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Things To Do in Downtown Nashville

From the early 1930s into the 60s and 70s, downtown Nashville was the place to be for shopping, accommodations and entertainment. With curious attractions like Harvey’s Department Store, the veritable who’s who of patrons to the historic Maxwell House Hotel, and the always-hopping Printer’s Alley nightlife, downtown played host to many unique and authentic Nashville experiences.

Nashville Zoo

The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is a zoological garden and historic plantation farmhouse located 6 miles southeast of Downtown Nashville. As of 2014, the zoo was middle Tennessee’s top attraction and contained 6,230 individual animals, encompassing 339 species. The zoo’s site is approximately 188 acres in size.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Experience Cheekwood, the 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era Estate in the United States. The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity. With eleven specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape, every season offers something new.

National Museum of African American Music

Located in downtown Nashville, the National Museum of African American Music is scheduled to open on Labor Day in 2020. The museum will encompass a 56,000-square-foot facility and will highlight how African Americans have contributed to all genres of American music.

Nashville Pride

Celebrate your PRIDE! Join us for the 2021 Nashville Pride Festival, Saturday September 18 and Sunday September 19 at Bicentennial Mall State Park. Nashville Pride works diligently to be the connective glue that brings all of us together to celebrate our Pride.

CMA Fest

The CMA Music Festival is a four-day music festival centered on country music hosted each June by the Country Music Association. It’s the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience!

Stateside Kitchen

Imaginative yet focused, Stateside Kitchen showcases seasonal cuisine in an intelligent setting. Helmed by Executive Chef Michael Kopfman and his collective of Hillstone Restaurant Group alumni, the brasserie-style restaurant focuses on fresh flavors and locally sourced ingredients to comprise a menu for all palettes.

Pinewood Social

Pinewood is a place to be morning, noon, or night. Whether you’re looking to eat or to play, you’ll be happy with your decision to go here. With delicious menus for any time of the day, 6 bowling lanes, and a pool, there is no shortage of fun to be had.

Liberty Common

Conveniently located, Liberty Common offers an exceptional bar program and superbly approachable comfort fare, highlighting the best of Southern and French comfort foods. We recommend brunching at this spot!

Gray & Dudley

Paying homage to the building’s past life as the Gray & Dudley Hardware Company, the re-imagined restaurant and lounge space embraces and celebrates high and low, new and old. Adjacent museum galleries exhibiting contemporary art foster exploration over cocktails or following a meal filled with heartfelt hospitality.

Etch

Etch is a globally-inspired restaurant by award-winning chef Deb Paquette. Etch’s eclectic menu incorporates innovative dishes inspired by her favorite regions of the world to leave a lasting impression, or etch, on every diner.

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