The Parthenon#16 in Best Things To Do in Nashville
Nashville is a city of many nicknames; most of them have to do with music. Still, the city is also known as the "Athens of the South" thanks to the numerous higher education institutions established there. This identity is realized with the construction of the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the one found in Athens, Greece. Although the Parthenon was only meant to be temporary – it was built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 – it has since become a beloved attraction, housing models of the statues found in the original structure as well as an impressive art collection. Recent visitors praised the well-kept grounds, peaceful atmosphere and magnificent building, recommending an evening visit to see it illuminated. Others rave about the surrounding green space, which is free to access and great for picnicking. However, parents warn that kids' attention can quickly wane.
Located a little more than 2 miles southwest of downtown Nashville in Centennial Park, the Parthenon is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission costs $6 for adults and $4 for seniors (older than 62) and children ages 4 to 17. However, you can tour the perimeter and exterior of the attraction and its grounds for free. For more information, visit the Centennial Park 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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