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Tips to plan your graduation weekend in Nashville

Posted by Jessy Anne Walters on May 5, 2017 1:25:45 PM

Trevecca’s graduation is set for tomorrow. While you’re excited to see your favorite student walk across the stage and receive their hard-earned degree, you may also be wondering what else you can plan to do while you’re in Nashville.

Here’s a list of places, pulled together by Nashville-dwellers, for you to check out. This list will help you find things to do and places to eat that will help you truly experience Nashville—whether you’re a visitor to our city or a native playing tourist for the weekend!

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Escape some of the summer heat.

Explore the worlds of weather, energy, biology, and space at the Adventure Science Center, home of the Sudekum Planetarium. 

For over 15 years the Frist Center has allowed visitors to enjoy art and take part in it. Check out their latest exhibits while you’re here.

Enjoy one of the fine restaurants, grab an ice cream or just take in the gardens at Opryland Hotel.

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Explore Nashville’s natural beauty.

Enjoy Tennessee’s spring weather at Percy Warner Trials. You can walk, hike, or birdwatch on these beautiful paths.

See Nashville from the Cumberland River on board one of the largest showboats ever built, the General Jackson Showboat. 

Nashville has many beautiful parks, and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is not only a great place to spend some time outside, but also a wonderful place to learn about Tennessee’s history.

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Looking for some casual dining?

If you’re looking for some southern BBQ, check out Martin’s BBQ Joint for some of the best in town.

Loveless Café is world famous and there’s a reason for that! Make sure you stop by for some southern biscuits and homemade jams and preserves. 

If you’re in the mood for Italian, Desano’s has fresh desserts and brick oven pizza.

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Looking for a quick bite?

Baja Burrito is the place to go for burritos in Nashville. While you’re there, make sure to try their fruit tea and pineapple salsa.

For the best burger in town, check out Gabby’s Burgers and Fries.

If you enjoy meat-and-three restaurants, Arnold’s Country Kitchen is a great place to grab some food before you get back to the sites.   

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Experience the “music” in Music City.

For some live music, check out Station Inn’s schedule or their Bluegrass Sunday. 

Grand Ole Opry is not only the place that put country music on the map, but is a great place for live shows and tours.

Check out Grimey’s New and Preloved Music store for a wide range of music, including vinyl.

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Only in Nashville.

Head on down world famous Broadway street and rent one of the city’s B-cycles. From there, roll through the streets that put country music on the map or head toward the Pedestrian Bridge and see Music City from a different view.

Nashville’s Farmers Market is another great place to visit from some authentic Nashville food and locally grown fruits and veggies.

For the sports fans out there, make sure to take in a Nashville Sounds game at First Tennessee Park. If you’re looking for something to do during the evening of May 6, grab some discounted tickets and join the team for a Faith and Family Night sponsored by Trevecca!

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Make some time to see our history.

Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and see the artists and acts that gave Music City its name.

While you’re there stop, by the Hatch Show Print shop and discover the art behind the iconic posters of country music.

Step back into history and take a tour of Andrew Jackson’s home and the chapel he built for his wife at the Hermitage.

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Off the beaten path.

Riverside Grillshack is a favorite for most Nasvhille-dwellers. Head that way for a one-of-a-kind burger and hand-cut fries.

Radnor Lake is one of the best spots in town to escape the city and see some wildlife up close. Make sure to visit their aviary!

Even those who live in Nashville like to leave town sometimes. One spot everyone loves to explore is Downtown Franklin. There, you’ll find great places to shop, eat, take in amazing art and learn about the city’s long history.

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