 1800's.

Art museums and galleries abound in Nashville. On display are a wealth of art such as contemporary African-American art, folk art and American and European paintings & drawings, including the works of such artists as Picasso, Renoir and Cezanne, plus many photographs, and sculptures.

Other museums include the Music Valley Car Museum with a wonderful collection of vintage cars. Some were owned by big name stars like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. At The Music Valley Wax Museum you can see many life-size figures of past and present country and western music stars.

Nashville has many genres of music besides country; including mainstream rock, are drawn to the city for inspiration. What’s this mean for you on your? It means live music of all kinds will give your Nashville Tennessee vacation the rhythms you need to keep on singing for a long time.

Nashville, Tennessee has a million things to offer for the vacationer. But there are also some great places nearby Nashville that make excellent day-trip excursions.

  • There are four Civil War sites that are all an hour or less from Nashville. There's Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, Historic Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill and Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro.
  • About an hour and a half southeast of Nashville, in McMinnville, is Cumberland Caverns. This is Tennessee's largest show cave with huge underground rooms and spectacular formations.
  • Both the George Dickel Distillery and the Jack Daniel Distillery are close by and open for historical distilling and sipping tours.
  • An hour south in Columbia, you can tour the restored home of the nation's 11th president, James K. Polk.

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