Started in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry is one of the longest running and most famous weekly concerts featuring country music stars performing on stage. It is located in the Grand Ole Opry House, located in downtown Nashville. It honors the history of country music by offering a mix of folk, bluegrass, gospel, and comedy skits. Members through the years have included stars like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Blake Sheldon, Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline, Rascal Flatts and many others.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum categorizes and conserves country music's history and traditions throughout and teaches this to visitors. It's located at 222 5th Avenue South and is visited every year by fans, pupils, teacher, music industry stars and many others. The original museum opened in 1967, but was closed in 2000. The following year, a brand new $37 million facility opened just a few blocks away. The building is shaped like a bass clef with round discs surrounding it to symbolize records and CDs.
Founded in 1996, the Nashville Zoo is a 200 acres containing an historic plantation house named Grassmere, which is now museum with gardens on its grounds. The zoo is active in animal conservation, and has exhibits featuring clouded leopards, gibbons, elephants, giraffes, red pandas, lemurs, rhinos, kangaroos, birds, and a special exhibit with reptiles, fish, bats, amphibians and insects. There is also a children's playground and Jungle Gym area with slides, swings and places to climb that kids will love.
General Jackson is a fun attraction for the whole family based in Nashville on the Cumberland River. It looks just like a vintage steam-run showboat, but really runs on diesel generators. It can hold 1,200 people and features two or three cruises a day in the morning, mid-day and evening, with the evening cruises offering dining. There is entertainment from country and gospel music on all the cruises as passengers also enjoy the views along the river as they travel down along its banks.
A visit to Belle Meade Plantation is led by costumed guides, who are trained to show off John Harding's beautiful mansion, which was built in 1845. You also get to see some of the other historic sites like the old dairy, stables, carriage house, the garden, the mausoleum, and even a log cabin. Plus there is free wine tasting and you can shop in the onsite gift shop or eat at the Harding House, a restaurant on site. It's open Mon - Thurs and tours go between 9:30 am and 4 pm.