Wow! That was our thought as we drove through Seven Points campground in Nashville, TN looking for our site. This place was beautiful! The campground was located on the shoreline of J. Percy Priest Lake. The lake was lovely, the sites were long, spread out, shady and some were right on the lake!
While in Nashville we decided we wanted to:
Eat Hot Chicken! See our review of Prince's Hot Chicken here
See the Parthenon at Centennial Park
Do something music related
After reading different resources online we decided on the Musician Hall of Fame & Museum and checking out Honky Tonk Highway. We only had two nights and we loved our campsite so we decided to spend the first day swimming in the lake and cooking dinner on the campfire. That meant we had to do all our Nashville sightseeing in one day and we did the next day!
We started at the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum. We choose this place because it was about all music and not just country music like some of the other museums in Nashville. We got tickets for half price basically using the tips below. The museum had two different sections: The first section was pictures, videos, instruments, clothing, stage props, awards, etc. One of the things I liked about this museum was that it wasn’t only focused on the lead singers or bands but it was about all the great people (producers, engineers, writers, studios and musicians) who helped to make some of the best music!
The second section was the interactive exhibits. This section was really fun and I could see kids really loving this section. Here you get to play instruments. You also get to learn about songwriting, producing, engineering, singing and rapping. I am not musically talented at all and I have never played an instrument in my life and even I loved this section. Penguin played piano and guitar when he was young and has been known to DJ from time to time and he really enjoyed playing various instruments.
You can easily spend three to four hours at the museum so we broke it up. We did the first section before lunch, then left to eat our picnic lunch at Centennial Park, then came back and did the interactive exhibits and then rode a free bus to Honky Tonk Highway. This was a great way to break up the day.
The Parthenon replica was constructed over 100 yrs ago for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition. It was built to scale and something worth seeing. The park was free and parking was free. There was an art museum inside the Parthenon which was $6/pp but we did not check that out.
Walking along Honky Tonk Highway was fun and definitely worth the visit. I enjoyed people watching and listening to the live music from the bars and restaurants as we walked around. It was a Wednesday and I could not believe how many people were out and about. It reminded me of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Parking downtown can be expensive so see our tips below.
We finished the evening with hot chicken, moonshine tasting, a few vanilla porters, some chips and a delicious trio of salsas. Check out our Hot Chicken article for those details.
*Parking Tips* For Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum and Honky Tonk Highway:
Metered street parking
The meters near the museum only take quarters. We got $4 in quarters from the museum ticket counter and this gave the two hour maximum
We did metered street parking for the first two hours at the museum, then drove to Centennial Park for our picnic lunch, and then parked in a paid lot a few blocks from the museum
Find and pay for parking with the ParkMobile app
You could save money by booking ahead. We saved 10%
Parking rates varied greatly! You could save a lot by parking a few blocks over
Ride the FREE bus in downtown Nashville called Music City Circuit
Two routes: Green Circuit and Blue Circuit
There is a Green Circuit bus stop on 4th St outside the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum
We got off on Broadway to walk Honky Tonk Highway
Once the bus turned onto Broadway we walked up front and the bus driver asked us where we wanted off and we said anywhere on Broadway so he stopped and let us out
To get back to our car, we walked west on Demonbreun St until we found the Green Circuit bus stop sign. It was west of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
The bus that picked us up was a normal city bus but the digital sign did say Green Circuit
Typically the buses are painted Green with the words Music City Circuit
*Money Saving Tips* For Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum:
Buy the Groupon!
Adult tickets are regularly $25/each
Groupon is 2 adults for $35
Days/Weeks before start watching for Groupon local deals or sales to save even more
We purchased when Groupon had an extra 20% off local deals so we got 2 adults for $28!
If you have a Samsung, use Samsung Pay to purchase the Groupon if Groupon is still one of the cash back deals
I earned $4.46 cash back
Once you have $5 in cash back awards you redeem it for a gift card to use anywhere Samsung Pay is accepted. Read more here
Its a few extra steps and kind of annoying but hey it is FREE money!
Pack a lunch
You get a wrist band that is good for the day so you can come and go