Museums, Zoos and Historical Attractions to Enjoy In Nashville
Nashville is famous for its country music attractions such as the Grand Ole Opry House and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but the city also has many other star attractions including a quality zoo and The Hermitage, once President Andrew Jackson’s personal estate. So the next time you come to visit Nashville, in addition to the Grand Ole Opry, come visit the zoo, a museum or historical site as well by paying a visit to one or more of these great vacation ideas!
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
A trip to Nashville would not be complete without a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where you can pay tribute to the performers that built Nashville. The building stretches across an entire block and includes a wall of honor that features every gold and platinum record to make it on the country music charts. During 2009, you can see a special tribute to Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr. at the Family Traditions: The Williams Family Legacy exhibit. In addition, enjoy rare memorabilia and a unique gift shop where you can buy a variety of country music paraphernalia.
Tour the home of former President Andrew Jackson at The Hermitage. This remarkable estate includes a mansion, a log farmhouse and numerous other buildings. View the garden Andrew Jackson designed for his wife, the stables where he housed horses, and the Tulip Grove Mansion he made home.
For family fun, do not overlook the Nashville Zoo. Let your children explore the expansive Jungle Gym playground, which can accommodate 1000 children. Then check out feature exhibits like ‘The Meerkat Exhibit,’ which houses a family of meerkats, and ‘The Unseen World,’ which features 75 species of birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians that have special camouflage abilities. Each exhibit tries to display the animals in the most natural surroundings possible, making the Nashville Zoo an exceptional zoological experience.