How to Do Nashville on a Budget

Nashville Budget

Nashville on a Budget

Nashville is one of the most affordable vacation spots in the country. Tourists visit for the music and old country atmosphere. Nashville is one of those cities you just keep going back to over and over, even if you’ve already seen it all. The people, the music, the food… it’s tough to choose a top reason to visit because everything is great!

Drive In

Chances are, you’ll want to drive in or rent a car if you fly. The scenery in Tennessee is second to none so if you can drive in, do it! Nashville isn’t the only city in Tennessee that’s worth visiting.

Eat for Cheap!

Nashville has delicious food, and it’s cheap! Picture the typical Midwest/Southern food: BBQ, fried catfish, pulled pork, baked beans, and more. The portions are nice, too, so get a to-go box for when you’re hungry later.

The “hole in the wall” restaurants are usually the best to eat at. Avoid chain restaurants, and be sure to check Yelp and TripAdvisor before heading to a new joint or you might be sorely disappointed! Fortunately, I don’t think there is bad food in Nashville, so you should be safe. 🙂 

Snag Attraction and Museum Deals

Stalk Groupon, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other deal sites for coupons before you visit any Nashville museums. Here’s a list of the best Nashville museums according to visitors and locals. You can save 50% or more with Groupon and other sites! It’s definitely worth planning ahead to save that much.

For a fraction of the cost of admission to some great attractions, you can get the Music City Total Access Pass.

Enjoy the Outdoors . . . It’s Free!

Beaman Park – Located about 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, you’ll feel like you’re in a beautiful country oasis getaway… not just a short drive from the city. The waterfalls and streams, along with unique plant life, make this a top spot to visit when you’re in Nashville.

Called the “Oasis in the City”, Radnor Lake State Park is worth spending an afternoon at. You’ll have no shortage of scenery to take in (and take photos of!). Pack a picnic and enjoy the serenity of this beautiful protected wildlife area and lake.

Once an 800 acre farm, Bells Bend Park is now open to the public (since 2007). If you’re a birdwatcher, this is the park for you!
Lock Two Park is off the beaten path, not nearly as popular as the other parks, but still just as worthy of a visit. If you’re a history buff, photographer, birdwatcher, or just overall nature lover, you will enjoy an adventure to Lock Two Park. The view of the river is second to none!

There are so many parks to visit, there’s no way to get them all!

Nashville gets cold in the winter, so some things (like visiting Farmer’s Markets) are best done during the other seasons. Spend some time checking out the best markets in Nashville.

What’s the best way to save money in Nashville? Let me know in the comments!


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