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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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

If you can't find what you want to eat or drink, it was probably right next door to where you were standing. The local business owners are most helpful and their merchandise is fairly priced. Great place for home accessories.

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68 reviews 68 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We took a little side trip to Franklin on a Sunday. Many of the shops are not open on Sunday but we still had a good time. The streets are easy to walk. Shops are on both sides of the street for about two blocks. I would go back again but not on a Sunday. You could spend more time... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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95 reviews 95 reviews
52 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We spent about half an hour window shopping. We bought a toy in the small toystore and popped in to Landmark Booksellers. I was disappointed by the book store. I was expecting to stock up on used books, but the bookstore seemed to specialize in expensive, first edition, signed books - not what I was looking for. We ate at... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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130 reviews 130 reviews
42 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I can see why Franklin has been voted one of the five best small towns in America. The main street is lined with cute shops and restaraunts, with extremely friendly staff on hand. There is a great information center on 5th street with all sorts of detailed information if it's needed. They have information on 5 different walking tours of... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Lots of antique shops, small speciality stores and unique food places. Everyone was very friendly. We also attended Journey Franklin Church.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Lots of fun shoppes and eateries to explore and spend an afternoon walking in and out of. There are several places that offer free 4 hour parking which made it very handy for our group.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Franklin has charm that many small towns have lost or failed to capitalize on. It has some really nice shops (antiques, Rare Print Shop) and restaurants (Meridees, Pucketts, and more), dessert shops (e.g., Sweet Ce-Ce's Frozen Yogurt), the book shop, Masonic Lodge, Courthouse, other historic sites, etc. And if you like historic homes, be sure to go when they are... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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160 reviews 160 reviews
45 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

There is so much to see in this historical town. Great restored homeland businesses, upscale shops , restaurants as well as event and music. It is a great place to visit for a weekend.

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is the best small town America I have ever been too. There is SO much to see, shop and do in Downtown Franklin. Stop at the Franklin Visitors Center! They are incredibly helpful, and will not only give you LOADS of things to do in downtown, but also the surrounding area. Plan to be in downtown for a LEAST... More

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Dresden, Tennessee
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81 reviews 81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Good variety of shops and restaurants. Restaurants are mostly locally owned not chain places. Good food! Parking available on streets and in parking garages.

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