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.
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.
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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 – Dine underwater at this pretty good, restaurant with a great experience in the Opry Mills Mall.
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.
Old Stone Fort State Park – Great hiking park, not so much to see as others but an excellent free museum and hike!
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 – Tour the house of one of the wealthiest women of her time. It is located on Belmont University.
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.
Downtown Franklin – This famous downtown is famous for a reason. Its picture-perfect streets are just beautiful.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.