Nothing can derail vacation plans quite as fast as a downpour, and in Nashville, let’s just say the weather can be pretty unpredictable. But don’t worry, if you’re wondering what to do when it rains in Nashville, try one of these 15 rain-friendly activities instead.
Visit the Museums
Nashville has some incredible museums for country music fans, art lovers and kids alike. Try the Country Music Hall of Fame if you’re a music fan—even if country isn’t your favorite genre—you’ll love learning about the musical history of the city. Nearby, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts welcomes interesting rotating exhibits, in addition to a kids’ center where you can turn your little ones loose to get the energy out. If you have a lot of kids in your group, try the Adventure Science Center for some educational fun. Other popular museums include the Johnny Cash Museum and Musicians Hall of Fame or take a tour of the Ryman.
Go Gallery Hopping
Nashville has plenty of incredible art galleries. Visit the Avenue of the Arts downtown to pop into the popular Rymer Gallery or The Arts Company. Nearby in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, you’ll find rotating exhibits at David Lusk Gallery and Zeitgeist.
Catch an Independent Film
Nashville’s Belcourt Theater welcomes independent films and documentaries, in addition to classic films. It’s a great spot to catch a movie that you might not be able to see in your hometown. Plus, Belcourt serves local Nashville beer, so you can get a taste of what’s brewing in Music City.
Spend Time With Nashville History
There are plenty of places where you can learn about Nashville’s musical and Civil War history. Consider a tour of the Grand Ole Opry or The Ryman Auditorium to find more information about how Nashville became Music City. For American history buffs, stop by the Belmont Mansion or Belle Meade Plantation.
Get a Taste of Nashville
There’s no better time than a rainstorm to get to know Nashville’s growing dining scene. Stop by Crema for a cup of coffee or try to get a reservation at Husk for local southern fare. If you dare to try hot chicken, consider bypassing the long line at Hattie B’s and visit the restaurant where it all started: Prince’s Hot Chicken.
How about some retail therapy? Opry Mills is a popular destination for visitors, thanks to hundreds of outlet stores perfect for snagging a good deal. To find some local goods, head to the 12 South neighborhood where you can browse denim at Imogene + Willie and shop southern style at Reese Witherspoon’s boutique Draper James. Other popular local stores include Wilder, Peter Nappi, and more.
Get Your Game On
Nashville is a great place to catch a game on television, thanks to the city’s intense support for its hometown teams. Watch a game at one of Nashville’s many sports bars, including Clyde’s on Church or Beyond the Edge.
Have Some Fun
Nashville has a few unique restaurants and bars where you can play games while you eat. Try Pinewood Social for great cocktails, delicious food and a vintage bowling alley. Two Bits and Soda Parlor have arcade games to keep you occupied, and Clyde’s has shuffleboard and foosball.
Find an Escape
At The Escape Game Nashville, you and your travel buddies can challenge your problem-solving skills. Here’s how it works: Get locked in a room and with a few provided clues figure out how to escape. Can you crack the code? You might be surprised how difficult it is!
Step up Your Vinyl Game
Nashville has plenty of incredible record stores, from popular spots like Grimey’s to neighborhood gems like Fond Object and The Groove. Spend an afternoon record store hopping to see what treasures can be found. Plus, most stores have a selection of Nashville bands, so you can support local music during your visit.
Catch a Show
We don’t call it Music City for nothing. Any time of night or day, there's live music to be found in Nashville. Try the honky tonk bars on Broadway for some daytime country tunes. At night, tune into the local music scene by visiting The 5 Spot or The Basement.
If you’re ready to move, there’s no better place than a honky-tonk bar in Nashville’s tourist district. Locals favor Robert’s Western World for its quality house band and affordable drink specials. Pull up a chair and watch the old timers two-step. Once you get the hang of it, don’t be afraid to hit the dance floor.
Try a Tour or Tasting
Nashville has several breweries and distilleries that offer educational tours and tastings for a nominal fee. Yazoo Brewing Company is one of Nashville’s oldest local breweries, with plenty of flagship beers and inventive brews on tap. At Corsair Distillery, you can learn more about the distilling process and try a range of gins, vodkas, and whiskeys in the tasting room. Other local breweries where you can grab a pint include TN Brew Works, Jackalope Beer, Fat Bottom Brewing, East Nashville Beer Works and more.
Find Something Old
Nashville has some excellent antique stores and vintage wares. Visit the Eighth Avenue Antique Mall or Gaslamp Antiques to browse dozens of booths offering furniture, clothing, home decor and more. To help expand your library, find a giant selection of used books and media at McKay’s.
Test Your Trivia Knowledge
On pretty much any given night, you can find a Nashville bar hosting trivia. Get a team together, grab a drink, and see how well you do.