Nash Vegas. The Athens of the South. Music City, USA. Nashville’s rich history of country music, entertainment, and top universities has earned it many nicknames. If you’re one of the millions of people visiting Nashville each year, you’ll probably want to see how it lives up to them! Before you hit the town, let Direct Auto & Life Insurance be your virtual tour guide. After all, this has been our home base for nearly 30 years!
To get the most out of your trip, check out the well-known spots, but don’t overlook the city’s lesser-known gems either. Plus, with countless free and affordable things to do in Nashville, you don’t have to break the bank. Our top picks below have something for everyone!
Things to Do in Nashville
- Broadway: Broadway is full of neon signs, busy sidewalks, and of course, live country music. You really can’t go wrong by following your ears to any establishment as you walk along the strip. However, do include Robert’s Western World as part of your bar crawl. With cowboy boots on the wall, vintage décor, and traditional country music, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time at this classic honkey-tonk. There’s never a cover charge and kids are welcome until 6pm!
- Museums: There are a lot of great museums to visit in Nashville. But if you can only pick one, make it the Country Music Hall of Fame (just down the road from Broadway). A $25.95 adult ticket ($15.95 for age 6-12 youth; free for children under age 5) will take you through the progression of country music with historical videos, as well as displays of clothing, accessories, and other items owned by country music stars. If possible, pay extra for the audio guide for the full experience.
- John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge: Just a short walk south of downtown Nashville is the pedestrian-only John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge connecting downtown Nashville to East Nashville across the Cumberland River. Walk across it for outstanding views of the Nashville skyline and plenty of great photo opportunities. It’s public, so there’s no fee!
- Sports: Nashville is home to several sports teams, like the Tennessee Titans, the Nashville Predators, the Nashville Soccer Club, and the Nashville Sounds. Root for your favorite team (or boo your opponent) at any one of these Nashville sporting events; however, note that sports season dates and prices vary with Predators tickets averaging around $49 and up, and Sounds tickets costing as little as $11.
- Art: Nashville may be known for its music scene, but the art scene is also booming right now. On the first Saturday of every month, you can see local and world-renowned artwork and diverse exhibitions for free at numerous art galleries during the Downtown Nashville First Saturday Art Crawl. Plus, most of the galleries serve complimentary wine and refreshments. Bonus!
- Parks: In Nashville, you can take your pick from dozens of beautiful parks. Consider a visit to Centennial Park to see the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. Or enjoy a nice quiet walk around Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, or Radnor Lake. Pro tip: The small parking lot at Radnor Lake fills up quick, so try to avoid visiting on the weekends, and get there early!
- Shopping & Entertainment: Located between the airport and downtown Nashville, Opry Mills is the outlet mall to visit in TN for shopping deals, entertainment, and dining. Spend some time at the mall and then take a short drive to Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center’s atrium surrounded by nine acres of indoor gardens, winding rivers and waterfalls, plus several restaurants and bars. You’ll also find the Grand Old Opry House across the way with ticket prices for country music performances averaging $40 and up. (Note: Ryman Auditorium was home to the Grand Ole Opry radio show until 1974 when many of the shows moved to this new building. Check the venue before buying tickets).
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