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Downtown Franklin

Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064
615-591-8500
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Ranked #7 of 24 Attractions in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
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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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Nashville, Tennessee
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152 reviews 152 reviews
69 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Very nice and historic area, just south of Nashville. Great locally-owned shops and magnificent array of restaurants PLUS a restored old theater that now is a live music venue as well as a movie theater. Can't go wrong with a trip to Franklin, AND there's more. Free parking everywhere!

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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113 reviews 113 reviews
33 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This town oozes charm. There are very pretty old houses and old buildings all around town. Take some time and leisurely walk around. The shops are quaint, but pricey. They have plenty of food places to stop. Everything is clean and fresh. I haven't been at Christmas time, but I can just imagine how lovely it would be.

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Bethlehem
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The town is a very quaint town with lots of little shops to do your shopping in. The visitors center is right there in the town and they were very helpful in what to see and do. They took their time with you. Around the corner to your right is a very quaint gift shop called The Heirloom. The owner... More

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Tulsa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Franklin is a great TN small town. Free parking and plenty of shops and food to satisfy the whole family. Not anything spectacular or unique, but a nice outing or a quick drive from Nashville if you're ready for a break from the bar and band scene.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Good restaurants... nice shopping.... One of the few places I am been to a few times and plan on going back again. Downtown is clean and safe. There is outdoor seating for some restaurants to enjoy the day if weather permits. Nice historic buildings and lots of activities for everyone.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Franklin Tennessee is ranked in the top ten small towns by Southern Living and top six by Rand McNally. Known for the Civil War famous battle of Franklin, there is a very tall statue in the roundabout commemorating Confederate soldiers. The downtown area has numerous locally owned shops and restaurants. It is very, very clean and picturesque. It has the... More

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Franklin, Tennessee, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A town square, quaint shoppes of all kinds, good food, a historic movie theater, and a respectful awareness and pride based on its role in Civil War history. Franklin is a great town for a day trip when you want to get away from the lights and tourist locations of "Nash-Vegas". Whether as a couple, a family, or with a... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fantastic small town. Lots of shopping, awesome food, art and history. Franklin theatre has movies, plays, and live music. Grab a bubble tea and stroll the beautiful sidewalks for a quiet afternoon.

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Marion, Illinois
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We took a stroll through the downtown area during a recent stay in Nashville. I am not sure that I would recommend a special trip if you're staying in the downtown area but if you're south of the city then stop by a take a look. There are unique shops and restaurants that allow for a casual afternoon if you... More

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Emerson, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We went on our annual mom and sisters trip to Nashville and stayed in Franklin. This suited us much better! This town is very quaint but large,... for shopping and restaurants. Loved every part of it! We found some great things and very interesting stores! Parking was 4 hours free and pretty easy to find a spot. Bathrooms are scarce.

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