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Nashville For People Who Don’t Like Country Music

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Nashville is most definitely known to the world as Music City; but what do you do if you find yourself there and you’re not a fan of country music? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In the heart of the south of the United States, Nashville is a city of cowboy boots and comfort food, music and munchies, outdoor options and Opryland opulence. Although country music is what puts Nashville on the map, there’s far more to find here than the magic and legends of the Ryman Auditorium. When you find yourself in town and want nothing to do with the harmonious blends of twang, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied and inspired.

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nashville 201 broadwaySo now what? No need to worry at all – grab a glass of sweet tea, find your favorite haunts for fried green tomatoes and head down to the waterfront to check out the tulips along the landscape. Even though the city’s music is what’s showcased – there’s far more to explore. Hit the trails, grab time at a waterpark, check out the local bar scene, jump on a pedal tavern or bring your party to check out the faces at a world famous wax museum. Wander the alleyways, hit the Farmers’ Market, take in an outdoor festival or make your own pie and barbecue food tour around the city. Whether you’re in town to attend a wedding, visit family or any other reason that doesn’t involve country-music fandom, read on!

To the world, Nashville might spell country music, but to you, Nashville spells adventure.

Where to Wander

You’re in town for adventure, relaxation and all things fun – where do you go and what do you do? Between outdoor and indoor choices, Nashville has a plethora of options to capture your attention and turn the corners of your mouth upward. There’s the inside pizazz at Opryland and the outside architecture at The Parthenon. There’s laughter to be had, spa days to enjoy, wax figures to ogle and plantations to witness. Kick up your heels at the dance clubs or get your kayak on down by the lake. You’ll do more than avoid all things country – you’ll actually discover all things awesome.

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    • Opryland Hotel
    • Madame Tussauds Nashville
    • Hit the flea market and shops
    • Centennial Park/Parthenon
    • Zanies Comedy Club

Where to Eat

Are you the foodie who Instagrams every bowl of goodness, the fast food lover who delights in the greasiest mess of yummy or the organic fiend who wants Farmers’ Market finds on a plate? Know who you are, explore the other sides and venture out into the world barbecue flair and all accouterments to a glass of sweet tea. If it’s a picnic you want, make it happen. If it’s the gooey goodness of a grilled cheese, get one. And if you want to wander the take-away joints and the five-star finds, do that. The world is your oyster – find yours and enjoy.

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  • The Grilled Cheeserie
  • Loveless Café
  • Rolf and Daughters
  • Wild Cow
  • Paradise Park
  • Whiskey Kitchen
  • I Dream of Weenie
  • Biscuit Love
  • Nashville Farmers’ Market

Where to Hang

You’ve got free time to play with and want to experience hours of fun – what do you do? You can listen to music at the Bluebird Café, jump on a hammock and fly in style at an aerial yoga class or zip your way across the city on a zipline to nowhere. Waterfiends might grab a paddle or a flyboard while others might fumble to find their way out of one of those escape games. Whether you’re hiking a trail, wandering downtown’s alleyways or trying your feet at a pedal tavern of joy, you’re in for a treat in this charming, southern city.

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  • Flyboard
  • Ziplining
  • Kayak rental
  • Stand up paddleboard (SUP) rental
  • The Escape Game
  • Aerial classes
  • Urban Studio
  • Joyride Nashville
  • Pedal taverns

Where to Drink

No kids allowed and only the over 21 crowd is out tonight – game on! Nashville has its fair share of breweries, vineyards, distilleries and tavern cycles. Sip and ride, toast a glass, taste a flask or grab a beer and you’re ready to go for an evening of enjoyment with friends. Hit the town for a pub crawl of your own making, spend a lazy weekend afternoon at the vineyards or wile away the hours at a brewery made for you – whatever you fancy – Nashville has it all.

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  • Tennessee Brew Works
  • Jack Daniels Distillery
  • Fat Bottom
  • Oak Bar
  • Whiskey Trail Tours
  • Jackalope Brewery
  • The Black Abbey
  • Pedal taverns


6th & Peabody

6th & Peabody features a distillery, brewery, bars, tasting areas, beer & bottle shops, merchandise, big screen TVs and live entertainment. Visitors enjoy moonshine, cocktails, and beer by the glass, food including White Duck Taco and Nashville’s own Prince’s Hot Chicken, as well as the purchase of jars of moonshine and bottled beer for enjoyment at home.

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