Music City is often known for its bar scene, incredible food, tunes, and tourist attractions. People far and wide will visit this city every year, which can become overwhelming if you're on a quick weekend trip and wanting to avoid the crowds. What some might be surprised about is that there are some unusual things to do in and near Nashville that people may have never known existed.

These six spots might not be filled with hundreds of people, which could make your time more enjoyable if you prefer things to be a little more low-key.

On an off-day from the city or a relaxing day on your vacation, these are the places you should go take a peek at. From hiking and water activities to seeing unique and out of the ordinary exhibits, there's something on this list that everyone can enjoy.

Paddleboarding in the city

Price: $26+

Address: 525 Basswood Ave., Nashville, TN 

Why You Need To Go: Paddle Up Nashville has stand-up paddleboard rentals and even has classes you can take if you want to learn how. 


Visit an Award-Winning bathroom 

Price: Free

Address: 231 6th Ave. N, Nashville, TN

Why You Need To Go: The Hermitage Hotel welcomes all genders to view the 2008 award-winning art-deco site. The lime green and black walls are an absolute off-the-wall bathroom mood, and they've been offering shoe-shinings here since 1910. If you leave without a bathroom selfie, were you really even there?


Explore One of America's Oldest Tunnels at Harpeth River State Park

Price: Free, though donations keep this site beautiful

Address: 1254 Narrows of the Harpeth Rd, Kingston Springs, TN

Why You Need To Go: Located right outside of Nashville, the Montgomery Bell's Tunnel used to be a shortcut to the river. Now it's an enclosed tunnel and waterfall that you can go visit and explore.


Shop this Creepy Oddity Store 

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Address: 2410 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN

Why You Need To Go: Hail, Dark Aesthetics has oddities from skeletons, books on death, and taxidermy animals to crystals, witchy things, spirit boards and more.


Grab a Cup of Coffee With Kittens 

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Address: 2519 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN

Why You Need To Go: Mewsic Kitty Cafe is a Music City-themed cafe with adoptable cats lounging around. Grab a coffee and a snack and get to playing. 


Go Deep in a Cave to See a Concert 

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ-๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Address: 555 Charlie Roberts Rd, Pelham, TN

Why You Need To Go: Located about an hour south of Nashville, you can travel deep into The Caverns to listen to Bluegrass music. Upcoming shows will be starting in August.


So what are you waiting for? It's time to get exploring!


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