Once the former location of Nashville's publishing and printing industry, Printers Alley has now become the city's epicenter for nightlife. A sign, extending across Church Street, marks the entrance to this brick-paved, bar-lined alleyway. Neon signage lights up the evenings, beckoning customers. From restaurants to live music bars, Printers Alley is filled with unique and interesting nightlife gems and is even known to be a prime spot where great musicians have performed and gotten their big breaks.
Relax among the serene beauty of three nationally acclaimed indoor gardens: The Conservatory, The Cascades, and The Delta. The Conservatory covers two acres and is devoted solely to tropical plants. The Cascades also covers two acres and features waterfalls cascading into a 12,500 square-foot indoor lake. The Delta covers 4.5 acres and features restaurants, shops and a fountain that sends out jets of water 85 feet into the air. A breathtaking river runs through it with passenger-carrying boats. Admission: Free.
Just north of Nashville in Kingston Springs is the winding Harpeth River. Enjoy this natural waterway and the wildlife that lives in the protected reserve along its banks by canoe. At Tip-a-Canoe, paddlers can get in the water at a reasonable price for a four hour trip. Pack a lunch, grab some friends, and make a day of it. A shuttle will transport you and your party to and from the launch area.
This exquisite collection of African American art is housed on the third floor of the library at Fisk University, which is one of America's oldest universities founded for African Americans. The collection includes paintings, watercolors, sculptures and prints by such artists as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Malvin Gray Johnson, Aaron Douglas and James Lesesne Wells. Elsewhere in the library, visitors may view abstract paintings and copper repousse sculpture by Gregory Ridley, pastel portraits by Winold Reiss (1881-1953) and drawings by Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1975). Baldridge was an illustrator who traveled along the east and west coasts of Africa and parts of Ethiopia. His art served as a visual diary of his trip. Telephone in advance if you need disabled access.
Located on Gallatin Avenue, The East Room is a comedy club that has on offer rib-tickling comedy. Set in a spacious place with a relaxed, home-like atmosphere and seating that includes a comfortable mix of chairs, booths, couches and bar stools, it’s easy to feel you are at a friend’s house rather than at an event venue. This entertainment spot also regularly hosts pop-up art shows and concerts by local and touring artists and you can also call for pizzas and beers as you enjoy the show. If you are in the mood to tickle your funny bone or simply want to have a fun evening out, simply head to The East Room and check out their latest show.