Fort Nashborough Tours
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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.
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.
Address: 170 1st Ave N, Nashville, Tennessee 37201, USA
Hours: Daily 9am - 4pm
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Fort Nashborough
See the sights and sounds of Nashville on this guided 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.
Explore Nashville’s honky-tonk history and most colorful characters on a walking tour of downtown with a 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.
Private Sightseeing Tours
Explore with ease and efficiency on an electric Trikke tour through the heart of Nashville. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides little-known facts and stories about the city’s top landmarks, from Fort Nashborough to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Personal headsets allow you to hear the guide at all times as you make your way to more locations than you could see on foot.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Enjoy drinks as you hear ghost stories on this guided walking tour through historic downtown Nashville. Stop at several bars housed in historic buildings and learn about the legends and tales associated with them. This tour offers an interesting twist on the pub crawl. Drinks are at your own expense.
Nashville has a rich history dating all the way back to 1779, and our walking tour will take you on a journey through the city’s spookiest haunts. Most of the spirits are friendly, but just in case you want to avoid any ghostly encounters, each tour will be equipped with a few EMF readers so we know exactly where the ghosts are lurking.
What could be better than a food tour combined with a ghost tour? Nothing! You will meet your guide in downtown Nashville for exclusive access to our haunted restaurants. At the restaurants, we have set up 1-3 food tastings per location. Tours last about 3 hours and cover approximately 3/4 mile of walking with plenty of stopping for stories and food along the way. Tours will include the history of Nashville, tales of its many ghosts, and stories of the restaurants we visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Fort Nashborough hours of operation?
Fort Nashborough hours of operation: Daily 9am - 4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Fort Nashborough?
The best ways to experience Fort Nashborough are:
- Discover Nashville City Bus Tour with Admission to Two Top Attractions
- Live Downtown Nashville Walking Tour
- Explore Nashville Electric Trikke Tour for 4 to 6 guests
- Haunted Nashville Ghost and Pub Walking Tour
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