Located at the very heart of Tennessee, Murfreesboro is a perfect microcosm of the state—combining arts and music, rich Civil War history and rural family entertainment, there’s always something to see.
- View the current art exhibit in the City Hall rotunda, which displays paintings year round, open freely to the public.
- Attend one of the events put on by the nonprofit civic organization Main Street Murfreesboro/Rutherford County: an open-air market every Saturday morning during the summer and carriage rides every winter Friday night until Christmas, plus free concerts during the summer and the annual Jazz Fest.
- Tour the Bradley Academy Museum in the building that once held Murfreesboro’s first school, looking at exhibits on education history, the Civil War and the underground railroad.
- Take in some musical theatre or browse the art gallery at the Center for the Arts downtown.
- Visit the Stones River National Battlefield, a park, cemetery and museum on the site of a key Civil War battle.
- And while you’re learning about the Civil War, tour the Oaklands Historic House Museum, a mansion and antebellum plantation once visited by Jefferson Davis himself.
- Still haven’t had enough of the Civil War? There’s always Fortress Rosecrans, the largest fortification of the war, which once held up to 15,000 Union soldiers.
- Learn about science and culture while having fun with your kids at the Discovery Center children’s museum.
- Hit up the GO USA Funpark, with mini golf, go-karts, and the works.
- Explore the historic Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village, a living-history site representing a century of early Tennessee culture.