Last week, my good friends Alicia and Tom came into town to celebrate Tom’s birthday. It was so good to see them and get out! I’ve been staying at home most of the year and only been ordering through take out and social distancing with friends at local parks.
We all got tested for COVID before their visit and we wore our masks and socially distanced from others during these activities, but I thought I’d share what to do in Nashville, TN during COVID.
What to Do in Nashville TN During COVID: 5 Places to Visit
- Arrington Vineyards – One of the few wineries in Middle, TN, Arrington has amazing views and good wine! Bring a picnic basket and small bites and order a bottle to share with friends while enjoying the fall weather. During the weekends they have food trucks, live music, and seasonal frosé!
2. TopGolf – Another fun activity for groups of six of less is head to TopGolf. They have plastic in-between each station and every area is sanitized from the tables to the clubs to the golf balls between every visit. Masks are required but if you’re at your station you can have it off while playing. We had an end bay and it was quiet and didn’t have a lot of through traffic. Order some appetizers to split and enjoy the game!
3. Hit Up 12 South – 12 South is one of my favorite places to bring out of towners too. You can eat at Bartaco or Edley’s, grab a donut at Five Daughters, get excellent coffee at Frothy Monkey and shop at Imogene + Willie and the Madewell Denim Edit. There’s also a bunch of murals to take photos in front of like the famous “I Believe in Nashville” mural.
Tennessee COVID restrictions are strange since it’s up to the county on whether masks and social distancing are required or not. In Davidson County, masks are required and restaurants are still at 25-50% capacity so make a reservation if you’re coming on a weekend or busy night.
4. Radnor Lake – This time of year, Radnor Lake is the perfect spot to enjoy nature with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand. It’s an easy hike if you walk the paved pathway but they also have some hiking trails for more experienced hikers. Don’t pack a picnic because they’re not allowed! Just bring your coffee or tea to enjoy on your walk.
5. The Frist Museum – Our local Art museum has some amazing exhibits lately. They have The Flag Exchange from Mel Ziegler, Return to Sender from Jitish Kallat, and a pop-up installation called Blood at the Root in the Frist’s courtyard. The pop-up installation is free to the public. You can read about their health procedures on the website as well as purchase your tickets.
So here are a few things to do if you’re visiting Nashville! A lot of the local breweries are closed so if you want your favorite beer or cider, you’ll have to order a six-pack to go. Also, I discourage anyone who wants to go to Broadway. My favorites like the Wildhorse Saloon and Wild Beaver are still closed and a lot of the bars aren’t open and if they are it’s only because they serve food. Live music only happens if a band brings their own equipment and it’s just not the same vibe as it was before.
Also, some restaurants and bars are only open Thursday – Sunday and close early. So make sure you double-check hours before you head out somewhere!