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Nashville in a Weekend

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Visit the vibrant downtown Nashville for a weekend getaway. Credit: Pixabay

Pack up and head out to Music City, U.S.A. for a weekend getaway paired with legendary music and down-home cooking. Add a bit of culture with a museum visit and finsih out the weekend with a cruise down the river. Read on for the best Nashville Weekend Itinerary with, or without, kids.

Nashville Weekend Itinerary 

Friday 

Explore the country and western music hotspot, even with kids. And it’s best to just stroll from downtown destination to destination, only .5-mile one way. 

Ryman’s Auditorium 

As the original home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, take a self-guided tour before its shows. It’s a National Historic Landmark for its role in Country Music.

Located at 116 5th Avenue N. Self-guided tours run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adult admission (12+) is $24.95 and kids (4 to 11) are $16.95.

Robert’s Western World 

Grab the kids and head to an iconic Honky Tonk destination with live music all day. And it’s even a restaurant where fried bologna sandwiches are the go-to. It started as a western wear store with a band and grew from there.

Located at 416 B Broadway. Opens at 11 a.m. and kids are welcome until 6 p.m. No Cover. 

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Honky Tonk Neon signs along Broadway in Nashville. Credit: Pixabay

Honky Tonk Highway

Take in the neon signs and listen to the live music as it spills into the street.

Broadway and free to enjoy.

John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

Take in the city lights and the Cumberland River while walking across the truss bridge from 1909. 

Located off 3rd Ave. Free to enjoy. 

Where to Eat

Merchants Bistro

If the bologna sandwiches don’t do it for you. Head to its neighbor for an bistro menu packed with duck fat tator tots, a host of salads along with burgers.

Opening in 1988, it’s a classic for downtown cuisine. And upstairs, find a upscale restaurant.

Located at 401 Broadway. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Goo Goo Shop

Time for dessert! Head to the vintage-inspired candy shop and sample.

Located at 116 3rd. Ave. Open daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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See all that glitters at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Credit: Pixabay

Saturday

Celebrate the music scene in Nashville and see all that glitters.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 

With more than 2.5 million artifacts along with family programming including the Taylor Swift Education Center, it’s a must for your first visit to Nashville. 

Located at 222 5th Ave. S. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Adult (13+) admission is $25.95 and kids (6 to 12) are $16.95. Advance purchase necessary and tickets are for a timed entry.

“What Lifts You Up” Wings Mural

For a wings selfie, head to one of Kelsey Montague’s signature murals. 

Located at 302 11th Ave. Free

Then depending on interest, visit the art museum or the science center for the afternoon.

Frist Art Museum 

Located in the original Art Deco Main Post Office for Nashville, explore the large facility dedicated to showcasing local and regional artists along with national and  international shows.

Located at 919 Broadway. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is $15 and kids 18 and under are free. 

Adventure Science Center 

Find 175 hands-on biology, physics and air and space exhibits in a facility that caters to families. Also houses a planetarium. 

Located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $18 and kids (2 to12) are $14, planetarium is extra. 

Biscuit Nashville Weekend Itinerary
Biscuits so high each need a tiny flag on top. Credit: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Where to Eat 

Biscuit Love

Biscuits are a southern tradition and this is one of the top places in town. Get buttermilk biscuits with jam, breakfast meats and a whole lot more.

Located 316 11th Ave. S Open daily at 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Peg Leg Porker BBQ

A locals favorite and family-owned, try some low and slow pork BBQ along with chicken. Find a patio for outdoor seating. 

Located at 903 Gleaves St. Opens at 11 a.m. from Monday to Saturday.  

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Sunday

Change gears and head out of town a bit for some presidential history.

Puckett Grocery and Restaurant 

Get a hearty serving of a typical southern breakfast, find a menu stacked with everything from biscuits and gravy to a breakfast hash plate.

Located at 500 Church St.. Serving breakfast daily from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Hermitage

Visit the home of Andrew Jackson, one of the largest presidential homes. East of Nashville, it’s one of the top presidential sites in the U.S. Also explore the grounds that includes 1,100 acres along with a historic garden. 

Located at 4580 Rachel’s Lane. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from March 1 to October 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year. Specialized guided tours available. General’s Tour is a guided tour of the mansion and adult admission (18+) is $24, youth (13 to 18) are $19, and kids (5 to 12) are $12. Ground passes are $15 for adults (18+) and youth (13 to 18) are $8 and kids under 12 are free. 

General Jackson Showboat

Take a three-hour tour on one of the largest showboats ever built. And it includes a show and dinner. 

Departs at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 10 p.m. from 2812 Opryland Dr. Admission. Temporarily closed for 2020.

Pack up and head to Music City USA for iconic honky tonks, down-home food and top museums in Nashville, Tennessee. Listen to country music, then check out the live music scene. Take a tour of the Ryman and the Country Music Hall of Fame before savoring pork bbq and biscuits. Get the details on visiting for your next trip. #Nashville #Tennessee #musiccity Where to do in Nashville | Itinerary for Downtown Nashville | weekend guide for Nashville
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