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.
Discover Clarksville restaurants
Clarksville restaurants are flavored by the city’s unique multi-cultural atmosphere. From the exotic – Indian, Japanese, Mexican – to more homegrown fare, restaurants in Clarksville are waiting for you to discover them. Click here to find Clarksville’s favorite eateries.
(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. Downtown Commons
No matter what the season, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Downtown Commons. From the popular outdoor ice skating rink in the winter to the outdoor concerts during the summer months, it is a year-round place to gather with friends or neighbors. Visitors to the Downtown Commons can enjoy FREE Wi-Fi, thanks to the generosity of our new Google community partner, to work on projects or just use for fun away from campus, work, or home. The atmosphere of the park, in the heart of downtown Clarksville, provides visitors with an opportunity to relax or bring the kids to play; it’s also a place for people who work downtown to have lunch away from the office but close enough that they don’t have to rush. Nightlife at Downtown Commons is bustling with music concerts, art exhibitions, poetry readings, and just about anything you can imagine to bring an audience together. 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. Valor Run
Valor Run is a 10k, 5k, and Memorial Mile in Clarksville, TN committed to honoring the courage and sacrifice of those in uniform. The community will be able to participate in this endurance event in honor, or memory, of an American hero. The second annual race will be held near Beachaven Winery. In collaboration with the Welcome Home Veterans Celebration, the Valor Run will start and end near the American Veteran Traveling Tribute Wall. The whole family is invited to experience the race together, with a distance for every member of the family! The 10k powered by CDE Lightband moves through the gently rolling hills of rural Tennessee. The Visit Clarksville 5k is a fast and flat course perfect for a runner of any ability. Our Memorial Mile sponsored by AARP pays tribute to Fort Campbell soldiers and their families. Learn more.
13. Shopping at Governor’s Square Mall
Great shopping is right down the road at Governor’s Square Mall.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.