Last weekend my in-laws were in town and it rained almost the entire time. It raised the question, what is there to do in Nashville when it’s raining? During our spring months, we get A LOT of rain. I did a lot of research on this topic and figured I’d share what I found on rainy day activities in Nashville, TN!
Rainy Day Activities in Nashville, TN
The current exhibit is Picasso. Figures, an exhibition from the incomparable collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. It’s a great place to walk around and see some unique exhibits. The Frist also has a charming cafe where you can sit and enjoy the artistic ambiance. With COVID you have to buy a timed ticket beforehand so plan in advance! They’re open Thurs–Sat: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sun: 1–5:30 p.m., and also open Mondays in April.
A fan of the man in black? Learn more about him on a Nashville rainy day! This museum is in the heart of Downtown Nashville and around the corner from the iconic Broadway. They’re open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE INTO THE MUSEUM.
If you do one thing in Nashville, it should be this! These two places are staples in the Music City community and are truly remarkable. You can always catch a great show at one of these two places!
UPDATE: With COVID, most shows are postponed but you can still tour the Ryman by purchasing tickets here. The Grand Ole Opry is now allowing audiences back for a few shows but they sell out quick so keep an eye out for the day you’re visiting. They also are allowing backstage tours at this time!
Hit the Shops
Shopping is the perfect rainy day activity! You can go to the budget-friendly outlets at Opry Mills, the designer shops at the Mall at Green Hills or the cool and trendy Cool Springs. All of these places have great restaurants and are an easy, laid-back way to spend an afternoon.
Do a Brewery Crawl
Nashville doesn’t have any wineries (there’s one outside of Franklin called Arrington) but we do have a lot of breweries. Catch them all here, and plan your route!
This place has everything you need for a rainy day. Delicious restaurants, gift shops, Hatch Show Print workshop, and various exhibits on country stars past and present. I love going when a new exhibit opens and spend the day wandering around. Next door is also the Music City Center, a convention site that’s cool to explore.
Located near Bicentennial State Park, this museum is on the newer side and tells all the stories of the Volunteer state! They’re closed on Monday but open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
One of our newest museums near Fifth & Broad is the NMAAM. This place is truly amazing and I recommend everyone stop by here, rain or shine! Purchase your tickets here and learn some great history.
If you’re in Nashville during hockey season, go to a Nashville Predators hockey game at Bridgestone Arena. A few years ago during a Stanley Cup run, the Predators fans were voted the best fans in the National Hockey League and Bridgestone the best place to go to an out-of-town game! We have our own chants and traditions and know-how to cheer on our team. They’re selling tickets in pods due to COVID so get yours in advance!