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The Ultimate Summer Bucket List: Nashville Edition

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Belmont chapter.

Great news: It’s almost summer break! Most college students spend their summers interning, working or studying abroad, but it’s what you do in the downtime that really makes the summer memorable. If you plan on spending most of your summer in Nashville, but you have no idea how to spend the weekends, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Check out the Renaissance Festival

I know, it sounds super nerdy. But I’ve been going to this festival since middle school and it’s a really unique experience. If you’re into buying artisinal jewelry, if you love cool shows, or if you just want to eat some fun festival food, you won’t regret going. The festival happens every weekend in May, so there are plenty of chances to go. And yes, that is the castle where Taylor Swift’s Love Story music video was filmed. 

Do a Photoshoot with Friends Downtown

My favorite spot to take pictures is the pedestrian bridge. All the murals on 12th and 21st are awesome, but there are some incredible hidden places in Nashville that make for unique photos. This picture was taken in a tiny random alley off of Printer’s Alley. Nashville has NO bad angles. Just be safe and be smart, and you can get some awesome pictures with the added bonus of exploring the not-so-touristy parts of downtown Nashville.

Visit the Nashville Zoo

I LOVE the Nashville Zoo. As a Nashville native, I’ve been going there since I was in preschool. Zoos do incredible things for conservation, and they help educate so many people. The Nashville Zoo has beautiful, natural enclosures that allow you to see animals in the type of habitat they deserve. It’s a little pricey, but it’s worth it to get to explore such a huge and gorgeous place.

Take a Walk at Radnor Lake

Radnor Lake is a popular state park in the Nashville area with gorgeous walking trails. Go for a hike, jump in the lake, or just sit in nature and take it all in. 

Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks Show

You can see these from pretty much anywhere in the city, but it’s worth it to head to Ascend Ampitheater to hear the Nashville Sympony play right before the fireworks go off. 

When you spend the summer in Nashville, you really can’t go wrong. There are always festivals happening, there are some awesome farmers markets, and there are plenty of places to shop and eat. Try to get out of your comfort zone and make some Nashville memories! People always complain that they wasted their summer in front of the TV, so take this list as motivation to get out and do something fun. You definitely won’t regret spending your summer exploring Music City.

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Tessa Loftis is a sophomore business management major and French minor at Belmont University. She loves fashion and beauty, but prefers to write about current events and feminist issues. Tessa's passion for social justice drives her to educate others on international injustice, as well as local news. Her favorite TV shows of all time are Parks and Rec and Stranger Things. She loves skincare, especially face masks, and she always buys more lipstick than she can use. Her beauty role models are Margot Robbie and Taylor Swift.