Home to approximately 77,000 residents, Nashville is located within 600 miles of more than half of America’s population. The city has its own special blend of cultures and attractions. From the historic Ryman Auditorium—former home of the Grand Ole Opry—to Printers Alley, Riverfront Park, Gaylord Entertainment Center and Adelphia Coliseum, downtown Nashville is the entertainment hub of the city. With more than 30 clubs and 125 restaurants, downtown is a place for every age and taste.
Nashville is known for its commitment to education. A wide spectrum of both public and private K-12 education opportunities provide students with many educational options. The southeast area of the city is served by districts 2 and 6 of the Metropolitan Nashville District Schools. District 2 includes five elementary and three middle schools and one high school, as well as Lakeview Design Center. District 6 includes nine elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Nashville also has a long tradition of private education, providing choices that accommodate individual religious beliefs and different preferences for educational methods and approaches.
The city’s reputation as a center of education is enhanced by the presence of 18 colleges and universities in the area. Belmont University, the University of the South, Trevecca Nazarene University, the University of Memphis and Tennessee State University are just a few of the post-secondary options located in the region.
Attractions & Points of Interests
The city offers plenty for sports fans to enjoy. Whether your interest is tennis or golf, hunting or fishing, Nashville has it all. If spectator sports are your preference, Nashville is home to the Tennessee Titans of the NFL, the Nashville Predators of the NHL and a number of major college teams.
For music fans, the Opryland entertainment complex and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are major attractions. Not far from Nashville in Lynchburg is the Jack Daniels Distillery and a host of museums dedicated to the area's history.
The Nashville Zoo is another favorite place to visit. In addition to the many animal species housed here, the zoo includes the “Jungle Gym” which is the country’s largest community-built playground. Kids of all ages can spend hours playing among the vast array of slides, cargo netting and climbing structures. The zoo also features the Grassmere Historic Farm. Originally built in 1810, this structure gives residents and visitors alike a glimpse into Tennessee’s past. The lovely Unseen New World exhibit with nearly 150 rare, threatened and endangered animals focuses on reptile and amphibian exhibits. Exciting animal shows, educational programs and “Critter Encounters” make for many days of fun and adventure.
Parks & Recreation
Southeast Nashville offers many recreational activities and special seasonal events. “Community of Many Faces” takes place at the Nashville Public Library, with nearly 30 special programs of traditional African, Chinese, Native American, South Indian, and Spanish dance, music and storytelling. These types of multi-cultural events celebrate Nashville’s rich diversity.
The city is also a sportsman’s paradise. J. Percy Priest Lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Thanks to the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities from which to choose including fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and more. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administers 19,462 acres of land as part of the J. Percy Priest Lake Project. Much of this land is managed for wildlife and is open to public hunting.
Seven Points Campground is located on the lake, seven miles east of Nashville and is close to the Hermitage, the historic home of President Andrew Jackson. Seven Points is one of the most visited Corps of Engineers campgrounds in the nation. A day-use area is available within one mile, offering a beach, picnic areas and group shelters. The campground offers 60 overnight sites with water and electric hook-ups.
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