14 Best Things To Do In Dickson, Tennessee

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Occupying the banks of the Cumberland River in north-east Tennessee is Dickson, just an easy hour’s drive from Nashville and an ideal getaway destination for those looking to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Although Dickson is home to a humble population, it has recently been seeing a rapid increase in footfall because of its bucolic environs and its growing commercial scene. While events at family farms are just about the most unique experiences the town offers, there are plenty of local boutiques, museums, public parks, nature sites, and several other activities that you can busy yourself with. We’ve put together a list of the best things to do in Dickson, Tennessee, so you can make the most of your time here.

1. Go down history lane at Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

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Occupying Hotel Halbrook’s restored building from the early 1900s is Clement Railroad Hotel Museum in downtown Dickson. The museum offers a fantastic insight into the American Civil War, its ramifications on the region, the life and times of notable Dickson County locals, and the railroad industry along with several others. Besides offering great insights with its many exhibits and artefacts, the museum is also one of the last remaining examples of a railroad hotel in Tennessee. Excellent, docent-guided tours are offered by the museum, so you can opt to join one for a wholly enriching experience.

Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

Address: 100 Frank Clement Pl, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Website: Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 9am - 5pm; Sat: 9am - 4pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

Price: 4 - 6 USD

2. Try object painting at Spot's Pots Paint Your Own Pottery Studio

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Unleash the artist in you and get your hands dirty doing some painting! This one’s a superb activity, especially for those of you in town with little kids. You’ll be provided clay figures and all painting essentials and then be left to explore your artistic side. The studio prides itself on using non-toxic paints, making it completely safe for children. The best part about this experience? For added convenience, they can even bring the objects and all the necessary tools and supplies to your doorstep, and you can just take it back to the studio once you’re done creating your masterpiece.

Spot's Pots Paint Your Own Pottery Studio

Address: 104b S Main St, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Website: Spot’s Pots Paint Your Own Pottery Studio

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 11am - 7pm (closed from Sun - Tue)

3. Let your kids rollick at Thunder Alley Family Entertainment Center

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Finding it hard to entertain the little ones? Take them to Thunder Alley Family Entertainment Center and watch them have a whale of a time burning off some of their energy. While the Play Room here is primarily for infants, the Game Room, Lounge, Laser Maze, and Go-Karting is for older kids. Not just for children - even parents and caretakers can have fun here.

Thunder Alley Family Entertainment Center

Address: 533 TN-46, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Website: Thunder Alley Family Entertainment Center

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 12am; Sun: 12pm - 11pm

4. Catch a movie at Roxy Movie Theater

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There’s nothing quite like enjoying some downtime and catching the latest flicks. Enjoy a fab movie-watching experience at Roxy Movie Theater, a cinema that offers all top-class amenities and facilities. Plus, since the theatre’s location is central, you can easily include it in your itinerary. Check out their website for the latest line-up of movies so you can pencil it in.

Roxy Movie Theater

Address: 646 TN-46, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Website: Roxy Movie Theater

5. Buy some artisanal stuff at Tennessee Artisan Market

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Sucker for all things artisanal? Nothing will be more rewarding than a trip to Tennessee Artisan Market, a place that stores a wonderful collection of items made by Tennessee’s local artisans. Items range from handmade jewellery and beautiful paintings to quirky craft items and eclectic artworks - you’ll definitely find something good here. Besides shopping, you can also participate in one of the art workshops or demonstrations that are regularly hosted here for free! This fair is located inside the Renaissance Center where theatre concerts and events are often hosted.

Tennessee Artisan Market

Address: 100 S Mulberry Street, Dickson, Tennessee

Website: Tennessee Artisan Market

Opening hours: Mon - Thu, Sat: 9am - 5pm (closed on Fri & Sun)

6. Pick up some souvenirs from Bayou Sara's Antiques

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Souvenirs work amazingly well as keepsakes or gifts for loved ones, and there’s nothing better than a tasteful piece of antique art. Bayou Sara’s Antiques is just about the most exquisite souvenir store you’ll find in Dickson. Right from fantastic artisanal products to amazing antique furniture, and from elegant silverware and quirky artworks to vintage Christmas decoratives and fine quilts, you’ll get a wide selection to choose from. So do remember to head to this interesting establishment and pick something while in Dickson.

Bayou Sara's Antiques

Address: 205 E College St, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun)

7. Play a game of golf at Greystone Golf Club

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Greystone Golf Club opened in 1998 and has since been a favourite among Dickson locals and those from neighbouring towns as well. Although primarily a golf course, the club also makes for a great place to unwind amidst a manicured landscaping, a sprawling course, and top-notch amenities. It is not a members-only club, so you can easily enjoy the facilities while you’re in the city.

Greystone Golf Club

Address: 4280, 2555 US-70, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Website: Greystone Golf Club

Price: 25 - 64 USD

8. Learn how to paint at Painting with a Twist

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How about returning from a vacation having learned a new skill? Head to Painting with a Twist and you’ll be sorted. Offering easy-to-follow, step-by-step painting lessons, this establishment makes fine art a fun art! You can sit and follow the instructor or flaunt some strokes if you’re already a pro - and all this you can do with a glass of wine in hand. The classes are conducted in groups as well as individually, so you may go in for whatever you prefer. They provide all the essentials such as paintbrushes and canvases, so all you really need to do is take yourself there and have the willingness to learn. Rest assured, you’ll have a pretty amazing time. Painting with a Twist also hosts painting events, so check their website if one’s being hosted around the time of your visit so you can try attending.

Painting with a Twist

Address: 334 Henslee Dr, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Website: Painting with a Twist

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm - 6pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

9. Unwind at Dickson Park & Recreation Department

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The newest addition that has increased the town’s appeal is the sprawling Dickson Park, featuring a playground, hiking trails, walking paths, and a manicured garden, along with several other amenities. It is a popular spot for those who want to spend some time outdoors and are looking to enjoy the company of nature in Dickson.

Dickson Park & Recreation Department

Address: 202 S Main St, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Website: Dickson Park & Recreation Department

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7:20am - 4:20pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

10. Enjoy a great fishing session with Dickson Fishing

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Fishing enthusiasts, listen up! Dickson Fishing offers access to three lakes that are all rife with an enormous number of bluegill, bass, and catfish. They rent out fishing gear as well, so you need not carry anything yourself. Just head to the site on time and be ready to enjoy a fun time fishing. They also allow campers on-site, so you can easily take your vehicle or even hitch one of their campers as well.

Dickson Fishing

Address: 1500 E Piney Rd, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)

11. Stroll around and explore Historic Downtown Dickson

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A stroll along Historic Downtown Dickson is a must. It is lined with several landmarks and sightseeing spots, including the iconic Halbrook Hotel and the War Memorial Building, among several others. If you’ve seen them all, you can sit at a cafe and watch people and cars pass by and admire the Southern charms of this city. You can also explore several parts of this area on foot, so put on your best (and comfiest) pair of shoes and start walking!

Historic Downtown Dickson

Address: South Main Street, Dickson, TN 37055

12. Spend a fun-filled evening at the Wanted Saloon

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Dickson may be a small city, but it has its bar scene sorted just fine - the Wanted Saloon is one such place where you experience that. Oozing a typical honky-tonk feel, the bar has all the makings of a fun spot where you can chill: karaoke, live music, zingy drinks, pool tables, and a chatty crowd. Head here on Sundays through Tuesdays and enjoy the open mic/karaoke. Live acoustic performances happen on Wednesdays and the weekends alternate between live music and DJ nights. Ladies, remember: every last Friday of the month is ladies’ night here.

The Wanted Saloon

Address: 2840 US-70, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Website: The Wanted Saloon

Opening hours: Tue - Wed: 3pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 3pm - 3am; Sun: 12pm - 1am (closed on Mon - Thu)

13. Hang out at House of Brews

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A chill vibe, hearty food, great alcohol - House of Brews is just the spot to spend a relaxed evening. Plus, they boast an impressive variety of beers that you can very well try. Are beer lovers listening? Since this place has limited seating, it’s best to head here during non-peak hours to enjoy yourself to the fullest. This establishment is among the most popular spots for sports screenings as well.

House of Brews

Address: 103 S Main St, Dickson, Tennessee

Website: House of Brews

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 4pm - 10pm; Wed - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 1am (closed on Sun)

14. Grab a bite at Off The Rails

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A quintessential surf-n-turf eatery in Dickson, Off The Rails may be named so, but it definitely knows how to hit the spot. Try their boudin balls, crab legs, oysters on the half shell, or the delicious Monterey chicken. Their bar has a pretty good selection of beers and other beverages that make for great accompaniments to the hearty dishes. Other than that, service is great, the ambience is warm, and food is every bit as tasty as promised - what more could you want? This amazing establishment is also pretty close to Clement Hotel Railroad Museum, so you can easily plan these two stops together.

Off The Rails

Address: 124a S Main St, Dickson, TN 37055, United States

Website: Off The Rails

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 2:30pm (closed on Mon)

A lovely suburban destination

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Dickson, with its small-town charm and thriving agricultural scene, offers a comforting suburban feel. Whether you are travelling solo or with family, as part of a tour group or as a couple, Dickson will leave you thoroughly entertained and satisfied. Head here and follow this list of things to do in Dickson, Tennessee for the best experience.

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