Day 1 You'll See:
- Nashville Zoo
Day 2 You'll See:
- The Hermitage
- General Jackson Showboat
- Nashville Farmer's Market
Day 3 You'll See:
- Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
- Belle Meade Plantation
Reward your students for a job well done with this sweetly Southern holiday featuring historic plantation tours, a trip to the zoo, a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and a fabulous showboat luncheon cruise in the grandest “ole Nashville” fashion!
Sunny Music City isn’t just the home of country music! It’s also where you’ll find a fabulously progressive and dynamic, conservation-oriented zoological park! The ever-expanding Nashville Zoo opened in 1991 and has become the area’s #1 attraction, hosting over three-quarters of a million eager visitors each year; its demographic is comprised of thousands of fascinating furred, feathered, finned and scaled residents – almost 400 species - all thriving in healthy and happy, daily-enriched environments. While you’re there, check out the Soaring Eagle zipline - the Zoo’s newest attraction that takes TWO zippers at a time on an exhilarating two-way tree-top trek! Zoofari is hard work; a variety of dining options scattered throughout the park ensure a well-fueled expedition, and a spin on the carousel or a train ride through uncharted Zoo territories affords a perfect opportunity to relax, regroup - and recharge. All aboard the Wilderness Express!
The Southern sun is shining down on your 2nd day in Music City, and you’re off to tour the historic plantation home of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Not long after moving with his wife into the “Indian-fortified” two story log farmhouse purchased from Nathanial Hays in 1804, (which he promptly remodeled to his extravagant tastes and dubbed “Hermitage,”) Jackson enlisted a group of skilled contractors, carpenters and masons to construct a federal-style, two-story brick mansion, as well as new brick slave dwellings and an elaborate formal garden for his wife Rachel to wander at her leisure. Today, Andrew Jackson – “Old Hickory” – is not only remembered as the daring duelist, backwoods attorney, successful merchant, formidable General, the first Governor of Florida, American hero and the only US President to have ever paid off National Debt before departing office, but as a tremendously successful and tremendously wealthy plantation owner who had more than 160 slaves laboring on the farm at the time of his death. Guests of the meticulously restored and impeccably maintained Hermitage Plantation, once Jackson’s refuge from life in the public eye, are afforded a glimpse of the seventh president’s time on the “farm” (as he called it) where he pursued a comfortable, self-sufficient existence with his wife and their adopted family as well as his life’s true passion of raising racehorses. Wander the breathtaking acreage and gardens, ponder the enslaved memorials and slavery-related artifacts and visit what remains of the original historic log home – dissembled and repurposed by Jackson after moving into the Mansion – as well as the stately tomb where he and his beloved Rachel are buried. The Hermitage Museum Store tenders a fine selection of books, home décor, gourmet gifts and delightful collectibles – something for everyone back home.
General Jackson Showboat
The magnificent 300 foot General Jackson – the largest showboat in the world – regularly ferries guests past natural and man made landmarks and points of interest on Nashville’s scenic Cumberland River, treating them to unmatched views of the Tennessee countryside from her four massive decks. On this relaxing mid-day luncheon cruise, you’ll enjoy the sumptuous flavors of a Southern buffet followed by Nashville Live – a country music variety spectacular featuring a world-class cast including two rising country artists, down-home comedy and a live country band. The show’s repertoire spans the classic hits by Patsy Cline, George Jones and Tammy Wynette for a quintessential showboat experience in the grand ole Nashville tradition!
Nashville Farmer's Market
The Nashville Farmer’s Market is THE place to go for the best, freshest and most creative of everything under the sun! NFM is home year-round to hundreds of farmers and ranchers, artisans, restauranteurs, shop-owners, crafters and flea merchants; you’ll discover prime locally raised/grown meats, seasonal produce and live plants, flowers and herbs, handcrafted soaps and candles, cheeses, honeys, baked goods, special events, live entertainment and great eats right here!
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Rise and shine, sleepyheads! You’re kicking off Day 3 with a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame. This premier Music City institution, where Country Music’s biggest names – from Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Marty Robbins to Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and George Strait - are honored in grand Nashville fashion, recently revealed an impressive 210,000 square foot expansion nearly doubling the iconic Museum’s size with fresh and exciting updates including additional exhibit space, innovative retail, entertainment and education areas and a beautiful new Event hall affording guests breathtaking views overlooking Nashville’s dazzling skyline. The Hall of Fame’s permanent chronological exhibition has been refreshed as well, to include scores of exciting new artifacts from some of today’s hottest Country talents, including Jason Aldean, Brad Paisely, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood. Browse hundreds of stage costumes and instruments, explore extensive archives of oral interviews, photographs and moving images, and be amazed by a comprehensive multi-media history of Country Music and its brightest stars!
Belle Meade Plantation
You’ll wrap up your Music City-fabulous getaway with a trip to a magnificent Greek Revival plantation mansion, formerly home to one of the largest slave populations in Nashville history. This character-guided tour of an exquisite 1853 home and plantation highlights including a dairy, mausoleum, stable, massive carriage house, garden and log cabin is an absolutely immersive “Southern Experience” not to be missed! Hear the fascinating account of the plantation’s rich past through the eyes of the aristocratic Harding and Jackson Family and the skilled laborers who invested heart and soul in the collective vision of making Belle Meade America’s Premier Thoroughbred Horse Farm. Afterward, a sumptuous lunch at The Harding House will charm your hearts with “Southern Plantation-Style” hospitality while tempting your taste buds with enticing menu offerings of regional favorites including Overnight Caramel rolls, Fried Green Tomatoes, Candied Pecan Spinach Salad and Low Country Shrimp and Grits all served up with trademark Belle Meade flair. Warm, whipped-cream-topped Pecan Fudge Pie for dessert? Perfect.