Among the many great attractions in Davidson County is Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater, which is Nashville's oldest professional theater. Bellevue also takes great pride in its variety of picturesque parks that offer a full range of services for families and visitors. Additionally, nearby Nashville provides several options for family recreation with over 70 parks and playgrounds, offering hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as nature gazing, picnic shelters and playing fields. J. Percy Priest Reservoir and Old Hickory Lake offer hundreds of miles of shoreline and thousands of acres of water for boating, fishing, and canoeing.
Bellevue regularly hosts community events like the summertime Red Caboose Concerts and the monthly Bellevue Beautification Cleanup, both which prompt community pride.
Culture in Nashville
Cultural and community opportunities are readily available to the residents of Bellevue. In nearby Nashville, music is a huge part of Nashville's history and entertainment, presenting attractions that include the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird. There are also many museums and art galleries, including the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Parthenon, and the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery.
Popular cultural destinations include Fort Nashborough, a reconstruction of the original settlement, the Tennessee State Museum, the Hermitage and the Nashville Zoo. The graceful State Capital is one of the oldest working state capitol buildings in the nation, while the Hermitage, former home of Andrew Jackson, is one of the older presidential homes open to the public.
Economy and Education
Although Nashville is known as a music recording center and tourist destination, its largest industry is health care. Nashville is home to more than 250 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America, the largest private operator of hospitals in the world, bolstering the area economy. The many universities in town, including Vanderbilt, Fisk, Tennessee State and Belmont University, present formidable reputations and educational opportunities.