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, Thai, Chinese, American and Soul Food…find them all in downtown, with many restaurants open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visitors often tell us their favorite Clarksville meal is at Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, a staple since 1992. Enjoy pizzas, beer cheese dip, pastas, salads and more freshly made eats, plus a varied selection of house-brewed standards and rotating seasonal beers.
Browse a small, but impressive 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. We hear a lot of buzz about Journey’s Eye Studio. It’s one of those places you just have to experience to understand. 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.
You’ll find a dozen of more pieces of public art in the downtown area. Sculptures, murals, and fountains give the city its unique character. Make sure to see the “Bursting with Pride” mural near the Roxy and “Clarksville Starry Night” at 420 Madison St. See a list of all Public Art pieces here.
Along with Blackhorse, Strawberry Alley Ale Works offers a unique selection of craft beers on tap. With rotating special brews and 10 beers always on tap they are sure to have your new favorite.
The historic facades from the Mid-19th Century and 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. Top photographed buildings that you won’t want to miss are:
Customs House Museum, 1878
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1838
Montgomery County Courthouse, 1848 (rebuilt in 2002)
Things to Do
Not only is the Customs House Museum an architectural marvel, but a treasure of permanent and rotating exhibits. If you’re traveling with kids, plan enough time for them to play throughout the Explorer’s Floor, complete with Bubble Cave and 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 many nights of the week and ice skating in the winter.
Austin Peay State University is home to over 10,000 students and growing! You might enjoy a relaxing stroll around the beautiful campus, perusing the public art or exhibits, or attending a Division 1 sports event.
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 take, it’s about five miles. You can even rent a B-cycle along the route.
Top-ranked Downtown Market is open Memorial Day Saturday through mid-October (except during Riverfest) 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!