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Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular

"Rockettes Christmas Spectacular", November 14 through December 28, . See the world famous Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show, just minutes away and enjoy our complimentary hot buffet breakfast and evening cocktails. Group discounts for 10 or more rooms! Call the hotel direct (615) 883-0500

Ryman Auditorium and Museum

Constructed in 1892, the now-restored Ryman Auditorium was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. Today, it hosts performers from every genre imaginable. Indeed, the list of past performers reads like a history of American popular culture: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Isadora Duncan, Harry Connick Jr., Booker T. Washington, Neil Diamond, Nelly Furtado, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Harpo Marx, Patsy Cline, the Indigo Girls, Erykah Badu, and Dolly Parton have all graced the stage. The Opry still offers shows on occasion, too. A self-guided tour is a must for any music lover!

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Grand Ole Opry

HOW-DEE! If you're a country music fan, you have just found heaven. Watch history in the making as you enjoy the nation's longest running radio program, "The Grand Ole Opry." See some of country music's up-and-coming stars perform nightly. You might get a surprise as well, as some of country music's greats pop in and out without being scheduled ahead of time. If you have the chance, visit the museum located in the Opry Plaza. Here, you'll find several interactive exhibits that detail the Opry's 70-plus year history, from the incomparable Minnie Pearl to mega-superstar Garth Brooks. In addition to regular Fri-Sat night shows, the Opry offers Tuesday night shows from Apr-Dec.

Belle Meade Plantation

This elegant antebellum mansion rests on 30 acres of land just south of Nashville , and its columns still bear bullet scars from the Civil War. In earlier days, Belle Meade was one of North America's largest thoroughbred breeding farms. The plantation includes eight listed buildings, including the original dwelling, Dunham Station's cabin, which dates from 1790. The Victorian-style manor home, completed in 1853, is now a museum dedicated to preserving the Harding family's rich legacy. Every year, Belle Meade hosts the Iroquois Steeplechase.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Come here to examine the roots of country music and see how it all began. Find out who the real pioneers of country music were. If you're a country music trivia buff, you'll get your fill here. Stroll the walkpath and see where greats like Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley got their starts – the famed RCA Studio B. The permanent exhibit traces the history of country music from its very beginnings, with memorabilia, audio and video clips, interactive displays, and finally, the Hall of Fame Rotunda. Special exhibits focus on different people, styles, or periods of history. Gift shop and restaurant onsite.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

Visit the Georgian-style museum which features national traveling exhibitions, ranging from Early American to European decorative art. Highlights include collections of Worcester Porcelain and original paintings from the innovative "Ashcan School." After touring the museum, stroll the grounds and take in the estate's beautifully landscaped gardens . Enjoy outdoor activites during the summer months, such as listening to live music or just taking in the beauty of the gardens. Cheekwood's dining area and gift shop accept credit cards


Home of Old Hickory (President Andrew Jackson), the Greek Revival-style Hermitage offers a glimpse of plantation life in the 19th century. A visit will include a film, museum displays, a tour of the mansion and even a trip to Jackson's tomb. The main tour is complemented by changing special exhibits . There is a restaurant and store as well.

Every Monday this summer, starting June 23 through August 25, children under 18 will receive free admission to The Hermitage when they are accompanied by a Tennessee resident adult. With the rising price of gas, The Hermitage is offering a summer promotion that will assist Tennesseans in making a vacation in their own backyard even more affordable. The only requirement is for the paying adult to have a valid Tennessee driver's license available at the time of the ticket purchase. There is no limit to the number of children.

Sunday's Live

The Hermitage would like to welcome Myers Brown, Curator of Extension Services at the Tennessee State Museum, as he presents living history programs throughout the summer. Join us for these fun interactive programs as Myers discusses significant events during the lifetime and influence of General Andrew Jackson. Sunday's Live will be held on six Sundays throughout the summer from 1-4 p.m. in the backyard of the Hermitage mansion. The programs are free with the purchase of regular ticket admission. Check our calendar for the Sunday's Live schedule.

Summer Education Classes
Registration still open!

Summer is quickly approaching and The Hermitage is offering a variety of educational classes to fill those long summer days. There are many classes to choose from for all ages. Take an educational hike on The Hermitage grounds; learn to draw, sew or paint; or experience work and play just like children in the 19th century.

Click here to download Summer Education Brochure.

3rd Annual Andrew Jackson Dove Shoot

The 3rd annual Dove Shoot will kick off the official start of dove season and applications are now being accepted. This year's hunt will take place on Monday, September 1st at The Hermitage with a country supper immediately following at the Cabin-by-the-Spring, provided by Jones Bros. Construction. For more information or to register, please contact Debbie Bourne at 615-889-2941 ext. 401 or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

Parthenon in Centennial Park

The Parthenon and the statue of Athena in Centennial Park are full-size replicas of the originals in Athens, Greece. Constructed in 1897 for the city's Centennial Exposition, Nashville's building also functions as the city's art museum, complete with a permanent collection and changing exhibits .

The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.

Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London.

The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Known as Grassmere, the zoo is found in a heavily traveled section of Nashville , yet the serene park seems as if it is in the middle of nowhere. Since it first opened in 1990, the zoo has collected an impressive variety of animals from around the world, including African elephants, meerkats, bongos and other antelopes, river otters, cheetahs, and a wide variety of birds and reptiles. The zoo also boasts the largest volunteer-constructed playground in the world – a 66,000 square feet of kid-centered fun complete with a 30-foot tree house, tunnels and slides, a koi pond, a waterfall, and water play areas. In 1964, sisters Margaret and Elise Croft donated the Grassmere property to the Children's Museum of Nashville (Adventure Science Center). After the last sister's death in 1985, the Children's Museum began to develop about 40 of the property's 200 acres, which in 1990, became Grassmere Wildlife Park. That same year, Nashville Zoo opened its doors in Joelton, Tennessee. Seven short years later, Grassmere Wildlife Park closed its doors because of low attendance, and Nashville Zoo was given the option by Mayor Phil Bredesen to develop a "new" zoo for Nashville on the Grassmere property.

Although Nashville Zoo was successful in Joelton, seeing approximately 300,000 visitors per year and exhibiting about 300 animals from around the globe, the relocation to Grassmere would provide over 100 acres more exhibit space. The unique opportunity of building a new zoo, which would also be more convenient to the community, was another driving force behind the relocation.

Since the move to Grassmere in 1996, Nashville Zoo has created many new exhibits, hosted exciting community events and designed a variety of children's programs. Our Jungle Gym playground is the largest community-built playground in the United States and includes over 66,000 square feet for sliding, swinging, climbing, crawling and exploring. From African elephants to Bengal tigers and red pandas, Nashville Zoo provides a home to animals found all over the world. These beautiful creatures can be found in equally beautiful habitats like the new Giraffe Savannah, Alligator Cove, African Wild Dog Habitat and many more. Other exciting additions include the Wild Animal Carousel and an interactive Lorikeet Landing exhibit where you can enter an aviary and be surrounded by more than 50 Australian parrots. The Grassmere Historic House and Farm still stand, providing a glimpse into farm life during the 1880s.

Nashville Zoo's master plan will expand the park into the remaining acreage of Grassmere. When complete, Nashville Zoo will be one of the largest zoos in the country. Future exhibits will be designed and built to immerse our guests into the many environments of our world. Visitors to Nashville Zoo will wander into regions designed to reflect the plains of Africa, the rain forest of South America, and the exotic landscape of Asia as well as other intriguing destinations.

At the helm of Nashville Zoo's master plan is Zoo President Rick Schwartz. Since 1990, Schwartz has managed the Zoo, helping to build the facility and designing exhibits while also working extensively with other facilities throughout the country to develop the outstanding collection of species represented at Nashville Zoo. He is an expert in the fields of zoo design, development, maintenance, research and ongoing conservation. He is also a leader in fundraising efforts and a forerunner in global conservation efforts; his work in other countries, specifically the clouded leopard consortium in Thailand, is unparalleled.

Schwartz's intuition and skill are paired with Nashville Zoo's talented Board of Directors , headed by Chairman Renée Chevalier. Together they are creating a world-class zoo in Nashville and fulfilling Nashville Zoo's mission to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

If you would like to know more about our overall mission and ways you can help us achieve our goal to build a world-class zoo for Nashville, please contact us at

Belmont Mansion

When Adelia Acklen built this beautiful Italian-style villa in the 1850s, she assured herself a place in Nashville history. Located on the campus of Belmont University, the home boasts a splendid Grand Salon, which many historians consider a masterpiece of antebellum architecture. The home is decorated with myriad antiques, chandeliers, mirrors, original furnishings, and sculptures. After you visit the mansion, take a leisurely stroll around the impressive grounds of the university. The moving spirit of Belmont Mansion was Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham. Born on March 15, 1817, to an affluent Nashville family, Adelicia's teenage fiance' died before their marriage. At the age of twenty-two, Adelicia married Issac Franklin, a wealthy bachelor twenty-eight years older than she. The marriage produced four children, but unfortunately all died before the age of twelve. Seven years after they married, Franklin died, leaving Adelicia one of the wealthiest women in America.

In 1849 Adelicia married Joseph Acklen, a young attorney from Alabama, and they immediately began construction on Belle Monte (Belmont.) An Italianate-style villa, it was a summer home escape from the heat at her 8,400 acre Louisiana cotton plantation. The Acklens built, furnished, and landscaped one of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, with 36 rooms and 19,000 sq. ft. The estate contained an art gallery, conservatories, lavish gardens, aviary, lake and zoo.

Joseph and Adelicia had six children, but the twins died of scarlet fever. Later, Joseph died in Louisiana during the Civil War. Left alone, Adelicia secretly negotiated agreements with both sides to allow 2,800 bales of her cotton to be shipped to England and sold for $960,000.

Immediately following the war, Adelicia and her four children traveled to Europe. While there, she continued amassing her large art collection, including five major marble statues by America's most important sculptors working in Rome. Four of these pieces remain in the mansion today.

Today the gilt frame mirrors hanging over original marble mantels, still reflect the elaborate gasoliers and elegantly furnished parlors. The Grand Salon is considered by architectural historians to be the most elaborate domestic interior built in antebellum Tennessee. The gardens, now maintained as part of the college campus, contain marble statuary and the largest collection of 19th century cast iron garden ornaments in the United States, including five cast iron gazebos.

General Jackson Showboat

This 300-foot long paddlewheel vessel ushers guests back to the heyday of Mark Twain, Cumberland parties, and riverboat gambling. Evening cruises feature live entertainment ranging from country music concerts to Broadway-like performances. Lunch and dinner buffet cruises are available, as are special holiday cruises. The General Jackson Showboat is a 300 foot paddlewheel riverboat with four massive decks. It's best known for its fabulous live shows that are performed in the beautiful two-story Victorian Theater located in the center of the boat. During the primary season March 14 - November 9, Midday Cruises offer the amazing Peking Acrobats show and lunch. Evening Cruises offer an elegant dinner and a production show featuring all genres of music. Throughout the year, The General Jackson Showboat also hosts Special Cruises including a special New Years Eve celebration. It?s an experience you?ll only find in Music City! The Music City Queen Available for exclusive use (charter) year round, you are limited only by your imagination on this fun vessel. Let our professional staff plan a special event for your group. From weddings to corporate events, we can help you create a truly unique event for up to 300 guests. Learn More »

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