Day 1 You'll See:
- Adventure Science Center
- Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
- Belmont Mansion
- Belle Meade
- General Jackson Showboat
Day 2 You'll See:
Music education, Civil War history, agricultural enlightenment....you will find all that plus some on this excellent 2 day educational adventure through Nashville, the perfect option for student groups interested in music history, architecture, outdoor entertainment, and everything that has to do with southern comfort foods and music!
Adventure Science Center - One of the most educationally exciting places you can visit in Music City, a multi-level learning adventure fun for kids of all ages! Hands-on exhibits, an on-site Planetarium, and countless interactive classes and workshops await inside, each learning option geared toward tech, health, ecology, energy, or any other science-related subject. This center has been 'opening minds to the wonders of science for over 70 years' now, with regular steady crowds coming in and out of these doors since 1945! Take in a full-dome show in the Sudekum Planetarium, participate in hands-on demonstrations, or sit in on an award-winning program such as ScienceLive!
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens - Welcome to Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum, the 55-acre historic estate that provides guests with an excellent glimpse at the life and art of Nashville past. Cheekwood Estate itself is a Colonial Revival/Georgian mansion built in 1929, the former family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek. The rooms that were once the living spaces for the family are today converted into galleries, the entire home serving as history, architecture, and art lesson all in one!
Belmont Mansion - There are several noteworthy mansions and historic homes within the Nashville area, and Belmont is most definitely one at the top of the list. Belmont, or Belle Monte, or Acklen Hall, is a historic mansion at Belmont University’s campus, an 1853 era home turned museum. Here at Belmont Mansion, your group will get to see the inner workings of a stately villa from the past, the mansion constantly enlightening guests on local history, Civil War history, architecture, arts, and life in general in the area. There are also eating options on campus at the Johnson Center Dining Hall, and further options to historically explore the area with a quick hop on the Old Town Trolley.
Belle Meade - Literally translating to mean "beautiful meadow," this gorgeous brick mansion was built in 1820 as John Harding’s family plantation and home. The land itself has seen countless uses, from hunting to farming, to trade routes and eventually a plantation. Sitting on 200 acres of land, Harding used the plantation for successful cotton cultivation, as well as a highly popular bout in Civil War-era racehorse breeding. A tour of Belle Meade, an architecturally defined Greek Revival style mansion, includes a look at the dairy, horse stable, carriage house, mausoleum, gardens, and original log cabin.
General Jackson Showboat - Set sail southern comfort style with this three-hour country inspired dinner cruise. The General Jackson Showboat is one of the largest showboats ever built and was designed to display the grace and grandeur of the Old South. Inside the showboat, your group will find a 2-story Victorian-style theater, detailed with lacy filigree and stately Victorian design. While onboard get ready to experience an award-winning country show, nightly ranging from current country popular hits to classic '90s tracks. While enjoying the show your group will also be able to fully enjoy a southern-style dinner, completing your dinner cruise experience!
The Country Music Hall of Fame - Established in the musical heart of Nashville in 1967, the Country Music Hall of Fame is an essential and exciting stop for your group. Considered the Smithsonian of country music, this hall of fame aims to collect, preserve, and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music, which it does spectacularly. Inside this 350,000 square foot wonder, your group will find exhibits, publications, and various educational programs that highlight the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music. There are some two million items within the museum, as well as the dynamic state of the art galleries, archival storage, retail stores, and more!
Ryman Auditorium - Known tenderly by southerners and tourists alike as the "Carnegie Hall of the South," Ryman Auditorium is a true country music icon in Nashville that your group is not going to want to miss. Inside the Ryman, your group will have the chance to tour the halls of the historic entertainment mecca and set foot on stage and backstage, getting the full Ryman Auditorium experience. Hear the story of Earl Scruggs and how this very site became the birthplace of Bluegrass, see memorabilia from the 1901 Barber of Seville opening at Ryman, and be immersed in the past as you learn about the earliest performers at this venue such as John Philip Sousa, Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope, and even Theodore Roosevelt.
Wildhorse Saloon -See the latest in live entertainment, learn the newest dance steps and dine on award-winning Southern smokehouse foods all under one roof!66,000 square feet of good ole fashion southern music, dancing, food, and fun awaits your group at Wildhorse Saloon, one of the most iconic Nashville restaurants and dance halls around. Wildhorse Saloon provides guests with 3 full floors of entertainment and has been doing so since 1994, seeing an average of 1.5 million guests come through its massive doors annually. Within the building, you will find the absolute biggest dance floor in Nashville, as well as an equally impressive buffet and bar spread.
Parthenon - Welcome to the centerpiece of Centennial Park in downtown Nashville, the Parthenon. Located in Nashville’s premier urban park, this art museum/architectural wonder is the world’s only full-size replica of the Parthenon and houses the tallest indoor sculpture in the nation, of the Greek goddess Athena. The re-creation of the 42 foot Athena is an authentic Ancient Greece full-scale replica that was originally created in 1897 as a featured piece of the Centennial Exposition. The monument is a pinnacle of classic architecture and is an impressive twin of that in Greece.