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
- JW Marriott
- 1 Hotel Nashville
- Grand Hyatt Nashville
- Bobby Hotel
- Virgin Hotels Nashville
- The Westin Nashville
- The Union Station Nashville Yards
- Dream Nashville
- W Nashville
- Thompson Nashville
- Kimpton Aertson Hotel
- Graduate Nashville
- Downtown Nashville Loft – 3 bedroom / 2.5 bath – Sleeps 8 – 150+ Five Star Reviews
- Honky Tonk Apartment – 3 bedroom / 2.5 bath – Sleeps 6-11 – 60+ Five Star Reviews
- Printers Alley Penthouse – 2 bedroom / 2.5 bath – Sleeps 6 – 75+ Five Star Reviews
- Vacation Home near Gulch – 4 bedroom / 6 bath – Sleeps 12 – 100+ Five Star Reviews
- Upscale Home – 4 bedroom / 4 bath – Sleeps 8 – 100+ Five Star Reviews
- Classic Southern Mansion – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 12* – 90+ Five Star Reviews
- Huge Vacation Rental – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 12 – 100+ Five Star Reviews
- Rooftop Dream House – 4 bedroom / 3 bath – Sleeps 12 – 80+ Five Star Reviews
- Nashville Doll House – 4 bedroom / 3 Bath – Sleeps 12 – 30+ Five Star Reviews
- 12 South Townhouse – 2 bedroom / 2 bath – Sleeps 6 – 150+ Five Star Reviews
Where to Eat & Drink
- Puckett’s | Downtown
- Elliston Place Soda Shop | Elliston Place
- Proper Bagel | Belmont Blvd
- Pinewood Social | SoBro
- Milk & Honey | Gulch
See more breakfast options here.
- Von Elrod’s | Germantown
- Café Intermezzo | SoBro
- Stateside Kitchen | Downtown
- Liberty Common | SoBro
- Urban Grub | 12 South
See more brunch options here. See more Downtown-only options here.
- Hampton Social | SoBro
- bartaco | 12 South
- Assembly Food Hall | Downtown
- Merchants | Downtown
- Burger Up | 12 South
See more lunch options here.
- Sixty Vines | Downtown
- MOTO | Gulch
- Josephine | 12 South
- Barcelona | Edgehill
- City House | Germantown
See more dinner options here.
- Harriet’s Rooftop | SoBro
- Old Glory | Edgehill
- Patterson House | Midtown
- L.A. Jackson | Gulch
- Le Loup | Germantown
See more drink options here.
Fun Things to Do: All Ages
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
- The Big Drag Bus GURU DISCOUNT: Use promo code GURU to get 5% OFF your reservation.
- Pontoon Saloon GURU DISCOUNT: Use promo code GURU to get 5% OFF Public and Private Cruises (excludes BACH Party Cruises and Corporate Outings).
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.
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.
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.
Annual Events in March and April
- 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
- Nashville SC Home Games
Saturday, March 11 & 25, 2023
Saturday, April 8, 22, & 29, 2023
- Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival
Tuesday, March 28, 2023, through Saturday, April 1, 2023
- Sip of History: Tennessee Whiskey & Wine Tastings
Saturday, April 1, 2023
- The Great Spring Art Hop at Cheekwood
Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, 2023
- East Nashville Beer Festival
Saturday, April 15, 2023
- Nashville Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 22, 2023
See more events here.
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
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
- Frothy Monkey – Coffee
- The Butter Milk Ranch – Breakfast/Brunch
- bartaco – Lunch
- Josephine – Dinner
- Ember’s Ski Lodge – Drinks
- Jeni’s – Dessert
See more Eat & Drink options in 12 South here.
Where to Shop
- White’s Mercantile – modern general store
- Vinnie Louise – women’s clothing boutique
- Stoney Clover – customizable lifestyle accessories
- Draper James – women’s boutique owned by Reese Witherspoon
- Buck Mason – men’s and women’s clothing store
See more Shopping options in 12 South here.
See more Murals in 12 South here.
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
- Barista Parlor – Coffee
- Two Hands – Breakfast/Brunch
- Superica – Lunch
- Moto – Dinner
- L.A. Jackson – Drinks
- The Nashville Sundae Club – Dessert
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.
See more Murals in the Gulch here.
More Helpful Guides
If you’re looking for even more ideas, some of these Guru guides may also come in handy!