20 Fun Things to Do in Nashville, TN, for Couples

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Nashville is an ideal city for a couples' getaway

There are many great cities in the US for couples' getaways, and Nashville is one of them. The city is known for being the home of country music and features many exciting attractions and amazing dining options.

If planning to visit with your partner, you'll discover multiple fun things to do in Nashville, TN, for couples. These activities include outdoor adventures, visiting various landmarks, and partying at unique bars. To find out what you have to do when in Music City, read on!

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20 Romantic Things to Do in Nashville, TN

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The Country Music Hall of Fame is one of Nashville's iconic landmarks

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame is the largest museum dedicated to country music in the United States. If you and your partner enjoy this genre of music, then visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame is a must. Even if you don’t like country music that much, it’s a fun and iconic attraction to check out.

The museum features exhibits on country music stars and includes more than 2.5 million artifacts relating to the genre. After checking out the Hall of Fame, you can take a tour of RCA Studio B too.

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Explore the Belle Meade Plantation

The Belle Meade Plantation, or Belle Meade Historic site, is a historic site in Nashville. Going to the site is a must when in the city, and there’s a lot to see and learn when visiting Belle Meade.

On your tour, you’ll get to view the Belle Meade estate and learn more about the ground’s history. This includes learning about the lives of those who were unfortunately enslaved at Belle Meade. You and your partner can also visit the on-site winery and restaurant.

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Hiking at Radnor Lake State Park is ideal for couples that love the outdoors

Hike at Radnor Lake State Park

If you’re a couple that loves outdoor activities, Radnor Lake State Park is one of the must-visit attractions in Nashville, TN, for couples. The park is a 25-minute drive from downtown Nashville and is one of the prettiest state parks in Tennessee.

At the park, you can find an array of scenic trails to hike. You’ll also spot wildlife, such as otters, mink, and birds of prey. As the name suggests, there’s also a beautiful lake to see, and the area is full of trees, plants, and charming wildflowers.

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Zipline through the Whites Creek forest

Located approximately 20-minutes from central Nashville, Whites Creek is a neighborhood that features a mountainous forest. An exciting activity for thrill-seeking couples is ziplining through the forest.

You can choose from multiple courses, reaching up to 26 meters and stretching for 213 meters. Along with the adventurous ziplining, you’ll learn about wildlife in the forest and get to explore an old-growth forest.

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Kayaking on the Cumberland River is relaxing and provides amazing views

Kayak on the Cumberland River

Kayaking down the Cumberland River is another of the fun things for couples to do in Nashville, TN. You and your partner can rent kayaks and life jackets and set off down the river. If needed, you can pay extra for a kayak guide to ride with you.

Once on the water, you’ll be able to kayak between the tall skyscrapers of downtown Nashville. This activity is the ideal way to appreciate nature and the views of Nashville.

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Grab a drink and make candles

The Candle Bar is a unique date spot with locations in central and East Nashville. At the Candle Bar, you’ll learn how to make fragrant candles that you can scent and color however you like.

While drinks aren’t offered, you can bring your own wine, beer, or seltzer to sip while you make your candles. This is a cute and laid-back activity to enjoy together. You can then light the candles you made yourselves on your next date night or keep them as a souvenir.

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Pretty patterned snakes are just one of the species you'll see at Nashville Zoo

Admire exotic animals at the Nashville Zoo

Visiting the Nashville Zoo isn’t only one of the fun things for kids to do in Nashville, it’s also a great place for couples to visit. At the zoo, you can see various animals from giraffes and meerkats to flamingos and toucans.

Nashville Zoo hosts a lot of experiences too, such as watching feedings. There’s even a zipline in the park to try! Best of all, the zoo focuses on conservation, so some of your entry fees will go to protecting endangered species.

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Learn to bake biscuits

Biscuits are a much-loved southern treat, and learning to bake them is one of the exciting things to do as a couple in Nashville, TN. In the Southern Belle biscuit baking class, you and your partner will be taught two different biscuit recipes. You’ll also learn how to make tasty southern gravy to accompany them.

Having prepared a batch of biscuits, you can then take them home to enjoy. Cooking tools are also available for purchase should you want to bake biscuits together again once you get home.

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Wandering around Cheekwood Botanical Gardens is a romantic thing to do

Wander around the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

The pretty Cheekwood Botanical Gardens are one of the best Nashville attractions for couples. Walking together through the acres of charming gardens is super romantic. The grounds are also the ideal place to take some cute pictures together with scenic backgrounds.

Gardens to check out include a rose garden, a sculpture garden, and a Japanese garden. Having explored the beautiful gardens, you can also visit the on-site Georgian estate that features an art gallery.

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Picnic at Love Circle Park

Love Circle Park, also known locally as Lovers’ Lane, is a hilltop area that offers breathtaking views of Nashville. If you plan to visit Love Circle, consider packing a picnic to take with you.

You can enjoy food and drinks with your loved one as you take in the views. Whether you go during the daytime or to watch the sunset, spending time at Love Circle is a romantic and relaxing thing to do.

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A romantic dinner cruise offers amazing views of the Nashville skyline

Treat yourselves to a showboat dinner cruise

Taking a dinner cruise across the Cumberland River is one of the most memorable and romantic things to do in Nashville. Once you set sail on the General Jackson Showboat, you and your other half will be treated to a delicious southern-style dinner as you take in the views of Nashville.

After eating and admiring the views, there’ll be live entertainment to enjoy as you watch the sunset. You can also opt for a lunch cruise if that works better with your schedule.

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See Nashville’s artistic murals

Nashville has many creative murals across the city, including the “What Lifts You” angel wings mural. A unique and convenient way to see all these murals is on a mural art tour.

You’ll be provided with a unique mode of transport, a golf cart, to go from downtown to Marathon Village, East Nashville, and many more. On the way, you’ll discover stunning murals that make the ideal backdrop for photos.

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Flying above Nashville on a helicopter is a great way to treat your partner

Take a luxury helicopter tour

Taking a helicopter tour is one of the most luxurious and fun things to do in Nashville for couples. You can discover a range of options to choose from, including sunset flights and champagne helicopter tours.

No matter which experience and operator you decide on, you and your partner will get to enjoy breathtaking aerial views of Nashville. This activity is a highly memorable one that neither of you will forget quickly!

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Go on a Jack Daniels whiskey tasting tour

If you and your other half like whiskey, going on a Jack Daniels whiskey tasting tour is an exciting activity to try. The well-known whiskey brand was founded in Tennessee, and the tour will take you to the head factory in Lynchburg, near Nashville.

At the factory, you will tour the facility and learn more about the whiskey-making process and the history of the brand. Of course, then you’ll get to partake in a whiskey tasting. You can also purchase some Jack Daniels bottles only available in Tennessee to remind you of your trip.

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One of the fun things to do in Nashville, TN, for couples is visiting Grand Ole Opry
Visiting Grand Ole Opry is one of the fun things to do in Nashville, TN, for couples

Tour the Grand Ole Opry House

The Grand Ole Opry House is a renowned Nashville Music venue. It was initially constructed to host Grand Ole Opry shows that feature a range of country music. Today, you can watch some of the biggest country music stars perform here.

Along with catching a live performance, touring Grand Ole Opry House is a great couples activity. You’ll be given a unique backstage guided tour and learn more about the history of the building and the performances that have taken place.

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Attempt to break out of an escape room

Test your teamwork by trying to get out of an escape room with your partner! The Escape Game is an escape room chain with a few locations across Nashville, including downtown.

Escape rooms to try include an art heist-themed room, prison break game, and outer space-themed escape. No matter which theme you decide on, you’ll have a great time breaking out, even if you don’t make it out in the hour!

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Walking on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge gives the best views of Nashville

Walk across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

Walking together across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge is a laid-back but must-do activity in the city. The bridge is a Nashville landmark that has sat on the city skyline since 1909.

When walking over the bridge, you’ll get to take in some of the best views of the Nashville skyline and the Cumberland River. It’s the perfect activity to help you unwind. You can also take some incredible photographs.

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Spend the night line dancing at Wildhorse Saloon

The Wildhorse Saloon is a Nashville hotspot with live music, great food, and line dancing nights. The bar offers free line dancing lessons, and all levels, from beginners to experts, can join in. Line dancing is one of the most enjoyable Nashville activities for couples!

Having had a fun time trying line dancing, you can grab some drinks and listen to live country music. Alternatively, try a range of southern dishes, from ribs to spicy shrimp and grits.

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Learn more about Nashville musician Johnny Cash at his namesake museum

Learn about a music icon at the Johnny Cash Museum

Nashville’s Johnny Cash Museum includes an array of displays on the music icon. In fact, it houses the largest display of memorabilia relating to the artist in the world. Exhibits cover both the life and career of the artist who called Nashville home.

Once you’ve toured the museum, you and your partner can enjoy some tasty southern dishes at the on-site Cash’s BBQ and Bar. This eatery also frequently has live music acts.

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Visiting a Nashville Honky Tonk bar is an exciting way to spend a night out

Party on the Honky Tonk Highway

Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway is a street in downtown Nashville with many “Honky Tonk” bars. Going to this street in the evening to check out some of the bars, hear live music, and grab some drinks is the perfect thing to do with your partner.

A fun way to see the best bars on the Honky Tonk Highway is on a pub crawl. The guided pub crawl will allow you to meet new people and visit some memorable bars for an amazing night out!

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In Summary

Nashville is an exciting city to visit for couples that must be added to your travel bucket list. From visiting museums and landmarks to hiking in beautiful parks and learning to make traditional southern biscuits, you won't run out of things to do in Nashville!

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Written by Alli Sewell

allisewell WRITER Currently based in Canada, I've also lived and worked in the UK and Brazil and travelled in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. I love finding the best photo-ops and food and drink locations wherever I go!