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Southern charm, beautiful surroundings and a vibrant art, music and culinary scene combine to create the perfect setting for a memorable Nashville date night. The wide assortment of romantic things to do is sure to please nature lovers, history buffs and music fans. Whether it is your first date or a rendezvous to rekindle the sparks of a long-term relationship, this guide can help you plan a memorable outing.
If you and your loved ones are music lovers, you can enjoy a night on the town listening to the sounds that made Nashville famous. Whether you prefer country, rock, jazz or classical music, it awaits you in Music City. You can listen to country or bluegrass in one of the many popular venues on Lower Broadway’s Honky Tonk Highway. Classical performances are presented at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and other genres are featured at intimate settings throughout the city.
No romantic evening is complete without good food. Nashville’s food scene offers everything from Southern cooking and the city’s famous hot chicken to artisan eateries and fine dining establishments. Top off your date with a special dessert treat. At the Goo Goo Shop, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with Nashville’s signature confection. A culinary walking tour gives you the opportunity to sample dishes at some of the city’s most celebrated eateries.
Summoning scenes from the antebellum era, sternwheelers enable guests to get a sense for the age of Mark Twain. Climb aboard for a romantic dinner cruise with lights from the skyline, the moon and stars as your backdrop. In addition to a delicious meal, there is live music for dancing or cuddling with the one you love.
Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley to experience the heart and soul of the city. Led by a talented conductor, this guided tour takes you on an exciting night time journey that explores the musical history of Nashville. You will learn behind-the-scene stories and interesting facts about the people, places and events that shaped the city on the Soul of Music City Night Tour, one of Nashville’s most popular night tours.
Music City has been the backdrop for numerous videos, movies and television shows. Fans of these programs will enjoy visiting some of the iconic places made famous in these productions. Feel the thrill when you imagine yourself as one of the headline acts taking center stage at the Ryman Auditorium or attending a show at the Bluebird Café. You will cherish the memories created at these unique Nashville locations for years to come.
Take in the latest exhibits at the Frist Center where you can view romantic works by numerous historic and contemporary masters. With more than 30 interactive stations, you can create your own keepsake work of art to remember your romantic evening.
Sit back and enjoy a laser light show featuring classic hits at the Adventure Science Center Sudekum Planetarium. Regardless of the weather, date night can include relaxing under the stars and viewing the planets, constellations and other astronomical features that fill the Nashville nighttime sky.
Couples looking for an old school night out can visit Love Circle. This popular scenic overlook, known as Nashville’s lover’s lane, affords wonderful nighttime views of the city. Go early to secure yourself the picture perfect spot.
Visit Belle Meade Plantation for a glimpse into antebellum romance. Explore the gorgeous plantation and tour the beautiful buildings furnished with period pieces as costumed guides regale you with romantic tales of past residents. The beautifully manicured grounds are a lovely setting for strolling hand in hand and capturing a snapshot of a special moment surrounded by beautiful flowers.
With 11 themed gardens, the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens is a colorful and aromatic oasis. The manicured grounds provide the perfect setting for a romantic stroll. This scenic locale affords numerous photo opportunities to capture that special moment in time like a proposal.
Park your car downtown and stroll hand in hand along the banks of the Cumberland River with the city skyline as a romantic backdrop to a picnic or after dinner conversation. View the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge aglow in decorative lighting. The picturesque views from the bridge are some of the most romantic in Nashville. This Nashville date night event is free.
Let your love soar among the clouds during a hot air balloon ride. Take in the astounding aerial views of the city and the surrounding landscape of Middle Tennessee. The gondola is the perfect place to hold hands or snuggle close to that special someone in your life.
For all its charm, Nashville is an easy place to find and kindle romance. Along with songs about love, the art, food and history of Music City inspire romance in couples of all ages. With so many romantic things to do in Nashville, it’s no wonder it’s a top wedding destination. As you tour the city with your loved one, it will feel like Valentine’s Day.