What to do and see in Smyrna, United States: The Best Places and Tips

October 1, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

Smyrna is a town in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Smyrna's population was 39,974 at the 2010 census and 43,063 in 2013. In 2007, U.S. News & World Report listed Smyrna as one of the best places in the United States to retire.
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1. Stones River National Battlefield

3501 Old Nashville Hwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129-3094 +1 615-893-9501
Excellent
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4.5 based on 609 reviews

Stones River National Battlefield

Scene of a significant 1862 Civil War battle fought by 81,000 soldiers for control of middle Tennessee.

Reviewed By michellewU2310VT - Saint Louis, Missouri

My time here started off great, as soon as I walked into the visitors center/gift shop, a volunteer/staff member came up to me and offered to give me a map and explain a little about the area. I didn't get her name, but she was a really sweet older lady. She explained the map to me, although ironically enough I somehow got off trail anyway...lol I chose to walk the park as opposed to driving, because I had been sitting at an expo all weekend and felt the walk would be nice. However, for those not wanting to walk, you can still see the major sites. I found the "Slaughter Pen" to be extremely interesting, and it was quite an experience to be standing where part of a battle was fought and so many died. I had never seen rock formations quite like these and it was easy to envision the way the soldiers used them for cover. After walking the park and seeing all the sights, I walked over to the memorial across the street, and while I cannot remember the name at this moment, there was a sign explaining this was one of the first monuments to be put up to the fallen soldiers. Visited the small cemetery at the monument, and it was touching to see some men going around putting pennies on all the tombstones. When they ran out of pennies they just picked up and used some rocks to make sure every tombstone had something on it. I also walked across the street to the National Cemetery, which was interesting as well. Great place to visit, definitely recommend it.

2. Sam Davis Home

1399 Sam Davis Rd, Smyrna, TN 37167-2744 +1 615-459-2341
Excellent
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Sam Davis Home

Reviewed By baseballcoachloop25 - Smyrna, Tennessee

Sam Davis Home is a beautiful property with many large trees and beautiful flowers in the middle of Smyrna. It was a great place to get married. There is another building that was recently built that houses a gift shop and conference room. We used this building for our reception. It has covered porches with rocking chairs for all guests. The house is surrounded by cotton fields. It is a perfect place for family pictures in all seasons. Great antebellum house if you take the tour. Great for people that enjoy old houses or history buffs.

3. Oaklands Mansion

900 N Maney Ave, Murfreesboro, TN 37130-2955 +1 615-893-0022
Excellent
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4.5 based on 179 reviews

Oaklands Mansion

A hidden gem in the heart of Tennessee. Visit today to explore beautiful Oaklands Mansion. While here, see the native tree arboretum with walking trails, heritage gardens and natural wetlands of adjacent Oaklands Park.

Reviewed By Tyson M - Lafayette, Indiana

This tour was full of interesting facts that I had not heard on other historic home tours. The house has been kept in amazing condition and is beautiful. The furniture and staging is amazing too. The guided tour only takes about an hour, so it's...MoreHi Tyson M, Thanks for your review; we are so glad that you enjoyed the mansion and collection! Visit again when you are in the area, there's is always something new going on at Oaklands! Best Regards, James Manning, Executive Director

4. Walden Pumpkin Farm

8653 Rocky Fork Rd, Smyrna, TN 37167-6148 +1 615-220-2918
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Walden Pumpkin Farm

Reviewed By terrysavage - Smyrna, Tennessee

It was good for what it is. Lots of attractions for the kids as long as they like farm things , like animals and hay bale mazes. My 4 yr old loved the wagon ride. Take lots of cash. You buy tickets for everything and they're not cheap .

5. Cane Ridge Park

419 Battle Rd, Antioch, TN 37013-4811
Excellent
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Cane Ridge Park

Reviewed By nabenom

There are biking trails (unpaved), Baseball Fields, RC Aircraft field, paved walking trails. Something for everyone! I like this place.

6. Stones River Greenway

1100 Cason Ln, Murfreesboro, TN 37128-6745
Excellent
66%
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Stones River Greenway

Enjoy nature hikes, walking, running, bicycling, or in-line skating along the 12 miles of riverside trails which consist of the Stones River, Lytle Creek and Gateway trails. Small watercraft access points are also available for paddlers to enjoy the Stones River. The Murfreesboro Greenway System connects historical sites, parks, neighborhoods and businesses; it also serves as a conservation corridor to preserve precious natural and cultural resources. Eleven trailheads provide access to the Murfreesboro Greenway System.

Reviewed By Malinda U - Murfreesboro, Tennessee

The recently added dog park at the Cason Lane Trail head is very nice. There were several people there in Tuesday during the afternoon, but it was certainly not crowded. The dogs- and their owners- were having a great time.

7. Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

4847 McCreary Rd, Lebanon, TN 37090-7875
Excellent
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5 based on 46 reviews

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Reviewed By drmull2016 - Franklin, Tennessee

I purchased a 10-lap package with a Groupon. The price paid was more than fair. I can't really say anything negative about the way they run the program. All the employees were friendly and helpful. The driving experience was amazing. Just sitting in the car waiting to go was great. My spotter was very good. I would advise going earlier in the day, especially in the fall, because the sun was pretty blinding coming off turn 4. Made it a little scary trying to hold my line coming down the front chute with my foot to the floor! The sensations are stunning and you will have a new respect for the pros. A definite bucket list item. BTW - when I arrived the pro was giving a ride-a-long to a wheelchair-bound gentleman. I thought that was cool.

8. Cannonsburgh Village

312 S Front St, Murfreesboro, TN 37129-3558 +1 615-890-0355
Excellent
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4.5 based on 191 reviews

Cannonsburgh Village

Historic Cannonsburgh Village is located on 6 acres in Murfreesboro, and represents approximately 100 years of rural Tennessee life from the 1830s to the 1930s. The village features a gristmill, schoolhouse, telephone operator’s house, the University House, the Leeman House, a museum, a caboose, the wedding chapel, a doctor’s office, general store, working blacksmith’s shop, a well, and other points of interest, including the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket! The village is open May 1 through Dec. 1, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 until 4 p.m. The village is closed December through April, although the grounds are open year-round. Guided tours are available for a small fee, but self-guided tours are free. The Visitor Center has a variety of items for sale including crafts from over 20 local artists, postcards, T-shirts, snacks, drinks and souvenirs.

Reviewed By Longleggedlovely1 - Crossville, Tennessee

I went to this location to get a picture of the worlds biggest bucket to add to my roadside oddity collection. I didn't realize there was so much more out there! There is a sign that asks you to visit the gift shop when you arrive, which I reluctantly did. I say reluctantly, thinking of the past places that I've been where they try to make you feel guilty into buying stuff. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was Bobbie friendly, he gave me a history lesson about the village and never once pressured me into buying anything. I did end up buying a wood carved shotgun for my nephew which was very reasonably priced. Bobbie told me about the different buildings, made sure I had a brochure of the area and told me if I had any questions to feel free to stop back in and he would answer them.

The brochure I was given has the different buildings listed in order but you can go whichever direction you like. I ended up staying over an hour visiting each building and going back in time learning how they used to live back in the 1800's. There is a beautiful little (Williamson) chapel, a grist mill with a water wheel, an old one room schoolhouse, an early 1900's telephone building. Apparently back then they worked all hours of the day & night so they had a bed set up beside the switchboard. I couldn't imagine being woken up by someone wanted to be connected to someone else.

There is a lot to see, a lot of history to look at, from the buildings to all the items inside. I will have to go back because there were a few buildings and items I didn't get pictures of. They close at 4pm, which I left after this time. I was never rushed to leave but I clearly did not anticipate spending as much time out there as I did. It is definitely worth it though. I will be going back in a few weeks to take my mom to visit and to get the rest of the pictures.

There is no charge to visit but you can leave donations if you would like.

9. Adoro Massage & Day Spa

1175 Rock Springs Rd, Ste 100, Smyrna, TN 37167-8124 +1 615-462-5378
Excellent
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5 based on 13 reviews

Adoro Massage & Day Spa

Reviewed By Travelingfool08 - Nashville,TN

It's wonderful that Smyrna has a nice spa now. It's also VERY accessible and affordable. I've had Leslie many times for a massage and Christie as well. Both are wonderful. The prices are competitive so with the nice surroundings of music, relaxation room, and aromatherapy it's a win-win for Smyrna Tn. I highly suggest getting the Cinnamon hot tea in the relaxation room. I have had one facial there and it was amazing. Probably the best facial massage I've ever had. I highly recommend you give Adoro a try. They have seasonal spa escape packages that are very competitively priced. My husband also likes this spa and loves to go too.

10. Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation USA

983 Nissan Dr, Smyrna, TN 37167-4405
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation USA

Free tours are available at this poplular car manufacturing facility.

Reviewed By AllisonCW - Nashville, Tennessee

It took a while before we finally got our free tickets, but taking a tour of our local Nissan motor manufacturing plant was incredibly interesting and very much worth while. first you assemble and watch a small movie that tells you about Nissan in the facility. Then you get into these open trams and they drive you around to show you in person this monstrosity of a campus and all the components of cars and SUVs being manufactured and put together. There were cool robots as well as employees assembling, painting, etc. Everyone was very friendly. At peak levels, this facility can put out 2000 cars a day! It is interesting for people of all ages. I am a 54-year-old woman who doesn't particularly care about cars one way or another, but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anybody.

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