Top 10 Things to do in Davidson County, Davidson County

January 29, 2022 Velvet Champine

Discover the best top things to do in Davidson County, United States including Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, RCA Studio B, Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, Downtown Nashville, The Johnny Cash Museum.

1. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203-4206 +1 615-416-2001 [email protected] http://CountryMusicHallofFame.org
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4.5 based on 14,476 reviews

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the home of this popular American art form, safeguarding over 2.5 million artifacts, with two expansive floors of gallery space featuring permanent- and limited- engagement exhibits. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also home to Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print. It offers three dining and four retail options, all open to the public. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Reviewed By 866TaylorB - Chicago, United States

If you are visiting Nashville, Tennessee, chances are you are here to see what makes Music City tick, from the Grand Ole Opry to Ryman Auditorium to the many museums dedicated to country music and its legendary recording artists from Jimmie Rodgers to Hank Williams to Roy Acuff to Patsy Cline to Johnny Cash. Located at 222 Fifth Avenue South, the 350,000-square-foot Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the world's largest and most active and popular music research centers and the world's largest repository of country music artifacts, more than 2.5 million. Chartered in 1964, the museum houses 200,000 sound recordings, 500,000 photographs, more than 30,000 moving images on film, video and digital formats, hundreds of musical instruments, thousands of items of clothing, oral histories and iconic vehicles, including Elvis Presley's 1960 "Solid Gold" Cadillac and Jerry Reed's 1980 Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit II. The museum attracts more than 1.1 million visitors a year. So what do you want to see? Historic RCA Studio B, Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio, where recordings by Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Waylon Jennings were made. The bronze plaques of the Hall of Famers that are displayed in the museum's 70-foot-high rotunda. Glen Campbell narrating the history of country music. Maybelle Carter's Gibson L-5. Earl Scruggs' banjo. Bill Monroe's mandolin. Patsy Cline's cocktail dress. Johnny Cash's black suit. Reba McEntire's red dress. Start with the museum's core exhibit, "Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music," which immerses visitors in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its architects, then take a tour of the museum to experience what country music is all about.

2. RCA Studio B

1611 Roy Acuff Pl, Nashville, TN 37203-3209 +1 615-416-2001 [email protected] http://studiob.org
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4.5 based on 3,349 reviews

RCA Studio B

Historic RCA Studio B--once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and The Everly Brothers--is both a classroom for Nashville area students and a popular cultural attraction. First made available to Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum visitors in 1977, RCA Studio B was donated to the Museum in 1992. Studio B tours are available as part of the Museum's platinum ticket package, which also includes Museum admission and audio tour, and depart from the Museum hourly between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. Transportation provided.

Reviewed By PamThuer - Middletown, United States

By far a must see! Definitely worth the extra money to tour Studio B. Our tour guide was amazing and extremely kind, very knowledgeable on artists. Loved this tour!

3. Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219-2309 +1 615-889-3060 [email protected] http://www.ryman.com/
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4.5 based on 13,265 reviews

Ryman Auditorium

When you walk through the doors of historic Ryman Auditorium, one thing becomes clear right away: this isn’t just another nightly music venue, and it’s so much more than a daytime tourist stop. This place is hallowed ground. This is the exact spot where bluegrass was born—where Johnny Cash met June Carter, where souls were saved and a slice of history was nearly lost. It was right here that country music found an audience beyond its own back porch, and countless careers took off as deals were signed on napkins and paper scraps backstage. Open daily for tours and shows, right in the heart of Music City.

Reviewed By Champ756 - Portage, United States

While attending the show, “Opry Country Classics” I was greatly helped by two wonderful ushers, Inez and Amy T. As many know, the historic Ryman Auditorium has wooden pews for seats. The thin pad I brought didn’t help pad the seating enough due to multiple hip surgeries. After getting up to stand in the back, Inez came over and immediately asked if I needed a softer seat.... then Amy was there in a flash with a padded chair. This was SO appreciated! It allowed me to be comfortable and I felt very welcomed. Inez also checked to see if I wanted my husband in handicapped seating with me as well. Not only was the seat far more comfortable, the bonus was a great view of the stage without having to shift around for better visibility on the pews with tight seating. The show was very entertaining and it was nice to be able to fully enjoy it. For those with any seating limitations or mobility issues, I would recommend asking for handicapped seating at Ryman. Amy also shared that there are several balcony rows with padded chairs if that alone would help with comfort. Thank you again, Inez and Amy T! And....Inez, to me, you are a Ryman icon with your many years of welcoming guests there with your beautiful hospitality!

4. Grand Ole Opry

2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1209 +1 615-871-6779 http://www.opry.com
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4.5 based on 12,999 reviews

Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry, an American Icon and Nashville's number one attraction, is known for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. It's where unforgettable moments happen every week...moments like the night Trace Adkins revealed a tweet inviting his pal Blake Shelton to become a member of the Opry. With country music's new stars, superstars, and legends live on stage, you never know what'll happen next. See the show that made country music famous.

Reviewed By jdmac1953 - Vero Beach, United States

We took the backstage tour of the Grand ole Opry, Wow! so very cool and informative, Anna did an amazing job explaining all the aspects of the theater and was able to answer our questions. So amazing to be able to stand where so many music greats have made their name. Definitely would recommend..

5. Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

4580 Rachels Ln, Nashville, TN 37076-1331 +1 615-889-2941 [email protected] http://thehermitage.com
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4.5 based on 5,595 reviews

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States, and recently named the #1 historic house in Tennessee. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with over 30 historic buildings, that welcomes some 200,000 annual visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren, from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage to witness "The Duel: The Art of the Southern Gentleman." This 30-minute visitor experience will answer questions about dueling followed by an ACTUAL demonstration by our historic re-enactors. “The Duel” takes place every Thursday through Sunday throughout the day, free with paid admission.

Reviewed By 866TaylorB - Chicago, United States

The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home from 1804 until his death in 1845, has been acclaimed the fourth best Presidential site in the nation by USA Today, behind the White House, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and George Washington's Mount Vernon. Located at 4580 Rachels Lane in Davidson County, 10 miles east of downtown Nashville, the Greek Revival structure has a rectangular layout, about 104 feet from east to west and 54 feet from north to south. The main entrance includes a central block with a five-bay, two-story structure with a portico supported by six modified Corinthian style, wooden columns. Within the portico is a two-story balcony. One-story wings flank the mansion. Inside, the main block of the house consists of four large rooms separated by a center hall. At the far end of the hall is the elliptical cantilevered staircase with mahogany handrail that leads to the second level. Notice the crystal chandeliers and Italian marble mantels and the entry hall with plank flooring painted dark and decorated with block-printed wallpaper made in Paris, France. To the right of the entrance hall are two bedrooms that were occupied by Jackson and his son. On the second level are four bedrooms that once were occupied by guests such as Sam Houston, the Marquis de Lafayette, James K. Polk and Martin Van Buren. Perhaps the most interesting feature in the house is a rustic mantelpiece called the "Eighth of January" that was carved by a veteran of the Battle of New Orleans, who worked on the mantelpiece on each anniversary of the battle until he finished on January 8, 1839. The Hermitage, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, can be viewed in via a two to four-hour self-guided tour, a 90-minute guided tour of the mansion and grounds and access to the mansion's balcony, a tour of the grounds via a horse-drawn wagon allowing a glimpse of what life was like on the 1,000-acre cotton plantation and two tours that include access to the mansion, grounds and exhibit gallery, an interpreter-led tour of the mansion, a self-guided auto tour of the gardens, grounds and the other historic buildings, a self-guided tour of the farmland that used to be the Heritage Planation and viewing a film, "Andrew Jackson: Born From A Star," at the visitors center. Also of interest is the large brick smokehouse at the rear of the kitchen that was built in 1831 and cured 20,000 pounds of pork a year and a nearby slave cabin known as Uncle Alfred's Cabin, named for Alfred Jackson, who was born into slavery on the property in 1812 and worked as a freedman after Emancipation and stayed on as a caretaker following the purchase of the estate in 1889 by the Ladies' Hermitage Association. He died in 1901 and was buried near the tomb of the seventh President of the United States and his wife, Rachel, who died in 1828. There is so much to see at the Hermitage, so much history and so many stories.

6. Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery

110 Leake Ave, Nashville, TN 37205-3706 +1 615-356-0501 [email protected] https://visitbellemeade.com/
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4.5 based on 6,206 reviews

Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery

History and hospitality...two words that have been at the foundation of Belle Meade for over 200 years. In the 1800s, Belle Meade was one of the largest and wealthiest private estates in Nashville, raising the nation's finest thoroughbred race horses. Having hosted celebrities, presidents, generals, and a wealth of revered turfmen, Belle Meade became Nashville's first attraction. Located just seven miles west of downtown Nashville, today this sanctuary of Southern hospitality offers Guided Tours, Food and Wine Pairings, Bourbon Tastings, Segway Tours, outstanding Gift Shops, Nashville's first Winery, an on-site Restaurant, an Outdoor Game Court, and some of the most beautiful Grounds in Nashville.

Reviewed By LJGoity

The tour was scenic and gorgeous, our guide, Patrick, was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, the history of the tour was educational, eye opening and the FREE wine tasting afterwards was incredible! Every wine we tried was delicious!

7. Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

401 Gay St, Nashville, TN 37201-2000 +1 615-244-3263 http://www.musicianshalloffame.com/
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4.5 based on 1,080 reviews

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors musicians from stars to studio players, from all genres of music. Historic artifacts include instruments played on original recordings of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hank Williams, Sr., George Harrison, Frank Sinatra, The Supremes, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Chicago and more. See the original stage where a young Jimi Hendrix played. "To be recognized by this institution is the greatest honor a musician can have." -Neil Young.

Reviewed By mydogs4

We had so much fun at this museum. There was so much to see and do here. Lots of interactive displays which we got to explore - played with several musical instruments, listened to a variety of genres of music and learned about all the behind the scenes layers that go into making music. Saw so many of my favourite performers and their histories. It was a fun and delightful way to spend a cold, rainy day in Nashville!

8. Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214-1200 +1 615-889-1000 http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnago-gaylord-opryland/
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4.5 based on 5,999 reviews

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens

Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has earned an international reputation for its service and amenities but is equally well known for its nine acres of lavish indoor gardens. Boasting 50,000 tropical plants, rare international blooms and romantic Southern species, the horticultural displays at Gaylord Opryland are among the most exquisite in the world. Meticulously selected and lovingly maintained by a staff of 20 full-time interior horticulturists, the landscaping is a colorful, year-round paradise tucked inside this amazing resort. Each of the gardens is housed under one of the hotel's soaring atriums, creating a series of breathtaking horticultural wonderlands. An elaborate climate-control system keeps the temperature at 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Relative humidity stays around 55 percent most of the time. There is also an air exchange system to ensure air in the atriums does not become stale. The system exchanges air four times in a 24-hour period. The Garden Conservatory features a collection of 10,000 tropical plants, representing more than 215 species. Towering palms and banana trees rise 60 feet above the atrium floor. In all, there are 37 different families of trees represented, including ficus, banana trees, palms and a sampling of miniature orange trees. In August 1982, months before opening, a staff of 10 began landscaping the Garden Conservatory, which was at that time one of the largest facilities of its kind in a single, glass-topped room in the world. Many of the taller plants were put in place before construction was completed, in advance of installing the thousands of flowers that add color and texture to the majestic space. It took staff 3 months to install the gardens of the Garden Conservatory Atrium. A precise drip-irrigation system was developed that allows many plants to be watered slowly over the course of several hours. The soil is a special mixture of pine, peat and cypress bark solelite developed specifically for the environment. For the Cascades Atrium, dozens of Florida nurseries were visited before staff selected more than 8200 tropical ornamental plants representing 449 species. Plant varieties range from an Alexandria palm tree towering more than 40 feet high to six-foot-tall ginger bushes and jasminum vines. Sunlight levels are higher in the Cascades than in the Garden Conservatory, providing a sustainable environment for different plant varieties. Beyond the Cascades is the Delta Atrium, an amazing indoor garden with a subtropical feeling. Even though it is an indoor environment, 370 trees and palms--between 20- and 40-feet tall--share space with thousands of smaller plants. To create the appearance of the outdoors, black olive trees and West Indian mahoganies were chosen for their resemblance to oaks. Unlike oaks, they do not shed their leaves. And in true Southern tradition, Spanish moss trails from their imposing branches. Design of the Delta's gardens began two years before the Delta's opening in June 1996. Most of the plants originated in Florida. It took 32 tractor trailers to transport them to their new home in the protected environment of the Delta Atrium. The Delta is a true garden of the South with 120 sabal palms, tall lady palms, camellias, banana trees and cycads. Primary hedging plants are ever-blooming gardenia and camellias pittosporum (both green and variegated). There are 1500 plants representing 30 varieties of camellias in the Delta. Two 40-foot-tall Magnolia grandiflora (Southern magnolias) accent the front of the Delta Mansion. ABOUT GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., is the largest non-gaming hotel facility in the continental United States and the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels. The newly-renovated resort features nearly 3,000 guest rooms and more than 700,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibit space.

Reviewed By cindy126 - Erie, United States

amazing place to go on a cold day. Lots of restaurants, the gardens are beautiful to walk through and we even took the boat ride.

9. Downtown Nashville

Nashville, TN 37219 +1 615-742-9900 http://www.visitmusiccity.com
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4.5 based on 9,871 reviews

Downtown Nashville

Reviewed By 866TaylorB - Chicago, United States

Downtown Nashville, encircled by I-65, I-24 and I-40, features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, drinking, cultural and architectural attractions. Many of Nashville's famous nightspots are found on Broadway between 1st and 5th Avenues, better known as Honky Tonk Row. Most famous of all is Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, which dates to the emergence of Music City as the home of country music. Book a room at one of the many upscale hotels...the Westin Nashville, Omni Nashville, Sheraton Grand, Union Station, Hermitage, Renaissance Nashville, JW Marriott or Holiday Inn Express. Then visit the many attractions, including the historic 1892 Ryman Auditorium that still offers big-name concerts and backstage tours, the Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and George Jones Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tennessee State Capitol, Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, Music City Center, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Nissan Stadium and Riverfront Park on the bank of the Cumberland River. Then take a break for lunch and dinner at one of the many restaurants, including Kayne Prime, Wildhorse Saloon, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, Biscuit Love, Arnold's Country Kitchen, Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, Peg Leg Porker BBQ or Ole Red. Everything is within walking distance and you'll never run out of something to see.

10. The Johnny Cash Museum

119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201-2032 +1 615-256-1777 [email protected] http://Johnnycashmuseum.com
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4.5 based on 6,848 reviews

The Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum features the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Walk through the life of the Man in Black depicted in interactive exhibits, films and much more. We feature a Bongo Java Coffee Shop and Museum Cafe. Officially endorsed by the Cash Family. The museum recently received the coveted AAA GEM rating; the highest bestowed on an attraction. We are one of only six attractions in Nashville to have this distinction.

Reviewed By IllyCoffeeDrinkers - Flagstaff, United States

While driving from Flagstaff to DC, the male half of IllyCoffeeDrinkers and one of our kids spent a day and night in Nashville in order to take in the sites, music and food. The Johnny Cash Museum is a must-see location for all Johnny Cash and music fans. The museum contains a spectacular collection of John Cash awards, memorabilia, personal items, informative exhibits and photos (a few photos are attached). As Johnny Cash fans, we were inspired to learn so many things about his career, family, friends and artists he collaborated with. It is truly incredible how many songs Johnny Cash recorded, and the number of people involved in his music. As we walked through the exhibits, we kept wondering – did this guy ever sleep? Our bottom line, if you are a Johnny Cash fan, or just a music fan, this place is definitely worth a visit. If you found this review helpful and/or our photos helpful or pleasing, we hope you will click the “helpful/thank you” button. Those of us who write detailed reviews appreciate the feedback and it encourages us to write additional reviews for everyone’s consideration. Thank you.

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