Music City buzzes with excitement during any season, but especially baseball season. The weather is amicable, everyone soaks up the vitamin D and there are outdoor concerts, walk-to attractions and patio dining to be experienced. Catch an exciting baseball game with the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park, then stay awhile to see all that Music City has to offer:
Get a taste of Nashville’s deep-rooted music history with a visit to the Johnny Cash Museum, Patsy Cline Museum and the George Jones Museum. All three museums tell the complete stories of these music legends with videos, rare artifacts and memorabilia. And, since they’re conveniently located within close proximity (Patsy Cline Museum is on the second floor of Johnny Cash Museum), you can visit all three museums relatively easily.
Continue your lesson on Nashville’s prominence as Music City by visiting the sprawling Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. At 350,000 sq. ft., the Museum houses dynamic and interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits on music legends like Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn and today’s musicians like Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Jason Aldean and many more.
Grab a slice of gourmet pizza at City House, where grits on a pizza is normal and delicious. Other must-try, unique concoctions include whole trout, fava greens, and roasted tomato vinaigrette pizza; lamb sausage, white beans, radish, romaine and salsa verde; or, the classic Margherita.
Then, spend the night cheering on the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park. Celebrating 40 years in 2017, the Nashville Sounds are an AAA Pacific Coast League Affiliate – Oakland Athletics. Saturday nights usually sell out, so buy your tickets in advance if you’re planning on spending a Saturday night at the park. Check the schedule for a complete list of games and theme nights for added fun.
Start the day off with a Wicked Bloody Mary or blood orange mimosa at Tavern for brunch. Then, make it a great morning with the red velvet waffle, cheddar cheese biscuits, and the Tavern burger or pretzel pancakes. It’s brunch done right.
Take a tour of one of the iconic Nashville breweries, Jackalope Brewing Company, started by Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball. Taste some of the year-round brews while learning how the company came to be. Each tour is 45 minutes long and includes a commemorative pint glass.
Enjoy a canoe float Memorial Day through Labor Day at Radnor Lake State Park where rangers take guests out on the lake for interpretive canoe floats three to four times weekly. View wildlife, learn the history and more. Enjoy a hike along the Ganier Ridge Trail to work up a sweat or a more leisure 1.1-mile walk along the paved Otter Creek Road.
The grandfather of all hot chicken, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack serves up the flaming stuff to eager locals and travelers alike. Order yours however hot you want it: from plain to mild, medium, hot, XHot and XXXHot. This mouthwatering chicken isn’t for the faint of heart, but it sure will have you coming back for more.
Work off the hot chicken by making a visit to Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Natural Area for beautiful views of the Cumberland River, hardwood forests, wetlands, birds, deer, amphibians and more. Walk, bike or hike the more than five miles of paved trails and more than five miles of primitive trails to explore nature.
Head to Cannery Row for a show at Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom or The High Watt for a show you won’t soon forget. Check out the calendar to catch your favorite musicians. Past musicians include Adele, Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, Alabama Shakes, Cage the Elephant, Chris Stapleton and many more.
Biscuit Love has swept Nashville with two locations, one in The Gulch and another in Hillsboro Village, and yet another coming soon in Franklin (about 30 minutes from Music City). See what the craze is all about by ordering the Princess: a biscuit topped with Nashville-style hot chicken and pickles with a drizzle of honey and mustard. Share some bonuts (fried biscuit dough, lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote) with your crew to round out an awesome meal.
Walk off brunch with a visit to the shops along 12th Avenue South. Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s shop, is filled with southern charm and fashion-forward printed clothing and homeware pieces. MODA Boutique is a collection of modern, original apparel and accessories. Corner Music Store offers boutique guitars and amps for the music lover in your life. Get a sweet treat from Las Palettas, a Mexican Popsicle shop that makes fruit and vegetable popsicles. Peruse the chalkboard for the flavors of the day and taste your way to your favorites.
Grab a bite at The Flipside where the chicken is pounded thin then topped with all sorts of delicious ingredients like pesto, tomato and mozzarella, avocado, peppers & onions, jambalaya and so much more. Order a side of tater tot nachos and a chocolate shake.
Head to the 19-acre Bicentennial Mall State Park for a leisurely stroll and learn about Tennessee’s history from the 200-ft. granite map of the state to the 95-Bell Carillon, the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains and a Pathway of History.