Located approximately 34 minutes south along I-24 from Nashville, Murfreesboro serves as the Rutherford County seat with its picturesque riverside setting and history-making for all ages. The sports games in this area are some of the most entertaining around, and it’s also home to the state’s largest college, Middle Tennessee State University. If you’re planning to stroll around or move to Murfreesboro, here is a list of things you should cross off your list.
The Battle of Stones River, also known as the Civil War’s most blood-soaked battle and one where more than 10 percent of those who fought were killed or wounded.
The nation was divided into two camps: North vs South; freedom versus slavery. The stakes could not have been any higher for this crucial contest to determine which way Americans would go in their quest for America’s future.
Oaklands Mansion is one of the most historically significant buildings in Civil War-era America; nestled in Oaklands Park, a native tree arboretum and natural wetlands, which includes Maney Spring as well as heritage and native gardens. Listed on the National Register, it served as a hospital for soldiers and civilians alike during that time period when tensions were high between North and South states. It was also one of the most elegant homes in Middle Tennessee, playing host to famous people like Sarah Childress Polk (wife of President James K. Polk).
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a children’s museum that offers educational hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages. Kids will love the 5 Senses – with a life-sized nose, tongue, ear, hand, and eye that dive into the senses of the body; Creation Station where artists can create masterpieces with chalk, paper, cardboard, paint, clay, and more; the Farmers Market which teaches how many miles the average meal takes to arrive on plates and information on buying local; and Water Works that covers interactive systems of pumps, wheels, and pipes, teaching the power of water. With hundreds of fun exhibits, twenty acres of outdoor wetlands, daily programs, and a two-story slide, the whole family will definitely love it!
The David Price Miracle Field is a special need baseball and playground facility. The goal is to help children and adults alike to forget about their day-to-day struggles. Children of all abilities love to enjoy sensory stations, zipline, ramps, and turf. After exerting a lot of energy, grab your lunch on one of the covered picnic tables or at one of the concession stands.
From appetizers to handmade desserts, their menu focuses on fresh steaks, seafood, and pasta. Every item on the menu is scratch-made each day. If you are having lunch or dinner, they have daily specials and seasonal items that rotate in and out of their menu. The recipes at The Alley on Main have been passed down for generations. They also cater for special occasions – having a semi-private dining area in the back section of our restaurant that holds up to 30 guests comfortably. Catch live music
Enjoy the rolling hills at the new Hop Springs Beer Park, the tasting room, and the ultimate hangout spot crafted by Steel Barrel Brewery. You’ll find an extensive list of craft beer, live music every weekend, and delicious food at the family and dog-friendly venue. Hop Springs is open from Wednesdays to Sundays.