In today’s day and age, it’s hard to think about fun. Instead, your mind is bogged down by questions about the states with the highest vaccination rates, the current rate of inflation, and what the future will bring your children. And that’s just the start.
Of course, you can’t let all of these things take over your life. Yes, it’s important to think about things that aren’t pleasant, especially if they can impact you and your family, but you don’t want to dwell on them. Instead, you want to enjoy every minute of your life. For some, this means taking a hike or bicycle ride as often as possible. Others would rather spend time with friends at local bars and restaurants.
It doesn’t matter what you do for fun, as long as it puts a smile on your face and joy in your heart. With that in mind, here are five fun and free things you can do in Nashville, Tennessee. Don’t be surprised if you quickly fall in love with one or more of these activities.
1. Honky Tonk Highway
Yes, the Honky Tonk Highway is every bit as exciting as it sounds. The area of upper and lower Broadway is known the world over for its live music. No matter the time of day or year, there’s a good chance you can experience live music by simply walking down the sidewalk. And of course, when you step inside, that’s when the real fun begins.
2. Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum is one of the top destinations in Nashville for history lovers. Not only is it free, but it’s insightful. There are a variety of exhibits that provide an overview of the state’s history, dating all the way back to the Civil War and Reconstruction Era. If you have plans on visiting the Tennessee State Museum, be sure to leave yourself enough time to experience all of the exhibits.
3. Free parks
No matter where you go in and around Nashville, there’s a good chance you’ll find a free park. Some of the most popular include Bicentennial Capitol Mall, Centennial Park, and Fort Negley. Splash pads, playgrounds, and grassy areas will keep you and your family busy for hours on end.
4. Visit a candy shop
To many, it’s a little-known secret that Nashville is home to some of the top candy stores in the country. Here are a few of the best:
- The goo goo shop and dessert bar
- Savannah’s candy kitchen
- Leon’s candy
- Rocket fizz
Most of these stores have free samples to try, so you don’t have to spend any money. But of course, once you get a tasty treat in your mouth, it’s hard to walk away without buying more.
5. Take in the architecture
There’s no shortage of unique and interesting buildings to see in Nashville. For example, the Parthenon at Centennial Park will mesmerize you from inside and out. While it costs to enter the museum, you are free to roam around outside as much as you want. Furthermore, if you visit the Parthenon on a Saturday morning with your children, Kidsville is free.
Where to spend your time
Where you spend your time in Nashville is your decision, but never lose sight of the fact that you can do so on a tight budget (or even for free). As you plan your experience, answer these questions to help you decide on an agenda:
- What is your preferred mode of transportation for the day?
- Are you heading out on your own or with others, such as your spouse and children?
- Are you okay with the idea of spending a few dollars here and there?
- What types of things interest you the most?
- How much time do you have in your day for exploring?
Answering these questions, among others, will help you create a schedule that allows you to see quite a bit — without spending any money.
Even though these fun and free things are exclusive to Nashville, you can probably find similar activities in your local area. The next time you’re down on yourself or simply seeking a little bit of fun, tackle one of the activities above. You’ll be glad that you did!