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5 Free family friendly things to do in Nashville

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Debbi Tannock

Nashville is rich with music & art, and boasts some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Listed below are just five ideas for a fun filled family friendly day…that are all totally free.

1. Take the bus: There are 3 different bus circuits that stop everywhere you need to go, including: downtown, the Gulch, Bicentennial Mall, and Broadway. Starting at 6:30AM and running until 11PM, and making loops as fast as every 15 minutes, this is the perfect way to visit Nashville without all the walking. Call Customer Care at (615) 862-5950 from 6:30AM - 6:30PM weekdays, 8AM - 5PM Saturdays, and 10:30AM - 2:30PM Sundays for more information or click here for details. Tip: These vehicles are wheelchair accessible.

2. Learn about TN history: The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest museums in the nation, open Tuesday through Sunday, and is always free to visit. Call ahead for hours and holiday schedules: (615) 741-2692 and toll-free 800-407-4324. Tip: plan a trip during the heat of the day and walk around in the comfort of air conditioning.

3. Listen to music: It’s true that most of the honky-tonks on Broadway have free admittance but it’s not exactly family friendly. A lot of our colleges offer free concerts and even valet parking. Check out their sites to get more information and/or event calendars: Blair School of Music, Belmont University School of Music, Fisk University, TSU, Trevecca, and Lipscomb. Tip: Arrive early to events. They fill up fast.

4. Watch movies: If the weather doesn’t cooperate, you should take a trip to the library and peruse their movies. They have over 50,000 to choose from! Click here for more information and lists of available titles. Tip: If it’s not too busy, ask an employee for a tour. There are all sorts of interesting points of interest.

5. Get back to nature: Nashville has quite a few parks and they are all open until 11PM. Some of them have hiking trails, nature centers, and even employees on hand to give information and answer questions. Click here for more information and maps. Tip: Pack a picnic lunch but only leave your footsteps behind.


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