10 Fun and Cheap Things to Do in Nashville, TN

Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and home to legendary country music venues including the Grand Ole Opry House. Visitors flock to the city year-round to listen to live music in the honky-tonks of Broadway and to city year-round to listen to live music in the honky-tonks of Broadway and to see the famous recording studios on Music Row. There are also a lot of cheap things to do in Nashville.  

I actually basically did a big trip through the center of the USA, going from Dallas to Kansas City, to Nashville, to home. Even as someone who is not a big country music fan, I loved Nashville for its small-town feel, music, and overall charm (it reminded me of Austin, Texas, in my home state). Over four days, we were able to do a lot of different things, and below, you’ll find my favorites! A weekend in Nashville is also awesome.

Also, everything on this list can be done for $10 or less! Seriously, Nashville is a town with tons to do and for such a good price! It’s the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or holiday like New Year’s! 

1. Visit Broadway for Live Music — day or night, just pay for drinks!

Broadway is an area of Nashville that is known as the center of the city’s music and nightlife. It’s a ton of fun to check out whether you’re there during the day or at night. There is always something going on, especially on a weekend or around a at night. There is always something going on, especially on a weekend or around a holiday. 

You can hear amazing live music (even as someone who is not a huge country fan, the live music was awesome), and every place has a unique feel. Here is a l a holiday. You can hear amazing live music (even as someone who is not a huge country fan, the live music was awesome), and every place has a unique feel. 

Here is a list of favorite spots and why:

1. Tin Roof — best music, most friendly staff 

2. Acme Feed and Seed — best view 

3. The Stage — best (and biggest) dance floor 

4. Rippy’s — most variety of music (it has three floors!)

Pro-tip: Broadway is more of a touristy spot but definitely has awesome music. Check out Midtown for a different vibe and to see where more locals go. There is live music basically anywhere you go in Nashville. live music basically anywhere you go in Nashville.

2. Tour a Bourbon or Whiskey Distillery — tours for $10

Tennessee Whiskey is legendary, and you can try some without even leaving Nashville. While the Jack Daniel’s Distillery is located right outside Nashville, we stayed in the city, but we could Uber home from these centrally located spots without trouble. without trouble.

I’ve visited three distilleries around Nashville: Ole Glory Distillery, Nelson’s Green Brier, and Corsair Distillery. They are right in the same area. There is a big old factory building that has been turned into cute little shops, restaurants, and distilled factory building that has been turned into cute little shops, restaurants, and distilleries. They all had delicious drinks and fun atmospheres. distilleries. They all had delicious drinks and fun atmospheres.

To visit Nelson’s Green Brier, you have to do a tour. Corsair has a cocktail room and tours. Ole Glory Distillery has a huge outdoor and indoor space you can eat in, watch a game, and shop. Make sure you book ahead or come early if you want to in, watch a game, and shop. Make sure you book ahead or come early if you want to tour a distillery. This is definitely a popular activity you will have to wait for! 

Pro-tip: There’s an I Believe in Nashville mural right next to Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. Check it out while you are there!

3. Walk the river — free

This was a really cold activity in winter, but we did it! The river runs right through downtown Nashville and is really pretty. Check out the bridge right by Broadway and great views of downtown. and great views of downtown.

4. Taste Test All the Hot Chicken —  $8 – $15

You cannot miss doing this if you love fried chicken!!! This was something I had heard about and couldn’t wait to try. I am a southern girl at heart and love fried chicken! I was worried I wouldn’t like it, but it was amazing! We went to chicken! I was worried I wouldn’t like it, but it was amazing! We went to Hattie B’s AND Prince’s Hot Chicken. Prince’s is known as the original and is hotter than Hattie B’s. Both are said to be really delicious. Try them both out and decide for yourself! yourself!

Pro-tip: If you’re visiting Hattie B’s, check out their location on the west side of town. The line is way shorter, and the food is just as good. You can also order Hattie B’s ahead of time and take it to go. Hattie B’s ahead of time and take it to go.

5. Check out a waterfall — free

Tennessee is known for its waterfalls and for good reason! The landscape in Tennessee is beautiful with mountains and rivers flowing all over. There are a number of great waterfalls that are just a short drive away from Nashville. We were there in winter, and even with the cold weather, a short one-mile hike to a waterfall was easy and fun. 

My friend Brian, who lives in Nashville, recommends Cummins Falls, but since that is a swimming spot and we were there in winter, we decided to check out Burgess State Park instead.

It was awesome because we saw three waterfalls all on one easy hike. The hike was one mile long, and we heard waterfalls the entire hike. You can even hike to the top of the falls and look over the edge the top of the falls and look over the edge—it is one of the largest in Tennessee! I may have been a little scared standing on the edge…

6. See the Parthenon — $6

This is one place I really wanted to visit because I saw the original Parthenon in Greece and wanted to see the full-scale replica while in Nashville. Plus, I always try to fit in a little history and culture while on a trip, and this was the spot. Inside the Parthenon is an art exhibit, and there is a lot of history about Nashville.

It was only $6 to get in, and it didn’t take long to explore. It was a fun stop as part of the Parthenon is an art exhibit, and there was lots of history about Nashville. It was a fun stop as part of our day! our day!

7. Shop in the Gulch — free to walk

I loved this neighborhood of Nashville! It was so cute and had lots of fabulous little spots. I was able to find this really cute boutique that wasn’t overpriced at all and got an awesome dress and earrings there. I also got my nails done at a reall and got an awesome dress and earrings there. I also got my nails done at a really cute and relaxing nail bar that had just opened. cute and relaxing nail bar that had just opened

Pro-tip: There are a set of the famous “Nashville wings” located in the Gulch.

Pro-tip: Biscuit Love is in this neighborhood, too. Lines can be insanely long, so be prepared to wait if you have it on your list of must-do things in Nashville. We didn’t want to wait in line that long and instead went to a diner. didn’t want to wait in line that long and instead went to a diner.

8. Eat like a local — $10 – $20

I ate so much good food while in Nashville that I still think about it! Here are some spots to check out:

  • Tom + Chee — amazing grilled cheese! Try the smores grilled cheese made on a donut for a really awesome sweet treat. 
  • Donato’s Pizza — local pizza spot that delivers! 
  • Puckett’s Barbecue — delicious local barbecue spot that also has hot chicken. 
  • Spunky Monkey Coffee — their specialty coffee drinks are delicious, and the giant cookies really hit the spot.

9. Visit the Grand Old Opry — free, tours $60

Funny enough, the Grand Old Opry is surrounded by a huge shopping center with an IMAX, aquarium, and more. The public is allowed to enter the Grand Old Opry when there are no events going on by taking a tour. We were unable t Opry when there are no events going on by taking a tour. We were unable to enter because there was something happening that evening, but we did walk around and see the building, gift shop, and area. enter because there was something happening that evening, but we did walk around and see the building, gift shop, and area. around and see the building, gift shop, and area.

Definitely go in if you can! It’s something country music fans rave about and would definitely be fun to see backstage.

10. Go to Printer’s Alley — free + drinks $10

This small area of Nashville is really close to Broadway. It has a few really cool bars that are worth a stop at. One is Skull’s Rainbow Room, which has been around since the 1970s.

They have really delicious cocktails, a variety of music, and a drag brunch on Sundays that I’ve heard is tons of fun. It was a nice spot you could tell lots of locals went to regularly, and it made for a relaxed start to our evening. 

11. Do a DIY Mural Tour

Nashville is full of cool murals and fun street art. From the creativity of music also comes the creative art scene. Drive around and find some of the best local street art. The Gulch is a good place to start for this – just walking around you’ll see a lot. 

Nashville has a lot of fun and cheap things to do! From country music to cute cafes, there's something for everyone in Nashville!
Nashville has a lot of fun and cheap things to do! From country music to cute cafes, there’s something for everyone in Nashville!

There you have my list of fun and cheap things to do while you are in Nashville! It’s a b you are in Nashville! It’s a blast, and you’ll have fun no matter what you do in Music City.

Meghan

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