2017 IAPD Leadership Development Conference: Area Attractions

May 9-11, 2017
Nashville, TN, USA


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Tours and Attractions

Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium

Established in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and must see for any Nashville visitor. While best known for housing the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 – 1974, there is far more to the story of Music City’s most recognizable icon. Take a Self-Guided or Guided Backstage tour and discover what makes the Ryman, the “Soul of Nashville.”

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is situated at the epicenter of the city, a block from the popular honky-tonks of Broadway. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection,  recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores and special event space boasting stunning downtown views.

Nashville’s Honkey Tonk Highway

For those who don't know, a honky tonk is an establishment that contains at least one rockin' stage, cold beverages and a party that lasts all day, everyday. Nashville's Honky Tonk Highway, located on Lower Broadway, is a row of these beautiful things pumping live music into the streets from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. You never know who you’ll see in these Lower Broadway clubs. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley and other stars began their careers on this amazing street. This means the person you see singing on the stage in Music City might be the next big thing!

Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation, located in Belle Meade, TN, USA, is a historic mansion whose grounds now function as a museum. Belle Meade Plantation consists of 30 remaining acres and includes a winery, visitor's center, original outbuildings including the Harding cabin, dairy, carriage house, stable, mausoleum and a reconstructed slave quarters. Your visit to Belle Meade Plantation will include a tour led by a trained and costumed guide through the plantation’s beautiful Greek-Revival mansion commissioned by John Harding in 1845 and access to the other historical buildings on the grounds.

Nashville Old Town Trolley Tour: Hop On Hop Off

Hop aboard the Old Town Trolley. More than just a sightseeing tour, it is a fun and educational adventure as your trolley conductor provides an entertaining narration that includes little known facts and behind-the-scenes tips. Hop on and off at any of the 15 convenient stops including the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, Farmers’ Market, Centennial Park, Hot Chicken, Belmont Mansion and many more!

Walkin’ Nashville Music City Legends Tour

Hank, Johnny, Patsy, Loretta, Dolly, Merle, Willie... there was a time when country music was on a first name basis with its fans. A time when the streets of downtown Nashville were alive with the sound of backroom guitar pulls, midnight jamborees and the Grand Ole Opry. Now you can recapture the magic of this golden era with Grammy-nominated music journalist Bill DeMain as your guide. Packed with history, fun trivia and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about your favorite country legends, this two-hour walking tour is designed for music lovers who want to know the real story of how Nashville came to be called Music City.


Area Parks

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is one of Nashville's premier parks. Located on West End and 25th Avenue North, the 132-acre features: the iconic Parthenon, a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center, a beautiful sunken garden, a band shell, an events shelter, sand volleyball courts, dog park and an exercise trail. 

Bicentennial Mall State Park

Located in the shadow of the Capitol in downtown Nashville, Bicentennial Capitol Mall gives visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history.  With just a simple walk in the 19-acre park visitors can experience many facets of Tennessee’s history including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains.


Monell's Dining & Catering

When in Nashville do what the locals do...pass the peas...please! Great Southern food served family style in historic settings. Skillet fried chicken, green beans, cheese grits, cornbread, biscuits and gravy, pork chops and pot roast.

Etch Restaurant

This upscale seafood restaurant features an open-kitchen setting and a bright atmosphere. Roasted cauliflower, scallops and grilled lamb are a few options to pair with their wine and cocktail list.

Kayne Prime

Kayne Prime is the artful fusion of a chef-chic boutique restaurant with the great American steakhouse. Progressive in every sense – cuisine, wine & mixology, stylish design – Kayne Prime is the modern evolution of the classic upscale steakhouse. Market-driven, farm-to-table creations, sophisticated cocktails, an exceptional wine list and award-winning steaks - all set in a “rustic–modern”, “Best Design” interior that features a sleek study of woods, rich leathers and walls of reclaimed railroad ties, with breathtaking views that highlight the historic train yards, Union Station and the downtown Nashville skyline.

Skull's Rainbow Room

Skull’s Rainbow Room is a casual yet elegant tribute to David “Skull” Schulman and the former fine dining establishments of Nashville’s Historic Printers Alley. Our critically acclaimed menu created by Executive Chef, Gannon M. Leary, showcases his continental twist on American classics. Premium handcrafted cocktails and an eclectic beer and wine list complement the award winning cuisine. We pay homage to the entertainment of yesteryear with burlesque and live music nightly.

The Stillery

The kind of place you can relax, eat outstanding fresh food and enjoy a signature mason jar cocktail. We serve up amazing brick fired pies, juicy stacked burgers, fresh salads and tantalizing starters. The menu is comprised of what could be best explained as "a chef's comfort food." Our signature cocktails are made with the South's best shines and whiskeys.