Things To Do
Romantic restaurants in Clarksville
Whether you’re looking for family fun or an unforgettable date night, there are plenty of romantic restaurants and things to do in Clarksville, TN. Many are within walking distance of Riverview Inn. Others are just a short drive away.
A few of our favorite things to do in Clarksville
Stroll along the internationally-acclaimed Riverwalk or visit Customs House Museum. Go shopping on Franklin Street or exploring in Dunbar Cave. Enjoy boating and family fun at Clarksville Marina and Fairgrounds Park. Or refine your tastes at Roxy Regional Theatre and a trip to Beachaven Vineyards & Winery. Stay with us during Riverfest in September to enjoy the free concerts and arts festival.
In this video featuring our favorite Montgomery County events, Charlsie Hand (Riverview owner) discusses the attributes Clarksville offers guests and how the growing town still offers that small town charm.
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(Adjacent to the Riverview Inn) “This internationally acclaimed Riverwalk features beautiful overlook plazas, a children’s playground, an amphitheater, picnic facilities, performance stages, a boat ramp and a sidewalk.”*
2. The Customs House Museum:
Customs House Museum is the second largest museum in Tennessee, featuring 35,000 square feet of fine arts, science and history. CustomsHouseMuseum.org
3. Franklin Street:
Franklin Street is just a block away from Riverview Inn. Discover a variety of unique shops and restaurants. On Franklin Street there are plenty of fun things to do.
4. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery:
“One of the foremost commercial wineries in Tennessee, this award-winning winery is located in a picturesque Tudor style building and offers a glimpse into the centuries-old art of wine making. Free tours and tastings are available. Beautiful vineyards, a gift shop, and shaded picnic areas are also on site.”* BeachavenWinery.com
5. Dunbar Cave:
“Open daily from 8:00 a.m. until dark, this State Natural Area offers guided tours of the cave, as well as slide shows, hiking trails, picnic tables, and fishing areas.”* DunbarCave
6. Roxy Regional Theater:
“The oldest professional theatre in Clarksville, this historic Modern-Art Theatre was established in 1947 and features ten main stage events throughout the year. There is also a 40-seat, black-box theatre on-site that produces four new scripts each year.”* RoxyRegionalTheatre.org
*Information from Yahoo! Travel
7. Rivers and Spires Festival
A family-friendly event with live music and great food: Founded to commemorate the four years of rebuilding efforts after a devastating tornado had ravaged the nostalgic historic downtown Clarksville on January 22, 1999, the Rivers and Spires Festival has evolved into one of the city’s most anticipated events! Why? “Free” and “open to the public” probably has a lot to do with it. No gate fees or hidden charges. Visitors can purchase optional food and drink tickets and enjoy music acts such as Lee Greenwood, Charlie Daniels Band, and Clint Black. Learn more.
8. Clarksville’s Annual Independence Day Celebration
What do you get when you mix a variety of food, live music, entertainment for the family and a fireworks finale? The Annual Independence Day Celebration! Every July 4th weekend, the City and Aetna insurance sponsor this event for all ages at McGregor Park. Admission is free, parking is available at APSU and even shuttle service is complimentary (from designated parking areas – Learn more.
9. Thousands of Lights at Christmas on the Cumberland
If you’re our guest around the holidays, find some Christmas spirit at this annual event ranked in the Top 20 Events from Southeast Tourism Society. Children of all ages get to share their wishlist with Santa and enjoy the millions of colorful lights along the McGregor Park Riverwalk. This event attracts thousands over the more-than-a-month (end of November through first week of January). Fee-free admission. Learn more.
10. Queen City Road race
Don’t walk, RUN! Or… it’s ok, you can walk. This noncompetitive 5K Run, made possible each year by the city’s Parks and Rec Dept and Cumberland Bank & Trust, is the perfect event to get out an move! One of the missions behind this event is keeping our children active. Thousands participate each year in either the 5K Run, the 5K Relay or the non-competitive One Mile Movement. Learn more here.
11. Clarksville Downtown Market
Shop fresh, shop local. This bustling hotspot is the headquarters for grabbing locally grown produce – fruits and vegetables, cakes and baked goods, local honey – but it’s more than that. Come down to hear musicians, see the fruits of renown woodworkers and metalworkers, and taste what the onsite chefs cook up just for you and your family! The Downtown Market is a seasonal event occurring on Saturdays, mid-May to mid-October. Learn more.
12. The Go Commando Half Marathon & 5K
Unpack your running shoes and hit the pavement. The Go Commando Half Marathon and 5K has grown into quite the fitness attraction since its non-profit origins in 2011.
Get all the race rules for this Fall fitness event.
With limited spots and deadliness, register to run now.
13. Jammin’ in the Alley – Eat, Dance & Shop
Is there such a thing as too much live music? Each third Friday, from May through October, head to Strawberry Alley. Dance, eat and shop! Events are kid-friendly and feature live local musicians and bands as well as dining specials from all the participating restaurants and cafés.
See who’s playing.
14. Shopping at Governor’s Square Mall
Great shopping is right down the road at Governor’s Square Mall.
15. Free concerts at Clarksville’s Riverfest
Enjoy free concerts along the river during Clarksville’s Riverfest Celebration. This free music and arts festival honors the rich river heritage of Clarksville, TN. A two-day event, Riverfest features nationally-recognized musicians who perform on multiple stages alongside local and regional entertainers. It’s fun – and food – for the whole family. Act now to make your hotel reservations for Clarksville, TN Riverfest Celebration.
16. Recreational Boating at the Clarksville Marina at Liberty Park
With 85 “first come, first serve” boat slips, anyone can be the Captain, or the Skipper, for the day. Located nearby on Cumberland Drive, with a park area open from morning to sunset and the marina and boat ramps open 24/7, get the family out on the water. Request a slip.
17. Rich Civil War History at Fort Defiance
Formerly referred to as Fort Sevier, this landmark – now a park – features the historic fort and walking trails. This site has quite a history, first inhabited by Native American Indians, then becoming the central hub for settlers’ trading and commerce, next, the chosen site for Confederate soldiers to set up a fort, destined to be captured by Union troops. During the Civil War, this meeting place of the Cumberland and Red Rivers was the ideal location for defending the town from the water side. Many freed and run-away slaves even sought refuge and employment here. Open all year round. Learn more.
Hotel Reservations for Clarksville Festivals and Celebrations
When you stay with us, you’ll be just minutes away from the festivities. Stay close to the action at Riverview Inn, overlooking the Riverwalk and the beautiful Cumberland River, the backdrop for Riverfest.