Brown County, Indiana, is a destination for people of all ages and interests—from families looking to spend quality time in the great outdoors to couples looking to stroll around the quaint village on their romantic getaway. Nashville, the heart of Brown County, has a wide array of art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants, and music lovers can find a variety of venues featuring live performances. When you visit Brown County, the entertainment options are abundant, varied and absolutely delightful.
Nature and Wildlife
With nearly 16,000 acres, Brown County State Park is the largest state park in the United States. Parts of the Hoosier National Forest, Yellowwood State Forest and Monroe Lake are also located in Brown County. These parks and forests afford miles of scenic drives and overlooks, as well as hiking and horseback-riding trails, where white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, pileated woodpeckers and other interesting wildlife is often observed.
Many lakes both large and small provide opportunities for water activities, and the newly renovated pool in the park is a great place for family fun. With miles and miles of amazing terrain, Brown County has become a world-class mountain biking destination. So, whether your pleasure is biking or hiking, golfing or horseback riding, canoeing or swimming, when you visit Brown County, the variety of outdoor activities is endless.
Shopping & Relaxation
Nashville is the heart of Brown County and boasts more than 250 unique shops, featuring everything from decorating accessories to hand-blown glass and antiques. The Brown County Craft Gallery is a cooperative venue showcasing the handmade pottery, furniture, weavings, jewelry and photography of area artists.
For the perfect gift for kids or grandkids, visit The Toy Chest, which has been a fixture in downtown Nashville for more than 20 years. Begin your holiday shopping early while enjoying the beauty of autumn's rich colors. Come back for the traditional "Spring Blossom Parade" and enjoy our redbud, dogwood and apple blossoms. Or, enjoy a spa day any time of year at Ethereal Village Salon & Spa.
For art enthusiasts, the work of present day, as well as historic artists of the past, are on display at the Brown County Art Gallery and the Brown County Art Guild, both open daily and located in downtown Nashville. The historic home and studio of T. C. Steele is open daily and located about eight miles east of Nashville near Belmont
Entertainment & Dining
There is so much to see and do in Brown County, from taking in a performance at the Brown County Playhouse, which features shows by local writers, to enjoying a comedy cabaret at Melchior Marrionette Theatre. Nashville boasts numerous unique eateries and fine-dining establishments, such as Big Woods Brewing Co., the Pine Room Tavern and the Hob Nob. Music lovers flock to Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, a.k.a. the mecca of bluegrass music, which is home to the annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival. And local musicians entertain throughout the year at venues such as the Fig Tree in Helmsburg, the Story Inn in Story, and Chateau Thomas Winery and Muddy Boots Café in Nashville.
Nashville is a destination for many during the holiday season. Take in the breathtaking holiday decorations, as holiday lights twinkle from every shop window and old-time carolers stroll the village streets. Visit with Santa Claus. And, of course, bring your shopping list, as there is something for everyone at Nashville's various shops and galleries.