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8 Things To Do In Nashville That Isn’t Country Music

Nashville otherwise known as ‘Music City’, is a country music paradise. But, despite what you might think, it offers plenty to see and do even if you aren’t into country music.

See The Local Murals

Nashville is the city of murals, and you can easily spend 1-2 days visiting all the local murals and taking selfies at them. One not to miss mural is the iconic I believe in Nashville mural (2702 12th Ave S).

Go On A Food Tour

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In the past few years, Nashville’s culinary scene has been exploding with delicious spots to eat. No matter if you want to try their famous hot chicken, or try some of the spots famous with celebrities, there are plenty of tasty spots to explore. 

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An easy way to try several spots at once is Walk Eat Nashville. They have multiple tours that will take you across the city. Not only will you get to sample some of the best food in the city, but you’ll learn about local sights too. Make sure to go hungry, as there is more than enough food for a meal.

Buy Some Goo Goo Clusters

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One of the local candies is called a Goo Goo Cluster. It was invited in 1912 and is a chocolate that contains nougat, caramel and peanuts. These days you can get multiple different types, including my personal favourite peanut butter. 

These candy bars are super cheap and make a great souvenir to bring home.

Try A 100 Layer Donut

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Local bakery Five Daughters Bakery sells the ultimate sugar rush, which they call a 100 layer donut. It is a blend of a croissant and a donut (a cronut) that you can get in tons of mouthwatering flavours.

Despite them having several locations, you’ll always see a line out the door with locals, but thankfully the line moves quickly. 

Unless you are a sugarholic, it is best to split one with a friend as they are too rich to finish but worth every calorie.

Visit The Parthenon

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In Centennial Park, you’ll find a full-size replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 for the world fair, and is now is a breathtaking landmark.

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It is worth paying the small entrance fee to see the art gallery and a 42-foot tall statue of Athena covered in gold leaf. On one hand, she holds a six-foot-tall statue of the goddess of Nike, and on her other hand, she has a shield with the face of medusa to scare away her enemies. 

See The Neon Signs On Broadway Street

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Even if you don’t want to listen to honky-tonk music, the neon signs on Broadway Street are well worth a visit. At night this street becomes a huge party space, where you’ll spot lots of bachelor and bachelorette parties happening.

For a truly memorable way to see the street, several companies have party buses and even drivable hot tubs that will give you a great view of the glowing cowboy boots.

See A Concert

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Despite Nashville being best known for country music, there are countless concerts taking place each night. Plenty of the local establishments advertise having live music, and it isn’t all country. 

Belle Meade Plantation

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Located 15 minutes outside the downtown core this historic mansion now is a museum that is worth the drive. Now it is a museum where you can easily spend half a day or more exploring.

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The 19th-century plantation is tied to every horse that has won the Kentucky Derby. So horse and history lovers are sure to enjoy a visit.

Meanwhile, there is plenty for foodies or those who enjoy spirits and wine too. Here you can take a cooking class to learn how to make southern biscuits, go wine tasting of the plantation’s wine, or take a class on bourbon in the 1820s ice house.