Welcome to Nashville, where the music is as lively as the people and every corner holds the promise of a memorable experience! Nashville has become a booming destination for bachelorette parties to weekend family getaways. There’s plenty of charm to be squeezed into a trip no matter the duration. The diverse attractions make for a memorable trip to Music City for anyone in the group!

Planning a weekend trip to this vibrant city? Look no further! We’ve curated a list of 10 must-do things that cater to every taste, ensuring your Nashville weekend is extraordinary.

Get into the Groove of Music City

1. Explore Broadway’s Honky-Tonks

Dive into the heart of Nashville’s music scene on Broadway. Explore honky-tonks lining South Broadway’s live performances and vibrant energy. Revel in the nightlife downtown for a great weekend in Nashville.

Pro Tip: Printer’s Alley just behind Broadway is a charming street most locals favor. You’ll find great spots just steps from Broadway if you know where to look!


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2. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame

Immerse yourself in the rich history of country music. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a great place to learn about what makes Nashville get its name; Music City. Exhibits showcase legendary artists and their contributions to the robust music industry.

Pro Tip: We suggest walking here if you’re in the city! The Museum is located right downtown and makes for a great place to check out before or after Broadway.

3. Catch a Show at the Grand Ole Opry

Experience the magic of the longest-running live radio show that is the Grand Ole Opry. Known for weekly live country music radio broadcasts and a series of nightly performances held at the iconic Opry House. A Nashville weekend getaway for music lovers is deemed complete with star-studded lineups at the Grand Ole Opry.

Pro Tip: We recommend getting your tickets online ahead of time! The Grand Ole Opry is a huge hit in Nashville and there is limited seating in the Opry House.


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Taste the Flavor of Nashville

4. Indulge in Hot Chicken Delights

Don’t miss out on Nashville’s signature hot chicken. Hit the local spots around town; Hattie B’s, Prince’s, and Waldo’s for chicken that won’t disappoint. Choose your spice level, a side, and a refreshing drink to wash it all down, your tastebuds will thank you! This is a staple for your weekend in Nashville, foodie or not!

Pro Tip: Since hot chicken is so popular in Nashville, you’re sure to see lines out the door at most places, especially downtown. If you venture out to smaller neighborhoods like East Nashville and Germantown, hot chicken places will have shorter lines!


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5. Gastronomic Adventure in Germantown

Explore the diverse culinary scene in Germantown. From upscale dining to cozy cafes, it’s a foodie’s paradise. This walkable neighborhood has fun dive bars, great burger joints, and high-end eateries for anyone in the group. If you’re wondering what to do in Nashville for a weekend, you’re sure to find something you like in Germantown.

Pro Tip: If you find a place you’re excited to try, make sure to make a reservation! Restaurants fill up quickly especially on the weekends. You’ll have less of a wait if you plan ahead.

6. Experience Scenic Rooftops

It’s no secret that Nashville has some of the best rooftops. Aside from the honky-tonk rooftop bars, there are plenty of amazing restaurants with spectacular views of the city. You’ll be amazed at how breathtaking views can make your dining experiences that much better.

Pro Tip: Read our Best Rooftop Bars in Nashville Guide for a complete overview of our top recommendations!

Unique Can’t-Miss Experiences

7. Pontoon Saloon River Cruise

Pontoon Saloon is Nashville’s top party pontoon on Lower Broadway! Cruise the Cumberland River aboard the fully decked out 50-foot party barge. Equipped with a licensed Captain and Deckhand, the Saloon offers a unique honky-tonk booze cruise experience in Downtown Nashville. All cruises include a party host, a sound system, a restroom, and ice-filled coolers. Bring your own drinks or pre-purchase beer/seltzer buckets for your cruise. Explore private and public river cruises that fit your occasion.

Pro Tip: Book your cruise ahead of time! Especially on weekends, these cruises fill up quickly. Go online or call the office to book your cruise in Downtown Nashville.

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8. Sporting Events

Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of sporting events in Nashville. From The Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators located downtown to the Nashville Sounds (Triple-A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers) and Nashville SC, there is an abundance of sports teams to watch and cheer for in Nashville!

Pro Tip: If you’re interested in a Sounds game, check out Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen before or after the game. Located across the street from the ballpark, this is a great place to grab a Stein!

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Explore Nashville’s Sights

9. Discover Centennial Park

Unwind amidst lush greenery and visit the Parthenon replica, a stunning architectural gem that transports you to ancient Greece. Perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll or a peaceful picnic, this serene oasis offers not only natural beauty but also a touch of history and culture.


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10. Adventure at Radnor Lake State Park

Embrace nature with hiking trails and serene lake views. Get some fresh air and exercise by walking around the 1,368-acre State Park. It is ideal for those seeking an adventurous escape.

Additional Tips and Resources

Make the most of your Nashville weekend getaway by booking excursions and shows ahead of time! Things like the Pontoon Saloon and Grand Ole Opry can sell out on busy weekends.

Nashville neighborhoods are very walkable! Once you’re in a specific neighborhood of your choosing, you can easily get around by walking to different parts of the area. While you may not be able to walk to different neighborhoods when you’re already in one, they’re a short Uber away if need be.

With its soul-stirring music, delectable flavors, and unique charm, Nashville offers a weekend full of possibilities. Tailor your itinerary to match your interests and make every moment count in Music City. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a foodie, or an adventure seeker, Nashville has something special waiting for you. There are plenty of things to do in Nashville for a weekend!