Smyrna, Tennessee is a beautiful small town in the Nashville metropolitan area. Situated almost equal distances between Nashville and Murfreesboro, Smyrna provides small-town charm with quick and convenient access to larger nearby cities.
Despite the size of this small town, Smyrna has played a large role in the history of this country. The former Sewart Air Force Base was located in Smyrna providing aircraft during World War II. In the early 1980s, Smyrna was once again in the spotlight as it became the home of the first Japanese manufacturing plant in the country when the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant opened.
Beyond Smyrna’s rich history, this quaint middle-Tennessee town now has top-notch health care, a growing public greenway system, a local community college, and consistent employment opportunities with the Nissan factory still thriving today. Smyrna has even been named one of the top ten cities to retire by US News & World Report. Whether Smyrna is your final destination or you are just passing through, here are a few of the amazing sights to see in Smyrna.
Smyrna has many American historical sites from battlefields and cemeteries to historic homes. These are just a few of the rich historical sights to see in and around Smyrna.
Learn about the life and legacy of Sam Davis and his heroic stance made during the American Civil War at the Historic Sam Davis Home. Sitting on 168 acres, you will find two historic homes, several outbuildings, a family cemetery, and 100s of artifacts of the Davis family on display.
The Historic Sam Davis Home is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, veterans, and active military, and $10 for college students and children over 6.
Just 10 minutes south of Smyrna is another historical Tennessee town. Murfreesboro is home to the Stones River National Battlefield, a National Park preserving the history of the Battle of Stones River. Stop by the Visitor Center to see the park’s museum and a movie about the battle. The Visitor Center is currently operating under the limited hours of Friday – Monday 10 am – 4 pm.
The Park also offers guests trails for walking and biking, interactive programs, and tours of the battlefields. Stones River National Battlefield is open daily 8 am – 5 pm from March 1st to October 31st. Gates close at 4:30 pm during winter hours.
Oaklands Mansion is a historic site telling the story of the Maney family through generations and their interactions with the American Civil War, its troops, and its leaders. The home has been transformed into a landmark and museum where guests can tour the mansion learning about its expansion and growth through the years and take a self-guided tour of the grounds and surrounding outbuildings.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday 1-4 pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and active military, $10 for children 6 and up, free for kids under 6. Reserve your time-slotted tickets online in advance.
Smyrna and the surrounding towns are full of historical sites that have been preserved and turned into museums and landmarks. Here are more of the historical homes, plantations, and sights that are found in the area.
Beyond the historical charm of Smyrna, this small middle-Tennessee town provides guests and residents with seasonal and year-round attractions. Here are some other sights to see in Smyrna, TN.
Spend a day on the farm at Walden Pumpkin Farm in Smyrna, TN. Beyond picking your own pumpkin, the farm is full of kid-friendly activities including hayrides, face painting, hay maze, and so much more. There is a Country Store with fall decorations, carving kits, and locally made honey, jams, and relishes. The Food Depot & Sweet Shop serve made-to-order American classics like hamburgers and hotdogs plus sweet treats like pumpkin fudge and funnel cakes.
Admission to the Farm is free; activities are an additional charge. Walden Farm is open September 26th – October 31st with visiting hours Monday through Friday 3 pm – 6:30 pm (closed Wednesdays), Saturday 9 am – 6:30 pm, and Sunday 12-4 pm.
Smyrna has over 800 acres of land dedicated to the community for recreation and leisure activities comprising ten community parks, twelve miles of trails and greenways, multiple athletic fields and practice areas, a public pool, a kid’s splash pad, green spaces, and community buildings.
Check the town website for the Pool and Splash Pad seasonal opening dates. Here is a list of the community parks in Smyrna. Call the Parks Office for more information and shelter reservations at 615-459-9773.
The Smyrna Greenway System is a great way to explore the town while enjoying its natural beauty. Greenways, sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes make up this system that runs throughout the town connecting communities, parks, and recreational areas. Be sure to look for signage along the trail providing information about the history and wildlife of the area. There is a map with trail details and trailhead locations available online.
The Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center was created to bring educational and recreational programs to the community by providing indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. The Adventure Center has an interactive exhibit hall; a gallery with local art, history, and culture displayed; a lecture hall for guest speakers; an adventure zone with a rock climbing wall and structures; an area for crafts, games, and stories; and party rooms available for rent.
Outdoor adventures include the community Splash Pad, canoeing, kayaking, guided hikes, and more. The Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center also provides after-school programs, school field trips, summer camps, swim lessons, and more. The Adventure Center is currently open to the public Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.
We hope this list of sights to see in Smyrna, TN has sparked your interest in visiting this quaint middle-Tennessee town. As you plan your next vacation, be sure to explore Uptown Suite’s family-friendly accommodations. Our extended-stay hotel is conveniently located at 742 President Place off Sam Ridley Parkway in Smyrna, TN.