Best Free Attractions in Nashville

In recent months, Nashville, Tennessee has been getting tons of attention from the media. With ABC’s new television drama, Nashville, many people are becoming even more curious about Music City. GQ dubbed the city “Nowville,” and The New York Times recently declared it America’s new “it” city.

If you’re interested in traveling to Nashville, there’s no better time than now. However, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg during your visit. Check out these free attractions in Nashville:

Broadway: Home of the honky-tonk bars, Broadway is a major attraction for just about any tourist visiting Nashville. Some bars do charge a cover, but you can easily have a great time on Broadway without paying a cover. Plenty of live music, street musicians, and entertainment abounds. Get away from it all for an hour or so by taking a stroll over the Cumberland Pedestrian Bridge.

Tennessee State Museum: According to the official website, admission to the permanent exhibits is always free, but some temporary exhibits may come with a price tag. Learn everything you always wanted to know about Tennessee at the state museum!

The Parthenon: In 1897, the Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation decided to go all out in preparing for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. They created a full-scale replica of the Athens Parthenon. Located just off West End near Vanderbilt University, the Parthenon is a Nashville treasure. If you’re visiting in August/September, be sure to catch a Shakespeare in the Park showing in Centennial Park.

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens: Though you do have to pay an admission fee to see the majority of the gardens, there are still large amounts of acreage that can be enjoyed for free. About a ten-minute drive from the Parthenon, this is a great way to see a different side of Nashville.

Bicentennial Mall: Close to 20 years old, this park state park celebrates the history of Nashville, complete with fountains and a beautiful circle of bells that rings on the hour.

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