Explore Nashville

Nashville is Topping the Charts as one of the country’s most popular cities for live music, unique restaurants, 24/7 entertainment, and as one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2018” by Travelocity.

You don’t have to love country music to fall in love with this “it” city. We’ve picked out some of our employee’s best recommendations for music, food and fun for you to enjoy in your spare time.

We also suggest checking out Visit Music City for more detailed information and other recommendations.


*Within walking distance (less than one mile) from the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center

Live Music

*Within walking distance (less than one mile) from the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center

  • *Broadway (also known as Honky Tonk Highway) is a famous street that’s lined with honky tonks and live music. Music begins every day at 10 a.m. and lasts until 3 a.m. (or so we’re told). Some of our favorites are Robert’s Western World, Layla’s, Tootsie’s and Wildhorse Saloon.
  • *The Station Inn: Live Bluegrass music
  • 3rd and Lindsley
  • Bluebird Café

  • Museums, Tours, and Other Attractions

    *Within walking distance (less than one mile) from the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center

  • *Ryman Auditorium: The original Grand Ole Opry, also known as the “Mother Church of Country Music” offers backstage tours and a recording of your own song!
  • *Musician’s Hall of Fame: Honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument. Includes interactive stations where you can sing/record, play instruments, and produce your own music.
  • *Country Music Hall of Fame: A must-see if a fan of country music. This museum is home to more than 2.5 million historical country music artifacts (there are also a few restaurants inside the museum).
  • *Historic RCA Studio B tour: The famous recording studio where Elvis recorded more than 200 songs is the only studio in Nashville open for tours (tours leave from the Country Music Hall of Fame).
  • *Johnny Cash Museum: Explore the life and music of Johnny Cash with the world’s largest collection of his memorabilia.
  • *Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (located at the Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena):  For only $3 a ticket, it’s worth the investment for any sports fan. The museum is also in the same building as the Nashville Predators merchandise store.
  • Escape Game Nashville
  • *Frist Center for the Visual Arts: Exhibits change often but there is always access to the “Martin ArtQuest Gallery” with hands-on stations for kids. Free admission for children under 18!
  • Madame Tussauds Nashville : Family-friendly wax museum with interactive attractions and a focus on Nashville’s country music greats.
  • Adventure Science Center: Exhibits designed especially for children in mind. Age-appropriate lab activities, crafts and more!
  • Nashville Zoo: Everything a zoo has to offer, plus, the jungle gym was recently named one of the “World’s Coolest Playgrounds”
  • Antique Archeology (American Pickers’ Store): This is the second store location for Mike Wolfe, of the “American Pickers Show” on the History Channel. The store is located just a few blocks from downtown Nashville in a former automobile factory space.
  • Climb Nashville: This fitness, yoga and rock climbing facility has fun activities for the entire family.
  • Goo Goo Cluster Store: Check out this store, south of Broadway, for delicious handmade chocolate treats. The store also sells its own merchandise, has a small café and even offers chocolate making classes.
  • Tour the Grand Ole Opry

  • Outside Activities

    *Within walking distance (less than one mile) from the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center

  • Visit The Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park: The world’s only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple, Nashville’s Parthenon stands in Centennial Park and features both the city’s art museum and Athena Parthenos.
  • *Cheer on the Nashville Sounds baseball team: (Homes games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during SEATA)
  • *Take an Old Town Trolley Tour: These fun and educational Trolley Tours offer a variety of different themes, whether you want history, music, shopping or even a “hop on/hop off tour” to see as much of Music City in one day.
  • *Music City Trolley Hop: A second “hop on/hop off” trolley tour with a slightly different list of attractions. This one includes a stop at the popular “Antique Archaeology” store from American Pickers.
  • *Nashville Segway Tours: Different tour groups are available here and here.
  • *Nashville B-cycle (bicycle rentals): Bike rental stations are available all across downtown.
  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden
  • *Take a trip to Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort: This attraction includes an outdoor waterpark and a treetop adventure park, which means family-friendly fun for hours.
  • Bicentennial Mall: Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park serves as an outdoor monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration, which was June 1, 1996. It’s a great place to learn more about Tennessee and its rich history. Be sure to grab a quick snack or meal at the Farmer’s Market across the street, if you have time.
  • Fort Nashborough: Fort Nashborough was the stockade established in early 1779 in the French Lick area of the Cumberland River valley, as a forerunner to the settlement that ultimately became the city of Nashville.
  • Fort Negley: This is the largest inland stone fortification built during the Civil War and served as the centerpiece of Union-occupied Nashville.
  • The Hermitage: Visit the historic home of the seventh president of the United States and native Tennessean, Andrew Jackson. The Hermitage is located near the Nashville airport.
  • Kayak or Canoe from Downtown Nashville