Nashville downtown skyline with ideas for fun things to do in Nashville

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, TN each year, you probably want to see how this City We Love lives up to them! So, before you hit the town, watch the videos below and let Direct Auto Insurance be your virtual tour guide. After all, this has been our home base for nearly 30 years!

Things to Do in Nashville

To get the most out of your trip, check out our recommendations in the videos, where we share our favorite well-known spots and lesser-known gems. With countless free and affordable things to do in Nashville, you don’t have to break the bank to have some fun. Here are some more of our top picks below — there’s something for everyone!

1. 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 a live band, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time at this classic honky-tonk. There’s never a cover charge, and kids are welcome until 6 p.m.!

2. Museums

There are lots of great museums to visit in Nashville. But if you can only pick one, make it the Country Music Hall of Fame. A $25.95 adult ticket ($15.95 for youths ages 6-12; free for children under age 5) will take you through the progression of country music with historical videos and displays of clothing, accessories, and other items owned by country music stars. If possible, pay extra for the audio guide for the full experience.

3. John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

Just off of Broadway is the pedestrian-only John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Cumberland River, connecting downtown to East Nashville. Walk across it for outstanding views of the Nashville skyline and plenty of great photo opportunities. It’s public, so there’s no fee!

4. Sports

Nashville is home to several sports teams, like the Tennessee Titans (NFL), the Nashville Predators (NHL), the Nashville Soccer Club (MLS), and the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team. 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 starting at around $50, and Sounds tickets costing as little as $11.

5. Art

Nashville may be known for its music scene, but the art scene is also booming. 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!

6. 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‘ 3,000+ acres of green space.

Or, unplug and immerse yourself in nature at Radnor Lake, home to the highest point in Nashville. Pro tip: The small parking lot at Radnor Lake fills up quick, so try to avoid visiting on the weekends, or get there early! And you haven’t experienced a sunset until you’ve spectated from the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge, just south of Nashville. It’s beautiful any time of year.

7. Shopping & Entertainment

Marathon Village is a creative community housed in the historic Marathon Motor Works factory building. Inside, you’ll find fun shops, galleries, a comedy club, a concert venue, and Barista Parlor, a popular spot for Nashvillians to get their caffeine fix.

Shop ‘til you drop at Opry Mills, the outlet mall to visit in TN for shopping deals, entertainment, and dining. Then, take a short drive to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and admire the atrium with its 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 that start around $40. (Note: Ryman Auditorium was home to the Grand Ole Opry radio show until 1974 when the show moved to this bigger building. Check the venue before buying tickets!)

8. Nashville Farmer’s Market

Shop for locally grown produce year-round at the Nashville Farmer’s Market! It’s the perfect place to stock on fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, and baked goods, or to grab a bite to eat in the food court.

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