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Indoor Adventures: A Guide on How to Spend a Rainy Day in Nashville

Updated: Apr 25



Rain in Music City? No problem! If you've stumbled upon Nashville's less sunny side and are wondering how to dodge those droplets, you’ve hit the jackpot with this post. Whether you're a tourist with a sudden change in weather ruining your outdoor plans, or a local caught off guard by the unpredictable Tennessee skies, I've got you covered with some top-tier indoor activities that are sure to make your day.

"But isn't Nashville all about the great outdoors and live music?", you ask. Well, yes and no. While we do love our open-air concerts and rooftop bars, there's a whole world of indoor fun just waiting to be explored. And who better to guide you through it than someone who's had to answer the all-too-frequent question (especially right before those pesky rainy forecasts): "What's the best way to spend a rainy day in Music City?"

Swing by Some Indoor Museums

Believe it or not, museums can be a blast – especially in Nashville. We're not just a city of boot-stompin' honky-tonks; we've got history, art, and some pretty quirky museums that'll make you forget all about the rain.

First up is the Country Music Hall of Fame. This place isn’t just a museum; it's a pilgrimage for country music fans. But even if you can't tell Hank Williams from Hank Jr., the storytelling and memorabilia here will captivate you.

Then, there's the Frist Art Museum. Even if you're not an art aficionado, the architecture alone is worth the visit. Plus, they always have fascinating rotating exhibits – from ancient artifacts to modern masterpieces.

And for something truly unique, check out the Johnny Cash Museum. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just know him as the "Ring of Fire" guy, this museum offers an intimate look at the Man in Black's life and legacy.

Now, if you want a deep dive into the heart and soul of Tennessee itself, you absolutely can't miss the Tennessee State Museum. This gem is a treasure trove of Tennessee’s historical riches, and get this – it’s totally free! From the early Native American inhabitants to the Civil War, all the way through to modern times, this museum covers it all. With interactive exhibits and incredible artifacts, it's the kind of place where you start losing track of time. And honestly, it's the perfect spot to wander around, soaking up stories of the past, and maybe even finding a new appreciation for the Volunteer State. Trust me, you'll leave with more stories to tell than when you came in!

Find Shelter in Live Music Venues

Rainy days in Nashville might just be a clever ploy by the universe to get you to experience what this city does best – live music. And we’re not just talking country. From blues and jazz to rock and pop, there’s something for everyone.

Start your musical escapade at the historic Ryman Auditorium. It's the Mother Church of Country Music, but its calendar is as diverse as they come. Then head over to the Bluebird Café where stars are born. This intimate venue is where the likes of Taylor Swift were discovered. Just remember to book in advance!

And then, there's Broadway, Nashville's beating heart and neon soul! Think of Broadway as the ultimate playground for music lovers and night owls. This strip is alive, bursting with energy, and it's where country music spills out onto the streets from every doorway. Picture this: neon signs as far as the eye can see, each one promising a night to remember. From honky-tonks blaring with live bands to rooftop bars where you can dance under the stars, Broadway has it all. It's not just a street; it's an experience, a whirlwind tour of Nashville's unstoppable spirit. Whether you're here to boot scoot 'til dawn or simply soak in the vibrant street performances, Broadway is where Nashville's heart beats the loudest. Trust me, a walk down Broadway is like holding a backstage pass to the city's soul – you really feel like you're part of something electric! Just bring an umbrella because the music plays rain or shine.

Feeling peckish? Combine your love for tunes and food at a restaurant with live music – Nashville's got plenty. Whether it's blues you're craving or some indie vibes, you're bound to find a spot that hits the right notes.

Take a "Walking" Tour – with an umbrella!

Don't even think about letting a little rain dampen your Nashville Adventure! Grab your most stylish umbrella and hit the streets for an unforgettable walking tour. Nashville’s rich history and vibrant culture are best experienced up close and personal. From the iconic Broadway strip, brimming with neon signs and honky-tonks, to the quaint and picturesque streets of the Germantown neighborhood, each step is a story waiting to be discovered. And hey, those raindrops? They just add to the ambiance, giving the city a glossy sheen that's perfect for those Insta-worthy shots. Plus, you'll find that some of the city's hidden gems, like cozy coffee shops and quirky bookstores, become even cozier as you duck in to escape the drizzle.

Now, over to you! How do you plan to spend your rainy day in Nashville? Did any of these suggestions strike a chord, or are you cooking up your own indoor adventure recipe? Either way, don't see the rain as a damper on your Nashville experience but rather an opportunity to explore a different tune of Music City. And remember, after the rain comes the rainbow – or in Nashville’s case, a double rainbow of endless music and culture. Grab your umbrella, lace-up those waterproof boots, and make some unforgettable rainy day memories!


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