Walkin’ Nashville, an immersive walking tour of Music City, is accessible for the country music novice and engaging for experts. Grammy-nominated music journalist Bill Demain leads guests to country music hot spots (the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame) and unofficial landmarks like George Jones’ Possum Holler. It’s a can’t-miss for music nuts.
River Queen Voyages
The first kayaking company on the Cumberland River, RQV offers a unique opportunity to see Nashville from the water. On one of four different routes (plus a scavenger hunt option), kayakers can paddle right into the heart of Music City, making for a grounding counterbalance to the bright lights of Broadway.
Brainchild of artist Alex Lockwood, North Nashville’s Elephant art gallery is the place to be, especially during the First Saturday Art Crawl, and for good reason: There’s a gallery space in the front, artist studios in the middle, and the retail space in the back, Anteater, features one-of-a-kind art from near and far. Highlights include folk artist Don Shull’s whirligigs and Ghanian coffin maker Paa Joe’s fantasy coffins, which resemble everything from sneakers to cheetahs.
51 Dog Park
Anyone who has spent time in the increasingly walkable Nations neighborhood knows Fifty-First Kitchen. At its on-property dog park, you can enjoy the restaurant’s southern-focused dinner menu, small-bites, and happy hour offerings without worrying about getting home to walk Fido. On occasion, the restaurant even offers a menu featuring simple meals just for dogs.