15 Cheap Things To Do In Nashville: A Complete Guide

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Exploring Nashville on a Budget

Renowned as the Music City, Nashville promises plenty to see and do, and the best part about it is that many of the activities in the local area don’t have to break the bank. So, if you’re in the mood to explore these vibrant streets but want to know some cheap stuff to do in Nashville, we’ve got you covered. 

You see, here at Nashville Luxury Stays, we’ve done the hard work for you and pulled together a list of some stellar hotspots and activities that will have you tapping your boots and feeling those hearty southern vibes. Even better, everything you see comes in at under $50! Ready to delve deeper into some of the best budget-friendly things to do in Nashville? Let’s dive in!

Must-Do Activities That Won’t Break The Bank 

Broadway Nashville

Officially the heart of country music, Nashville is a southern city that truly sings. And just like your favorite tune, a trip to Nashville is sure to leave an imprint on your mind and have you coming back for more in no time. Even better, exploring this rhythmic haven doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. In fact, some of the biggest and best experiences in Nashville are completely free!

So, whether you’re a local looking to rediscover your own backyard or you’re a traveler eager to experience the best of the deep south, our guide promises a range of adventures that are budget-friendly and also brimming with Southern American charm. Guys and gals, Nashville is waiting for you. So grab your cowboy hat and slide into your boots and together, let’s enjoy the ride on cheap things to do in Nashville!

1. Grand Ole Opry

Location: Opry House 600 Opry Mills Drive Nashville, Tennessee 37214

The Opry isn’t just a music venue. It’s a true experience of country music and is often believed to be the birthplace of country tunes. While tickets for some of the country’s best-loved artists can get a little steep, you can just as well soak up all the atmosphere with behind-the-scenes tours. For around $45, you can catch a glimpse of life backstage, including the dressing rooms, and you might even spot a few famous faces. 

2. Ole Smoky Distillery

Location: 6th & Peabody, 423 6th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Okay so you might have enjoyed a distillery tour before, but we bet you haven’t done a moonshine distillery tour. Yep, you read that right. Dating back to the 18th century, Moonshine has been brewed— without Government authorization— using whiskey and other high-strength liquors. Now, for under $45, you can learn everything there is to know about moonshine and taste some amazing flavors like salty caramel, peanut butter and jelly, cotton candy, and many more. Kids are allowed to join the tour, too, but obviously, they won’t be included in the tastings!

3. Cheekwood

Location: 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205, United States

Spread out over 55 acres, Cheekwood is a creative’s dream. Here, you’ll find the Museum of Art as well as the botanical gardens— both of which offer seasonal displays (Christmas is our favorite) and free exhibitions which aren’t to be missed. With so much to see and do here, it’s worth dedicating a good few hours so that you don’t miss out on anything. Plus, be sure to check out the events calendar for when you’re in town, as Cheekwood often welcomes artists and performers throughout the year. If you’re asking us, the Jazz Under The Stars series isn’t to be missed. 

4. Nashville Museums

Location: All over

Nashville is home to a range of museums, many of which offer special discounts and even free exhibitions so it pays to check individual websites when you’re thinking about heading over. Put simply, whatever you’re into, there’s likely to be a Nashville Museum to impress. This includes The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Tennessee State Museum, the Musicians Hall of Fame, and the Frist Art Museum. Hey, there’s even a Johnny Cash Museum that houses the largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts in the world!

5. 12 South Stroll

Location: 12 South, Nashville

Nestled just a few minutes from downtown Nashville, the 12 South neighborhood is home to a variety of vintage shops, gourmet eateries, and vibrant cafes. It’s the perfect place to wander around— not to mention completely free, that is, unless you indulge in a little purchase. But other than that, it’s a great way to discover Nashville for what it really is. Over the past few years, this neighborhood has gone through huge transformations, and now it continues to be a favorite hotspot for locals and tourists alike. 

6. Bicentennial Park

Location: 600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243, United States

In the heart of Nashville lies one of the most significant landmarks, Bicentennial Park. Here, you’ll find 19 acres of landscape to explore, boasting a mix of historical memorials and green recreational space. More than just greenery, look out for the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains, The Pathway of History, the WWI Memorial, and the Tennessee Map Plaza. It’s also the perfect spot to take in incredible views of the State Capitol, especially during sunrise and sunset. And for something really special, head to the Amphitheater, where various events, concerts, and ceremonies take place throughout the year.

7. Broadway/Downtown & Assembly Food Hall

Location: Broadway, Nashville

Another walk but this time through Broadway and Downtown. Not only is it a great way to keep costs low, but it puts you in the heart of the hustle and bustle. Explore the local streets, head into souvenir shops, window shop for amazing cowboy boots, and if your budget allows for it, stop off at famous honky tonks like Tootsie’s. You won’t want to miss Legends Corner either, where a huge collection of albums is waiting to be explored.  Looking for an affordable place for a meal with tons of options near Broadway? Check out our favorite food hall, the Assembly Food Hall.

8. Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery

Location: 1414 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203, United States

Hey, don’t judge, but we’re including another distillery on our list of fun and cheap things to do in Nashville. This time, we’re talking about the home of the Original Tennessee Whiskey and an award-winning bourbon. For just $25, you can discover the touching family story behind the revived distillery as well as savor the taste of their crafted spirits. Even better, if anyone in your group doesn’t drink or perhaps doesn’t fancy the tasting, you can enjoy a discounted entry fee of $20. If you want to splurge a bit more, check out their new restaurant with bourbon-inspired dishes and delicious drinks.

9. Opry Mills Mall

Location: 433 Opry Mills Dr, Nashville, TN 37214, United States

Those who enjoy a little retail therapy are sure to fall in love with Opry Mills Mall, otherwise known as a shopper’s paradise. Free to enter, inside, you’ll find more than 200 stores, an aquarium restaurant, and even a range of entertainment venues. Perfect for a day out, rain or shine, there’s something for the whole family here too. It also includes one of Kush’s favorite spots, the Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, which is easy to get lost in without all the great outdoor gear.

10. Robert’s Western World

Location: 416 Broadway # B, Nashville, TN 37203, United States

For the ultimate Nashville experience, look no further than Robert’s Western World. Situated in the heart of Nashville’s Broadway, this historic honky-tonk offers country tunes, dancing, and a retro ambiance. With a menu boasting cold beer and their famous fried bologna sandwiches, you can make a full evening of it too. Just bear in mind that after 6 pm, only over 21s are allowed inside. 

11. Nashville Mural Tour

Location: All around

As well as being known as the Music City, Nashville also has a bright and colorful reputation thanks to its art scene— many of which you’ll find painted on walls around the city. From the famous dragon mural in Hillsboro Village to Gulch’s butterfly wings, each wall mural tells a story. While you can find a variety of expert-led tours online, the cheapest way to do it is to brush up on your research and head out by yourself. Again, don’t forget your camera for this one!

12. Farmer’s Markets

Location: All around

Foodies rejoice! Nashville boasts several farmer’s markets throughout the week serving up a delicious selection of fresh fruit, veggies, baked goods, and even artisanal crafts. They’re a hub for culture, food, and community bonding. And, if you’re asking us, it’s the perfect place to indulge in a little gift. Our favorites are the Richland Farms Farmers Market and the Nashville Farmers Market. We won’t tell if you keep the gift for yourself… 

13. Belmont Mansion

Location: 1901 15th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212, United States

Previously home to one of the wealthiest women in Nashville, Adelicia Acklen, today Belmont Mansion is open to locals and tourists. It’s an impressive Italian-style villa that offers a peek into 19th-century life and is filled with antiques and stories to bring to life. If you’re into history, the mansion is also connected to the Civil War, and self-guided and expert-led tours help to bring history to the present day.

14. Live Music

Location: All around

Come on, guys, you didn’t think Nashville was called the Music City for no reason, did you? Almost every corner bar or coffee shop here has a stage, plus a jam-packed events calendar with music almost every weeknight. Pop in, find a seat, and witness raw talent, passion, and maybe even the next big country star!

15. Edwin & Percy Warner Park

Location: 7311 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221

Edwin Warner and Percy Warner Parks, collectively known as the Warner Parks, are two treasured natural gems nestled in Nashville, Tennessee. Edwin Warner Park, honoring the legacy of a prominent civic leader, boasts 720 acres of lush woodlands and open spaces, offering a plethora of activities such as hiking, picnicking, and various sports. Visitors can also explore the wonders of the region’s flora and fauna at the Edwin Warner Park Nature Center.

Adjacent to Edwin Warner, Percy Warner Park covers a vast 2,200 acres, named in honor of a philanthropic businessman. This park features equestrian trails for horseback riding enthusiasts, scenic drives along the renowned Natchez Trace Parkway, and the picturesque Percy Warner Golf Course.

Discovering The Heartbeat of Nashville on a Shoestring

And there you have it. A complete guide to the cheapest and funniest things to do in Nashville, all of which don’t mean you have to empty your pockets. You see, the charm in this Southern gem isn’t just in its grand attractions but also in the simplicity of life here. In Nashville, it’s about soaking in the melodies as well as the warm Southern spirit.

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Meet Kush & Ana

Nashville Enthusiasts

We are Kush & Ana Ratwani. We moved to Nashville in 2020 for Kush’s fellowship at Vanderbilt. When we moved here, the once vibrant music city, full of aspiring songwriters trying to be the next Carrie Underwood and pedal taverns full of brides to be was in a state of hibernation due to COVID. However, that was short-lived, and Nashville is now back to full speed! 

We have loved living in Nashville so much so over the last few years that we even got married here in 2021! We feel Nashville has so much to offer, and it would take months to experience everything. From boutique shops to James Beard award-winning restaurants, who can forget live music every night on Broadway?

We started “Grits & Grace” to blog about all of our favorite spots, highlighting why we love Nashville and why we firmly believe it’s the best city in the country! 

Let us be your local tour guides on your journey to the Music City. 

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