Top 5 Things to See in Nashville While Attending AAA
Sonic welcomes you to Music City, Tennessee! While celebrating the American Academy of Audiology’s 30th Anniversary Conference from April 18-21, be sure to experience the rich music, history and culture of Nashville! To help you plan your trip, here’s our hot list and map of the Top 5 must-see attractions to delight your senses while in the Capital City:
A ten-minute cab ride from the convention center will bring you to a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park. Originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica serves as a testament to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. Inside you can find a wide range of original artwork such as a 42-foot-tall golden sculpture of Athena, and an equally impressive collection of American artwork. It is especially recommended to stop by in the evening for a special view of the exterior. A visit to this iconic attraction will help you understand why Nashville declares itself the “Athens of the South.”
Less than 10 miles from the convention center is a must-see for art and nature lovers alike. The Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art offers a calming escape from the bustle of downtown Nashville. The art museum is housed in the historical Georgian-style Cheek family mansion with a collection of 19th and 20th century American art. There are also temporary special exhibitions and highlights of work from artists around the world. Cheekwood offers programs for all ages and year-round festivities celebrating the four seasons such as “Cheekwood in Bloom,” where visitors can watch a flower display of 150,000 blooming bulbs creating an unforgettable color experience. There’s always something special going on at Cheekwood!
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium allows you to experience Nashville’s love of music. Explore music history with a glimpse of this legendary music venue, including historic dressing rooms, photos and videos of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Louis Armstrong. The auditorium once housed the Grand Ole Opry, which we also recommend visiting! The Ryman now showcases a wide range of performances with diverse acts from Earth, Wind and Fire, to Hunter Hayes. Before you leave, you can test out your own vocals at the Ryman’s recording studio and record a CD to take home as your very own Nashville souvenir!
Located right next to the AAA convention center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is absolutely a must-see experience during your time in Nashville. Its purpose is to give visitors a taste of the cultural importance of country music through world class art galleries, exhibits and educational programs. Also known as the “Smithsonian of Country Music,” the museum boats the oldest surviving recording studio in Nashville, where recordings by Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and others were made. The core exhibit, “Sing Me Back Home,” allows visitors to explore the evolving story of country music through original recordings, interactive touchscreens and more. If you’re not already, you will surely become a country music fan after visiting!
Our team at Sonic is excited to be in Nashville this year, from April 18-21, for the 30th anniversary of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA). To celebrate Nashville’s music culture, we will be featuring a SmartMusic demonstration on Wednesday, April 18 from 5:00-7:30pm, with a live music performance you won’t want to miss! Be sure to visit our booth at the Music City Center for educational sessions, product demonstrations on our latest hearing aid technology, Enchant, and daily giveaways such as signed guitars by Nashville’s biggest stars. Find out for yourself how Sonic delivers natural sound in brand new ways. Check out our Facebook event for full location and booth details. See you in Nashville!