Tourism Visitors Information Center
5748 Hopkinsville Road
Cadiz, located 30 miles west of Fort Campbell, Exit 65 off Interstate 24, is the east gateway to Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. Several marinas and resorts are located on the shoreline of Lake Barkley, offering unlimited recreational facilities. Downtown offers several specialty shops, places to eat, events and venues, and Trigg County is home to one incredible annual event.
Cadiz Antique Market
The Cadiz Antique Market consists of five antique malls in downtown Cadiz. It includes a wide variety of antiques and collectibles for both advanced and novice collectors. Featured items include furniture, glassware, textiles, pottery, lamps and lamp parts, stamps, coins, jewelry, toys and sporting goods.
Janice Mason Art Museum
71 Main St.
Exhibits are scheduled throughout the year
Downtown Cadiz Square
Saturday and Wednesday mornings April through October
The farmers market is a great way to check out local produce, flowers, and sometimes bread and sweets from local farmers and cooks.
Trigg County Country Ham Festival
Celebrated during the second weekend in October, the country ham festival is a celebration of the county’s world-famous country hams. The ham festival is a weeklong event for residents of Cadiz and Trigg County, as well as thousands of visitors from all across the country. The festival is a celebration of the art and science of curing country ham. Activities include a greased pig contest, baking the world’s largest ham and biscuit, a petting zoo, carnival rides, live music, food booths, pig races, a tractor show, a car show, a quilt show and much more.
Cadiz is known for its historic sites, several of which are on the National Registry of Historic Places. Recently, more than 25 late-19th and early-20th century homes located downtown on Main Street were added to the registry.
Most of the Queen Anne and Victorian homes were originally owned by wealthy businessmen and financiers — built to reflect their positions in the community. The downtown business district is also on the historic registry. The turn-of-the-century buildings now accommodate offices and retail outlets, such as gift shops and antique malls. Featured sites include:
FAIRHOLM HISTORIC HOUSE
89 Main St.
Fairholm is open for tours and is available for weddings, receptions and parties or just to have a one-of-a-kind experience of being in a Victorian historical home.
THE FUTRELL HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
Visitors to Cadiz enjoy countless recreational activities such as fishing, golfing, water skiing, hunting, camping, archery, horseback riding, tennis and biking. Featured venues include:
ARROWHEAD GOLF COURSE
Tourist Center: 270-522-3892
Golfers will enjoy the challenge of fast greens and narrow fairways.
CADIZ CITY PARK
Downtown Cadiz is right on the banks of the Little River, which offers easy access for fishing and wildlife watching. Trails and piers overlook the water and make a great spot for picnic meals. A playground for the kids is there along with tables and a covered pavilion. Public restrooms are available.
LAKE BARKLEY STATE RESORT PARK
The spectacular open-beamed lodge houses 120 rooms, four suites and 13 cottages. Within the park’s 3,600 acres are a fitness center, public beach, a swimming pool, hiking trails, an 80-site campground with lake access, a convention center, a gift shop and an airport. Also within the confines of the state park is the Boots Randolph Golf Course — a challenge for the most avidgolfer.
PRIZER POINT MARINA AND RESORT AND KENTUCKY LAKES K.O.A.
Surrounded by water on three sides and 72 wooded acres on the fourth, Prizer Point allows visitors to experience 57 acres of western Kentucky beauty. In the June 2005 edition of Highways Magazine, Prizer Point was named 40th in their “Best of the Best” rankings.
TRIGG COUNTY RECREATION COMPLEX
This complex includes four lighted baseball fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, a tractor pull track and a horse show ring. The facility is also used for festivals and competitions, softball tournaments, tractor pulls, musical entertainment and dancing.
Situated in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, Clarksville is the ninth fastest growing city in the country.
With a heritage spanning more than 200 years, Clarksville-Montgomery County continues to grow and adapt, becoming the state’s fifth largest city. Both visitors and residents enjoy the shops and eateries of downtown Clarksville, and with its brick sidewalks, tree-lined streets, decorative lighting and park benches, the historic area is drawing new attention.
Also emerging is Clarksville’s revitalized and thriving riverfront district. Area leaders are continuously working to build on the community’s strengths with the vision of a vibrant, prosperous future.
From history and heritage to majestic waterways and fun-filled attractions, visitors have plenty of options in Clarksville-Montgomery County. Call or visit the websites for a complete listing of activities.
Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce
25 Jefferson St., Suite 300
Clarksville, TN 37041
Convention and Visitors Bureau
25 Jefferson St., Suite 300
Clarksville, TN 37041
Military Affairs Committee
The Military Affairs Committee includes representatives from Fort Campbell, retired military, government officials and local business leaders. The committee works to ensure the military personnel and their families have the support they need from the community. This committee plans the annual Citizens for Fort Campbell advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring. They organize the annual Clarksville-Montgomery County Warrior Week events, including: a marksmanship competition, movie night, the Godfather Golf Tournament, a picnic and a fun fair. Additionally, the committee has an initiative to recognize the long history of military in our area through the Veterans’ Day Breakfast and support of other programs in the area.
Location and Climate
Clarksville, Tennessee, is nestled on the banks of the Cumberland and Red rivers, 45 miles northwest of Nashville. Located just off Interstate 24, Clarksville is the first city south of the Mason-Dixon Line, with a population of 130,000. Clarksville enjoys a mild Southern climate with four distinct seasons. The average annual temperature is 69 degrees with an average annual 48 inches of precipitation.
Clarksville employment has surged with strong growth in services, construction, government, agriculture and retail. In 2008, Clarksville-Montgomery County recruited Hemlock Semiconductor LLC to the Commerce Park Megasite. The initial capital investment ranged from $1.2 billion to $2.5 billion, with a creation of more than 500 jobs upon its opening in 2012.
In 2010, it was announced that a 73,000-square-foot shopping center, Madison Street Commons, would be opening at the site of the old Gateway Hospital. This shopping center is anchored by a Publix grocery store. In September 2012, another Publix opened in the Exit 1 area, adding retail space to that part of the community.
Overall, Clarksville-Montgomery County maintains a very healthy economy and plans for steady future growth.
The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System was recognized in the top 10 percent of the nation’s schools meeting parental goals. They also received the governor’s A+ Award for Excellence in Education, in recognition of strong curriculum and teaching, low dropout rates, active adult education, parental involvement programs and school-to-work initiatives.
For parents seeking an alternative to the traditional school system, Clarksville offers several private, religious and secular schools.
Clarksville business and technical schools offer students the opportunity to seek positions in the service industry or they can provide additional training to those already established in their careers.
For higher education in Clarksville, students can attend Austin Peay State University. What initially began as a teaching school with only 158 students is now the educational and cultural hub of Clarksville, with a current enrollment of more than 10,000 students.
Gateway Medical Center offers programs, services and facilities to residents of northern Tennessee and southern Kentucky.
Employing more than 1,200 professionals and 150 physicians on its medical staff, Gateway is a fully accredited, 270-bed medical center. The facility provides numerous state-of-the-art services, including cancer care, cardiac care, magnetic resonance imaging, respiratory care, surgery, critical care, sub-acute care, rehabilitation and emergency services.
Gateway Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Both the city of Clarksville and Montgomery County operate a parks and recreation department, providing and maintaining more than 500 acres in 23 community parks. Facility amenities include playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and pavilions. Several of the parks also feature restrooms, open play areas, basketball courts and ball fields.
With the Cumberland and Red rivers lining the city, activities such as boating, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing are enjoyed by both visitors and residents.
Clarksville is also a golfer’s paradise. Four public courses — Eastland Green, Swan Lake, Mason Rudolph and Cole Park — offer beautiful greens at affordable prices. It’s no wonder Clarksville was ranked by Golf Digest as the 11th “Best City in the U.S. for Public Golf.”
ART GALLERIES AND PUBLIC ART
Welcome Center, 180 Holiday Drive
Clarksville is home to several fine art galleries and public art pieces. Some feature local artists through rotating exhibits while others have permanent collections. The Austin Peay State University Center for Creative Excellence has three art galleries: Mabel Larson, Trahern and the Downtown Gallery. Local artists also contribute to the Downtown Artists Co-op, located on Franklin Street. Of course the Customs House Museum is always a great place for rotating exhibits. The locations for Clarksville’s public art, including murals and bronze statues, can be found in the Walk and Drive brochures.
1100 Dunlop Lane
Enjoy free tours and tastings at one of Tennessee’s premier commercial wineries. Each of the award-winning wines is available on-site along with unique gift shop items. In the summer months, the vineyard is host to an outdoor jazz concert series.
CIVIL WAR TRAIL
180 Holiday Drive
The Civil War left a huge imprint on Clarksville’s history and heritage. Several famed Civil War battlefields and points of interest are located here. Trail markers can be found at designated points of interest throughout the city. The trail is part of the multistate Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration that kicked off in 2012.
1100 Pollard Road
Railroad lines have been converted into walking and biking trails. This 3.6-mile paved trail is lined with trees, benches and overlook points. Parking lot space is also provided.
1600 Needmore Road
Open February through November, the speedway offers 1/8-mile drag races. The speedway is sanctioned by UMP and runs eight different classes of races. Races are held every Friday and Saturday night, weather permitting.
CUMBERLAND RIVERWALK AND RIVERCENTER, MCGREGOR PARK
This riverfront park has transformed the downtown area. It is the premier location for music events, art exhibits and community festivals. The walk includes a riverfront promenade, wharf, amphitheaters, an overlook plaza, a playground, a picnic area and public art.
CUSTOMS HOUSE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER
200 S. Second St.
Built in 1898 as a U.S. post office and customs house for the flourishing tobacco trade, this architecturally fascinating structure is among the most photographed buildings in the region. The museum features rotating shows, galleries and a sculpture garden. Permanent exhibits and an interactive children’s area are available year-round.
DUNBAR CAVE STATE NATURAL AREA
401 Dunbar Cave Road
One of Clarksville’s most scenic areas, this 110-acre park is the perfect recreation destination. The cave and its surroundings were a mineral springs resort at the turn of the century. In the 1930s and ’40s, the cave entrance served as a naturally air-conditioned venue for big band performances. Some of the oldest known prehistoric cave drawings have been found inside the cave. Dunbar Cave is closed to tours indefinitely due to white-nose syndrome. However, the fishing museum and picnic area are open along with two hiking trails that are open year-round from dawn to dusk.
FORT DEFIANCE INTERPRETIVE CENTER AND PARK
120 A St.
In April 2011, the Fort Defiance Civil War Park opened its doors to a new interpretive center. Kicking off the 150th anniversary of the war that defined a century and changed the country, Fort Defiance overlooks the Red and Cumberland rivers and has a breathtaking view of downtown. Visitors are encouraged to walk the trails and enjoy the history that the location represents. Displays, cannons and the occasional re-enactors are just some of the things you can enjoy on your visit to Fort Defiance.
HISTORIC WALKING AND DRIVING TOURS
Tour can begin at the Customs House Museum (200 S. Second St.)
Experience Clarksville’s rich history and heritage at your own pace. The walking and driving tours explore both architectural landmarks as well as unique local gems. These self-guided tours are centered on Clarksville’s historic downtown and branch out to local neighborhoods and the riverfront. These activities are great for individuals or groups and the tour takes an average of two hours to complete. Maps and brochures are available around town, including the Welcome Center (180 Holiday Drive), or online at http://visitclarksvilletn.com.
4711 Weakley Road in Southside, Tennessee
Situated on 40 rolling acres, this living history museum features 18 restored log homes and outbuildings. Authentic period artifacts fill each building. Picnic areas and walking trails are scattered throughout the grounds. All of the structures date back to 1830-1870. A wildlife center houses several examples of natural Tennessee flora and fauna. Group tours and student group packages are available.
L&N TRAIN STATION
Commerce and 10th streets
Built in 1890, the L&N Train Station was the setting for the Monkees’ hit “Last Train to Clarksville.” Once one of the busiest locations in Clarksville, with Soldiers and civilians arriving and departing daily, the facility is now open for public and private use. A farmers market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings during the summer and fall in the train station parking lot.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURTS COMPLEX
1 Millennium Plaza
Restored and remodeled after the 1999 tornado, this architectural beauty is the symbol of Clarksville’s historic downtown. Adorning the corridors of both buildings are 150 photographs illustrating the history and heritage of Montgomery County.
Franklin and Main streets
This charming square is home to several government buildings as well as unique shops. The center of the square features a fountain, public art and military tributes. Among these is the Eternal Flame, symbolizing the sacrifices of Soldiers and their families for our freedom.
ROXY REGIONAL THEATRE
100 Franklin St.
Clarksville’s oldest professional theater offers patrons a combination of professional company shows (performed by actors from throughout the country) and community offerings. Housed in a 1947 modern art theater, the Roxy produces 10 main stage events annually. The Roxy’s “Other Space” produces four new scripts a year in its 40-seat, black-box theater.
SMITH-TRAHERN MANSION HOME OF FAMILY & COMMUNITY EDUCATION
101 McClure St.
Built in 1858 by wealthy tobacconist Christopher Smith, this majestic antebellum home overlooks the Cumberland River. The architecture reflects Greek Revival and Italianate styles. During the winter months, local organizations fill the home with more than 20 Christmas trees decorated and sparkling. Tours are available by appointment.
Hopkinsville, Oak Grove and Christian County, Kentucky
Christian County Chamber of Commerce
2800 Fort Campbell Blvd.
Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention and Visitors Bureau
2800 Fort Campbell Blvd.
Oak Grove Tourism
105 Walter Garrett Lane
P.O. Box 756
The communities of Christian County offer visitors and residents the best of both worlds — the familiarity of a small town — where people care about their neighbors and big-city features, such as progressive health care, technically advanced industries and a variety of shopping and recreational opportunities.
It’s also a place where rush hour and bumper-to-bumper traffic are almost non-existent and, as the locals say, “You’re 10 minutes from anywhere.” The cost of living is below the national average and housing is affordable and attractive.
Hopkinsville is located approximately 10 to 15 miles north of Fort Campbell with Oak Grove nestled outside the gates of the 101st Airborne Division.
National Strategy Group listed Hopkinsville as one of the best places to live in the United States and Reader’s Digest ranked the city in its top 50 best places to raise a family.
Christian County is also located within one hour of a variety of recreation, shopping, entertainment and family opportunities, such as Nashville, Tennessee; Paducah, Kentucky; Evansville, Kentucky; Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area; and Pennyrile Forest State Park.
Christian County Public Schools strive to meet the individual needs of each student. To accomplish this mission, the student-teacher ratio is kept at a minimum and multiple school districts are available. In addition to 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools, the Christian County educational system also includes three parochial and private schools and one nondenominational school.
When the school day is over, a variety of sports and clubs are available to keep kids involved and active. For more information, visit www.christian.k12.ky.us.
The city also offers higher educational opportunities. Hopkinsville Community College is a comprehensive two-year college offering a wide range of degrees. For more information, visit www.hopkinsville.kctcs.edu. Murray State University allows students to obtain a four-year degree without leaving Hopkinsville.
Supported by state-of-the-art facilities at Jennie Stuart Medical Center and Baptist Health, the Christian County Health Department is charged with health care protection and improvement for all Christian County residents.
The medical community also includes Cumberland Hall Hospital, a 56-bed psychiatric facility that provides services for residents with emotional and substance abuse problems.
The Hopkinsville-Christian County Recreation Department operates and maintains a variety of public use facilities such as parks, playgrounds, tennis courts, gymnasiums, golf courses, soccer fields, picnic pavilions, fishing lakes, horseshoe courts, shuffleboard courts, softball fields, baseball fields and community centers.
The city is also the home of the Tie Breaker Aquatic Center water park and the new 5,000-seat multipurpose sports complex, a country club, a recently expanded family YMCA and a Boys & Girls Club.
Arts and Attractions
Oak Grove offers top-notch facilities such as the War Memorial Walking Trail Park, the Vice Roy Performing Arts Center and Valor Hall Conference & Event Center.
In Hopkinsville you can enjoy a year-round program of performing arts from The Pennyroyal Arts Council. Among the yearly offerings is a series of concerts featuring internationally known artists. Other points of interest include The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville, Trail of Tears Commemorative Park, Fort Campbell Memorial Park, the James E. Bruce Convention Center, Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site and Round Table Park. Christian Way Farm has added an 18-hole miniature golf course to enhance the farm tour.
Christian County communities host many events with a family emphasis throughout the year, such as Hopkinsville’s Little River Days Festival and Oak Grove’s Spring into Summer Festival, both held in May. In June it’s the annual Soapbox Derby, and with fall comes the Intertribal PowWow held at the Trail of Tears Park and Butterfly Festival at War Memorial Walking Trail Park, both events are held in September.
The Pow Wow features authentic Native American dances, traders, crafts, audience participation and ethnic foods. At the Butterfly Festival, you can interact with live butterflies in their habitat in the Butterfly House or let the Master Gardeners take you on a tour of the brand-new Butterfly Garden. All of this along with pony rides, petting zoo and bubble zone.
Military Affairs Committee
The Hopkinsville/Oak Grove/Christian County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee works year-round to build better relationships between the Soldiers and military families of Fort Campbell and the local Christian County communities. The highlight of their year is “Christian County Salutes Fort Campbell Week.” The celebration is held in August with events such as the MAC Gala, Sunday Salute Church Service, Spouses’ Luncheon & Tour of Homes, and the Salute Saturday Chili Cook-Off. In October, the Military Affairs Committee presents the Military Spouse Leadership Program — a three day program for military spouses who are looking to learn more about Christian County and connect with community leaders. All of these events are free for the military and are our way of saying thank you and supporting our Fort Campbell Soldiers and family members. The committee also sponsors activities and events throughout the year such as Military Appreciation Days, Veterans Parade and the Gander Memorial Ceremony. For more information, visit www.christiancountychamber.com/militaryaffairs.
For a complete listing of some of the different clubs and organizations contact the Christian County Chamber of Commerce, 270-885-9096 or visit www.christiancountychamber.com.
Land Between The Lakes
National Recreation Area
Land Between The Lakes is the largest inland peninsula in the United States. It is the second largest contiguous block of forested public land east of the Mississippi.
Located in western Kentucky and Tennessee, the area draws approximately 1.5 million visitors annually. Visitors come from all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries.
Land Between The Lakes and the surrounding lakes are the focal point of a $650 million tourism industry. There are 19 lake-access areas with boat ramps, five courtesy docks, four fishing piers and six beaches.
During the day, visitors can enjoy the facilities, including a nature center, a living history farm, a planetarium and observatory, a horseback riding campground, a public horse stable, an off-highway vehicle area, the Elk & Bison Prairie, an interpretive site (iron industry), five gift shops and three visitor information centers.
There are more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails and approximately 100 miles of horse and wagon trails. Campers can choose from 985 campsites in four developed campgrounds, five lake access areas with primitive camping and virtually unlimited backcountry camping.
Land Between The Lakes has three sites on the National Register of Historic Places: Fort Henry, site of a major Civil War battle; the Center Furnace; and the Great Western Iron Furnace. The region was primarily an iron production center during the mid-19th century. Seventeen iron furnaces operated within what is now Land Between The Lakes. The ruins of two of these are accessible to visitors.
Wildlife and Plants
Land Between The Lakes has the largest publicly owned bison herd east of the Mississippi River and more than 1,300 plant species, more than 240 bird species and 53 different mammal species. Land Between The Lakes was an active participant in the nation’s efforts to re-establish the eagle population in western Kentucky and Tennessee.
Currently, Land Between The Lakes is home to a wintering eagle population of more than 100 birds, and there are between 12 to 16 active nesting sites.
In February 1996, after a 150-year absence in the region, Land Between The Lakes reintroduced elk into the 700-acre Elk & Bison Prairie. In February 2001, 25 elk from Land Between The Lakes’ Elk & Bison Prairie were transported to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in an experimental reintroduction program. Since 1991, Land Between The Lakes has maintained a captive breeding pair of red wolves as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s red wolf recovery effort.
Attractions at Land Between The Lakes include the Homeplace living history farm, Woodlands Nature Station, Elk & Bison Prairie, and Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory.
The Homeplace, located in the southern portion of Land Between The Lakes, allows visitors to experience life much as it was in mid-19th century rural America. Through a blending of artifacts, historic structures and the recreation of farm activities, the Homeplace gives visitors a glimpse of the traditions and lifestyles of this era in American history.
The nature station offers special events throughout the year, in addition to the regular calendar of programs and demonstrations. Among the most popular events are guided bald eagle excursions. These van and boat tours take visitors into the field to see the migratory bald eagle population wintering in Land Between The Lakes each year.
The Elk & Bison Prairie is another fascinating Land Between The Lakes attraction. Opened in June 1996, this 700-acre area is a restoration of the native prairie habitat that thrived in western Kentucky and upper middle Tennessee more than 200 years ago. Native wildlife such as elk and bison inhabit the prairie. Visitors can take a self-guided driving tour of the site along a 3.5-mile paved loop featuring three interpretive stops.
The Golden Pond Planetarium is located inside the Golden Pond Visitor Center. The planetarium features an 81-seat theater and offers state-of-the-art planetarium shows year-round. It’s also home to the Western Kentucky Amateur Astronomers, which holds monthly meetings and stargazing sessions.
Known as the music city, Nashville is located approximately 45 miles south of Fort Campbell on Interstate 24. With big-city attractions just a short drive away, many Soldiers and their families make Nashville the hub of their recreational and cultural activities.
Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
1 Nashville Place
150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite G-250
Nashville has become a major retail center for shoppers. The city includes nine shopping malls — Hickory Hollow Mall, 100 Oaks Mall, RiverGate Mall, The Mall at Green Hills, Bellevue Center Mall, Cool Springs Galleria, Opry Mills, Prime Outlets at Lebanon and the Factory at Franklin. Shoppers looking for more unique items might prefer the more than 250 specialty shops located in downtown Nashville.
The city has a network of public parks spread over more than 6,000 acres. Numerous playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses and an indoor ice-skating rink extend the city’s leisure-time activities. Two man-made lakes — Old Hickory and Percy Priest — are located just minutes from downtown, providing easy access to water sports, fishing and waterfowl hunting. Spectator sports include an annual steeplechase, boxing, wrestling and double-A baseball at Nashville’s Greer Stadium. Intercollegiate sports activities are provided by 16 Nashville colleges. Nashville also boasts two professional sports teams — the NHL Nashville Predators and the NFL Tennessee Titans. They also have AAA baseball, collegiate sports, including the annual Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, and an annual marathon and half marathon.
Cultural Activities and the Arts
Famed as the hub of American music, Nashville offers everything from bluegrass and Beethoven to square dancing and disco. The Grand Ole Opry hosts top stars in country music every Friday and Saturday night, while Ryman Auditorium serves as a monument to country music stars. More sophisticated fare is available through the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and monthly community concerts. Nashville’s past is exemplified in its many and varied points of interest, such as the tomb of President James K. Polk and the colonial home of President Andrew Jackson. Other sites include Fort Nashborough, a rugged reminder of Nashville’s colorful past, Cheekwood, the Georgian mansion now serving as the botanical garden and fine arts center, and many other homes and buildings included in the National Historic Registry.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
222 Fifth Ave.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been the home of America’s music since 1967. In keeping with the cultural significance of the music and the heroic achievements of those who form its membership, the museum opened in a $37 million landmark building in May 2001. Located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks of lower Broadway, the monumental edifice, a visceral experience for approaching visitors, invigorates the skyline in downtown Nashville’s entertainment district. Inside, the museum presents the crown jewels of its vast collection to illustrate country music’s story as told through the turns of two centuries. A treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, a regular menu of live performances and public programs, a museum store, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining and fabulous public spaces all contribute to an unforgettable museum experience.
FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts has become a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the Art Deco building every six to eight weeks, no matter how often you visit, there is always something new and exciting to see in the spacious galleries. Visit the website for hours and exhibit schedules.
THE GRAND OLE OPRY
2804 Opryland Drive
There are more ways to enjoy the Grand Ole Opry than ever before. Many things about the Opry have changed over the years — its members, the sound of its music, even its home. But there’s always that oak-solid center to remind every singer or musician who steps inside that they take part in something much larger than themselves, that wherever they go they have a connection to the legends and the giants who came before them. The six-foot circle of dark, oak wood in the Opry House stage is shiny but clearly well-worn. Cut from the stage of the Opry’s famous former home, the Ryman Auditorium, this circle gives newcomers and veterans alike the opportunity to sing on the same spot that once supported Uncle Dave Macon, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline and others. “That circle is the most magical thing when you’re a performer,” said country music star Brad Paisley. “It’s an honor to stand there and get to sing on those same boards that probably still contain dust from Hank Williams’ boots.”
1 Symphony Place
TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville is home to the Nashville Symphony and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Information is available at their websites.
Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Established in 1944, the Children’s Museum of Nashville resided on Second Avenue South in downtown Nashville. World War II was coming to an end and the nation was beginning to look to the future. Sgt. John Ripley Forbes’ vision for Nashville’s future was focused on children. His enthusiasm for a children’s museum sparked some of the city’s most prominent and influential citizens, including the museum’s first president, Vernon Sharp Jr. A lease on the old University of Nashville building was signed in November 1944, and on Oct. 30, 1945, the Children’s Museum of Nashville opened its doors to the public.
In 1952, the center opened the first planetarium in Tennessee and named it after one of the founding board of trustees, Anthony Sudekum, whose family had contributed the funds to purchase the first star projector.
The museum moved to Old Saint Cloud Hill, known as Fort Negley in the Civil War, in 1974. The organization’s name changed over the years, most recently from Cumberland Science Museum to Adventure Science Center in November 2002.
Adventure Science Center still creates opportunities for children to learn and have fun. The center now serves about 340,000 visitors annually from middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky, northern Alabama and beyond. It has remained at heart a place for children.
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
3777 Nolensville Pike
From African elephants to Bengal tigers and red pandas, the 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, Red River Hog 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. The zoo also has a 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym, which is the largest community-built playground in the United States. The zoo offers a $1 discount to military members who present an ID at the admissions gate.