Fort Nashborough Tours

Situated in Nashville’s Riverfront Park, Fort Nashborough was where James Robertson and his band of settlers founded the city back in 1780. While the original fort—built to defend the first families from Native American attacks—is gone, the site currently has a smaller replica of what the original might have looked like.

The Basics
A visit to Fort Nashborough uncovers one of Nashville’s earliest and most historically significant periods, giving insight into what life was like in this frontier outpost in Tennessee. The park is free and open for self-guided tours, and many guided city tours make a stop at the site, including historical walking tours and Nashville trolley tours, along with other popular points of interest like Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Honky Tonk Row, and a full-scale replica of Athens’ Parthenon in Centennial Park.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Fort Nashborough is a must-see for history buffs.
  • Those interested in Native American history shouldn’t miss the interpretive plaza on the south end of the property that includes an 8-foot-tall (2.4-meter-tall) feather sculpture and information about the tribes that lived here in frontier days.
  • Allow at least 30 minutes for your visit (or a bit longer if traveling with kids who might want to play in the park).
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

How to Get There
Fort Nashborough is located on the edge of Riverfront Park between Church and Commerce along the banks of the Cumberland River. It’s within easy walking distance of Downtown Nashville.

When to Get There
The fort grounds are open daily from 9am to 4pm. During the summer months, plan to visit first thing in the morning when temperatures are still relatively cool.

What’s Inside the Fort
While significantly smaller than the original, the recreation of the fort still includes about a half-dozen log cabins, each offering a different look into the lives of early settlers. One is outfitted as a typical bedroom, another as a kitchen, and yet another as a room where female settlers would weave.
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Address: 170 1st Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37201, USA
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Hours: Daily 9am - 4pm
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Nashville Homes of the Stars Tour

See the homes of Nashville’s biggest stars on this narrated, 3.5-hour sightseeing bus tour. Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned motor coach and drive through some of Nashville's most scenic, upscale, and secluded areas and neighborhoods to see the homes (both past and present) of superstar names like Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Reese Witherspoon, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and many more. Also, pass by the Second Avenue National Register Historic District, the State Capitol building, Fort Nashborough and the famous Ryman Auditorium. A hotel pickup and drop-off are also included with your tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Live Nashville Walking Tour

Explore Nashville’s honky-tonk history and most colorful characters on a 105-minute walking tour of downtown with a local, 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Discover Nashville City Tour with Admission to Two Attractions

See the sights and sounds of Nashville on this guided, 3.5-hour 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, as well as Pick-Up and Drop-Off to and from your Nashville hotel.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Nashville Trolley Tour

Get to know the city of Nashville by taking this guided, 1.5-hour trolley tour. Explore Music City and its top attractions on an entertaining and educational journey. Visit more than 100 points of interest among Nashville’s top attractions like the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Music Row, Vanderbilt University, the State Capitol building, the Parthenon and much more with live on-board commentary from a professional tour conductor.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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