What to Do in Nashville in Winter

Updated July 21, 2020.

Hey, y’all! It’s Winter Wednesday, and this week it’s all about what to do in Nashville at winter time! I grew up on a farm just outside of Nashville, and I was shocked when it became such an “it” place to visit after I moved away nearly 10 years ago! Here is my top 10 list of the best things to do and see to make the most of your time in Nashville, Tennessee.

10. Take an Old Town Trolley Tour

Driving in and around Nashville has become increasingly difficult in recent years because of the volume of cars on the roads, so the best way to see lots of points of interest is to let someone else take the wheel! This hop-on hop-off tour will take you to all the best spots without stressing about traffic and parking!


9. Go Ice Skating at Centennial Sportsplex

We do get chilly down in the South, but rarely does it stay cold enough, long enough to freeze our rivers and lakes. But fear not! Centennial Sportsplex has a fantastic ice rink for all to use! Check their public skate times to plan your visit.

8. Breakfast at The Pancake Pantry

Winter will be your best chance to get in at the Pancake Pantry! They do not take reservations, so it really is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:00am every day of the week! And since you have to wait outside, you have to be pretty dedicated to wait out there in the winter. So bundle up, bring an appetite, and enjoy this iconic Nashville treat!

Get there early and bring an appetite!

7. Coffee at the Frothy Monkey

Didn’t get into the Pancake Pantry? More in the mood for a pastry and seasonal coffee? Head over to the Frothy Monkey. There are several locations around town, but they will all come with Southern charm and Southern-sized sweets! Be sure to try the cherry pie latte while supplies last!

Cherry Pie Latte!

6. Country Music Hall of Fame

You cannot come to Nashville without dabbling in a little country music! This museum is right downtown and, of course, shaped like a piano! Explore the exhibits all about what Nashville is known for and learn a little bit about the country music stars that have gone down in history.

Country Music Hall of Fame

5. Frist Center for the Visual Arts

If you’re into world-class art museums, you should definitely put the Frist on your list! Not to mention it’s inside for a cold winter’s day. If there’s an interesting traveling exhibit making the rounds in the country, it will end up at the Frist!

Heading to the Frist! Photo Credit: Lillian Dokken

4. Tennessee State Museum

In the spirit of finding inside things to do in winter, be sure to check out the Tennessee State Museum. If you think Nashville is the “it” place to be now, you might be surprised at the amazing things about Tennessee through its 220+ years of history. Don’t miss the centuries-old dug-out canoe from my home town in Smith County!

3. See a Show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

Nashville is known for its incredible performers, and you will not be disappointed with whatever you see at TPAC. Whether you like the ballet, musicals, plays, comedy, or concerts, TPAC has something to offer you!

2. Predators Game

Who knew Nashville would become such a hockey town?! Fans in Tennessee are never fair weather fans, are always loyal, and we are some of the loudest and proudest in the country! Check out their schedule and consider getting tickets. Mike Fisher retired after last season’s incredible run, but I have a feeling he and his wife, Carrie Underwood, won’t be able to stay away too long!

NHL game with an SEC crowd. Do NOT miss this!

1. Opryland Hotel Atrium

You will have to pay for parking ($20 per car last time I was there), but bring three friends and you will find it’s totally worth your while. It’s a beautiful place to walk around, shop, get a little lost, and get out of the cold! And if you’re there while it’s decorated for Christmas, you’re really in for a magical treat.

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Opryland Hotel Atrium; Photo Credit: Devyn Taylor

Are you ready for a wintry trip to my beloved Nashville? Get more info on my United States Page!

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