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Top 21 Things To Do on Your Nashville Vacation

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Planning a Nashville Vacation? Check out these top 21 things we loved on our trip plus a list of freebies to keep you on a budget! My top favorites were the Loveless Cafe and the Hermitage. Let me know what your favorites were if you visited any of the below.

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Top 21 Things To Do on Your Nashville Vacation

While visiting make sure to check out our list of 33 Amazing Free Things to Do in Nashville TN.

With rentals available all over the world, you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay. Airbnb has something for everyone. Plus, with prices that are often much cheaper than traditional hotels, you’ll be able to stretch your vacation budget even further.

If you can not find an Airbnb that fits your needs a second option is VRBO. Find an amazing vacation home for your family.

Get Away Today Vacation Packages

Want to book your entire vacation as a package? Give Get Away Today a try. They have specials and promos going on all the time.

Also, make sure to check out our travel deals page for any deals or sales on your next trip no matter where it is!

Tennessee Tour Passes

Depending on what you are planning to do it could be very beneficial for you to purchase a pass that bundles attraction for one low price. Here are the best ones for Tennessee:

Each one has its own perks and rates for attractions so be sure to check each one for the best possible bundle for your vacation.


Adventure Science Center – This is an excellent location for kids, and if you have a reciprocal membership it’s free to visit!

Loveless Cafe – This is a legendary cafe that has been featured on so many food shows. There is always a line, and it is 100%worth it.

Aquarium Restaurant Fish Tunnle

Aquarium Restaurant – Dine underwater at this pretty good, restaurant with a great experience in the Opry Mills Mall.

Cannonsburgh Village Murfreesboro, Tennessee Gristmill

Cannonsburg Villiage – This free historical village is just outside Nashville is a great trip. It has buildings from all over the Nashville area.

Related: 10 Free Things to do in Murfreesboro TN

Tennessee State Fair - Nashville, Tennessee Food Stand Blue

Tennessee State Fair – Visit while the state fair is in town and it’s worth a stop. While the Midway was a bit smaller, than we are used to seeing it, it had some amazing food and exhibits.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage – This tour is one of the best we did in Nashville. It’s a part live tour and part audio and well worth it. Plus you can’t beat the history of a past president!

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park – Manchester, Tennessee Sign

Old Stone Fort State Park – Great hiking park, not so much to see as others but an excellent free museum and hike!

Related: 25 Can’t-Miss Free Things to do in Knoxville TN

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash Grave and Home – Hendersonville, Tennessee Bench Front

Johnny Cash Grave Site and Home – Johnny Cash fan? Head just outside Nashville and visit Johnny and June’s gravesite and the remain of their home on Old Hickory Lake.

Related: 33 Amazing Free Things to Do in Nashville TN

Johnny Cash Museum – Nashville, Tennessee Reflection

Johnny Cash Museum – If you take the tour of the Cash’s home, and gravesite be sure to hit the museum downtown too!

The Belmont Mansion – Nashville, Tennessee Belmont Painting

The Belmont Mansion – Tour the house of one of the wealthiest women of her time. It is located on Belmont University.

Antique Archaeology and Surrounding Shops – Nashville, Tennessee Car door

Antique Archaeology – If you are a fan of the show American Pickers on the History Channel then check out their Nashville store!

Carter House – One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War happened right on the grounds of this house. The tour of the grounds is well worth it.

Related: 21 Can’t-Miss Free Things to Do in Memphis TN – (Including Graceland!)

Downtown Franklin – This famous downtown is famous for a reason. Its picture-perfect streets are just beautiful.

Sam Davis House – Smyrna, Tennessee House

Sam Davis House – A true Civil War hero, find out his story on this tour.

Grand Ole Opry – Tour the famous Opry, get a backstage tour, see the dressing rooms and even get your picture taken on stage!

Nashville Zoo – Lots of great exhibits, a petting zoo, and up-close visits!

Related: 15 Free Things to do in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Driveway

Belle Meade Plantation – Such great history and lots of grounds to see. They do a great Christmas tour of setting up each room to show how different decades celebrated Christmas.

Visit the Heart of Whiskey Country

Lynchburg, Tennessee –  Take the scenic drive down to Lynchburg and do the free tour of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, eat at Barrel Hour BBQ or Miss Mary Bobo’s, check out my post on a list of great things to do while you are there.

Honky Tonk Row

Take a drive down Honky Tonk Row – While the night scene isn’t for kids during the day, you can take it all in. If you don’t have children when you visit, make sure to hit up a bar or few from some great up-and-coming artists. Almost all country music artists paid their dues here!

33 Free Things to See and Do in Nashville Tennessee – Visit Nashville on a budget with these 33 free things to do!

10 Free Things to do in Murfreesboro TN

10 Free Things to See and Do in Murfreesboro Tennessee – Just outside Nashville in Murfreesboro TN and these are ten great free things to do.

Nashville is a city with something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for lively nightlife, outdoor activities, or some of the best food in the south, you can find it all here. If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, put it on your list for this year – you won’t be disappointed! Have you been to Nashville before? What are your favorite things to do in the city? We would love to hear from you in the comments.

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    Thursday 20th of February 2020

    Wow!! You found so many great things to do! Definitely makes me want to go back!