Nashville Hangouts: Experience the city before the semester ends

By Christy Ulmet

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Home to more than 6,000 animals, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is the perfect place to go as it’s warming up. The zoo has been open since 1991 and has grown from “a private operation in Cheatham County to an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility with international conservation involvement,” ( From monkeys to elephants to flamingos, Nashville Zoo has it all. Just five minutes south of campus, the zoo is a great place to go on weekends or after you get out of class.

Tickets are $15 for ages 13 and up. For more information and zoo hours, visit

Country Music Hall of Fame
It’s no secret that Nashville is famous for its bluegrass and country roots. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located in the entertain-ment district just off of Broadway and offers a wide range of history on the music of the south. The Country Music Hall of Fame exists to “identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences,” (

In operation since 1967, the museum holds 121 inducted members in its hall of fame and has new exhibits regularly focused on different generations, artists, etc. For information on tickets and museum hours, visit
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts opened its doors to Nashville in 2001 and is a great place to spend the afternoon. “With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the magnificent Art Deco building every 6 to 8weeks,” ( you’ll always see something new when you visit.

Inside the Frist Center is an interactive gallery, a featured exhibition in the Art Deco, a café and a gift shop. People ages 18 and under always get in free, and college students get in free Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00-9:00 p.m. with a student ID. For more information on hours and exhibits, visit

This article originally appeared in the March 2014 TrevEchoes.

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