BICYCLING—If you’re looking to do some cycling, Music City Cyclotours ( rents bicycles and offers tours designed for all skill levels and interests. Local Philip Martindale is a master cyclist who loves showing people what makes cycling in Middle Tennessee so special. 

BOAT RENTALS—In the summer, pontoon boats can be rented at Four Corners Marina, on Percy Priest Lake, 4027 Lavergne Couchville Pike, Antioch (tel. 615/641-2212). The gorgeous lake, only a few miles east of downtown, is surrounded by a series of parks, trees, and natural beauty.

At Kingston Springs, about 20 miles west of Nashville off I-40, you can rent canoes or kayaks from several companies including Foggy Bottom (1270 U.S. 70; tel. 615/952-4062). For $34 to $40 depending on length, canoe trips range from 2 to 5 hours and rates include paddles, life jackets, and the shuttle upriver to your chosen put-in point. The Harpeth River is a meandering, scenic river of mostly Class I water with some Class II, but Foggy Bottom can help you select the proper course for your skill level. 

GOLF—Opryland’s Gaylord Springs Golf Links, 18 Springhouse Lane (tel. 615/458-1730), is a par-72, 18-hole course set on the bank of the Cumberland River. The course boasts not only challenging links, but also an antebellum-style clubhouse. Greens fees range from $40 to $80 for 18 holes. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the sprawling entertainment venue Topgolf (500 Cowan St.) features a high-tech driving range that tracks your ball speed, distance, and more. Players lounge in swanky driving bays for rent by the hour with food, drinks and games. Prices range from $25 to $45 depending on the time of day (the earlier you go, the cheaper it will be) and a one-time $5 membership fee. 

HORSEBACK RIDING—If you want to go for a ride through the Tennessee hills, JuRo Stables, 735 Carver Lane, Mt. Juliet (tel. 615/773-7433), is located about 15 minutes from Nashville on I-40 east, at the Mt. Juliet exit, with charges starting at $25 an hour for adults and $20 for children. Ninety-minute and sunset rides are also available.

MURALS—I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a “mural scene,” but if there is, Nashville’s has exploded. The most famous include the “I Believe in Nashville” flag mural in 12South, the wings in the Gulch, and my favorite, the Lee Estes mural in The Nations by Guido Van Helten, which is painted on 15 stories on a silo and honors one of the neighborhood’s oldest residents. You can find more information online at or take a tour with Nashville Mural Tours

YOGA—There are a ton of yoga studios in town, but only one that is free and donation-based. Small World Yoga’s goal is to bring the community together in wellness, which they do every week through classes all across town.  

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.