If you’re visiting Nashville for a weekend, there’s no shortage of things to do. Nashville, as any local will tell you, comes alive on the weekend (not that it was particularly dead during the week!) with music, food, activities and just general good vibes. With the sheer abundance of things to do in Nashville, some necessary omissions had to be made from this list – you won’t see the Grand Ole Opry here, nor will you see the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, not because they aren’t fun, but because they get enough attention as is! Here are three ways to make the most of your weekend in Nashville.

Sample The Local Flavor

Nashvillians are justifiably proud of their cuisine, because, well… what’s not to love? Although the rest of the country is catching on to Nashville Hot Chicken, you have to try it here in its place of origin. Probably the most popular hot chicken joint is Hattie B’s, which has a few locations (the Midtown one is the most popular) where you’ll find some of the most delicious, spicy, comforting chicken. Or try the BBQ here – order up a plate of slow-cooked ribs slathered in a regional sauce that’s tomato-y and vinegary, bursting with flavor. For a more refined approach, check out Husk, a restaurant that offers regionally sourced Southern fare presented artfully in a 19th Century mansion.

Try Axe Throwing

One of the things you can’t miss here in Nashville, whether you’re visiting for the weekend or you live here, is the opportunity to try axe throwing with your friends at BATL (the Backyard Axe Throwing League). You can book a private lane, or go during their weekend walk-in hours, and work off all that hot chicken and BBQ you ate! You get a lesson from one of their professional axe throwers, after which you can compete with friends. It’s primal, fun and a great stress reliever – because, let’s face it, that’s what the weekends are for. At the time of writing, they’re BYOB (but they’re getting a licensed bar soon) so it’s a great alternative to your run-of-the-mill bars and pubs.

Take In The Green Space

After all the food, drinks and axe-throwing excitement, wind down with a leisurely stroll through Centennial Park, which mixes history and natural beauty and offers a glimpse of the lush Tennessee flora you might not see elsewhere in the capital city. Marvel at its Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the columned Ancient Greek building that presides over the park. As the weather warms up, you’ll find picnickers, musicians and craft fairs here on the weekend.

This obviously only scratches the surface of what to do during the weekend in Nashville, but it’s a great start. Take in the rich culinary traditions, blow off some steam the Southern way by hurling some axes at a target and cap it all off with a walk in the park. What could be better than that?

Published by Shubhi Gupta