Nashville is bustling with free or cheap activities all year long. Below is a sampling of fun and active outings around the area. Some are perfect for summer time weather and some are perfect for a day indoors of adventure but we tried to keep all the ideas just right for a moderate or free budget! Many outfitters supply everything you need to take a canoe or a kayak out for a quick trip or an all day excursion.
Beaman Park There are plenty of parks to take a hike in Nashville, but Beaman is by far my favorite. It is tucked in the Northeast hills of Nashville and makes you feel far away from the city with only being a 15 minute drive from downtown Nashville. I am also partial because I met my husband here when I went on a hike with the Nashville Hiking Meetup, also mentioned below. Other great city parks are listed here. Also, there is a great one mile greenway around the edge of the park great for jogging or walking that takes you by the lake and you can feed the ducks gluten free bread if you wish!
The re-creation of the foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to B.
The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London. Team Green Adventures creates outdoor treks for the Middle Tennessee community and partners with existing organizations to enhance participation. Promoting a strong commitment to health, well-being, and the environment, Team Green Adventures is a leader in inspiring a closer community in Middle Tennessee.
It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the more than six miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography and wildlife observation.
Pets, jogging and bicycles are only allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail. The Lake Trail is accessible to people with all-terrain wheelchairs. Playing volleyball is so fun and casual. No pressure, everyone is super nice even if your serve kind of sucks. Show up anytime throughout the evening and jump in to play! We will have two courts set up one for beginners and one for more experienced players.
This is a great place to meet fellow Team Greeners, and get some fresh air! Kali Yuga Yoga student instructors will lead this beginner-friendly practice each week, highlighting some basic yoga poses and how to perform them safely and effectively.
All ability levels are welcome. They have great hikes, events, and backpacking trips! Check out their calender here. Nashville Hiking Meetup is an outdoor adventure and eco-volunteer club that plans hiking, backpacking, camping, paddling, and biking events throughout the year ranging from easy to strenuous, local to regional.
The aim of the group is to explore the natural beauty of Tennessee and beyond and to develop a social network for people with like interests. In addition to our regular hikes and other outdoor adventures, we also plan social events and organize community volunteer projects such as park cleanup and trail building! Bike Nashville with B-cycle Rent a bike for the day or the year, depending on your needs. Nashville is becoming more and more bike friendly with lots of bike lanes and easy access to Greenways for traffic free biking.
Nashville has 30 B-stations, with more to come, dispersed throughout the city for opportune use by residents and visitors alike. Lunch dates, shopping trips, meetings, or a quick ride for fresh air can be accomplished with no emissions, no gas, no traffic, and no hassle.
After all, what better alternative fuel than you? Greenways are linear parks and trails that connect neighborhoods to schools, shopping areas, downtown, offices, recreation areas, open spaces and other points of activity. Often located along natural landscape features like streams, rivers and ridges, or along built features, such as railroad corridors and scenic highways, greenways provide valuable greenspace for conservation, recreation and alternative transportation.
Greenways provide all citizens with barrier-free access to natural resources and recreational opportunities.
I am so thankful that these exist to make communing with nature easier. There is usually wine or some snacks at some of the galleries you can enjoy! Plus, many food trucks saddle up to the Arcade to help hungry patrons. Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of every month when art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings! Over 1, people attend this very popular monthly event. Presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, the galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art.
Admission free, First Saturday Art Crawl is a festive atmosphere with participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade — all welcoming the community to experience downtown Nashville as a center for art.
Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. The gallery crawl is a great free night on the town! Click here to see a shuttle route and map of where the galleries are located. For parking options, please use our online interactive parking map.
Exhibits change out each month and additional galleries are often added to the list. For updates, subscribe to Downtown Details — our free weekly e-newsletter. View a list of all the art galleries located downtown and watch for more galleries to open soon! They are not free, but when is the last time you got to go on a train for fun? They run all year long and are family friendly.