I'm going to be in Nashville next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!
Radnor Lake is the Walden Pond of Nashville. Beautiful easy hiking just 20 minutes from the city (going south on Granny White Pike, in the posh Forest Hills neighborhood). Probably need a car to get there. Nashville is not good with public transportation. The Parthenon (a replica of the real one) is in Centennial Park near Vanderbilt. There is a 44 foot tall golden statue of Athena inside, and other art exhibits. Admission is cheap, about $5. If you are a student, admission to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is free, it's downtown. In east nashville (across the river from downtown), walk around the five points area and visit the Art & Invention gallery, which is only open Friday through Sunday. There are restaurants and other stores in this neighborhood, and a few blocks away at 11th and fatherland, you'll find more cute places. Hillsboro Village (near Vanderbilt) is 2 blocks of hip stores and coffee houses, including the Belcourt Theatre, which has cheap films, and a few blocks away at Fannie Mae Dees Park (also known as Dragon Park), there's a wonderful big mosaic dragon by Pedro Silva. 20 minutes south of the city in the fancy Belle Meade section of town, you'll find Cheekwood-Art & Gardens and Art Museum. There's a wonderful outdoor sculpture exhibit this summer of work by contemporary artist Juame Plensa. Admission may be $12 or $15 here.
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