Nashville is the epicenter of great food and country music with the Gaylord Opryland Events Center situated right in the middle of things. This year’s Compliance Institute conference is going to expose you to the many wonders found within this historic section of Nashville and will probably make you want to stick around past the conference.
From fun cafes to classic concert venues, this area is celebrated by all who roam it. Your trip to the Gaylord Opryland Events Center won’t be complete without checking out these exciting nearby attractions during HCCA.
The Cumberland River
This nearly 700 mile river that runs through Tennessee and Kentucky is a major staple of Nashville and the surrounding area. Not far from the Events Center you can access the famous General Jackson Showboat which offers mini cruises around the area featuring live performances and tasty Southern style cuisine.
There are plenty of walking trails around the river that are great for early morning jaunts to help you get out and get moving in between conference sessions. Plus, the river sits next to the expansive Opry Mills shopping center, providing plenty of shopping and food options to explore throughout the day.
Opry Mills: Epicenter of Shopping and Entertainment
Not only are there tons of options for getting your fashion fix on, but there are also several great local restaurants to come and unwind at the end of the day.
The Aquarium Restaurant is a popular spot for happy hour drinks as well as a diverse steak and seafood menu. The iconic massive fish tank filled with exotic sea creatures is a common draw for picture takers who are looking for Instagram fodder, but a lot of people actually do come here for the food as well.
No Nashville restaurant mention would be complete without bringing up a popular BBQ spot. Mission BBQ has all the tasty meat options you’d expect, from pulled pork sandwiches to delicious Texas inspired brisket. You can even go the surf n’ turf route with their signature salmon dish.
In true Southern fashion, you can order a thirst quenching summertime lemonade or kettle brewed iced tea.
Expect to see a few conference members meandering down to the Bavarian Bierhaus in the evenings. This traditional German restaurant dubs itself as the one true German food and beer establishment in Nashville with a true Oktoberfest vibe.
Live performances by accordian players and occasional open mic nights provide guests with plenty of variety each evening.
Regal Opry Mills
Top off an evening with an entertaining flick at the Regal Opry Mills. This IMAX cinema provides a fun way for you to relax and unwind, with comfy cushioned seats and a full concession stand.
Steps Away From HCCA
Just footsteps from the Events Center you’ll find a number of food and beverage spots to explore with your fellow attendees. It’s a fantastic facility to take in during your time in Nashville.
A great little lunch spot inside the Gaylord resort complex, this counter-serve burger spot is a good blend of quality and convenience.
For best results, marry your burger with a small milkshake. It’s a combination that can’t be beat!
The Falls Bar & Lounge
Also nestled with the resort complex, this cozy little bar lounge features delicious entrees and appetizers while looking up at the surrounding hotel rooms.
American Craft Tavern
Tons of beer on tap for a variety of taste buds. This American Craft Tavern is easy to get to from within the resort complex and it provides everything you need for bonding with fellow attendees at the end of the day.
SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland
It might sound like a music store or something, but this is actually a waterpark that sits just beyond the main convention center.
With multiple indoor and outdoor pools, this is truly an all-season facility that offers plenty of options for anyone looking to get soaked for an afternoon.
Bring Your Golf Clubs
On the other side of Briley Parkway you’ll find the beautiful Gaylord Springs Golf Links. A luscious green Scottish links-style golf course that will make you want to stop on occasion and take in the view.
In late March, early April, this course will be showing off its springtime beauty and expecting you to come out and enjoy it.
And Finally…. The Grand Ole Opry
Last but certainly not least, if it’s your first time to Nashville you must pay a visit to this world-renowned concert venue.
Even if you aren’t fortunate enough to see a show, backstage tours are provided each day giving you a close up look at one of music’s most historic venues. Learn all the important details about this Music City spectacle.
What Are Your Plans for HCCA?
With the conference fast approaching it’s time to decide what local attraction you want to explore. We hope this helped your planning go a little more smoothly.