Nashville is as famous for its spicy chicken as it is for its exciting atmosphere. Even though it’s a big city, Nashville still has that classic Southern charm.
And you don’t have to break the bank to explore what Nashville has to offer – there are plenty of free activities like enjoying sing-a-longs at Broadway bars or taking a stroll around Radnor Lake. So come out and discover all Nashville has to offer without spending anything!
Capture a Memory with Iconic Cars from the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ For Just $10!
Fans of the popular ’80s TV series, “The Dukes of Hazzard” are flocking to Nashville for a visit to Cooter’s Place Museum. The museum is filled with interesting artifacts from the show, like photos, costumes and props like Daisy Duke’s jeep and the famous General Lee car. Oh! And it’s totally free admission! It’s all owned by none other than Cooter himself (real name: Ben Jones).
If you were born this century and you are a fan of cars, then here’s a cool tip for you: the show ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ was on air from 1979 to 1985 and it inspired many kids your age to try and get into a car through its windows. For just $10, you can now capture a memorable moment with one of these iconic cars by taking your photo in front of its window.
Get an Inside Look at Nashville’s Strongest Fort
Fort Negley is a really big fort in Nashville, built during the Civil War by the Union army. It was so strong that it could block any attack from the Confederate army. Now, anyone can take a free tour of Fort Negley with educational displays and activities along the way.
“Experience Nashville’s Honky-Tonks with Unforgettable Music & People-Watching!”
If you want to experience Nashville, you must definitely check out the honky-tonks on Broadway. Places like Robert’s Western World, Layla’s and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge host amazing country music performances which are free of cost! Not only that, but you can also do some awesome people watching there too.
Enjoy Free Music, the Outdoors, and the Company of Others Every Thursday in Nashville!
Starting in 2022, every Thursday evening during August and September you can join lots of locals at Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville. People bring their pets, chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy incredible live music – all of it absolutely free!
“Live Music for Free
Every Saturday in Nashville, lots of people rush to the Texas Troubadour Center at midnight! This place is famous for its Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree show—it’s the second longest-running radio show in the US, and it features amazing performances from past and present country stars. The best part? It doesn’t cost anything! However, you can book a ticket ahead using a website called Eventbrite to make sure that you get in!
“Unlock Rising Musical Talents at the Iconic Bluebird Cafe!”
Hidden in a normal strip mall is the iconic Bluebird Cafe. It’s famed for featuring performances from some amazing singers and songwriters like Emmylou Harris and Garth Brooks. If you want to hear rising talents, go to one of their Monday night Open Mic sessions at 6pm; it’s totally free to attend and no reservations are needed.
“Cheering for the Predators
The people in Nashville, USA really love their local ice hockey team ‘Preds’. The team always does very well in the NHL leaderboard. All the people can watch their practice sessions at Centennial Sportsplex and Ford Ice Center, and best of all – it is totally free!
The Predators hockey team started in 1998, which was the same year when four new teams joined the NHL. At first, they lost many games but then went on to be successful and make Nashville proud. So there are lots of enthusiastic fans of the Predators around!
If you’re interested, you can take a free tour of the Tennessee State Capitol building too!
The Tennessee State Capitol is a very old building made with limestone and marble. It opened in 1859 and still works today! You can find statues and memorials of past presidents at the Tennessee State Capitol, along with the Governor’s office. You can take a self-guided tour or check to see if guided tours are available.
Learn State Geography and Chill Out at The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park!
After your visit to Capitol, take a walk in the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park beside it. The park is full of special stones and rocks that show something about the state’s past and geography. Plus, there are 31 fountains keeping things chill, so you can have fun while learning some geography!
Explore History, Fun and Nature at Bicentennial Park and Radnor Lake State Park!
Bicentennial Park is really the best spot to visit, especially if you’re looking for good value. Here, you can also explore the Tennessee State Museum, which has lots of cool information about the state’s history. There are some awesome artifacts such as President Andrew Jackson’s hat and a children’s museum with interactive exhibits! If you want to get away from it all, then make sure to check out Radnor Lake State Park—it’s truly a beautiful place.
“Explore Radnor Lake State Park’s Natural Beauty and Native Wildlife!”
Radnor Lake State Park was built by L&N Railroad more than 100 years ago and remains an area of natural beauty of 1368 acres. You can explore the park’s six miles of trails to admire its wildlife, including owls, otters, deer and plenty of other animals. Remember to not bring your pets with you!
Fun tip: For a safe adventure that is fun and accessible for everyone, try out the Dam Trail. Along the trail you’ll get a great view of the lake, as well as the opportunity to discover wildflowers and watch excitedly for any native wildlife nearby!
Discover Wildlife at the Nature Center in Edwin and Percy Warner Parks!
The Nature Center is an awesome place located in the Edwin and Percy Warner Parks. You can explore their natural history museum, organic garden, and free programming they host over the year. Check out their schedule to learn what activities are happening right now!
Enjoy the Cool Waters at Tennessee’s Swimming Holes
When it’s really hot during the summer, one of the best things you can do is go swimming! In Tennessee, there are many swimming holes, some with entry fees and others are free. Close to Nashville, Montgomery Bell State Park has a free beach where you can swim from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Also, this park has year-round campsites with water and electricity hookups plus backcountry camping that requires a special permit.
Explore, Interact and Enjoy Downtown Nashville Every First Saturday!
The first Saturday of every month, cool things are happening in Downtown Nashville! All the galleries open their doors and people can come explore new exhibitions and do cool interactive activities with their family. Plus, there’s a trolley to take you around and free wine at each gallery. Arrington Vineyards also has awesome live music events for everyone to enjoy.
Enjoy Music in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards!
If you’re near Nashville, then what are you waiting for? Head thirty minutes down south and arrive at Arrington Vineyards! There’s a lovely countryside full of vines, rolling hills, and a nice strumming sound here and there from the banjos. Co-owned by Kix Brooks (from Brooks & Dunn!), this winery has got some delightful vibe to it. They host an event during Saturdays and Sundays every April through October called “Music in the Vines” which features jazz or bluegrass music while everyone stares up at the stars – 100% free entrance! You just have to pay if you want some wine.
Check out the vineyard’s website to see when they have live music and their Food Truck Fridays.
“Experience the Night Sky
If you love looking at the night sky, then check out the Dyer Observatory. They have regular Open House events where guided tours are available. To attend these events, make sure to reserve your free ticket one month in advance on their website. Enjoy!
Sunny Days and Fairytale Nights at the Nashville Farmers’ Market!
The Nashville Farmers’ Market is very close to the capitol building and it showcases all of Tennessee’s produce. You will find over 150 farmers and artisans selling a variety of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, and other items depending on the season. When you’re done shopping, you can explore the Market House to get lunch from one of the many different type of cuisines!
Remember this if you’re planning to visit Nashville: Most of the market will be open from 8AM to 6PM every day, but the hours that stall holders are available may differ. And when the sun sets, it’ll create a beautiful sight, making the skyline look like it’s straight out of a fairy tale.
“An Oasis Beyond Compare
The Gaylord Opryland Resort is located next to the iconic Grand Ole Opry. It’s the biggest non-casino resort in the US and guests (as well as those who don’t stay there) can explore its magical nine acres of botanical gardens with tons of waterfalls and over 50,000 tropical plants. This beautiful oasis actually needs a team of 20 horticulturalists to keep it looking perfect!
Experience History Live! Watch Hatch Show Print Artisans at Work for Free!
The posters that come out of Hatch Show Print are considered legendary! This printing shop has been making cool posters since 1879. Even though you need to buy a ticket to tour the place, you can watch their amazing printers working for free!
Enjoy the Greek Wonders of Nashville
Nashville’s Parthenon looks exactly like the ancient wonder in Athens, Greece. If you pay some money, you can get the chance to be inside it, but it looks beautiful from outside too. Bring a picnic basket and have a nice time with your friends on the grass near the Parthenon. You can also watch wild geese living around the area while having fun!