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Downtown Franklin

Address: Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064
Phone Number: 615-591-8500
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Ranked #5 of 47 things to do in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks, Other
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...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks, Other
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 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.

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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Downtown Franklin is an American treasure. Great shops, wonderful resturants, antique stores, wonderful parades and street festivals, wine bar, toy store, old churches, civil war history. Just wonderful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

This year's "Dickens of a Christmas" in downtown Franklin met and surpassed expectations again, with its festively "olde" atmosphere, homespun goods and art treasure, enlightening entertainment, and offerings of tasty treats--including sugar plums, of course! Weather was chilly yet comfortable, locals and visitors (and decorated dogs too) turned out in festive attire to stroll the streets, snap photos among costumed... More 

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Dearborn, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

this small strip of land downtown is amazing and enjoyable. History and modernity are intertwined there. Beautiful during spring and summer times with festivals and fairs.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've been living here for 3.5 years and love it. The combination of historic homes, civil war sites, restaurants, shops, and parks make it the perfect place to enjoy just about anything!

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Hillsboro, Missouri
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If you're in the Nashville area, downtown Franklin is a must see. This is one of the most charming main streets in America. This is what hundreds of small town downtowns used to be like, but aren't anymore. My wife and I like Franklin so much that we are seriously considering retiring here. If you're tired of endless shopping malls,... More 

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pearland, texas
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25 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Lots of boutiques, restaurants, bars with an upscale feel. Only spent half a day, but wanted to stay longer. Will visit again when in the area. Free parking garage and had no problems finding restrooms (a common problem in popular tourist areas like this.) Shops we visited were very unique.

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Philadelphia
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I had a great time visiting Downtown Franklin with my motor coach group - it was the annual Tennessee Motor Coach Convention right here in Franklin. We all let our motor coach with purses, we all loaded back up with lots of bags! We were given a list of the stores that were offering discounts and I know it worked.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I found this town very relaxing with a lot of history. Very beautiful area to drive around. Shops were fun & unique & the eating establishments were great. I enjoyed parking & then walking up & down the streets. Was a great place to unwind, look around & do some shopping! While I was in the area, I went here... More 

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New Market, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Small town atmosphere just outside the big city. Franklin is a great town to spend a day in just browsing the shops and they have some great restaurants.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Such a sweet little town to visit. You'll not lack for great local shops to visit, nor awesome food to choose from the many restaurants in the area. It lends itself well to an up and coming generation with free wi-fi in most stores, while stirring interest in all age groups with Franklin's unique history present just about anywhere you... More 

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