Nashville, known worldwide as Music City, offers AABB Annual Meeting attendees more than just a premier venue for the key transfusion medicine event.
Behind the convention center and meeting halls exist a city brimming with historical, cultural, culinary, and musical attractions for visitors to experience.
This guide serves as a reference for AABB conference participants with free time looking to fully immerse themselves in what Nashville has to offer.
We highlight some of the city’s renowned sites, sounds, neighborhoods, and tastes – from the Ryman Auditorium’s roots in country music history to Lower Broadway’s lively entertainment district to the fiery southern cuisine Nashville is renowned for.
Whether you have a few spare hours or a full free day during your AABB conference trip, this guide aims to equip you with the knowledge to efficiently experience Nashville’s points of interest, local flavors, and authentic southern charm.
Our recommendations range from must-see attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame to more off-the-beaten-path neighborhood discoveries. Take advantage of your Nashville visit to appreciate the city beyond your convention itinerary.
Here are some recommended things to do in Nashville while attending the AABB Annual Meeting:
- Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame – See memorabilia and exhibits on country music history and stars.
- Take a tour of the Ryman Auditorium – This iconic venue has hosted the Grand Ole Opry for years. Backstage tours are available.
- Stop by the Johnny Cash Museum – Features the largest collection of Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.
- Check out the live music on Lower Broadway – A legendary street packed with bars featuring live country music and dancing.
- Experience the nightlife in The Gulch – A trendy neighborhood with rooftop bars, boutique hotels, and restaurants.
- Explore downtown on foot – Downtown has great architecture, public art, parks, and river views to take in.
- Visit Centennial Park – A large central park with memorials, gardens, and full-scale replica of the Parthenon.
- Eat some Nashville hot chicken – Spicy fried chicken is a local specialty. Try Prince’s Hot Chicken or Hattie B’s.
- Take a pedal tavern tour – Fun way to explore Nashville by pedaling a large multi-person vehicle with a guide.
- Catch a show at the Grand Ole Opry – An iconic country music venue that has been hosting shows since 1925.
There’s so much to experience in Nashville beyond the AABB conference! Take advantage of the live music, entertainment, and southern cuisine the city has to offer.