Nashville is having a hot time this summer putting together a “soundtrack of events” for Music City visitors: Live music, unique festivals, culinary excursions, family fun and new exhibits all combined with sunshine and the great outdoors!
Check out our favorite new activity in the heart of downtown Nashville. A Pedal Tavern–it’s a 16-person powered bicycle trolley (in other words a party on wheels)! And folks like Janie Claiborne from Florida are raving about this unique and unforgettably fun Nashville experience. “We booked the Pedal Tavern as a fun thing to do for my daughter’s wedding in Nashville. We laughed so hard watching each other and everyone loved the attention we got while pedaling through downtown. It was a great way to see the city too. Our evening on the Pedal Tavern couldn’t have been better. Thanks so much!”
Want some more Nashville fun? There is music around every corner here but when you’re ready to change it up check out these great ideas from Forbes Travel.
Though it’s open year round, the Nashville Farmers’ Market is the best place to wander and graze on any beautiful warm day. Enjoy perusing the farm sheds, complete with the day’s freshest produce, or duck into the covered Market House to try 1 of 15 restaurant options such as Bella Nashville’s wood-fired pizzas or acclaimed chef Arnold Myint’s AM@FM. Don’t miss out on the bounties of herbs, honey, collard greens and delicious sweet potatoes.
Margaret Littman and Liz Veyhl of Nashville Paddle will suit up and head out to Percy Priest Lake for Nashville’s newest obsession: stand up paddleboard fitness and yoga. Sure, Nashville is landlocked, but the pristine waters and perfect temperatures might be enough to make you forget (at least for a 75-90 minute class). Check out their online schedule or gather up your own crew to schedule a private lesson with one of their instructors.
If you have a hankering to get out of the city, look no further than Virgin Falls, Tennessee’s newest natural area, located about two hours east of Nashville. The 1,157-acre site, which was purchased from a private landowner in 2012, is now open to the public for hiking, camping and viewing incredible natural wonders such as caves, waterfalls and sink holes. The hike to and from Virgin Falls can take between five and eight hours and is strenuous, so make sure to bring provisions for the day — or a tent for the night.
Nashville’s newest outdoor pavilion and event space already has a lineup of events that can’t be missed. It’s adjacent to a new shopping area in East Nashville full of local shops and boutiques, and functions as a concert hall, restaurant space, gathering spot and all-around good-time zone.
If you’re more indoorsy, perhaps you’d enjoy taking something you love about the indoors (enjoying a good movie with popcorn) and moving it outdoors. Not convinced? Perhaps the folks at Grassy Knoll Movie Nights can persuade you to cozy up outside and watch a favorite flick with hundreds of other people, while enjoying the best food trucks such as Biscuit Love Truck and weather the season has to offer.
Just a few minutes outside of Nashville, the Harpeth River beckons locals and tourists alike for an easy day in a canoe or kayak. Though there are plenty of companies along the river that offer both, I suggest Foggy Bottom River Trips. They’re embarking on their 26th summer as a canoe outfitter, and provide unparalleled service to help get you on the river and safely home. Foggy Bottom works regularly to support and raise funds for their local animal shelter, and are pet friendly, so don’t forget Fido (or a cooler full of your favorite snacks and sips) when you load up for the day.
Everyone knows Nashville for the incredible music scene (and it is…incredible!) but there are many other activities to partake in as well! We know you’ll love our Elvis and The Southern Sounds tour of Nashville and Memphis, TN! Call our travel specialists for more information!