Howdy, everyone? 😀
And that’s definitely the hint for this week’s $10 series… And yes, for the love of country music, this week we’re heading over to Nashville, Tennessee. The city is the home of Grand Ole Opry, and probably the first city on my bucket list that is located in the United States of America.
Why? Because I’m an Indonesian girl who would choose CMA over Grammy, and I grew up with Martina McBride and passed my adolescence with Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. That’s why. 😛
But, just like me… You’d probably wonder, what is Nashville other than anything related to the music?
And that’s why, this week we have Joshua from Vacation Lion to outline what other things in the city that are worth to spend your Hamilton bill. Are you ready for this? 🙂
Things to Enjoy in the Birthplace of Country Music, Paid and Free!
Nashville is one of the fastest growing cities in America, and there is certainly no shortage of amazing activities to take part in!
As the birthplace of country music and the home of multiple professional sports teams, there’s a plethora of shows and events to attend, many of which are free.
Whether you are looking to take part in the music scene, try world-class food, or explore the great outdoors, it is actually pretty easy to get around Nashville for less than $10.
Free Things to Do in Nashville
However, before I show you some of the best, cheap things to do in the city, let’s take a look at some of the free things to do. If you are on a tight vacation budget, this may help you out quite a bit.
Street Festivals and Events
With a city so big, finding free things to do is not a difficult task. There’s a constant stream of street festivals and outdoor concerts going on year round. Depending on what time of year you are visiting, be sure to check out some of the exciting events Nashville has to offer.
Here’s a rundown of the biggest events in the city:
- Tomato Festival, the largest outdoor festival in Nashville in mid-August.
- Live on the green, the month-long outdoor concert series that happens around August and September.
- Edgehill Rocks, a street festival in April.
- Movies in the park, that will be held during the summer.
- Dog Day Festival in September.
Located in the heart of Nashville, Centennial Park is home to the Parthenon. This is an exact replica of the Parthenon in Athens and is a great place for photo ops.
One of the most beautiful parks near Nashville is Radnor Lake. Take a picnic and make a day out of it!
Soak up the sun, swim in the lake, or go for a hike. Whatever you do, Radnor Lake makes for a great free summer activity. For a full comprehensive list of activities, check out these top things to do in Nashville.
Getting Around for Less than $10
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
If you go to Nashville, there is no question about it, you need to go to Jeni’s!
Jeni’s is home to literally the best ice cream in the world, and you are able to try many unique flavors. This is no ordinary ice cream shop, so be prepared for a little bit of a line in the summertime. But trust me, it is so worth it!
Pro tip: the best thing to do a Jeni’s is to get the “Trio” so you can try multiple different flavors. The Trio will run you $6 USD (no tax).
Get a Ride
Nashville recently implemented a new electric scooter system to get around the city. All over the streets are scooters just waiting to be ridden. All you need to do is find one, pay the $1 USD start-up fee, ride to wherever you need to go, and then leave it for the next person.
Catch a Game
Nashville is home to the professional baseball team, the Nashville Sounds. Tickets run for about $9 USD a pop, and you are able to find the occasional discount for students. This makes for a fun afternoon activity, so don’t forget your glove!
Go to the Movies
The Belcourt Theatre is the oldest theater in Nashville, and constantly shows Indy films that you can’t find anywhere else. Check their website for their latest showings because you might just find a hidden gem.
There are so many free and cheap things to do in Nashville, and the best way to find them is to simply explore the street! You never know what you might find hidden in this amazing city.
Contributor: Joshua from Vacation Lion
Joshua Luck is a content creator and graphic designer from Nashville, Tennessee. When he is not writing, Josh spends his time traveling, creating art, and hiking with his dog. As a travel enthusiast, he currently runs the blog on Vacation Lion.