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Downtown Franklin

Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064
615-591-8500
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Ranked #6 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located just a straight shot south from downtown Nashville, quaint downtown Franklin is the perfect sleepy Southern town. Visitors can easily spend a... more » Owner description: Located just a straight shot south from downtown Nashville, quaint downtown Franklin is the perfect sleepy Southern town. Visitors can easily spend a day browsing antique shops and boutiques and dining at one of its many ecelctic restaurants. Downtown Franklin offers an eclectic mix of antique shops, gift and book stores, art galleries and clothing boutiques. Franklin hosts several festivals each year. « less
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East TN
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115 reviews 115 reviews
5 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The "old city" has dining and shopping and history. Close to Civil War battlefield. For walking it is great.

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Naperville, Illinois, USA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This place is a bunch of ran down shops with really nothing to look at or purchase. Spent an hour walking up one side of Main Street and down the other side. Best places were a toy store for my son, and a fudge maker.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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93 reviews 93 reviews
44 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Franklin has that small town feel but with up class boutiques and nightlife...loved it! Philanthropy was my favorite boutique!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I used to live in Franklin back when traffic was far less, some store fronts were empty, combines would travel down main street in the Fall, and time was passing it by. Rocky Horror on the weekend at the theatre, kids hanging out in parking lots, slower pace. With the county growing so fast in the past 20 years things... More

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TX
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Many stores, sights and eateries are nestled together! Parking and traffic is a challenge that may test your patience. Maybe it is best to drop off your family on the curb, then go park your car a block or two away.

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YORK
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Many great little stores on Main St. You've got to try Merribee's Restaurant! Great food and ambiance!

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Franklin, Tennessee
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I live here but It's a place that always picks me up. It's pretty, friendly and easy to get around. I love the atmosphere and of course if your looking for something to buy, you can find it there.

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Norcross, GA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great mix of shops and restaurants along Main Street. I would have loved to have gone to Merridee's for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Everything I ordered (or tasted off hubby's order) was fresh and delicious. Lots of great little shops in downtown Franklin with unique items you don't see in the chain stores. Can't wait to go again.

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golconda
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and historical sites within easy walking distance. There is something for everyone shopping wise. And if not there is a mall about 5 minutes away.

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Orange, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We visit family in Franklin twice a year and always spend an afternoon walking around Downtown Franklin. It's about two blocks long and there's plenty to see on both sides of the street. There are lots of little shops and we always make a stop at the Toy Shop to let the grandkids pick out a special toy. Restaurants, candy... More

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