Kayak past the Batman building
Nashville is the ultimate place to combine peaceful outdoor activities with the energy of a major city. Enter Cumberland Kayak, a company that offers tandem kayak rentals from Shelby Park, down the river, under historic bridges, and past Nashville’s glittering new skyline -- including a nice view of our iconic, Batman-like AT&T Building. Along the way couples can float past the massive General Jackson showboat and get up close with the critters who call the river home. Ending at Cumberland Park, wrap up the date with a stroll across the pedestrian bridge before getting rowdy at one of the honky tonks down on Lower Broadway.
Catch a show at the "Mother Church of Country"
The venerable Ryman Auditorium is consistently named one of the top performance venues in the country by both spectators and performers. Acts from all sorts of musical genres are scheduled throughout the year, but any chance to sit in those ancient pews and soak up the history of the place is worth a visit. Despite its nickname, they don't just host country acts; David Byrne, MGMT, and The Decemberists will play there this spring. With acts like that -- and we won't sugarcoat it -- you'll spend money -- serious money -- on any of the top concerts here, but you won't regret it either.
Honor the musicians and instruments that made Music City famous
Downtown and Belmont/Hillsboro
Tucked away on the ground floor of the Municipal Auditorium is the Musicians Hall of Fame where both headliners and sidemen are recognized for their mastery of their instruments. Over at Belmont University is a little-known gem, the GIG (Gallery of Iconic Guitars), where you have the chance to observe some of the rarest instruments in the world up close. Admission is just $5.
Go honky-tonking on Lower Broad
While the weekends are turned over to the tourists and the bachelorettes, the music is still great and the beer is still cold midweek at the famous clubs and taverns of Downtown between 5th and the river on Broadway. You have to look hard to find a bad band, so go enjoy some free music and a longneck bottle with your date at reliable joints like Robert’s or Layla’s.
Keep your eye on the calendar for great events
Finding fun things to do is deceptively difficult -- even in a wild city like this one. That's why we keep a regularly updated, comprehensive calendar of the best possible events, activities, and things to do in Nashville. Some of your best date ideas will inevitably come from there.