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Valentine’s Day is upon us and there’s always the question of what to do. Especially if you’re tight on cash. You want to do something romantic but be as affordable as possible. As a Nashville native, I have a few ideas of things you can do that are cheap, safe, and pretty darn romantic with the right person by your side!
Nashville Date Ideas: 10 Free Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day
1. Walk Around Centennial Park
Centennial Park is a large park located close to downtown off of West End. It’s a beautiful place to walk around and see a scenic pond, the Parthenon, and lots of beautiful gardens. Take a leisurely stroll and stop and sit on a bench to take in the view and enjoy your sweetheart by your side.
2. Take In the View at Love Circle
Love Circle is a place in Nashville that only the locals really know about. It’s off-West End Avenue and is a hill with a breathtaking view of Nashville. My husband and I have spent many an evening on Love Circle enjoying the view and enjoying dinner or ice cream. The local eatery, SATCO, is close by with some amazing tacos that travel well and a great Valentine’s Day meal for the low-key couple. Or you could get cooking and bring your feast with you.
3. Walk Around and Take Photos in Front of Some Nashville Murals
Nashville has some amazing murals and if you plan it right you can walk to a bunch of them and do a little “mural crawl”. I have a map here, of over 70 murals! Take lots of photos and post them on your Instagram or even frame one as a memento! You’ll have such a fun time and it’s one of the more creative date ideas.
4. Take a Hike at Percy Warner Park
If you’re more active, hit the trails at Percy Warner Park. If you don’t mind a possibly cold day, enjoy the great outdoors and pass a few hours being active!
5. Go for a Romantic Stroll at Radnor Lake
So you’re not a full-on hiker, let’s take it down a notch. Grab a coffee or hot chocolate and take a romantic stroll around Radnor Lake. This is one of our favorite spots to have an easy hike/walk in Music Cit but enjoy some fresh air and gorgeous views.
6. Visit the Opryland Hotel
While the Opryland Hotel is famous for its crazy holiday lights, it’s just as pretty throughout the year. If you don’t like being outside, the whole thing is inside so you’ll be warm and dry. Walk through all the different atriums, enjoy all the greenery, and don’t forget to look up! You can see the sky during the day!
7. Window Shop at Green Hills Mall or Opry Mills
Another indoor activity is window shopping. Nashville has two great malls, Green Hills and Opry Mills. Green Hills is more upscale with stores like Gucci, Burberry, YSL, Louis Vuitton, and David Yurman. Opry Mills is an outlet mall with more fast fashion like Forever 21 and H&M and outlets from Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Lily Pulitzer. The mall goes in a giant circle and it’s always fun to people-watch. It may not be the most romantic date night but if it’s cold outside, it’s better to be inside.
8. Picnic at Dragon Park
One of the coolest parks downtown off of Hillsboro is Dragon Park. It has a huge mosaic dragon and lots of space for a picnic. Pack you and your Valentine’s favorites and enjoy a meal al fresco. It’s a fun date night out and very intimate.
9. Check Out Downtown
Hear me out, I’m not saying hit up Broadway. I am saying to walk around and see all the cool stuff outside Broadway. Start at the Capitol, head to the War Memorial, Legislative Plaza, the Ryman, the Arcade, the Pedestrian Bridge, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, and all the other great downtown attractions! This would be a good first date if you’re getting to know someone or just want to do something new and fun.
10. Bike at McCabe Park
What’s more romantic than a bike ride? McCabe Park has a great greenway where you can walk or bike. It’s about three miles and a smooth ride. So what if it’s a little cold, your love can keep you warm!