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Nashville continues to rake in acclaim as it is again on Travel + Leisure’s ’50 Best Places to Travel in 2023′ list and has been named #4 for ‘Best Cities in the U.S: Best Big Cities” by Condé Nast in their 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. But its popularity isn’t just among country music lovers, bachelorettes, and party-goers. Music City is very much a family town as well. Here are our favorite options for visiting Nashville with family.

For Music Lovers

Nashville is a music town at heart, so the music lovers in your family will want to experience Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. And while the honky tonks on Broadway get rowdy at night, you can still experience live music (often for free) before 7:00 p.m. each night in a more family-friendly environment.

For Sightseers 

Your family will want to explore all the city has to offer, and one of the best ways to do that is the Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour. One- and two-day options and stops include the Nashville Farmer’s Market, Centennial Park, Legislative Plaza, Musicians Hall of Fame, Belmont Mansion, Frist Art Center, Marathon Village, The Gulch, and more. Best of all, you can spend as much or as little time as you want at each stop.

For Kids, Teens, and In Between

Nashville has so many options for kids to enjoy that it’s hard to know where to begin! There’s the Nashville Zoo, the interactive kids’ activities at the Frist Art Museum, the Nashville Adventure Science Center, Centennial Park and the Parthenon, and Nashville Children’s Theater. Madame Tussauds is another fun experience with the bonus of being inside the Opry Mills Mall, where the entire family can shop until they drop. (Dave & Buster’s and The Escape Game Nashville are also inside Opry Mills.) And teens and tweens will love the Instagram-worthy murals created by local and internationally-known artists around the city.

For Sports Lovers

Young and old alike will have plenty of sporting events to choose from in Music City — from Tennessee Titans football and Nashville Predators hockey to Nashville Sounds baseball and the Nashville Soccer Club. But, even if you can’t get tickets, there are plenty of restaurants and venues around town where you can catch the games on TV.

Resources for Visiting Nashville With Family

There are also two resources we’d highly recommend for additional information on visiting Nashville with family. One is visitmusiccity.com from the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, which has a section devoted to exploring Nashville with family. And the other is Nashville Fun for Families, a website dedicated to what its name says with seasonal lists of things to do, the weekend top five lists, and a calendar of family-friendly events to help you plan your trip.

Where to Stay When Visiting Nashville With Family

Music City Loft has you covered whether you’re traveling in a small group or a group large enough for a family reunion. We feature 1-bedroom2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom accommodations right in the heart of downtown Nashville at an affordable price with unmatched luxury and comfort. Not only does Music City Loft offer some of the only downtown Nashville accommodations for up to 10, but also each has a full kitchen as well as an open, airy floor plan. Also, by booking directly with us, there are no third-party or OTA booking fees, so you’ll always get the best deal.

A trip to Nashville is sure to include a visit to the honky tonks and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. But what about the area known as Music Row? See RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded more than 200 hits, and explore the heart of Nashville’s music scene located just south of downtown. Check out all there is to experience with our Music Row neighborhood guide.

The Music Row Experience

Music Row comprises two streets: 16th Avenue South and 17th Avenue South. Visitors love the tree-lined streets and laid-back, creative vibe of the area. The Music Row neighborhood features history on every corner, not only because many recording studios and record labels call it home but also because of its beautiful 19th-century homes and mid-20th-century buildings. 

Music Row was developed in the 1950s, with the neighborhood rapidly growing after WSM announcer David Cobb referred to Nashville as “Music City, USA” during a broadcast. The moniker caught on, and recording studios, publishing houses, and others that serve the music industry flocked here. One of the first was RCA Studio B, which played a role in the careers of legendary performers such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson.

What to Do in Music Row

There’s also plenty to see and do in the Music Row neighborhood. Here are just a few of our favorite attractions and restaurants. 

Where to Stay When Visiting Music Row

To make the most of your time in Nashville and while visiting the Music Row neighborhood, we recommend a central location when it comes to where to stay. Music City Loft is an ideal option. We feature vacation rentals right in the heart of downtown (just minutes from Music Row), including 3-bedroom accommodations for large groups. With us, you’ll have privacy, space, and unmatched luxury and comfort at an affordable price. And by booking directly with us, there are no third-party or OTA booking fees, so you’ll always get the best deal. 

When most people think about Nashville, they picture the honky tonks downtown on Broadway and attractions like the Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry. But one of our favorite gems is East Nashville which is just a hop, skip and a two-step away from downtown. Learn why you should include this vibrant, creative, culturally diverse neighborhood in your visit with our East Nashville neighborhood guide.

The East Nashville Experience

East Nashville is the “it” neighborhood when it comes to everything from eclectic charm to walkability to creative energy to laid-back hospitality to endless options for dining, shopping, entertainment, and more.

East Nashville covers three different zip codes and includes the communities of Inglewood, Lockeland Springs, Five Points, East End, Eastwood, Cleveland Park, McFerrin Park, Historic Edgefield, Rolling Acres, and Shelby Hills. Many of the area’s historic homes date back to the early 1900s. 

What to Do in East Nashville

There is so much to do here that it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ll highlight the high points in our East Nashville neighborhood guide — dining, bars and entertainment, shopping, and festivals. 

Where to Stay When Visiting East Nashville

Although you could spend your entire visit exploring East Nashville, you will also want to visit other areas around town. We recommend a central location when it comes to where to stay. Music City Loft is an ideal option. We feature vacation rentals right in the heart of downtown (just minutes from East Nashville), including 3-bedroom accommodations for large groups. With us, you’ll have privacy, space, and unmatched luxury and comfort at an affordable price. And by booking directly with us, there are no third-party or OTA booking fees, so you’ll always get the best deal.  

Bachelorette parties are as synonymous with Music City as country music and hot chicken. And why not? Nashville has live music galore, a rich history, and a thriving food and art scene — not to mention our Southern hospitality. This means that the bride and her friends will have a fantastic time doing what all the other bachelorette parties in town are doing. Or, you could up your game and make the trip stand out even more with these unique bachelorette ideas in Nashville.

Bachelorette Ideas in Nashville

Our picks for unique bachelorette ideas in Music City still give you a taste of all that Nashville is known for, plus they complement the traditional party plans you may have in mind.

  1. Party on the water. Instead of booking one of the many party buses or peddle bar tours, do something different, book a Cruisin’ Tiki and coast down the Cumberland River while dancing and drinking to your favorite honky-tonk tunes.
  2. Enjoy a winery or whiskey tour. Ditch your spa day plans and head to Arrington Vineyards; we promise it’s just as relaxing! The winery, co-owned by Kix Brooks (of country supergroup Brooks & Dunn), is located just 30 minutes outside Nashville. The 95-acre vineyard features five tasting rooms, gorgeous views, shaded picnic areas, and live music on weekends from April to November. Or, if self-guided tours aren’t your thing, sign up for a Tennessee Whiskey Trail or winery >tour to explore the best distilleries and locally-owned wineries available.
  3. Explore Music City’s best rooftop bars. Think of it as bar hopping with a better view, especially if you start around sunset. Popular locations include Rare Bird, L.A. Jackson, Acme Feed & Seed, Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge, and White Limozeen. Some even offer VIP experiences that you can book.
  4. Create a unique, useable souvenir. Give your bachelorette party a beautiful experience to remember. Oil Bar at Lemon Laine is a clean beauty company in East Nashville where you can enjoy a wellness consultation and blend a custom beauty oil to your skin type while sipping on complimentary beverages.
  5. Hit the lanes! Yes, you read that right. Retro-themed Eastside Bowl offers hyper bowling, an arcade, a music venue, and a diner. You can catch a live music show at Brooklyn Bowl, strike down some pins, and grab a bite. Or try vintage bowling at Pinewood Social. This multi-space hang spot has outdoor games, a dipping pool, hand-crafted cocktails, and a menu filled with Southern staples.

Where to Stay in Music City

With so many bachelorette party activities, you’ll need a place to stay that’s centrally located. Music City Loft features vacation rentals in the heart of downtown Nashville at an affordable price with unmatched luxury and comfort. We offer 3-bedroom lofts which are ideal for bachelorette parties, and with us, you can book direct for added convenience. What’s more, Music City Loft offers the fourth night free when you book three nights so that you can celebrate even longer!

Booking for a Large Group?

Our Bettye A and Bettye B lofts can be rented together and can accommodate up to 20 guests! Book one or both for your large group today.

There are so many things to see and do in Nashville! Ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of the best cities in the United States to visit, Music City is a top destination for live music, fantastic food, excellent museums, and more. So where should you stay when you visit? We’ve got tons of options, whether you’re looking for a spot near the nightlife scene, somewhere perfect for a bachelorette party, or a budget and pedestrian-friendly spot.

Best Places To Stay in Nashville for Nightlife

There’s no question that if you’re looking for nightlife in Music City, downtown Nashville is where you want to stay. There are more honky-tonks here than you can shake a guitar at, in addition to revered music halls like Ryman Auditorium and trendy dining spots like Assembly Food Hall. Want to catch a live jazz or burlesque show while you’re in town? Skull’s Rainbow Room, located steps away in historic Printer’s Alley, has both, along with fine dining and craft cocktails.

Best Places To Stay in Nashville for Bachelorette Parties

One essential bachelorette party requirement is that you’re near spots to eat, drink and be merry and that you have plenty of room for everyone. Our three-bedroom vacation rental lofts are located in Downtown Nashville within an easy walk to all the excitement, local atmosphere, and fun that Nashville has to offer. These lofts are located in the same building, making them a perfect choice for group rentals. 

Best Places To Stay in Nashville on a Budget

Whether you’re visiting Music City for a holiday getaway, birthday celebration, or just because — you don’t have to break the bank. There are many ways to explore Nashville on a budget, including self-guided or led mural tours and attraction discounts through the Nashville Sightseeing Pass. Another way to save is to skip inflated hotel room prices and stay somewhere with all the comforts of home. Whether your party is small or large, we have something to accommodate every group size and budget. 

Best Places To Stay in Nashville Without a Car

Nashville has alternative transportation options in and around the city via scooters and bicycles for rent and golf cart services for short distances. Pedal taverns or party bikes are also popular tourist picks. If you’re planning a visit without a car, our lofts are a great choice. Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, you can easily walk to honky-tonks, restaurants, wine & spirit shops, coffee shops, sporting events, and concerts from all of our vacation rentals.

Staying in Nashville Hotels vs. Booking With Music City Loft

Wherever you stay in Nashville, there are sure to be plenty of hotel options. However, they tend to book up far in advance, and the price for the amount of privacy and space you’ll have isn’t the greatest value. In fact, according to Cheap Hotels’s 2021 survey comparing hotel rates across the United States, Nashville ranks as the second most expensive at an average of $236 per night for the city’s cheapest available double room in a 3-star hotel.

When you book with Music City Loft, you get the best rates available, along with privacy, space, and the ability to immerse yourself in local culture. Our lofts are much more affordable than hotels, so you can spend your money out and about, enjoying all Nashville has to offer. Book your stay in Nashville with Music City Loft today!