Cheekwood Estate & Gardens#9 in Best Things To Do in Nashville
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Art aficionados and nature lovers alike should plan on making a stop at the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. With its greenhouses, sculpture trail and chromatic flower display, the 55-acre Botanical Garden offers sanctuary from downtown's bustle. The on-site art museum is just as beautiful: Housed in the original Georgian-style Cheek family mansion at the heart of the grounds, the museum boasts an impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, as well as antique furniture, temporary exhibitions and artifacts from around the world.
Recent visitors recommended a spring or summer visit since that's when the gardens are at their most beautiful. Some who visited in the winter and fall were disappointed with the limited blooms to see; however, many said the December holiday lights display was enchanting. Overall, travelers said Cheekwood offers lovely walking trails and well-manicured gardens.
Located approximately 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville, Cheekwood is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults costs $20, seniors (older than 65) pay $18 and children ages 3 to 17 enter for $13. The museum also hosts numerous festivals; for more information, check out the Cheekwood website.
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While many people come to Nashville to soak up the history of country music at the city's museums, others prefer enjoying the tunes in person. The best way to do that is to stop in to the many bars that line Broadway, downtown Nashville's main thoroughfare. Lower Broadway is nicknamed "Honky Tonk Highway" because of the numerous establishments that host live acts daily. What's more, there's no cover charge, so you can bar hop as you please.
While all the bars host live music acts, each venue has a distinct atmosphere that makes it stand out from other honky-tonks along Broadway. Some of the most popular bars include:
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