Take in some of Nashville’s most iconic sites Free Solo walking is still a safeway to explore as long as you maintain social distance, and although Nashville is a hilly city, there are all sorts of great routes around town to discover some local history and get your exercise at the same time. Nashville Sites has gathered some thematic walking itineraries from 1-2 miles that highlight architecture, history, restaurants and music. Lace up your shoes and head out on a hike!
Discover the OGs of Nashville Hot Chicken Free Nashville’s iconic hometown specialty has enjoyed a second wave of popularity in recent years thanks to the national food media (even KFC did a version). But for a true taste of history, you should experience your fiery fowl cooked by the families that have been doing it for decades. Prince’s Hot Chicken is the undisputed king of the cluckers, but don’t miss out on a trip to Bolton’s or 400 Degrees to experience more masters of heat. You’ll probably have to place your order via delivery or pick them up to take home, but being closer to your own facilities can be a nice added bonus, if you know what we mean…
Check out Nashville’s nonprofit film center, the Belcourt Free Nashville’s oldest movie theater has been around since 1925, formerly housing the Grand Ole Opry from 1934 to 1936. After a major refurbishing a few years back, the theater has been modernized into one the best places to watch a movie in town. Offerings range from art house films to documentaries to new releases. They’ve joined up with local alt-weekly the Nashville Scene to host a “Wednesday Night Living Room Film Club” where you can watch along with movies from the Criterion Collection and join in Zoom discussions with other cinephiles from the comfort of your couch.
Browse some legendary gee-tars at the Gallery of Iconic Guitars Free Belmont University is famous for being one of the top music and music business schools in the country, so it’s just logical that they should also house a collection of some of the greatest musical instruments ever crafted. The Gallery of Iconic Guitars (GIG) is the collection of guitars from a university benefactor who wanted them displayed and actually played after his death. From acoustic guitars to electric prototypes of famous axes, this is a gearhead’s dream. Until they open up again, the GIG is offering free videos of famous pickers telling the stories behind their instruments that are on display.
Get on pointe with the Nashville Ballet $ The talented dancers of the Nashville Ballet have come up with an excellent way to supplement their income until they can trod the boards again by offering group and on-demand dance classes to the general public. A variety of individual classes are scheduled every day with options including floor barre, pilates, ballet and stretch and conditioning, or you can opt for live group classes via Zoom. If you just want to dip your toe into dancing, they’re offering a free class live-streamed each Monday through Saturday at 11am on School of Nashville's Instagram.
Let Dolly tuck you in with a bedtime story Free If Dolly Parton wanted to run for any elected office in Tennessee, she’d be a shoo-in to win. The beloved songstress is basically the patron saint of the state, and she’s given back to the children of Tennessee through the years by sending a free book every month to any kid that signs up for her Imagination Library. We’re talking more than 100 million free books since 1995! Now she’s committed to reading online bedtime stories every Thursday for a couple of months, and the stories will live online in case you missed a couple. We know these are designed for kids, but listening to Dolly’s mellifluous voice is comforting for all of us!