Social Tours

Explore Nashville and other popular destinations through a guided tour.

The tour program is separate from other 2019 ICMA Annual Conference offerings and is outsourced to ACCESS Nashville, which organizes and conducts the tours, and sets pricing and participation minimums. Pricing includes transportation, admission, guides, and taxes.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Welcome to Music City!

Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.–noon

Check out Nashville in a different, fun way. Take the trolley and drive through the most famous and popular neighborhoods in Nashville. Just outside of Downtown Nashville, the trolley will travel through the neighborhoods of Broadway, Downtown, Marathon Village, and the Gulch. This is a great way to get the lay of the land and familiarize yourself with the city.

Adults/youth, $90.

Celebrity Digs Tour

Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.–noon

From pop country super star, Taylor Swift, to Australian actress Nicole Kidman, to NFL player, Jay Cutler, Nashville is not short on celebrities who call this place home. On the Celebrity Digs tour you will visit the neighborhoods where these and other celebrities live. You’ll also pass some of the hot spots where they’ve been spotted and learn the culture of the celebrities who live there.

Adults/youth, $80.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Welcome to Music City!

Sunday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m.–noon

Check out Nashville in a different, fun way. Take the trolley and drive through the most famous and popular neighborhoods in Nashville. Just outside of Downtown Nashville, the trolley will travel through the neighborhoods of Broadway, Downtown, Marathon Village, and the Gulch. This is a great way to get the lay of the land and familiarize yourself with the city.

Adults/youth, $90.

Monday, Oct. 21

Hermitage Home Tour

Monday, Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

The Hermitage was the home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. Situated on 1,120 acres, guests are welcomed through the visitor center featuring a stunning number of artifacts, including the President’s horse drawn carriage, which he used both locally and in Washington, D.C. Your experiences will include a visit to the “Born for a Storm” exhibit and a guided tour of Jackson’s home that displays many of the Jackson family’s personal possessions. Take this opportunity to walk the spectacular grounds including the smokehouse, The Hermitage Garden, Jackson’s tomb, and many historical buildings. On the way back into town, guests will stop for a fried chicken lunch. Travel time is about 30 minutes each way.

Adults/youth, $120.

Nashville Music History Tour

Monday, Oct. 21, 9:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

Embark on a tour of some of the most important landmarks in country music history. Begin this tour at the Grand Ole Opry, an iconic venue to which country music lovers travel near and far. You’ll then have lunch on your own downtown on Broadway Street. Next, visit the Ryman Auditorium, known as “the Carnegie Hall of the South.” You’ll stand on the stage of the Mother Church of Country Music where greats like Earl Scruggs, Mae West, and Elvis Presley walked.

Adults/youth, $125.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Battle of Franklin

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 9:45 am-2:00pm

Head south to Franklin, Tennessee, to tour the Carnton Plantation and Carter House and learn about the historical significance both homes played during the Battle of Franklin. On November 30, 1864, Carnton was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War. Just down the road at the Carter House, the Carter family hid in the basement waiting for the second Battle of Franklin to end. You’ll participate in tours of the battlefield, Carnton  Plantation, and Carter House, and learn about the roles each location played in the war and the lives of those who lived there. This tour is an absolute must for history buffs and novices alike. Lunch will be on your own in downtown Franklin. Travel time is about 30 minutes each way.

Adults/youth $85.

Jack Daniels Distillery Tour

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 9:00am- 1:00pm

Many visitors to Tennessee consider the Jack Daniel’s Distillery a “must see” during their trip to the Volunteer State. A guide will accompany you and tell you the complete story of their famed whiskey. The distillery is located in Lynchburg, the county seat of Moore County. An interesting detail is that it’s a dry county and has been ever since prohibition—part of the mystique. After your tour and tasting you’ll head to Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House for lunch. Miss Mary Bobo’s is legendary and known for treating guests to mouth-watering food served family style. Plan for about an hour to enjoy lunch before boarding the bus for your ride home on a full belly as you enjoy the scenic trip back to Nashville. Travel time is about 1.5 hours each way.

Adults 21 and older only, $135

VIP Zoo Tour

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

Treat yourself to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. One of the top zoos in the nation, the Nashville Zoo is an international leader in conservation and animal care. This experience will offer you an inside look at the zoo’s operations and exhibits. You’ll visit the newly-expanded animal hospital and go inside the commissary, helping the zookeepers feed animals. You’ll see everything from the okapi to the flamingos and everything in between. Lunch will be on your own at the zoo before boarding the bus for your ride back to the convention center.

Adults/youth, $200.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Belle Meade Plantation

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Enjoy the beloved historical site of Belle Meade Plantation. This is the only place where guests can taste Belle Meade wines alongside southern delicacies. Led by a guide, you’ll learn about the historical significance of the plantation and its beautiful Greek-Revival mansion. Belle Meade is most notable for its enduring contribution as a world-renowned thoroughbred farm. An extensive list of Kentucky Derby winners can trace their bloodline to this farm. Travel time is about 20 minutes each way.

Adults/youth, $125.