Nashville is a popular tourist destination, and when researching attractions, the same places, events, and activities tend to come up over and over again. You already know about the Parthenon and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, so forget about the city’s most iconic attractions. Instead, visit these four hidden gems in Nashville.
The Five Points District is a trendy, fun area where you’ll find cocktail bars and music shops inside homes, local-favorite sports bars and restaurants, and eclectic shops to pick up an authentic Nashville souvenir to commemorate your trip. For example, Idea Hatchery — which is actually a collection of eight retailers featuring local goods and crafts — is one of the most unique shops in the city.
This neighborhood is easy to navigate and walkable, and it shares Main Street with downtown Nashville and the area’s top luxury accommodations. Book a room with IHG in the Five Points District to enjoy walking to many of the fantastic hidden gems in the area.
If you want to learn more about Nashville’s Civil War history, go 2 miles south of the city center to see Fort Negley. Union troops built it after capturing Nashville, and it still stands as the largest inland stone fortification built during the war. Plan a trip to learn more about this bit of local history at the Fort Negley Visitors Center, and pack a picnic to enjoy while you take in a scenic view of the Nashville skyline.
Skip the chain grocers and pick up food from the local farmers markets during your stay in Nashville. A well-known gem among locals, the East Nashville Farmers Market is a celebration of produce, meats, crafts, and more from local vendors. It’s also a place where you can listen to live music and join in community events. The market is in season from May through October. Its hours of operation are Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can find the market in Shelby Park at 1500 Davidson St.
If you’re visiting outside this season, try Nashville Farmers Market instead. This market is open year-round to satisfy your craving for local goods.
Music Row is an iconic street that’s popular with tourists, but many visitors walk right past the secluded Scarritt Bennett Center unaware of the beauty they’re missing. This nonprofit center hosts poetry series, book clubs, and other community happenings. If you can’t attend one of these events, at least come by to admire the architecture. Scarritt Bennett Center is a stunning Gothic building that makes a great subject for photography. Find it on 18th Avenue S. south of Music Row.
With the bright lights of Broadway Street and world-famous attractions like the Grand Ole Opry, it’s easy to spend a Nashville vacation enamored with tourist attractions and popular landmarks. This is certainly fine for a first trip. However, if you’re craving more from the city, turn to these four hidden gems to get more out of your Nashville experience.
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