I want to describe the top things to do in Nashville for couples looking for a date night idea that doesn’t involve dinner and movie tickets as much of a priority.
We should mention that you have plenty of options here in Music City, USA, no matter what you choose from this list. There are places with great food, drink specials, music, local shops, and more than enough culture if history isn’t your thing, but still would love an inexpensive way to spend some time together.
We’ll provide suggestions on where to go and what to see while visiting the city. The following list is not exhaustive but will get you started on some romantic things to do and to explore this fantastic city with your significant other!
Explore Downtown Nashville TN on a carriage ride.
Downtown Nashville has tons of quirks and corners for you to explore. One of the best ways to do so is on a horse and carriage ride, which you can book through Nashville Carriage Company.
Enjoy sites like Broadway honky tonks, art galleries, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge (the birthplace of “rock and roll”), The Ryman Auditorium (home of live country music), plus many more!
Grab some ice cream on Broadway at Jeni’s, or stop by The Pancake Pantry for pancakes and coffee.
Visit Ryman Auditorium to see iconic country music memorabilia.
The Ryman Auditorium is home to the world’s most famous piece of acoustic furniture, the ‘old’ stage piano. It is also where Johnny Cash made his debut performance on September 12th, 1954.
Dine at one of Nashville TN’s most popular restaurants
Our favorites include City House, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Julep, and 12th South Taproom & Wine Bar.
Stop by West Side Coffee for brunch!
You will need it after all that walking around downtown. It is located in Hillsboro Village, so you can also shop while waiting for your meal.
Visit the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
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Go for a scenic horseback ride in Percy Warner Park.
Percy Warner Park is a gorgeous park in Nashville and a horse ride is one of the most romantic things you can do!
Soak up some culture with art exhibits around Nashville.
Stretch your legs and explore the many hiking trails through Nashville’s scenic parks.
Nashville is home to many scenic parks and trails that offer beautiful views of the city. From winding, paved paths to rugged and rocky trails, there are plenty of options for you and your significant other to explore together.
Get a free tour of Belle Meade Plantation
This is an impeccable example of antebellum life in Tennessee. A trip to Nashville TN wouldn’t be complete without a visit!
Enjoy some high-octane thrills
Just outside of Nashville, there are tons of outdoor activities such as white water rafting, ziplining, parasailing, or more!
If you’re looking for a mini adrenaline rush in Nashville, go to Canvas Climbing, Nashville’s only indoor climbing gym.
It has a range of challenges from beginner-friendly routes for the less experienced climbers or those looking for some adventure but not too much intensity.
Watch a live country music performance as you enjoy local Southern culture at a honky tonk.
Hey, live concerts are what Nashville is known for! A honky tonk is a great way to experience live music in a more intimate setting. The best part is, you can dance your booty off to the latest country hits and drink while doing it!
If you’re not into a honky tonk vibe or live country music, there are plenty of other venues where you’ll be able to hear some less twangy tunes.
Go for a romantic ride on the General Jackson Showboat – featuring spectacular views of the city skyline.
If you want romantic views of the Nashville skyline, this is a must-do! The General Jackson Showboat departs from the Riverfront, near Broadway and First Ave.
Tours are 25 per person for adults; children under 12yrs old are free! Tours on this scenic boat are a favorite among couples visiting Nashville. It’s less than 15 minutes long (with two departures every hour)
Check out The Hermitage for its breathtaking gardens and impressive museum collection dedicated to Andrew Jackson himself.
The Hermitage in Nashville, TN is a must-see for any history buff looking to explore the roots of Tennessee and its most famous resident, President Andrew Jackson.
The Hermitage welcomes visitors with an impressive museum collection dedicated to this hardworking man who completely changed America’s agrarian society into an industrialized nation.
The gardens are also worth checking out!
Rent a bike and ride the Cumberland River Greenway.
It’s an easy, fun, scenic and romantic trip with plenty of places to stop for food or drinks along the way. Stop at one of our many breweries on your way back into town so you can snag some local beer souvenirs!
Be sure to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Everyone knows Nashville is famous for its music, but it’s also home to a rich history. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum showcases this heritage with exhibits on country legends like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. Admission is free!
Take a romantic riverboat tour with Live Love Local Riverboat Tours.
A riverboat tour is one of the most popular activities in Nashville TN because it is so relaxing. You can also take a lunch or dinner cruise on the riverboat, which is both romantic options for date night near Nashville!
The best thing about Live Love Local Riverboats Tours is that they offer diverse itineraries with tours of different lengths and times. They even have a themed cruise called “Lunchtime Delight”.
Tour the historic Ryman Auditorium.
It’s now a popular venue, but there was a time when it served as an essential meeting place for country music stars like Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
While you’re there, see the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry also calls this spot home! The Grand Ole Opry is a world-renowned spot and one of the most romantic things you can do for a date night.
Visit the Stanley’s Farm Market
Stanley’s is a Nashville landmark that has been in operation for nearly six decades. It offers more than just produce, it also sells meat and dairy products!
See Broadway or off-Broadway shows, concerts, comedy clubs in Nashville
Whether you love theater or comedy, Nashville has plenty of options for you to enjoy. Go see Broadway or off-Broadway shows in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, an opulent downtown performance hall that’s a must if you’re visiting Nashville. The TPAC hosts touring Broadway productions as well as concerts and comedy clubs (a recent one was Chris Rock).
If you’re in the mood for some good ol’ Southern BBQ, head to Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant.
When you arrive, be sure to check out the Wall of Fame where famous country stars like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn have visited. Don’t forget to order a little bit of everything for your table so that everyone can try all of Puckett’s signature dishes – from their pulled pork sandwich or ribs to shrimp étouffée.
Join an evening at the world-famous The Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville TN is the world’s most celebrated and historic venue for up-and-coming singer-songwriters.
The Bluebird Cafe is a must-do Nashville TN experience, with live music every night of the week. The cafe has opened doors to new generations of country legends who played on stage including Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Steve Earle, and more.
Listen to free or cheap live music (this is Music City after all!)
Whether you want to be in the audience or on stage, Nashville has plenty of opportunities for live music. The best way to find out about what’s happening is through Nashville On The Cheap. They have a calendar with bands playing and an events feed that will let you know when new concerts are added from performers.
Visit the Frist Center for Visual Arts
A lot of people don’t know about this art museum because it’s outside of downtown Nashville. Still, we recommend checking out their permanent or temporary collections before spending time in other parts of town.
Drive to the Possum Holler Drive-In Theatre
Okay, we said no “dinner and movie” ideas, but this is not only retro but also a fun, romantic, and timeless way to impress your date. You can grab some dinner beforehand or have it delivered right to your car while watching films on their big screen in style!
Check out the Nashville Zoo
It’s no secret that we love animals in Nashville, so if you find yourself wanting to visit an animal sanctuary but don’t want it too far outside of town, then head over to the Nashville Zoo!
You always have the option to walk around downtown Nashville for a while. You can check out local downtown Nashville shops and restaurants or head over to one of our most popular attractions, The Parthenon!
Visit the Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville hosts fascinating exhibits year-long such as “The Civil War and Reconstruction,” which showcases how the people of Tennesse were determined to secede from the Union and how the state remained divided on the issue throughout the war.
P.S. it’s free!
We’re guessing if you love history, then you’ll enjoy seeing artifacts like Civil War uniforms and more common items such as grocery store receipts from the early 1900s. It’s free during regular hours, but if you’re interested in touring inside, they require an admission fee (so that you know).
Don’t forget about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
This place has no shortage of history with all sorts of artifacts from country music legends like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. One thing we love about it: there are interactive exhibits where visitors will be able to use their senses, such as hearing and seeing, which is the perfect way to bring life to a museum.
A few more honorable mentions include:
Omnivore Books on Food + Cooks County – East Nashville’s Independent Bookstore & Cooking School (book signings and cooking classes). For more information about this location, please visit their website omnivorebooks.com. If you are looking for other things to do in east Nashville, we love:
– The Hermitage Hotel
We have been to this hotel for dinner before because the food was amazing (the service could be improved though). But they do offer live music on Saturdays.
– Cumberland Park
Cumberland Park in Nashville TN is a great place for a romantic and fun date. This is the perfect balance of nature and man-made structures, making it an ideal location to enjoy any type of weather. There are paved trails with scenic views as well as natural areas that provide more solitude than other Nashville parks.
Arrington Vineyards Winery Tour (+wine tasting!) (reserve your spot online)
Getting a wine tasting is a great date activity to do together. It has the perfect amount of time to let you get a little tipsy and be done before it’s time for dinner ;)
Nashville AKA Music City has something for everyone
Whether you are newly dating or have been married since before the invention of artificial sweeteners, Nashville provides plenty of fun activities and date night ideas for couples. We hope you found this article helpful!