Known as the music city, Nashville is 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 adventures.
Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.
150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite G-250
Nashville, TN 37219
Nashville Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN 37203
Nashville has become a major retail center for shoppers. The city includes several shopping malls — The Mall at Green Hills, CoolSprings Galleria, Opry Mills, Lebanon Outlet Marketplace and more. Shoppers looking for more unique items might prefer the shops in the surrounding neighborhoods such as 12 South, East Nashville, Germantown and Hillsboro Village.
The parks and recreation department oversees more than 15,000 acres of open space, including 184 parks and 85 miles of greenway. 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 and wrestling. Nashville also boasts professional sports teams — the NHL’s Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena, the NFL’s Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium and MiLB’s Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park. The city also has collegiate sports teams and events, including the annual Music City Bowl, and an annual marathon and half marathon.
Cultural Activities and the Arts
Famous for music of all genres, Nashville offers everything from rock and bluegrass to jazz and Americana. The Grand Ole Opry hosts country music stars every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night, and the historic Ryman Auditorium hosts musicians across the board. More sophisticated fare is available through the Nashville Symphony 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 the Cheekwood botanical gardens, Belle Meade Plantation, Belmont Mansion and many other homes and buildings included in the National Register of Historic Places.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
222 Fifth Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203
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
Nashville, TN 37203
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts has become a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene. Located in downtown Nashville, this world-class and family-friendly art center is dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions from local, regional, national and international sources. The Frist features the award-winning Martin ArtQuest Gallery with 30 interactive art-making stations; educational programs; concert series; a gift shop full of hand-crafted merchandise; and a full-service cafe — all surrounded by gorgeous architecture.
THE GRAND OLE OPRY
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
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 6-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
SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER
1 Symphony Place
Nashville, TN 37201
Located in Music City’s SoBro district, Schermerhorn Symphony Center is home to the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony and plays host to a wide range of concerts and special events each year. The building’s main venue, the 1,844-seat Laura Turner Concert Hall, is recognized worldwide for its acoustical excellence and breadth of programming. Resident ensemble the Nashville Symphony performs a wide range of concerts, including classical, pops, jazz and family events. Public and private tours, led by knowledgeable and friendly guides, are available.
TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37243
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students, educators and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, classroom residencies and enrichment programs. TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with a variety of special engagements and the productions of the three resident artistic companies: the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera and Nashville Repertory Theatre.
Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203
For 70 years, Adventure Science Center has created opportunities for children to learn and have fun. The museum offers a world of interactive exhibits that inspire imagination and discovery for visitors of all ages. Visitors can spend a day in the life of an astronaut in the Space Chase exhibit, where they can experience the effects of zero gravity and discover the relationships between the planets. The award-winning BodyQuest exhibit features Body Battles, a laser target gallery that demonstrates how the immune system works. The seven-story Adventure Tower is a pillar of imagination, packed with exciting scientific exploration that ends with a spectacular view of downtown Nashville. Cap off a full day of activity at the Sudekum Planetarium, a one-of-a-kind full-dome digital experience.
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211
The Nashville Zoo provides a home to animals found all over the world thriving in beautifully natural outdoor habitats along shaded pathways. Experience up-close encounters with clouded leopards and red pandas, experience giraffes in wide open spaces, wander through Flamingo Lagoon or stand right next to a kangaroo. Other exciting attractions 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, and the Soaring Eagle zip line.