In just over a week, it will be vacation time! Between August 18th and September 9th, there are no classes scheduled at the International English Institute. Many students may be traveling during this time. However, if you plan on being in the Nashville area, here are some ideas of things to do and see during your free time.
Living in Music City, USA provides many opportunities to experience live music and learn more about the music industry. If you enjoy music, you might enjoy:
- The Grand Ole Opry: The world’s longest running live radio show is credited for making country music famous. You can see their two hour show live at the Grand Ole Opry House or have a backstage tour of the Opry House. While you are there, be sure to take the time to explore the amazing Gaylord Opryland Resort.
- If you are interested in learning more about the culture and history of country music visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville.
- For live performances going on in Nashville during August and September, check out Music City’s Event Calendar and find out about upcoming shows by Jason Mraz, The B-52’s, The Steve Miller Band, KISS and more.
- If you want to get out of Nashville, take a trip to Memphis where you can visit Graceland – the former home of Elvis Presley. While you are in Memphis, stop by the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum on the famous Beale Street and stay to enjoy live music all evening.
If you rather be outside enjoying the hot weather and sunshine, there are plenty of beautiful scenic places and outdoor activities for you to enjoy.
- To cool off on a hot summer day, visit Nashville Shores! Enjoy the rides at the water park, go swimming in the wave-pool, navigate obstacle courses and ride the zip-lines at Treetop Adventures, or rent jet-skis to take out on Percy Priest Lake.
- Visit the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum which is less than nine miles from downtown Nashville and explore over 55 acres of gardens. Until September 3rd, you can also enjoy their outdoor tree-houses exhibition.
- Plan a trip 90 miles north of Nashville, to experience the Land Between the Lakes, a national recreation area with over 170,000 acres of natural beauty and wildlife. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including: hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing and biking.
- If you don’t mind driving to enjoy the outdoors, another famous spot to visit and enjoy numerous outdoor activities is the Falls Creek Falls State Park. About 2.5 hours east of Nashville, you can visit the highest waterfall in the Eastern United States, go camping, boating, hiking, swimming or play a round of golf.
For those who enjoy learning more about a variety of topics, there are many museums in the Nashville area. Everything from US history, automobiles and art can be discovered at local museums.
- Visit one of the United States oldest museums 12 miles from downtown Nashville. The Hermitage was home to the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson. The plantation was first settled in 1780, and since 1889 the land, mansion and museum have been open to the public.
- Interested in automobiles? Visit the Lane Motor Museum and check out over 150 unique automobiles built between the 1920’s and the 2000’s.
- The Frist Center for Visual Arts in downtown Nashville has over 24,000 square feet of galleries featuring local, regional and international art. They are many exhibits within the museum which change frequently, so there is always something new to see.
- For art, culture and history all in one location, visit the Tennessee State Museum where admission is always free!
Of course, the best way to spend your time outside of class is to immerse yourself in the English language. Speaking, reading, writing and communicating with those around you will help you continuously improve your English language skills.