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Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

1. Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

Complete your visit to the Music City with a visit to Country Music's most famous stage, the Grand Ole Opry House. This iconic live performance and radio broadcast brings rising stars, superstars, and country legends together on stage every week, along with great bluegrass, family-friendly comedy, and more. Opry shows are never rehearsed, and never the same show twice. Experience all different shades of Country, Western, and Americana music in one night as you go on a musical journey. This is a can’t-miss experience for fans of all ages. Select your seating area at the time of purchase and enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour

2. Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour

Go backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and enjoy exclusive access to the venue that made country music famous. Your expert guide will take you through the venue and introduce you to the famous musicians and stories that have made this such a beloved chapter in Nashville's history. See artifacts and photos from all eras of music history and walk through the artist's entrance. The Grand Ole Opry truly is a family; learn about the bond between the performers, their families, and this incredible piece of living history. Visit 18 different musician dressing rooms, all decorated in different themes to represent pivotal moments in country music. You may even get a chance to visit Studio A, a working television studio which was home to Hee Haw and many more productions.

Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

3. Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. After entering through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, head into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Explore an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions, chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walkthrough of the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. Upgrade to the Hatch Experience to go behind the scenes at Hatch Show Print. Learn all about the history of this iconic letterpress poster shop. Listen to the presses run, and see 150 years worth of brilliantly colored posters printed for your favorite entertainers. Handle the tools of the trade to print your own keepsake poster!

Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

4. Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

Visit Nashville's newest musical destination, the National Museum of African American Music. Experience interactive and immersive exhibits and learn the history and cultural impact behind your favorite artists. Explore the 56,000-square-foot facility, which is the only museum dedicated to educating, preserving, and celebrating more than 50 music genres and styles.  Learn about the music that was created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip hop. Discover artifacts, objects, memorabilia, clothing, and state-of-the-art technology. Each gallery is designed to share a different narrative and a unique perspective on African American music and history. Hear the story of how a distinct group of people used their artistry to impact and change the world.

Nashville: Line Dancing Class with Keepsake Video

5. Nashville: Line Dancing Class with Keepsake Video

Feel like a line-dancing rockstar with a lesson that’s fun for kids and adults alike. Keep up with all the country music hits in Nashville by learning the most popular routines step-by-step. Follow your instructor at an easy pace and work up to a full-length group choreography. Kick-off with a casual meet-and-greet with your group and instructor to get to know everyone. Next is a simple line dance to get everyone warmed up and ready to go. Your instructor will show you three dances and you can choose as a group which choreographies you want to practice and learn. In the 1 hour class you’ll be taught back-to-back line dances that are well known in dance halls all over the US. Take your time getting comfortable and building confidence with routines that range from beginner to advanced depending on your experience and preferences. After the end of the lively session, don’t forget to grab a video of your dances to show off your progress to everybody at home.

Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

6. Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

For more than 125 years, Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium has been entertaining guests and making music history. Enjoy a self-guided tour as you learn about the Ryman's place in Nashville history and the stars that have launched their career on this famous stage. Join the 'Soul of Nashville' multimedia experience for a thrilling lesson in Ryman Auditorium history featuring stars like Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and Darius Rucker. Inside the auditorium, find exhibits and short films featuring your favorite stars of yesterday and today. Some of the stars represented are Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, and Trisha Yearwood. You'll even get the opportunity to take a special photo on the iconic stage.

Nashville: Pontoon Party Cruise with a Captain

7. Nashville: Pontoon Party Cruise with a Captain

Travel down the Cumberland River on a 2-hour pontoon cruise designed for you to have fun whilst enjoying the sights of Nashville. Relax on board in the care of your licensed captain as you drink, dance, and listen to music in a fun party atmosphere. Be greeted by your licensed USCG Captain and Deckhand who will help you aboard and ice down your drinks while you settle in the Pontoon Saloon in preparation for the scheduled cruise departure. Once boarded, the famous Nashville river cruise will begin its traditional guided party experience alongside its distinguished crew. The Honky Tonk on the water is amplified by your Deckhand bringing hit tunes, entertainment, and engaging games that bring the crowd together on the dance floor. Enjoy 2 hours in a safe and fun bar-style atmosphere while mingling, dancing, boozing, and taking in views only available aboard the River Cruise pontoon. Choose from a morning, Mimosa, or afternoon tour that best suites your schedule.

Nashville: Night Tour of Music City

8. Nashville: Night Tour of Music City

Take a night tour to discover insider stories and intriguing facts about Nashville’s music heritage. Ride through the city in a climate-controlled coach and learn facinating facts about the city's musical history from your guide. Hop aboard the bus to explore the city’s current music scene. Learn about the people, places, and events that gave Nashville its reputation as Music City. The trolley tour passes Music Row, the Ryman Auditorium, Elliston Place, and the historic Jefferson Street. Listen to the history of the city’s rhythm and blues heritage, its honky-tonks, and its famous music venues. Discover the people that contributed to Nashville’s iconic music scene while taking in the stunning sights of this vibrant city.

Nashville: Homes of the Stars Narrated Bus Tour

9. Nashville: Homes of the Stars Narrated Bus Tour

Nashville is known as the music center of America and on this tour, you will see the homes of the city’s biggest stars. See the glamorous homes of stars like Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reese Witherspoon, and Dierks Bentley. Hope that one of the legends of the Nashville music scene jumps on board, just as they have been known to do before. On this remarkable tour you will quickly see why so many stars call Nashville home and learn why it became the music capital of America.

Nashville: Music City Pub Crawl

10. Nashville: Music City Pub Crawl

This Music City Pub Crawl is proud to be Nashville's oldest and most coveted bar crawl, with attendees from all across the globe. Explore unique watering holes along Printers Alley and historic 2nd Ave. N. in downtown Nashville, and enjoy exclusive drink specials at each venue. Follow world-class tour guides who provide a combination of hysterical and intriguing local history, and a plethora of quirky games and activities, a few of which include karaoke, VR boar hunting, and mechanical bull riding. Listen to the best live music in all the land and enjoy a splash of friendly competition. Head to 4 to 6 local haunts and get to know the other members of your group on a tour perfect for individuals, couples, birthday parties, family gatherings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and corporate events. Sip on drinks purchased at exclusive prices.

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What people are saying about Nashville

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 199 reviews

We had such a great time at this museum!!! It was one of the best ever. I love history and then to be able to be immersed in music… BONUS!!! We were there for almost 3 hours, trying to capture everything there was to offer!! Do it and be sure to get the wristband to capture your playlist as you explore!!!

interesting information provided about Nashville locations as well as general history of the area. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and a great singer and providing continual entertainment.

Such a great Nashville experience! The RCA studio tour was so interesting and lots of fun learning about all the artists etc that have been there.

The chance to see the Opry from a perspective you can’t experience from simply attending a show.

Excellent, comprehensive, informative audio tour, well worth the expenditure.