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Old 02-06-2013, 08:16 AM   #16
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Nashville is a great city. The sites I recommend (some of which have already been mentioned):

The Parthenon - an exact replica of the actual Parthenon which houses an art museum inside

Opry Mills - A shopping mecca

Opryland Hotel by Gaylord - worth a visit even if you don't stay there (indoor rivers/waterfalls, etc)

The Grand 'Ole Opry - not too expensive and usually a nice line up of stars.

The Ryman Auditorium - take the tour of this facility which used to be the original home of Opry and is now a concert/entertainment venue with church-like Pue seating.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - see awards, costumes, celebrity belongings, etc

The Nashville Zoo

The General Jackson Showboat which offers afternoon and evening shows and river cruises for families
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:19 AM   #17
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Check out tntrailsandbyways. It has several "trails" you can follow with numerous points of interest along the way. It also has links to the larger towns like Nashville.

Come visit us in Lynchburg and visit Jack Daniel Distillery and eat lunch at Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House. Lynchburg is about an hour north of Huntsville and a little over an hour from Nashville. Would be an interesting stop on your way to/from Huntsville and Nashville.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:17 AM   #18
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If you decide to go to the Mammoth Caves...which was a great trip for us...stop and see the Corvette factory in Bowling Green. We took a free tour there and really enjoyed it.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #19
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I saw the Frist Art Museum mentioned, but noteworthy about the Frist is that the entire third floor is the hands on ArtQuest....so many fun art experiences for the kids!

Don't think I saw Adventure Science Center mentioned on here...think giant indoor scientfic playground. Fun!

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens is another great place to take the kids during the summer. There is always some sort of fun exhibit going on in the summer like dinosaurs or treehouses.

And since you love the heat so much, go to a Nashville Sounds baseball game! If you will check the game schedule, some of the home games end with a Fireworks show and all of them end with a chance for the kids to run the bases. Here is a link to the game schedule:

http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.j...56&m=07&y=2013
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:50 PM   #20
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We're taking our son to Space Camp next month. We're trying to figure out what to do for the week, too. We were looking at Memphis. I've always wanted to visit Graceland. We'll probably head over to nashville, too.

I'll report back after our trip and let you know what we did.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:27 PM   #21
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I have been to Nashville and think I could see everything I wanted to see in the city itself about 2 days. A week there would be a long time.

OP - you would probably be interested in a tour of the Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson's home. It is worth a visit:

http://www.thehermitage.com/
I agree. Most of the things there are found in most large cities. I could never spend a week there. We used to go to Opryland (back when) and it was very nice (been closed a long time now) Also enjoyed going in the Hotel there. Haven't been back since everything flooded a few years ago.

Traveled the Natchez Trace from beginning to end and it was nice, especially in the fall.

Zoos, malls, restaurants, museums are all basically alike to me no matter which city you are in IMO.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:43 AM   #22
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You could also do a day trip to Chattanooga, or even a split stay for a night or 2 there. They have a train ride and a big aquarium.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:46 PM   #23
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Our timeshare will transfer to Nashville.
Your timeshare may trade into Nashville, but finding availability at the time you want it may be tough.

Other area timeshare options would be North Georgia or Gatlinburg. Both have more resorts. There is only one timeshare in Nashville.

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Old 02-08-2013, 10:43 PM   #24
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We live an hour from Nashville and I have the 2013 Nashville entertainment book (I got it cheap for a handful of coupons I wanted) . If you PM me your mailing address I can mail you a lot of the coupons we won't be using.
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You could also do a day trip to Chattanooga, or even a split stay for a night or 2 there. They have a train ride and a big aquarium.
Chattanooga also has the Lookouts minor league baseball, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Coolidge Park, Chattanooga Zoo, Children's Discovery Museum, and numerous other activities.
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We only had a day in Chattanooga and did Ruby Falls and Rock City. Ruby was great and we weren't expecting much from Rock City but it was amazing! Absolutely loved tis place. We spent hours there. And we really aren't outdoors people. So much to see there. Some of the displays are a little kitschy but we loved them too.
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We had a great afternoon at the Corvette museum
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Are there any music venues that would be appropriate for teens, preferably something smoke free (due to asthma)? We'll be in Nashville over Spring Break and would like the kids to experience live music.

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We went over a long weekend and spent one day in Franklin, to tour the Lotz House and Carter House...never made it to the plantation at the edge of town where the cemetery was, we ran out of time.

This was FASCINATING to us, our DS10 and DD7. The Civil War Battle of Franklin was fought there and the Carter House still has bullet holes in it, the Lotz House was used as a hospital, with blood stains still in the floor (but not in a gory or morbid way, weird as that sounds) and the tours were fantastic. Well worth a day.

Also did the Hermitage, that was very cool as well, kids were interested.
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Are there any music venues that would be appropriate for teens, preferably something smoke free (due to asthma)? We'll be in Nashville over Spring Break and would like the kids to experience live music.

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Interested in knowing this, too.

I've heard mention of the Bluebird Cafe, is this good for families? Any other options?
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