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Visiting Nashville: Grand Old Opry Alternatives

Q:  My husband, toddler, and I will be visiting Nashville this May. I’m a huge country music fan, but almost fell out of my chair when I checked out tickets for the Grand Ole Opry. Do you know of any other ways to experience Nashville’s music for less?

A:  Nashville has lots of fun, free places to visit.  Following are some great, authentic alternatives to the Grand Old Opry for Nashville visitors on a budget.


Grand Ole Opry Alternatives

Let’s start with the music.

We like to say that only tourists go to the Grand Old Opry.

Just kiddin’!

My friends Jim and Lynnette love the Grand Ole Opry. Here’s why they don’t mind spending $106 for 2 tickets to the Opry or the Ryman.

But if you’re visiting Nashville on a budget, don’t worry.  Yes, you can see authentic Nashville music for much less than the Opry!

Some options:

Here’s the scoop on getting tickets to the Bluebird —  especially for the FREE early show!


The Country Music Hall of Fame downtown is another great Nashville attraction.  But with bare budget tickets at starting at $22 apiece, it’s not cheap.  Here’s a printable coupon.


Heck, you can even watch a little country music right here!…

The Grand Ole Opry Plaza Parties are held outdoors on Saturdays during the summer.