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Tennessee State Capitol Tours and Activities

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The Tennessee State Capitol stands tall on Nashville’s highest hill as a symbol of its time, virtually unchanged since its construction in 1859. The structure is the masterpiece of notable architect William Strickland, who passed away during construction and was laid to rest in the building. The National Historic Landmark was built in Greek Revival style and is one of few state capitols without a dome. It was modeled after an Ionic Greek temple. Though classic in design, at the time it was considered innovative in construction.

The capitol building is beautiful to see and historic to visit, with statues of many important political figures as well as the graves of President James K. Polk and his wife. Its walls are lined with beautiful murals, frescoes, and paintings, while its halls are lit by ornate chandeliers. It is still in use by the Tennessee state government today. It is the oldest operating state capitol in the country.

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600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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Best of Nashville City Tour on Double Decker Bus

Best of Nashville City Tour on Double Decker Bus

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Get oriented with Nashville on this quick "New Nashville" tour, which was designed to show off the best of the city for those short on time or who only want an introduction before exploring more on their own. Traveling by open-top double-decker bus, you'll pass by more than 100 landmarks and attractions, such as Ryman Auditorium and Vanderbilt University.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.65
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$42.65

Discover Nashville City Tour with Entry to Ryman & Country Music Hall of Fame

Discover Nashville City Tour with Entry to Ryman & Country Music Hall of Fame

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See the sights and sounds of Nashville on this guided sightseeing tour around Music City. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then enjoy the ride. Get an educational and entertaining live narrative from the experienced guide while rolling past famous landmark locations like historic Riverfront Park, Ryman Auditorium, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Tennessee State Capitol and more. Admission is included to Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.17
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The Murder in Music City Walking Ghost Tour

The Murder in Music City Walking Ghost Tour

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Ideally suited for true crime aficionados, this history-filled, evening walking tour delves deep into Nashville’s brutal past: mobs, murders, hauntings, and brothels. Learn the hidden histories behind the Tennessee State Capitol, listen to stories of Nashville’s Red Light District at the Hard Rock Cafe, and visit iconic Ernest Tubb Record Shop, once a Civil War-era hospital.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.99
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Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Explore Nashville’s honky-tonk history and most colorful characters on a walking tour of downtown with a storytelling guide. Find the city’s landmarks, from a pre-Prohibition saloon to the place where Andrew Jackson fought historic duels, and see the streets where musical legends were made.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Guided Segway Tour of Downtown Nashville

Guided Segway Tour of Downtown Nashville

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See more of the Music City in less time on a tour of downtown Nashville, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. Choose from two tour durations and with a small group limited to 15, master the basic techniques of your self-balancing Segway before setting off to explore the city. Tick off landmarks like the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tennessee State Capitol, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.29
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Guided Bicycle Tour of Downtown Nashville and Neighborhoods

Guided Bicycle Tour of Downtown Nashville and Neighborhoods

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Cycle the historic streets and scenic bike paths of Nashville on this half-day bike tour. With your guide in the lead, enjoy sights such as the State Capitol, Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and others. Pedal past hidden gems that you'll want to visit for food, drink, and music, later in your Nashville stay. Riders of all ability levels welcome; use of bicycle and helmet included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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The Ghosts of Nashville Walking Tour

The Ghosts of Nashville Walking Tour

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See a new perspective on Nashville on this delightfully spooky, after-dark walking tour. Meet at the Tennessee State Capitol, set off with just a small group for company, and follow your guide: you’ll see local landmarks ranging from supposedly haunted churches and music venues to drinking dens and more. As you go, hear eerie ghost stories, and learn more about Nashville, from the Civil War up to the modern day.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Evening, Sunset, or Night Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (15-Minutes)

Evening, Sunset, or Night Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (15-Minutes)

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Take the ride of your life with our Downtown Nashville Sunset Tour. Your adventure starts as you take off from John Tune Airport on the west side of town flying over historic Sylvan Park, Centennial Mall, Vanderbilt University, Division Street and Music Row. As you make your way downtown you will even get to fly alongside Broadway lower than the tops of the buildings and get an amazing view of the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, The Country Music Hall of Fame, AT&T building (otherwise known as The Batman building), Titans Stadium, Historic German Town, the state capitol building and the home of the Nashville Sounds.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (15-Minutes)

Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (15-Minutes)

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Nashville Tennessee has one of the most beautiful skylines and it just keeps growing! A helicopter is the only way to truly see all Music City has to offer. Make your trip a memorable one and take a tour from the best seat in the house!
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery
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Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery

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This is new and unique experience. If you are interested in seeing and doing more than simply a sightseeing tour or a mural tour, this is a new and unique experience! During this 3 hour excursion you will spend your time seeing the sights, visiting murals, and visiting a brewery or two or even a distillery! We want the choice to be yours. This customized tour is basically 1 hour of each of these types of tours: Explore the City of Nashville, Mural/Insta Tour, and Brewery/Distillery Tour. This is your chance to do and see more without doing 3 separate tours!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.68
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Champagne Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville & Music City (20-Minutes)

Champagne Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville & Music City (20-Minutes)

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Make a romantic memory that you will never forget with our Champagne Tour! Nashville has beautiful rolling hills, lakes and a skyline that is breathtaking. Hop into one of the leather seats of our climate controlled helicopters and see all Nashville has to offer all while sipping champagne!
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville & Music City (20-Minutes)

Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville & Music City (20-Minutes)

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Get spectacular views of the city and tick off many of Nashville’s top landmarks in a short space of time on this private helicopter tour. Ascend above Music City and get aerial views of the Ryman Auditorium, Downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Tennessee State Capitol, and Germantown.
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  • 20 minutes
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45 Minute Narrated Ride

45 Minute Narrated Ride

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45 Minute Private Narrated Ride of Downtown Nashville •••Sugar Creek Carriages is now offering Holiday Christmas Lights Carriage Rides of Downtown Nashville between Nov. 26 through Dec. 31 -book yours today!!••• Our popular 45 Minute Private Narrated Ride of Downtown Nashville has all the sites offered in our 20 minute tour plus much more. This ride includes hotspots such as the 5 Star Historical Presidential Hotel The Hermitage, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bridgestone Arena, The Johnny Cash Museum, Riverfront Park, Hard Rock Cafe, The Wild Horse Saloon, Well known Printers Alley where Jimi Hendrix got his start, The Tennessee State Capitol Building, The War Memorial Building, Nashville Performing Arts Center, Tennessee State Museum, The Ryman Auditorium, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, and other tourist attractions and insight into various poplar dining establishments around our great city. Pickup and Drop-off at 100 Broadway downtown Nashville only
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.93
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Private Half-Day History and Food Tour of Nashville

Private Half-Day History and Food Tour of Nashville

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Explore the best Nashville has to offer on this private half-day tour. Learn about the ‘Music City’ as you traverse the city in a luxury vehicle and see landmarks such as the Capitol, the Bicentennial Mall, Five Points, and more. Then, sample some of the city’s classic foods such as authentic hot chicken, slow-cooked barbecue, and craft beer to round off your tour of Nashville.
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  • 3 hours
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Haunted Nashville All-Ages Ghost Walking Tour

Haunted Nashville All-Ages Ghost Walking Tour

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Nashville has a rich history dating all the way back to 1779, and our walking tour will take you on a journey through the city’s spookiest haunts. Most of the spirits are friendly, but just in case you want to avoid any ghostly encounters, each tour will be equipped with a few EMF readers so we know exactly where the ghosts are lurking.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Nashville Scavenger Hunt: Capitol Sights & Country Songs

Nashville Scavenger Hunt: Capitol Sights & Country Songs

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Nashville is both the capital of Tennessee and one of the music capitals of the world. On today's epic scavenger hunt of Downtown Nashville, we make a loop from the State Capitol and head deep down into the music roots of Honky Tonk Row. Along the way, you'll find hotels high and low, meet the Man In Black, gaze down at twinkling stars and make a pilgrimage to the The Mother Church of Country Music. It's time to strap on those cowboy boots, round up some friends and book your Downtown Nashville scavenger hunt today! What You'll See: State Capitol, Honky Tonk Row, Printer's Alley
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  • 2 hours
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Cinderella 30 Minute Narrated Ride

Cinderella 30 Minute Narrated Ride

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The Cinderella •••Sugar Creek Carriages is now offering Holiday Christmas Lights Carriage Rides of Downtown Nashville between Nov. 26 through Dec. 31 - tickets are limited so book yours today!!••• These are some of the finest most beautiful carriages in the world, and Sugar Creek Carriages is proud to offer them for any special occasion. It features the Cinderella canopy along with all the elaborate detail that goes along with these carriages “finest carriages in the world” title.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Cinderella Princess 45 Minute Ride

Cinderella Princess 45 Minute Ride

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See the sights of Nashville in a more fun and atmospheric way than a bus tour—a horse and carriage ride. The tour is completely private with just your group and the driver at the front. Along the way, pass by lots of famous city sights such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, Riverfront Park, Printer’s Alley, Tennessee State Capitol and the Ryman Auditorium.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour in Nashville

Private 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour in Nashville

In 2018 I was named “Nashville’s Best Historian” by the Nashville Scene. Nashville is my hometown and you can hear history from an insider about the past and recent changes in Nashville. This journey to the past will tie in history, music, art, sports, African American and business history of Nashville.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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45 Minute Narrated Ride 7 to 9 people

45 Minute Narrated Ride 7 to 9 people

•Sugar Creek Carriages is now offering Holiday Christmas Lights Carriage Rides of Downtown Nashville between Nov. 26 through Dec. 31 - tickets are limited so book yours today!!• Our popular 45 Minute Private Narrated Ride of Downtown Nashville has all the sites offered in our 20 minute tour plus much more. This ride includes hotspots such as the 5 Star Historical Presidential Hotel The Hermitage, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bridgestone Arena, The Johnny Cash Museum, Riverfront Park, Hard Rock Cafe, The Wild Horse Saloon, Well known Printers Alley where Jimi Hendrix got his start, The Tennessee State Capitol Building, The War Memorial Building, Nashville Performing Arts Center, Tennessee State Museum, The Ryman Auditorium, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, and other tourist attractions and insight into various poplar dining establishments around our great city.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.95
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Walking Tour Downtown Nashville - Past to Present

Walking Tour Downtown Nashville - Past to Present

Owner Joe Nashville is native Tennessean and has roots that go back to the first settlement in Nashville - Ft. Nashborough. His insight into the historic and modern day Nashville is entertaining and creates a very unique tour experience from a local. Joe's knowledge of happenings and stories of interesting people of Nashville truly elevates this tour experience and showcases the real Nashville.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.99
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Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

The Bicentennial Mall is one of Nashville’s premier tourist destinations. On this self-guided walking tour, you’ll experience a performance of the Tennessee Carillon, stroll down the Walkway of Counties, visit the 200-feet wide map of the state, and learn about the State Capitol building. The tour ends with a trip down the Pathway of History, where you’ll learn how the state developed, hear about the sit-in protests during the Civil Rights era, and visit a World War II memorial. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history of Tennessee and Nashville. You’ll also get a sense of how the Bicentennial Mall is a representation of all things Tennessee, from its beauty to its people, and its music. After all, the park was designed to celebrate the state. This magnificent park, an extension of the State Capitol, is one of the most historical spots in Nashville and you can enjoy this tour of the park on location or virtually at home after downloading the VoiceMap app.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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$6.99
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Nashville Downtown Orientation Walking Tour

Nashville Downtown Orientation Walking Tour

Want to a quick glimpse of downtown Nashville away from Broadway with a short walk? Need tips from a local on what Nashville has to offer? Have a few minutes for some quirky history of the Music City? This tour is for you. Joe Nashville (Native Tennessean) will lead you on a 30–45 minute stroll that includes history, landmarks, murals, and an overview of Nashville today. After the tour, Joe will be available for 15 to 30 minutes to answer questions about things to do in Nashville and provide guidance on what may interest you in entertainment, food, and fun. He’ll help plan things to do based on his experience and your tastes. This diverse tour will quickly cover the high points of history made on these streets to include: the civil rights movement, Nashville’s roll in women’s suffrage, the civil war, the seedy/colorful side of Nashville, and more. The tour will include a couple of murals and Joe will point out his favorite bars and restaurants to the group.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.99
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What are Tennessee State Capitol hours of operation?
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Tennessee State Capitol hours of operation: Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 1pm-5 pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Tennessee State Capitol tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Tennessee State Capitol can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Tennessee State Capitol 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Tennessee State Capitol costs USD 6.99. Guided Tennessee State Capitol tours start around USD 6.99 per person.
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