Nashville’s Best Experiences:
The top rated Experiences in Nashville, TN are:
- Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery – guests can explore the history and natural beauty of the arboretum and grounds
- Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park – a variety of events are offered throughout the year
- Nashville Zoo at Grassmere – is a progressive and dynamic zoological park located in downtown Nashville
- Cheekwood – is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate
- Adventure Science Center – a multilevel museum with hands-on exhibits & a planetarium
Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery
Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery is committed to preserving Tennessee’s history, architecture, hospitality, and equine heritage. Guests can take Historic Tours, Family Tours, Wine & Food Pairings, Bourbon Tastings, and Chef-Inspired Food & Wine Pairings with the knowledge that their purchases support Belle Meade’s educational goal.
Two tours are available to learn about Belle Meade’s history. The Mansion Tour chronicles Belle Meade’s century-long history via the accounts of the Harding and Jackson families, as well as the women, men, and children who worked here. From 1807 until the years following Emancipation, enslaved African-Americans were transported to, and born at, Belle Meade. The Journey to Jubilee Tour stimulates conversation and explores their stories.
Historic Tours, Wine & Food, Outdoor Adventures, Family Tours
“Beautiful and educational tour. Our tour guide Daniel was fantastic, full of information and funny puns along the way. Well worth the price of admission with wine tasting wrapping up the tour. Staff is super friendly, thank you for your hospitality.” – Michelle O.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park provides visitors with a taste of Tennessee’s history, natural wonders, and acts as a permanent memorial to Tennessee’s Bicentennial Event, which took place in 1996 on June 1. Visitors can learn about Tennessee’s history by walking around the 11-acre park, which includes a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-bell carillon, a Passage of History, and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains.
Native plant species from various parts of the state are displayed in the 11 planters along the Walkway of Counties. For individuals who want to take a self-guided tour of the park, the two-page park map is a valuable and instructive tool.
“This is a really nice park in Nashville and there is so much to read and see. We spent a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon here before our flight back home. Beautiful views, a ton of history, and a nice peaceful place to walk and take pictures. If you’re in the area and looking to get away from Broadway and all the other stuff we recommend spending some time at this park.” – Sean B.
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is a forward-thinking zoological facility only 6 miles south of downtown Nashville. Nashville Zoo is the 9th largest zoo in the country by landmass, with only 90 of its 188 acres developed. The Tennessee Zoo is one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions, having been selected Best Regional Attraction and Best Day Trip by The Tennessean.
Nashville Zoo has developed from a modest, private enterprise 30 minutes northwest of Nashville to an AZA-accredited facility that welcomes over one million people each year while also participating in international conservation and research initiatives to conserve threatened species.
“I have been to quite a few zoos and this was by far the best zoo I have ever been to. The enclosures for the animals were very large and perfect for each species while giving people the best view. This zoo made you feel like you were stepping into that part of the world with attention to detail. 10 out of 10 would recommend.” – Lacy D.
Cheekwood, the ancient Cheek estate is home to Cheekwood, a 55-acre botanical park, and art gallery. Cheekwood, which was erected in 1929 as the house of Leslie and Mabel Cheek, is one of the greatest examples of an American Country Place Era mansion. Cheekwood has hosted world-class art exhibitions, stunning gardens, and a historic house unlike any other since it was turned into a museum of art and botanical garden in 1960.
With around 19,000 member households, Cheekwood attracts over 300,000 visitors each year, making it one of the city’s major cultural attractions. Visitors may enjoy year-round festivals commemorating the four seasons, as well as family activities and programming for all ages.
Botanical Garden and Art Museum
“Went to Cheekwood for the Lego exhibit which was pretty interesting but temporary. The outdoor train exhibit was really neat and is a regular attraction I think. The turtle pond and water feature were nice. We also toured the house and inside art exhibits. I plan to return to see the other half of the grounds where the outdoor sculpture and art is.” – Shannon T.
Adventure Science Center
Adventure Science Center is a non-profit, independent science and technology center. They’re committed to providing engaging, innovative learning experiences that introduce students to the wonders of science and technology while also fostering a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Their 44,000-square-foot building, perched on a hill with outstanding views of the city, houses more than 175 hands-on displays in biology, astronomy, physics, earth science, energy, weather, sound, and space, as well as the state-of-the-art Sudekum Planetarium.
Daily science displays, workshops, camps, and other special events are all part of their award-winning programs. Sudekum Planetarium presents presentations on a wide range of sciences, history, and culture, and laser displays with state-of-the-art digital projection and surrounds sound.
Museum and Planetarium
“Took my boyfriend here on a date and it was so fun! It’s obviously super fun for kids but we had a great time. Getting planetarium tickets is a must-do because you will walk out with so much information and the person walking you through the presentation is really funny. Would go again.” – Lily D.