8 Reasons to Visit Nashville

Whether or not you're letting your babies grow up to be cowboys, you can still wrangle lots of family-friendly fun in Music City USA. And even if country tunes aren't your cup of tea, the charm and hospitality of this Southern hot spot will win you over. Check out why you should get to know Nashville.

It's a music mecca.

No doubt about it: Nashville is the center of the universe for honky-tonk fans. Just take a short walk down almost any street to see the countless clubs, bars, and restaurants made famous by country stars, past and present. And none of these venues is more legendary than the Grand Ole Opry (opry.com). Everyone who's anyone -- from Johnny Cash to Carrie Underwood -- has performed there. Introduce your kids to country music at a live concert, or let them show off their own singing skills on the stage during a behind-the-scenes tour.

Be sure to stop in at the nearby Country Music Hall of Fame (countrymusichalloffame.com). Grab the free "Fun for Families" pamphlet on the way in, which will guide you to all the museum's gotta-try kids' activities, including listening stations, workshops, and an exhibit that lets you design your own country-star outfit.

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