While it’s by no means a beach destination, Nashville’s vibrant music and nightlife scene, rich history, and Southern charm make the city just as exciting a Spring Break destination. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a foodie, a nature lover, or simply want to explore a new city, here are some reasons why Nashville should be at the top of your Spring Break destination list:

Live Music & Nightlife

Nashville Honky Tonks

It wouldn’t be a trip to Nashville without immersing yourself in the city’s legendary music and bar scene. Experience Nasville’s vibrant nightlife, where live music, bustling honky-tonks, and trendy rooftop bars await, offering an unforgettable evening of entertainment and fun. Catch live performances by talented musicians showcasing a diverse range of genres, from country to blues to rock. Catch a performance at the famous Ryman Auditorium, stop by the iconic Bluebird Café or duck into a honky-tonk bar on Broadway to hear the sounds that put Nashville on the map. With numerous venues scattered throughout the city, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to groove to the rhythm of Music City.

Outdoor Activities

In March, Nashville typically experiences mild and transitional weather as winter gives way to spring. Days become longer, temperatures gradually warm up, and the city sees an increase in sunshine. Springtime in Nashville invites outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural beauty of the city’s surroundings, and a refreshing alternative to traditional Spring Break revelry. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on scenic trails in nearby Percy Warner Park and Radnor Lake State Park. Alternatively, opt for a leisurely bike ride along the picturesque Shelby Bottoms Greenway, where you can spot local wildlife as you pedal next to the Cumberland River.

Cultural Attractions

Nashville cultural attractions

Immerse yourself in Nashville’s rich cultural heritage by visiting its museums, art galleries, and historic sites. Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, delve into the history of Southern art at the Frist Art Museum, or take a tour of the historic Belle Meade Plantation. With so much to see and learn, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the city’s artistic and historical significance.

Foodie Exploration

Treat your taste buds with Nashville’s eclectic culinary scene, where Southern comfort food meets gourmet cuisine. From classic hot chicken and barbecue to innovative farm-to-table fare, there’s no shortage of delicious dining options to satisfy every craving. Don’t forget to sample some mouthwatering classic Southern desserts, like banana pudding or bourbon-infused pecan pie! Whether you are making a reservation for an elegant fine-dining experience, or shaking off a hangover from last night’s adventures with some extra indulgence, Nashville offers flavors for everyone and for every occasion. Embark on a guided tour of Nashville’s neighborhoods to sample local flavors and learn about the history and culture behind every bite. 

St. Patrick’s Day

Boost your Spring Break festivities and join in on Nashville’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. From the lively Music City Irish Fest to rowdy pub crawls, there are plenty of ways to celebrate, whether you’re Irish or not!. You can even get some exercise in beforehand with the Nashville St. Paddy’s 5k Run. Put on your green attire, indulge in some Irish-inspired fare at local eateries, and join fellow partiers in raising a toast on St. Patrick’s Day.

Spring Events

Cheekwood in Bloom in Nashville during Spring Break

From cultural celebrations and food fairs to art festivals and outdoor concerts, there are an abundance of exciting events in Nashville over Spring Break. March and April bring an explosion of colors at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. With over 55 acres of meticulously manicured gardens and an arboretum, visitors can revel in the beauty of thousands of blooming flowers alongside art and sculptures. The annual Cheekwood in Bloom event runs during the month of March and features garden design, art, live music and food developed around a central theme each year. The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the delicate pink blossoms and highlights Japanese culture and food in late March. The Sip of History Whisky and Wine Tasting in early April brings together more than 20 Tennessee distilleries and breweries for a laid-back tasting event with live music and lawn games. In mid-April, the Nashville Earth Day Festival showcases environmental sustainability in a festive atmosphere with eco-friendly vendors, interactive exhibits, educational workshops, and live music performances. 

SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament

SEC men's basketball tournament in Nashville

Experience the excitement of one of the most competitive conferences in college basketball at the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament held in Nashville each March. Watch as top teams battle it out on the court, and put yourself in the center of the action at this premier sporting event. The tournament takes place in Bridgestone Arena at the heart of downtown Nashville, where you can cheer on your alma mater and join the buzzing energy of die-hard college basketball fans.

Family-Friendly Activities

Spring Break is not just for college students, but also an opportunity for families with younger children to make memories. If you’re planning a Spring Break getaway with the kids, Nashville offers plenty of kid-friendly attractions and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Visit the Nashville Zoo, embark on a paddleboat cruise along the Cumberland River, or explore the hands-on exhibits at the Adventure Science Center. With a variety of interactive experiences, children of all ages are sure to have a blast.

Book Your Rental

Nashville offers an unbeatable combination of vibrant entertainment, cultural attractions and culinary excitement, making it the ultimate destination for Spring Break. GoodNight Stay offers a wide array of Nashville vacation rentals perfect for your Spring Break getaway. If you’re traveling with friends or family, a vacation rental is a much more economical option than a hotel, plus it’s a lot more fun. Book your vacation rental today and get ready for the unforgettable adventure waiting for you in Music City!

Rooftop patio at a Nashville vacation rental