As the very heart of Middle Tennessee, Nashville is the focal point for culture, education, and employment. The former private residence of Cheekwood is now the home of the Tennessee Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Art. The Cumberland Science Museum presents exciting exhibits and interactive delights, while the Tennessee State Museum stands as a tribute to the state’s rich history. Many would consider The Hermitage to be the crowning jewel of historic Nashville, the impressive home and final resting place of U.S. President Andrew Jackson and his wife, Rachel.

Aficionados of the arts will discover a kaleidoscope of unique attractions such as the Parthenon, with its full-scale replica of the statue of Athena. Fisk University maintains two superb art galleries, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center hosts professional companies as well as visiting luminaries in three fine theaters. Even in the suburban neighborhoods and smaller towns, community theater and live-stage productions draw enthusiastic audiences.

Residents of the metropolitan area tend to be avid fans of the city’s professional and minor-league teams, from football and baseball to hockey and soccer. A grand, new high-tech arena and state-of-the-art stadium are just two signs of a revitalized downtown. Collegiate competition draws equally avid crowds to cheer on local teams, and thousands of spectators flock to the Nashville Speedway for stock-car racing. The region’s most well-known attraction is Opryland, a vast complex of entertainment and broadcasting facilities that offers live music shows and a posh hotel with elaborate grounds.

With the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Gaylord Entertainment Center, The Coliseum, and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, downtown Nashville has never had more appeal for residents or visitors. Music clubs and restaurants as well as a stunning new library keep the district bustling day and night. Shopping is available in spectacular malls including Opry Mills, but also in quaint historic districts filled with antique dealers and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Annual festivals abound, from famous marathons and steeplechase events to holiday celebrations with glowing lights.

Those who appreciate nature and enjoy outdoor adventure will find a wealth of urban facilities and natural playgrounds. Championship golf courses, tennis courts, ice rinks, private sports clubs, fitness centers, and meticulously groomed parks combine with organized programs that cater to every age group and interest. Sparkling lakes and rivers, state parks, and vast recreational areas invite boating, water sports, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, biking, bird-watching, and nature study. In the warmer months, many communities blend nature with culture by staging outdoor concerts or plays.

Throughout Davidson County and the counties that surround it, newcomers will discover quiet, welcoming neighborhoods, handsome subdivisions and growing towns. Served by an efficient network of interstate freeways and federal and state highways, this beautiful region offers virtually unlimited options for housing and community environments. Charming Victorians in historic districts, gracious country manors, cozy bungalows in tree-shaded city neighborhoods or sprawling horse properties are just a few of the many appealing possibilities. Considering its healthy economy, well-managed and cooperative local governments, the obvious commitment to progress, and an enviable quality of life, Metropolitan Nashville is well-positioned to retain its dynamic status.

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