NASHVILLE KEY MAGAZINE - ATTRACTIONS
ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER
862-5160. From the planetarium to the child-sized Curiosity Corner to ever-changing blockbuster exhibits, the Adventure Science Center provides unique opportunities for discovery for both children and adults. Live science demonstrations and animal shows daily; planetarium. Admission is $7.95 for adults and $5.95 for seniors and children ages three to twelve. CSM is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. and Sunday 12:30p.m. - 5:30p.m. See more about the museum and watch streaming video on their website, www.adventuresci.com.
A TRIBUTE TO THE KING THRU THE YEARS 1953 - 1977
Now in its fifth season in Nashville! The legend lives on in this high-energy, live musical biography which transports the audience through six eras of the King’s career. Starring John Beardsley performing over 30 songs with five costume changes. This show has thrilled audiences of all ages. Come see why! Shows on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Texas Troubadour Theater, 2416 Music Valley Drive (next to the Cracker Barrel). See www.thenashvilleking.com. Call 615-758-0098 for reservations.
BELLE MEADE PLANTATION
Experience the Old South at Belle Meade Plantation, the “Queen of Tennessee Plantations”. The 1850s Greek Revival mansion is surrounded by eight out-buildings representing 100 years of history. Located at 5025 Harding Rd., seven miles from downtown. Call 356-0501 or log on to www.bellemeadeplantation.com.
Belmont College Campus. This 1850's Italianate villa has long been recognized as one of the most elaborate and unusual homes in the South. Hours: 10:00a.m. -4:00p.m., Tuesday through Saturday: open Monday, June-Aug. 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. (615) 460-5459.
BICENTENNIAL MALL STATE PARK
741-5280 or 888-TNPARKS (888-867-2757, toll free). James Robertson Parkway. A 19-acre outdoor Tennessee history museum north of the State Capitol. Cost: free; except special events. Hours: daylight - midnight.
CEDARS OF LEBANON RIDING STABLES
Horseback riding at Cedars of Lebanon riding stables is a must-do on your visit to our area. The friendly guides and gentle quarter horses take you on a peaceful trail ride through the gorgeous Cedars Of Lebanon State Park. Named the “kid friendliest riding stable in middle Tennessee” by the Nashville Kids Directory. Children as young as 7 can ride a horse alone and 3-6 year olds can double with an adult. Outdoor family fun that makes memories for a lifetime. Overnight boarding available for those traveling with horses. For additional information please call (615) 444-5465 or see the website at www.horserentals.com/cedarsoflebanon.html. Reservations accepted. Walk-ins welcome. Group discounts available. Exit 238 off I-40 east of Nashville.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
You haven’t seen Nashville if you haven’t visited the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Visit the largest popular music museum in the world, and experience the history of America’s music through exciting new exhibits, entertaining films, interactive displays, and an incredible array of costumes and instruments. Plus, take a tour of historic RCA Studio B – where Elvis and others recorded over 35,000 songs. Shop at our Museum Store and savor a made-from-scratch meal at SoBro Grill. Museum open daily 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. 222 Fifth Avenue South. Call 416-2001 for more information or log onto our Web site at www.countrymusichalloffame.com
THE elle REVUE - GIBSON SHOWCASE AT OPRY MILLS MALL
Additional performances are listed at www.ellerevue.com or by calling 866-684-0684 toll free for tickets and information. A Nash-Vegas entertainment experience! With the glitz and glamour that Las Vegas offers down to the country girl charm of Nashville, this high energy, all entertainment show is packed with singing, dancing, impersonations and dazzling costumes and music from all genres, The L Revue offers something for everyone! Shows Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. www.theellerevue.com. Tickets available night of show or by phone. $24 Adults, $20 Seniors 60+, $14 Ages 6-16, 5 & under FREE.
THE FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
The downtown attraction features many traveling exhibitions, and focuses on art education for the community, for children and adults alike. Located at 919 Broadway. Open Monday - Saturday 10:00a.m. - 5:30p.m. (Thursday until 8:00p.m.); and Sunday 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. See the Galleries page for current exhibition listings. For more information, call 244-3340 or log on to www.fristcenter.org.
255-8192. This reconstruction of the original settlement of Nashville is authentic in many details, reflecting the lifestyle of frontier pioneers in the late 1700s. Located in Riverfront Park, the self-guided tour facility is convenient to shopping, restaurants, hotels and museums in downtown Nashville.
GAYLORD SPRINGS GOLF LINKS
This beautiful 18-hole, links-style course offers superior turf conditions and GPS technology on every cart. Improve your game with a visit to our new Golf Institute. Our 1400 sq. ft. learning center features the finest diagnostic technology available. A Vector Launch Monitor and V-1 Video System are used to analyze your swing and golf equipment blending technology and instruction. Two indoor hitting bays permit year round capabilities for instruction, practice, and analysis. Club rental available. For tee times call 615-458-1730.
GENERAL JACKSON SHOWBOAT
Take a cruise on a 300ft paddlewheel riverboat! Fun-filled Midday cruises offer a southern buffet and a great country music and comedy show by Tim Watson. You will be wowed by Tim’s amazing fiddle playing. A special Gospel Brunch Cruise on June 18 will feature the Gospel Enforcers. Elegant evening cruises include a three-course dinner and a Broadway-style music show entitled Sing! Climb aboard to hear some of Music City’s most talented performers. TIP: For the best seats in the house and white glove service, ask about the Captain’s Table available on evening cruises. Get your tickets at any Ticketmaster location or by calling 615-458-3900. www.generaljackson.com
GRAND OLE OPRY
The world’s longest-running live radio show, the Grand Ole Opry, features the best in country, bluegrass, Cajun, comedy and more. Opry members include Garth Brooks, Diamond Rio, Little Jimmy Dickens, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Porter Wagoner, Trisha Yearwood and many more. Shows: Friday 7:30p.m. and Saturday, 6:30p.m. and 9:30p.m. Tuesday shows through summer. For tickets and information, call 871-OPRY, or log on to www.opry.com.
GRAND OLE OPRY TOURS
Grand Ole Opry Tours is Nashville’s oldest, most experienced tour company. Since 1952, we've been taking visitors to the heart of Music City. Choose one of our many tours and see the homes of legendary country music stars, Nashville’s historic mansions, the Ryman Auditorium and much more. For tour information call (615) 883-2211 or visit any ticket location throughout the Gaylord Opryland Resort. You can also buy online at www.grandoleoprytours.com
4580 Rachel's Lane, Nashville 37076. 615-889-2941; Fax 615-889-9909. Website address: www.thehermitage.com. A tour of this illustrious 1837 mansion by guides in period costume will enchant you. Experience how Jackson and his beloved wife, Rachel, raised their family and prospered from a two-story farm house to an elaborate Presidential plantation. Visitors can pay their respects at the tombs of Andrew and Rachel, located in the beautiful heirloom garden, as well as visit other historic buildings including the slave quarters of Alfred and the church that Andrew built for his family. Special garden and farm tours are given seasonally as well as tours through active archaeology sites. Enjoy delicious meals in the cafe. Unique tours include: Halloween- Myths and Mysteries Tour and holiday tours. Special exhibits featured in the museum. Shop the museum store for unique gifts. Admission: adult $10; children (6-12) $5; seniors (over 62) and students (13-18) $9; family rate (two adults and two children) $30; no admission for children under six years of age. Hours: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. daily . Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and third week in January. Handicapped accessible except for the second floor of the mansion. Located fifteen minutes from downtown.
HISTORIC CARNTON PLANTATION
During the 1864 Battle of Franklin, this 1826 home was used as a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. A visit includes the house, grounds, gardens and Confederate cemetery. 615-794-0903. www.Carnton.org. Open Mon.-Sat. 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.; Sun. 1:00-5:00p.m. Admission: $10.00 adults, $9.00 seniors over 65, $3.00 children 6-12, free under 6.
Step back in time to an era when the work was hard but satisfying and the fun was found in simple things. From the 1830s visitor center to the 1870s Double-Pen Dogtrot House and in between, see what life was like when time seemed to move at a slower pace. Sixteen separate, original, perfectly restored buildings in a living history, nineteenth century 40-acre settlement. Self-guided tours, group and school tours available. Special programs and activities throughout the year. Located 12 miles south of Clarksville off Hwy 48/13. Follow signs to site in Southside, TN. Phone is 931-648-9141. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Thursday through Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm 5 through October 16. Website: www.historiccollinsville.com.
HISTORIC MANSKER’S STATION FRONTIER LIFE CENTER
Located in Moss-Wright Park on Caldwell Rd. in Goodlettsville, TN. A staffed, living history site maintained by the City of Goodlettsville, the site represents the station built by Kasper Mansker in the late 18th century. Six times a year, artisans, craftsmen and volunteers populate the station for a weekend, giving a true representation of pioneerlife. Also located in Manskers Station is the Bowen House, a plantation house of the era. A tour of the house and the Station begins inside the house with a short film which gives the history of both of the sites. Tours of the house and station are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. Group rates are also available. Call (615) 859-FORT (3678) for more information.
HISTORIC RCA STUDIO B
Known as one of the world's most important recording studios where more than 35,000 songs were brought to life, like Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and many hits by Elvis. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum or any Grey Line location today to learn how you can experience historic RCA Studio B. Call 615-416-2001 or visit the website at www.countrymusichalloffame.com.
NASHVILLE NIGHTLIFE BREAKFAST AND DINNER THEATER
Nashville's premier Country Music dinner theater with the music and stars that made Music City famous worldwide. The all new 2004 season features GRAND OLE STARS, Jeannie Seely, Tommy Cash, Roni Stoneman and many more. Entertainers include Diana Murrell, Just When I Needed You Most, Tommy Cash in Tribute To Johnny Cash and the hilarious Steve Hall and Shotgun Red. Nashville Nighlife offers entertainment for the entire family. Breakfast and dinner show packages or show only tickets are available. Call (615) 885-4747 for reservations or visit the website at www.nashvillenightlife.com. Located at 2620 Music Valley Dr. 1/4 mile beyond Santa Fe Cantina.
This world famous venue has been the launching pad for some of country music’s biggest stars including Randy Travis and Ricky Van Shelton and rising stars are presented live on their giant stages weekly. Open daily 10:30am-2:30am with live music from open to close. Legendary lunches 11am-1pm and dinner too. Free parking with Tootsie’s Tours providing shuttle service to downtown on weekends. Across from Opryland Hotel in Music Valley at 2611 McGavock Pike. 615-884-3004. www.nashvillepalace.net
NASHVILLE ZOO AT GRASSMERE
3777 Nolensville Road, phone (615) 833-1534. Where can an animal lover, a history buff, and a dare-devil all have the time of their lives? At Nashville Zoo! Come experience our new Lorikeet Landing and feed Australian parrots. You can walk into their habitat and lorikeets will actually land on your arms and shoulders and feed from your fingertips. Take a spin on our Patton Family Wild Animal Carousel and ride several hand-carved animals like a giant anteater, red river hog, komodo dragon, or a clouded leopard cub. Spend a day at the park enjoying mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects and birds and learning about their habitats. Savor the sights by exploring Gibbon Islands, Bamboo Trail, Critter Encounters, three-acre beautiful African Elephant Savannah, and many other exhibits. Step back in time and take a tour of our 19th century Grassmere Historic Home and Farm. If you still have energy, run wild on our humongous Jungle Gym playground, which offers 66,000 square feet of fun. If you’re tired, take a break and enjoy one of our educational animal shows. Nashville Zoo offers a little bit of everything for every member of the family. With countless things to do, Nashville Zoo is one adventure you don’t want to miss. Visit the Zoo’s website at www.nashvillezoo.org for more information.
Located in Centennial Park off of West End, this building gave Nashville its nickname, “The Athens of the South” and is recognized as one of the world's most impressive scale reproductions of an ancient classic. It houses Alan LeQuire's magnificent 42 ft.statue of Athena, the largest indoor sculpture in North America. There are also art exhibits showcased there.
2003 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards "Theater Of The Year". Located in downtown Nashville, 116 Fifth Avenue North. A National Historic Landmark, the Ryman continues its more-than-100-year music tradition by offering the best in enter tainment. Built as a church in 1892, the Ryman famously served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, and was completely renovated in 1994. By day, you can take a museum tour that showcases the legendary stars who have graced its stage. Then in the evening, you can return to the premier performance hall for one of many shows and concerts scheduled year-round. Travelocity has named the Ryman one of the "10 coolest venues in the world," and CitySearch.com has voted it one of the five "Best Places to Hear Live Music" in America for the third year in a row. For museum tickets, visit the Ryman Box Office, call (615)889-3060, or log onto www.ryman.com for an event schedule.
119 3rd Ave. So, 1/2 block off Broadway. See Nashville in style and up close on a Segway Human Transporter. The Segway HT is a fun and easy-to-learn ride for adults and teens. Under 18 requires parent or guardian. Weight range is 100lbs to 265lbs. $65 (plus taxes) per rider includes training and tour (apprx. 2 1/2 hours). Call 615-244-0555 or email us at email@example.com to BOOK YOUR TOUR TODAY or go to the website at www.segwayofnashville.com. Tour participants receive their money back when purchasing a Segway. Take one home today.
STINGRAY REEF - OPRY MMILLS
A gigantic interactive touch tank located directly opposite Aquarium Restaurant in Opry Mills. Visitors can touch and feed live stingrays that are up to four feet in width. This 5000 square foot facility also houses a children’s carousel ride, piranhas, lionfish, snakes and tarantulas from all over the world along with many fun and exciting midway style games. The cost is $4.95 for all-day admission including a ride on the carousel and allows the flexibility to leave and return the same day. Food for the stingrays costs $2.00. Stingray Reef is a good place to pass the time when there is a wait at the Aquarium Restaurant. For information call 615-514-3474.
TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Located at 505 Deaderick St. downtown, TPAC is home to the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Opera, the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Circle Players, the Nashville Ballet and the Tennessee State Museum. There are three stages in the building for the performing arts. For tickets or schedule, call Ticketmaster at 255-ARTS (2787); for administration call 782-4000. Website is www.tpac.org.
TENNESSEE STATE CAPITOL
741-2692 or 741-1621. The historic Tennessee State Capitol stands today much as it did when completed in 1859. Several areas, including the first floor hallway, library and Supreme Court chamber, have been restored to their 19th century appearance.
TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM
Out-of-towners are especially invited to visit the museum to learn more about the rich and fascinating history of Tennessee. Currently, Civil War and Antebellum exhibits are open to the public. The museum’s Civil War holdings of uniforms, battle flags and weapons are among the finest in the nation. Of special interest are Sam Davis’ boot (cut open to search for hidden papers when he was charged with spying for the Confederate Army); a cap worn by Gen. Patrick Cleburne, who was killed at the Battle of Franklin; a teapot believed to have been confiscated by Union troops after the fall of Fort Donelson and later used by Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and an 1864 presidential campaign poster for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. In addition to the exhibits, the museum has planned several public events for the summer. A birthday party, complete with cake and ice cream, has been planned for the 207th anniversary of Tennessee’s admission to the union on June 1. The museum will also present free summer “Living History” programs on June 13, July 11 and August 2. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. and 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays. Admission is free. It is located at Fifth and Deaderick in downtown Nashville. Parking is at paid lots on weekdays. Visitors may park free-of-charge on weekends at the State Employee parking lots located to the west of the State Capitol, off of Charlotte Ave. For more information, call (615) 741-2692, toll free at 1-800-407-4324 or at the website: www.tnmuseum.org.
TOOTSIE'S ORCHID LOUNGE
No visit to Music City is complete without a stop at the worlds most famous honkytonk. Legendary stars like Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings , Faron Young, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Cochran and Mel Tillis sang and wrote songs there and the tradition continues to this day. Continuous live music with the big stars performing at Midnight Madness every Tuesday night starting at 10pm. Hosted by John Stone. Downtown at 422 Broadway. 615-726-0463; www.tootsies.net.
See the homes of the stars, historic lower Broadway, Music Row, The Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, the Grand Ole Opry and things most tourists never get to see, with the charm and Southern hospitality that only Tootsie's Tours can provide. Two for one tours with your Opry ticket stub. 615-207-3999, firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE UPPER ROOM
An active chapel and museum, The Upper Room features a nearly-lifesize wood carving of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”. During the Christmas season there is an exhibit of approximately 100 nativity scenes; during Lent and Easter there is a Ukrainian painted egg display. There are permanent exhibits on display year-round, as well as a peaceful garden. 1908 Grand Ave., 340-7207. Visit the website: www.upperroom.org.
VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER
259-4747. Located in the glass towner of the Gaylord Entertainment Center at the corner of Fifth and Broadway. The center is open seven days a week from 8:30a.m. to 5:30p.m. and features museum displays, maps, information on the city's attractions, discounted tickets and a large selection of Nashville souvenirs.
Located off Highway 100, Edwin and Percy Warner Parks offer some of the city's best do-it-yourself recreational opportunities, with bike and hiking trails, as well as plenty of open space. The prestigious Iroquois Steeplechase is run at Edwin Warner park the Saturday before Mother's Day every May.
The Wildhorse Saloon offers lunch and dinner featuring award-winning barbecue and delicious signature entrees. Hear the hottest entertainment in country music today and enjoy complimentary dance lessons nightly. Located on historic 2nd Avenue in Downtown Nashville, the Wildhorse is the place to go for fun in Music City! Call 615-902-8200. www.wildhorsesaloon.com
WILLIE NELSON AND FRIENDS MUSEUM AND GENERAL STORE
An amazing collection of personal items from some of the biggest stars of music and film such as James Dean, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Faron Young, Connie Smith, Mel Tillis and many many more. Plus a huge selection of Willie Nelson, Jack Daniels and Elvis souvenirs amid one of the largest gift collections in the city. 2613A McGavock Pike in Music Valley. 615-885-1515 www.willienelsongeneralstore.com