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South NashvilleNashville

A large inland fort from the U.S. Civil War and one of the country’s leading collections of European cars make this a great area to visit in Nashville. 

South Nashville is a large district stretching southeast from the city center and containing varied parks and museums. It has a fascinating history, with the ruins of a 19th-century fortress recalling the U.S. Civil War. Before your visit to South Nashville, check for events at the many entertainment spots in the area.

Make your way through the fascinating ruins of Fort Negley Park and enter its visitor center to watch the two films about the Civil War. Today, you can still see the ruined ramparts of what was one of the largest inland masonry fortifications built during the U.S. Civil War. Teach your kids about American history via interactive screens in the exhibits.

Another Nashville passion is automobiles. Head to the Lane Motor Museum for one of America’s largest collections of European cars, with over 500 vehicles. Consider the experimental and unusual shapes of vintage vehicles from the early 1900s.

In the second week of September, bring your family to the annual Tennessee State Fair at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The site initially opened in 1891 with harness racing. Other events held in this venue include the Nashville Flea Market as well as various music and dance recitals.

Travel to the neighborhood’s southern border for the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. This zoological garden is located on a former plantation estate. Let your kids pet the goats, kangaroos and tortoises and play on the huge Jungle Gym.

South Nashville makes up the southern section of Nashville, from the Cumberland River to Oak Hill and Antioch. It is a little west of Donelson and the Nashville International Airport. Ride a bus south from the city center to get here in about 30 minutes.

Appreciate the varied sites of South Nashville, with its large European car collection, fortress, zoo and entertainment complex.


Popular places to visit in South Nashville

Tennessee State Fairgrounds
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Tennessee State Fairgrounds

4/5(13 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Tennessee State Fairgrounds during your stay in Nashville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Lane Motor Museum
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Lane Motor Museum

4/5(15 reviews)

One of Nashville's hidden gems, this quirky museum houses the largest collection of European cars and motorcycles in the United States.

Fort Negley Park
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Fort Negley Park

Explore the great outdoors at Fort Negley Park, a lovely green space in Nashville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Grand Ole Opry
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Grand Ole Opry

4.5/5(2,680 reviews)

The pride and joy of Nashville residents and hallowed ground for country music fans the world over.

Bridgestone Arena
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Bridgestone Arena

4.5/5(1,641 reviews)

Catch an event at Bridgestone Arena during your trip to Nashville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Vanderbilt University
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Vanderbilt University

4.5/5(1,365 reviews)

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around Vanderbilt University, a top university in Nashville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Top things to do in South Nashville

Country Music Hall of Fame® Tickets & Tour
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Country Music Hall of Fame® Tickets & Tour

$26
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Nashville Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
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Nashville Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

$44
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Jack Daniel's Distillery Day Trip
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Jack Daniel's Distillery Day Trip

$119
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend

Top Hotels in South Nashville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
4 out of 5
321 Hart St, Nashville, TN
The price is $110 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in South Nashville, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Music City Center, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)

"Very clean, but loud. Bar next to Hotel. Nice staff. Big rooms."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
Sonder - Wedgewood Suites
Sonder - Wedgewood Suites
4 out of 5
1224 2nd Avenue South, Nashville, TN

Located in South Nashville, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nashville Children's Theatre, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Ascend Amphitheater. ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Everything & More

"Well beyond our expectations. Great location and the condo just as described on the website. Everything we needed!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Sonder - Wedgewood Suites
Drake Inn
Drake Inn
2.5 out of 5
420 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $69 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

Located in South Nashville, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Lane Motor Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Music City ...

2.8/5 (396 reviews)
Good Stay

"They are remolding and I was given one of the remolded rooms. It was clean, everything appeared new. Staff was friendly. Only thing I felt needed improvement was the cheap scratchy towels"…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Drake Inn
Beautiful 4-story Home Minutes From Downtown - Book Now!
Beautiful 4-story Home Minutes From Downtown - Book Now!
Nashville, TN

Located in South Nashville, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Belmont University, and Music City Center. Country Music ...

5/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
South Nashville Charm

"Clean & nice place to stay!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Beautiful 4-story Home Minutes From Downtown - Book Now!
3br/3.5ba W/ Covered Patio - 2.5 Miles To Downtown 3 Bedroom Townhouse
3br/3.5ba W/ Covered Patio - 2.5 Miles To Downtown 3 Bedroom Townhouse
3 out of 5
505 Wedgewood Avenue, #H, Nashville, TN

Located in South Nashville, this golf vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Tennessee State Fairgrounds and within 3 mi (5 km) of Belmont University and Music ...

3br/3.5ba W/ Covered Patio - 2.5 Miles To Downtown 3 Bedroom Townhouse
2nd Ave S Townhouse Unit C10 - 3 Br Townhouse
2nd Ave S Townhouse Unit C10 - 3 Br Townhouse
4.5 out of 5
1240 2nd Ave S, Unit C10, Nashville, TN

Located in South Nashville, this luxury vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nashville Children's Theatre, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Music ...

3/5 (1 review)

"The property is well located, big and very nice. However the kitchen sink was completely disconnected from counter and was being held up by boxes underneath sink. Also The internet didn’t work and property management firm never responded to inquiries."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019

2nd Ave S Townhouse Unit C10 - 3 Br Townhouse

Other neighborhoods in Nashville

Adventure Science Center which includes coral and interior views

Eighth Avenue

You'll enjoy the museums and coffeehouses in Eighth Avenue. You might want to make time for a stop at Adventure Science Center or Fort Negley Park.

Eighth Avenue
Great view of downtown Nashville.
Brian Thurman on trover

Edgehill

5/5Exceptional!(8 area reviews)

While Edgehill might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Nashville Broadway and Bridgestone Arena.

Edgehill
The Gulch showing a sunset, street scenes and a city

The Gulch

The Gulch is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Nashville Broadway and Nashville WhatLiftsYou Wings Mural while in the area.

The Gulch
A little on the dry side but still amazing. This knot of flaky pastry is like a croissant-style cinnamon roll. Five Daughters Bakery is hip and popular as can be.
IntentionalTravelers on trover

12 South

Uncover some of the top draws of 12 South like its restaurants and shopping. If you're hoping to see more of the larger area, make a stop by Mall at Green Hills or Belmont Mansion.

12 South
Downtown Nashville which includes a city, a sunset and boating

Downtown Nashville

4/5Very Good!(5,801 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and great live music are just a few highlights of Downtown Nashville. Make a stop by Ryman Auditorium or Bridgestone Arena while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Nashville
Belmont Mansion featuring a house, interior views and heritage elements

Hillsboro Village

4.5/5Wonderful!(70 area reviews)

Hillsboro Village is noteworthy for its coffeehouses, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Belmont Mansion and Belcourt Theatre.

Hillsboro Village

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