5 Ways To Have Fun On A Nashville Rainy Day

Wanna stay dry?

We can’t all be as enthusiastic as Gene Kelly (or as spry, because LOOK at that fancy footwork) when spring showers strike. For every sunny spring day full of barbecue and iced beverages and puppies and smiles, there is a day filled with torrential downpours and indoor activity. We won’t judge you if you decide to put on a onesie and binge watch House Of Cards, but we’d also like to remind you: Nashville still has a lot to offer, even when it gets a little overcast (you can find it all in Wannado). Here are some of Nashville’s best rainy day activities!

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Get Reacquainted With The Man In Black

The Johnny Cash Museum

IF YOU LIKE:

Looking through your grandma’s attic, rocking an all black wardrobe, rockabilly hair, that recording technology you (or whatever friend you had that went to Belmont) had to take freshman year, the golden oldies radio station, musician biographies

WHERE:

Downtown Nashville, all the way down Lower Broad and on the right!

WHY IT’S AWESOME:

Does it get any better than Johnny Cash? Nashville has a long-running affection for Tennessee’s renegade man in black, and all that love finally has a Nashville home. Whether you’re an avid Cash fan or you picture Joaquin Phoenix every time you hear “Ring Of Fire”, you’ll walk away with a new-found respect and admiration. There’s SO much memorabilia. Our favorite thing? Johnny’s romantic letters to his legendary love, June. Report cards, set lists – all are handwritten by Johnny, and all bear his signature intelligence and wit. His stage outfits (and his wedding outfit) are on display as well, and there are tons of Cash items you can buy in the gift shop (even for the littlest fan – grab a onesie to give your baby a jump start on their musical street cred). Also, for all the Nashville audiophiles, there’s a place to listen to Get Rhythm in all the formats so you can listen to the difference; 33, 78, cassette, CD, and mp3. It will make you wanna get that record player out of storage ASAP. Johnny’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” plays in the background at the museum, and reminds us of a truly innovative artist who was able to evolve with the music industry, but maintain his inescapable personal artistry that made him an icon.

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Get Yo’ Blade On (Or You Know, Keep The Kids Occupied)

Brentwood Skate Center

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IF YOU LIKE:

Those money machines where you have to catch dollars with your chin because your hands are tied, pizza, nostalgia, ABBA’s Greatist Hits album, not looking at your phone every five seconds, Kodak moments, childhood

WHERE:

Brentwood, of course!

WHY IT’S AWESOME:

We remember it like it was yesterday: lacin’ up our blades, the smell of nachos and a frozen half cherry, half coke slushee, the anxiety when “I Swear” (Boyz II Men version) came on and we realized we had forgotten to arrange our partner for the couple’s skate. Good news, y’all: roller rinks are still a thing, and they are still really, really fun. Brentwood Skate Center maintains a retro charm while not being run-down – a perfect place to take the kids on a rainy afternoon and get them to stop playing Candy Crush for at least 30 minutes. On Sunday they have family skate, so roll up with the whole crew! After you burn all those calories (and then eat a corn dog because you earned it), you can play some of the old-school arcade games. For the skilled skater (or the whimsically brave), you can try your luck at one of their races (they have an 18+ division). This is the perfect place to keep your child – or your inner child – occupied on a rainy day!

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Find Your “Something Old”

GasLamp Antiques

IF YOU LIKE:

The movie “Grey Gardens”, costume jewelry, fancy oak barstools, trinkets, walk-through tours of well-preserve historical living rooms, drinking tea out of an actual tea set, old-school hairbrushes, encyclopedia collections, spending hours getting lost in something magical

WHERE:

This can be a bit tricky to find – head to the 100 Oaks area and look behind Home Depot – there will be a sign directing you to GasLamp!

WHY IT’S AWESOME:

Looking for some fine oak bookshelves with character? GasLamp. Looking for a limited edition Otis Redding record? GasLamp. Looking for a vintage ad tin sign that says something sassy like “hand over the coffee and no one gets hurt”? GasLamp. Looking for a Breakfast At Tiffany’s-esque pearl necklace? GasLamp, GasLamp, GasLamp. One of Nashville’s best kept secrets, GasLamp is set up like a big indoor market – vendors have their own booth with their own unique offerings, ranging from china sets to vintage cameras to Persian rugs. Unless you’re looking for one thing and want to be in and out, block off some time (like a rainy afternoon) to really peruse the merchandise, because there’s a TON of it. If you’ve finished shopping and it’s still too rainy to hit the park, we suggest hitting up Regal 27 theater and catching a movie. Perfect afternoon!

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Recover All Those Random Facts You Learned In Middle School

Trivia Time!

IF YOU LIKE:

Beer, soft pretzels, impressing people, picking out an ironic/clever team name, competitive sports, watching the Game Show Network (and yes, there are still people who watch that besides house cats and people in dentist waiting rooms), middle school history, memory tricks

WHERE:

All over Nashville, y’all (you can find the details in Wannado + all the drink specials they have going on)!

WHY IT’S AWESOME:

In the age of Google, the answer to any question is pretty much at our fingertips. Wanna know every acting credit Tony Danza has had since 1983? Google it. Wanna know where the phrase “hog heaven” originated? Google it. That’s the beauty of trivia, y’all – you can only rely on your BRAIN POWER (and whatever really smart people are on your trivia team). Trivia Time happens all over Nashville – Edley’s, Mellow Mushroom, ML Rose, etc. People are passionate about this – we’ve seen grown men cry when they’ve won (and so have you if you were at Mellow Mushroom last Monday). Turn your phones off, beat the rainstorm, and exercise that brain muscle. You’ll be glad you did, AND you’ll feel super impressed with yourself when you remember that obscure fact about Russian history from your 8th grade class.

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Up Your Media Game

McKay’s

IF YOU LIKE:

The smell of old book pages, taking impressive instagrams (because look at all those books – you’re going to get so many likes), all the “50 books to read before you’re 50” lists on Buzzfeed, finding obscure Olsen Twins movies on DVD, bargains

WHERE:

Towards Old Hickory in West Nashville!

WHY IT’S AWESOME:

“I’ve never seen so many books in my life!” You’re going to have your Belle-walks-in-to-the-library-in-Beauty-and-the-Beast moment in here, guaranteed. There are so. many. books. You can find everything from Sylvia Plath to Aristotle to Chelsea Handler in McKay’s. That thing on your reading list? Yeah, they probably have it, and it’s probably less than 5 dollars. So cheap and such a vast selection! Something important to note: the merchandise is organized by category, but they can’t look up if they have what you’re looking for. Be ready to do some digging if it isn’t something like The Great Gatsby (because at any given time they probably have 394950 copies of that book). Another bonus: movies! You can get box sets of your favorite shows on the cheap, and the movie selection is impressive. Drive over here on a rainy day, load up on books and movies, and then go home and make yourself some tea. Curl up, pajama suit up, and enjoy!