Downtown Clarksville is hipster, passion and energy encompassed among charming historic architecture and bordered by a majestic river. Escalated private and public investment in recent years in creating a place where locals and visitors love to hang out. New businesses and amenities are opening regularly, making the downtown experience completely new from what it was only a few years ago. 


Italian, Greek, French, Mexican, Hawaiian, Chinese, German, American, Soul Food, and pubs…find them all in downtown, with many restaurants open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Strawberry Alley Ale Works is a favorite hangout for burgers, weekend brunch, balcony river views, and a wide selection of craft brews. Their Upstairs restaurant features pizzas, games, live music, and plenty of lounging areas.


Browse a variety of local shops along Franklin Street and Strawberry Alley. From vinyl records to books, clothing and accessories to art, home décor to antiques, you’ll find lots of options. What’s for sure is that you’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces artfully displayed and a welcoming smile no matter who you are or where you’re from. Also, check out The Clarksville Collection for locally branded merch.

Public Art

You’ll find a dozen or more pieces of public art in the downtown area. Sculptures, murals, and fountains give the city its unique character. Make sure to see “Clarksville Starry Night” at 420 Madison Street. See a list of all Public Art pieces here


Breweries & Beverages

Just outside the downtown center, Evill Nash offers a unique selection of craft beers on tap. Discover the craft ales in central downtown at Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, Strawberry Alley Ale Works, and Star Spangled Brewing. If you prefer wine, try Trazo Meadery, Beachaven Downtown, and The Vine on Franklin.


The historic facades from the Mid-19th Century are a definite wow-factor. You’ll want to plan time to walk around Franklin, Public Square, 2nd and 3rd Streets to take it all in.

Things to Do

Not only is the Customs House Museum an architectural marvel, but it is a treasure of permanent and rotating exhibits. If you’re traveling with kids, plan enough time for them to play throughout the Explorers Floor, complete with Bubble Cave and a massive train exhibit.

The stellar cast at the Roxy Regional Theatre offers mainstage and black-box productions throughout the year.

Downtown Commons is an urban playground, gathering place, and venue. During summer months enjoy free live music, movies, and other staged entertainment. 

Fitness buffs will have no trouble designing a workout with a view along the Upland Trail and connecting RiverWalk. Out and back, depending on which spurs you choose, is about five miles.

Top-ranked Downtown Market is open Saturdays from May 11 through October 5 on Public Square. Dozens of vendors offer handmade, crafts, baked goods, produce, and more. Most weekends include entertainment and food trucks -- it’s the happening place to be! 

Challenge your creativity with an outing at ArtLink, where your imagination can soar.