Spring Break in Nashville

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Looking to spend your spring break somewhere fun? Nashville is a must-visit destination! From award-winning restaurants to party pontoons to live music to family-friendly activities, there is truly something for everyone. We’ve nailed down some of the top places to stay, where to eat and drink, activities for all ages and adults, upcoming events, neighborhoods to explore, and links to other helpful guides. Here’s how to have the ultimate spring break in Nashville.

Nashville Spring break Guide


Where to Stay

The Joseph

Hotels

Rentals

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Where to Eat & Drink

Big @$$ Mimosas at Von Elrod’s

Breakfast

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Brunch

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Lunch

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Dinner

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Drinks

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Fun Things to Do: All Ages

Sandbar

Games

Enhance your dining experience by going somewhere with games to play. Nashville has a lot of restaurants and bars with games ranging from ping pong to shuffleboard to bocce ball to sand volleyball. While some places are for 21 and up, the majority of places are all ages. A couple of good places to start are Pins Mechanical Co (duckpin bowling, bocce ball, ping pong, arcade games) and 6th and Peabody (variety of outdoor games). To get in the spirit of spring, visit Sandbar for sand volleyball, tropical drinks, or just to put your feet in the sand. The Escape Game and Topgolf are also fun options.

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Nashville Zoo

If you’re traveling with kids, checking out the Nashville Zoo is a must. Expect interactive exhibits, a 4D theatre, zip lining, a huge playground, and up-close animal experiences. On Friday, March 10, 2023, Dino Trek is returning with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.

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Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Most would say Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is the prettiest during the springtime. When visiting in March or early April, you’ll be able to check out Cheekwood in Bloom, which is an annual experience featuring colorful flowers, tours, events, and music over multiple weekends. In need of a drink? The beer garden is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

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The Adventure Park

For an exhilarating outing, hit the treetops at The Adventure Park at Nashville. The park offers zip lining and climbing for ages 7 and up, plus an adventure playground for ages 3 to 6. Glow in the Park, a nighttime climb, is one of the most popular experiences. If you still need more adventure, they also have axe throwing.

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Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, & Hiking

If the weather is nice, kayak or paddleboard down the Cumberland River or visit one of the areas numerous parks for a day of hiking. See our guide to the best parks and kayaking options and our SUP guide.


Museums

The weather can be unpredictable in Nashville, so having indoor options is always a safe bet. Why not plan a day at a museum or a few of them? If you’re into music, we recommend the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the National Museum of African American Music, and The Johnny Cash Museum. If art is more your thing, add the Frist Art Museum to your list.


Tours

If you’re a fan of country music, spending your spring break in Music City is the way to go. Nashville has a variety of famous music venues that are worth touring. The iconic Ryman Auditorium offers self-guided tours daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Venture a little outside of Nashville, and you’ll find the Grand Ole Opry. These guided tours take place daily and are offered every 30 minutes.


Fun Things to Do: 21+

Pontoon Saloon

Party Bus / Party Boat

Nashville might be small, but there sure is a lot of sightseeing to do. Become acquainted with Downtown Nashville and book your group a party bus or party boat. Some of the top options include The Big Drag Bus (4-25 people, 18 and over allowed), Nashville Party Barge (10-18 people), and out on the water with Pontoon Saloon (1-45 people). You can also rent a pontoon boat for your crew. See more of Nashville’s best party buses, cruises, and tours featured in our Nashville Party Bus Guide. 

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Celebrity Bar Crawl

Over the past several years, celebrity-owned bars have made a home in Downtown Nashville, specifically on Broadway. Expect delicious food and drinks, rooftop views, top-notch live music, and memorabilia at these popular spots. A few bars to note are Luke’s 32 Bridge (by Luke Bryan), Casa Rosa (by Miranda Lambert), and Twelve Thirty Club (by Justin Timberlake). See more celebrity-owned bars featured in our Fun Things to Do: Celebrity Bar Crawl Guide.

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Honky-Tonks on Lower Broadway

Whether it’s your first time in Nashville or you’re a seasoned visitor, checking out the honky-tonks on Lower Broadway is always a good time. Some of these honky-tonks have been in business for over 50 years, so you’ll get a dose of Nashville history along with overflowing beers and live country music. You can never go wrong at Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Robert’s Western World, and Famous Nashville. See more honky-tonks featured in our Must-Visit Honky-Tonks in Nashville Guide. And if you’re looking to enjoy a drink on a rooftop, see our Best Rooftop Bars in Nashville Guide. 

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Breweries + Distilleries + Winery

Nashville may be most known for country music, hot chicken, and honky-tonks, but if you enjoy beers, drink a pint at one of the city’s popular breweries. Most breweries have taprooms, food options, and tours available. Nashville’s most popular breweries include Fat Bottom Brewing (located in The Nations), Jackalope Brewing Company (located in Wedgewood-Houston), Bearded Iris (located in Germantown and Sylvan Park), and TailGate Brewery (located in Demonbreun Hill, East Nashville, Germantown, and West Nashville). For more brewery options see our Nashville’s Breweries Guide. 

For liquor lovers, visit a local distillery like Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery (located in Marathon Village) or Corsair Distillery & Taproom (located in Marathon Village and Wedgewood-Houston).

And if you’re down for a short road trip (about 40 minutes from Downtown), Arrington Vineyards, co-owned by Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn, is a beautiful wine destination, especially on a sunny day.

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Annual Events in March and April

Cheekwood in Bloom
  • SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament
    Wednesday-Sunday, March 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 2023
  • Cheekwood in Bloom

    Saturday, March 11, 2023 through Sunday, April 9, 2023

  • St. Patrick’s Day
    Friday, March 17, 2023
  • March Madness

    Tuesday-Sunday, March 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2023
    Thursday-Sunday, March 23, 24, 25, 26, 2023

  • Predators Home Games
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at 7:00pm vs Red Wings
    Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 7:00pm vs Blackhawks
    Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 1:00pm vs Jets
    Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 7:00pm vs Krakens
    Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 1:00pm vs Krakens
    Sunday, March 26, 2023, at 5:00pm vs Maple Leaves
    Saturday, April 1, 2023, at 12:00pm vs Blues
    Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at 7:00pm vs Vikings
    Thursday, April 6, 2023, at 7:00pm vs Hurricanes
    Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 7:00pm vs Wilds

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Spring Break Events in 2023

  • Dirty Little Secret Spring Break
    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: March 9-11, 2023
    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: March 16-18, 2023
    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: March 23-25, 2023

Must-See Neighborhoods Near Downtown Nashville

12 South

Situated approximately 10 minutes from Downtown Nashville, the 12 South neighborhood is tremendously popular and family-friendly. The half-mile strip has numerous eateries and drinking spots, boutiques, and one of Nashville’s most popular urban parks, Sevier Park. There are plenty of photo opportunities, too.

Where to Eat & Drink 

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Where to Shop

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Murals 

See more Murals in 12 South here. 

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The Gulch

You’ll almost always see a line at the Wings mural in the Gulch. This bustling area is close to the Downtown core, and has some of the city’s best restaurants, shops, and murals. From a morning coffee to midday shopping to a rooftop cocktail, you can easily start, spend, and end your day in this neighborhood.

Where to Eat & Drink

See more Eat & Drink options in the Gulch here. 

Where to Shop

  • Kittenish – women’s clothing store owned by Jessie James Decker
  • Lucchese Boot Co. – luxury boots
  • Paddywax – candles (make your own candle bar available)
  • Uncommon James – jewelry and home goods store owned by Kristin Cavallari
  • Parish – women’s clothing boutique

See more Shopping options in the Gulch here.

Murals

See more Murals in the Gulch here.

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More Helpful Guides

If you’re looking for even more ideas, some of these Guru guides may also come in handy!

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