The Downtown Tour is a guided Stand Up Paddle Tour launching from Shelby Park in East Nashville and gliding down the Cumberland River, ending up in the heart of Downtown Nashville.
The gentle current of the Cumberland directs paddlers right to Broadway and Nissan Stadium. Paddlers enjoy some of the most unique sights and sounds of Music City USA.
Nashville is a beautiful city and our tour has fantastic skyline views from the water! For a quick break from the Honky Tonks some fresh air, sunshine and a little relaxation, come join us!
The downtown tour is designed for all ages and abilities. Our SUP guides are with you the entire way to make sure everyone is comfortable.
***Tours of 6 or more receive a 10% discount. ***Tours of 10 or more receive a 20% discount. These discounts are automatically added while checking out.
We can ususally accommodate groups over 15. Refer to frequently asked questions below or give us a call if you have more questions.
Might we also suggest checking out our merchandise add ons for a special keepsake. We have hats, shirts, towels, all the swag. We keep a small order of merch stocked in the van if you decide you would like something after you finish the tour.
Groups will meet at Shelby Park Boat Launch in East Nashville. The park has plenty of free parking!
Here are some directions from downtown Nashville. 🙂
If you don’t have a vehicle here in Nashville a Uber or Lyft ride is usually very reasonable. Around $10
While we cannot promise hotel pickups and drop offs from Downtown Nashville in most cases they can be arranged with 24 hours notice.
Look for the Big Willie’s van and tour guides. Our guides will get everyone geared up and ready to go. We will check for waivers and verify sightseeing pass holders. ***Everyone must sign a simple waiver to join us on the tour. It states that you understand the risks of this type of water activity***
We will store personal items in the van with one of our tour guides. They will be with your items the entire time.
***You will probably get wet*** make sure to dress in clothing that you are comfortable taking a plunge in.
Some guests will bring their cellphones with them to take pictures. There is always the chance you could drop your phone in the river and it would sink to Davy Jones’ Locker. So if you are not comfortable – don’t bring it. Tour guides take pictures along the route for you. The tour guides will give the group a beginners SUP course and rules to follow while on the river. It is very important that everyone follow these rules and stay safe. Big Willie’s reserves the right to turn away any guest that cannot complete the route safely. This is at the tour guides discretion.
The float follows the river back into downtown. Tour guides ride along with the group to make sure everyone is comfortable.
The route takes about 1.5 – 2 hours depending on the current. The current is typically very gentle making it a great route for first time paddlers.
Tour guides will unload at the riverfront park or in front of Nissan Stadium. Van is stocked with snacks and a cooler of drinks.
If everyone survived… (just kidding) your tour guides will give the group a ride back to Shelby Park.
Since you’ve already read this far… here is one last reminder to bring cash with you. It would be amazing and very much appreciated for you to tip your guides if you enjoyed your adventure. It is not required but will also give you many, many years of good karma.