Get Your Heartbeat on in Nashville, TN

Here at Springboard, we believe in making hearts beat with excitement, passion and hope. What better way to do it than exploring the Music City, Nashville, TN, while you are attending the annual Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development Conference on September 8th – 11th. Here are a few ideas to help you see Nashville at its finest.


Live Music Downtown

It would be a shame to visit Nashville without checking out all of the live music downtown. 2nd Avenue and Broadway are the well know (and for a really good reason) venues, but you can travel (by foot, car, or trolley) to a number of other streets to find fun and happening honky-tonks. Most downtown Honky-tonks are kid & family friendly until 9 PM because they know everyone enjoys great music & dancing!

Grand Ole Opry House

What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live entertainment phenomenon. Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry – an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee’s number-one attraction – is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages.

Wildhorse Saloon

Here there’s a strict no-holds-barred-policy, where you have permission to forget the world outside and get lost —In the music, On the dance floor, or with the taste of our award-winning BBQ. Here you’ll become part of the show, not just part of the audience. Because here there’s little distinction between dance floor and stage door.We’re one of those places where you’re encouraged to dance the line, not walk it. Here you’re unleashed!

George Jones Museum

Spanning more than 44,000 square feet, the George Jones Museum features displays of memorabilia and photos, video displays and interactive experiences.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the world’s largest and most active popular music research centers and the world’s largest repository of country music artifacts. In 2001 they moved into a huge facility in the heart of Nashville’s Arts & Entertainment district downtown. This is a must see for all music lovers. Today the museum includes Taylor Swift Education Center, and multi-purpose event rental spaces, and a 776-seat CMA Theater for events that include some of the biggest names in Country Music history.

Johnny Cash Museum

Downtown Nashville museum dedicated to the life and music career of the late “Man in Black” featuring 18,000 square feet of memorabilia, interactive exhibits and a 250-seat auditorium.


The Nashville Zoo is the perfect size for family fun. Kid’s love animals and given the opportunity they will visit the zoo over and over again. Nashville also lucky to be a city large enough to have a great zoo and small enough to have other great animal attractions like Family Farms and Petting Zoo’s. Imagine your child’s face when they get to see a baby ducks and goats up close! Get the camera ready – Oh yeah, this pic is going to grandma! Enjoy Life, Nashville Life!

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

The Zoo is open daily. The animals come from many parts of the world. Whether you are interested in mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, or fish – Many species in each category that call Nashville Zoo home.

Lucky Ladd Farms

Enjoy Acres Of Excitement Including Over 75 Activities For All Ages!
• Petting Farm • Mega Slides • Hay Rides • Duck Races • Jumping Balls • Fish Pond • Tractor Train • Tire Mountain • Kiddie Mazes • Corn Box

Aquarium Restaurant

Guests dine while seated around a 200,000-gallon tank, home to a wide variety of fish, sharks, stingrays and more! The bottom of the sea décor and inventive menu offer guests a dining experience like no other.

Long C Trails

Welcome to Long C Trails, a family-operated trail ride with lots of clean family fun. We offer a peaceful, alcohol-free atmosphere with some of the most beautiful scenery in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.


Nashville and middle Tennessee is full or rich American History, from the Antebellum Homes to Civil War battlegrounds. Just walk the streets downtown and enjoy the ornate architecture of buildings that date back to late 19th century.

The Hermitage – Home of Andrew Jackson

Visit the historic home of the 7th US President Andrew Jackson – The Hermitage. Learn about his life and how he influenced our political structure. There is also a great love story with him and his wife Rachel. The historic home and grounds are a must for history buffs as well as school age children.

Tennessee Central Railway Museum

The all-volunteer crew at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum hosts round-trip train rides from Nashville to locations east including Lebanon, Watertown, Cookeville, and Monterey..

Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum

Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum is one of the most unique historic homes in the Nashville, Tennessee area. The home, built by Judge John Overton was completed in 1799 – just three years after Tennessee gained statehood.

Fontanel Mansion

The 27,000 square foot former home of country super-star Barbara Mandrell is open for daily tours.  This is the only “home of the star” tour in Nashville that you can actually go inside!

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