Written by Sarah Johnson

Although Music City seems like a hot spot for tourists, there’s much that locals should be taking advantage of, too. A fun way to see our city is through one of the many walking tours that Nashville has to offer. These tours guarantee a good time through unique foods, the city’s interesting history and even an inside look at the honky-tonk scene. It’s good to note that while tipping is not necessary, gratuities of 15 percent are the industry standard for your guide.

Here are some of our favorite Nashville walking tours to check out:

Walk Eat Nashville

The Walk Eat Nashville tour includes food tastings at five to six restaurants and many specialty food shops over three hours. The ticket also includes behind-the-scenes interactions with the chefs and artisan food producers. Between tasty bites, you will stroll 1.5 miles through one of Nashville’s iconic neighborhoods, learning about the city’s food scene and local landmarks. The tours are limited to 12 guests to provide a more intimate experience. The Walk Eat Nashville tour is a delicious and fun way to explore Music City in a unique way. Scheduled tours take place around lunchtime, but private tours are available upon request (perfect for families, birthdays and corporate events).

Karen Lee Ryan of WalkEatNashville guides a walking food tour to Lockeland Table in in east Nashville.

Karen Lee Ryan of Walk Eat Nashville guides a walking food tour to Lockeland Table in East Nashville. Image: walkeatnashville.com

  • East Nashville: Thursday through Saturday; $53 per person
  • Midtown/Vanderbilt: Saturdays; $58 per person
  • SoBro/Downtown Nashville: Wednesdays; $53 per person
  • See walkeatnashville.com for available dates and times

Walkin’ Nashville: Music City Legends Tour

The Walkin’ Nashville: Music City Legends Tour is an entertaining, historical, two-hour tour on foot, covering approximately 1.25 miles, filled with trivia and behind-the-scenes info about your favorite country legends. With many historical stops along the way, you are guaranteed to learn something new. Designed for music lovers, the tour truly confirms how and why Nashville is known by all as Music City. Locations you will see include: Printers Alley, Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Hatch Show Print and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Printers Alley as seen on the Walkin Nashville tour of music legends.

This is just one of the many iconic Nashville places you will visit on this walking tour of Nashville’s musical history. Image: walkinnashville.com

  • April through October: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
  • November through March: Fridays and Saturdays
  • Start time: 10:30 a.m. (arrive 15 minutes early)
  • Ticket prices: ages 12 and up, $24; ages 4 to 11, $12; up to age 3, free
  • See website for more details: walkinnashville.com

Music City Pub Crawl

Taking place in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Music City Pub Crawl is known for being the most popular and original bar crawl. It features talented tour guides, tons of entertaining history about the city and many more surprises. Perfect for your bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthday gatherings and other celebrations, this 21-and-older tour guarantees good fun and even better drinks. This tour is known for impressing and informing Nashville tourists and locals alike. You will visit four to six bars, each offering special “crawl” drink specials. Groups are sized between six to 20 people, however you may reserve a private crawl for groups of more than 20.

Bachlorette party in Nashville via Music City Pub Crawl

Plan your next birthday party or suggest the Music City Pub Crawl for a bachelor or bachelorette party. It’s a fun way to see several pubs and to keep the party engaging. Image: musiccitypubcrawl.com

  • Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.
  • Ages 21 and up
  • Ticket price: $15 (drinks not included)
  • For more details, see musiccitypubcrawl.com.

Echoes of Nashville

With a mission of sharing our city’s historic past, the Echoes of Nashville tour promises to show you a side of Music City that you have never seen before. The amazing stories of Nashville echo through the city, and they are waiting to be heard. You’ll walk past Lower Broad’s honky-tonks, see Riverfront Park, learn about the Trail of Tears and see several Nashville historic landmarks. Join Echoes of Nashville for a leisurely 1.5-mile walk through our city’s history, lasting approximately 90 minutes.

Nashville walking tour State Capitol

The Tennessee State Capitol is just one of the many historic landmarks you will see on the Echoes of Nashville tour. Image: echoesofnashville.com

  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m.
  • Ticket prices: 12 and up, $18; ages 5 to 11, $9; 4 and younger, free
  • For more details, see echoesofnashville.com.

Explore Crawls

Explore Crawls is a new, fun and affordable way to experience Music City. The crawls include a Honky-Tonk Pub Crawl, an Instagram Scavenger Hunt Crawl and a Local Brewery Tour, and accommodations can be made for corporate and company groups. The tours include a few different stops, all special to that particular tour, as well as a fun group photo and more. Lasting around two hours, each individual tour includes quintessential views of Nashville. Grab your best friends, family or co-workers, and sign up for an Explore Crawl … and an unforgettable experience!

Nashville walking tour with an Instagram scavenger hunt offered by Explore Crawls

The most popular tour Explore Crawl offers is its Instagram scavenger hunt. Image: explorecrawls.com

Instagram Scavenger Hunt Crawl:

  • Monday through Sunday, start times between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • 90 minutes
  • Self-guided hunt where you compete against your friends; perfect for groups with six to 200 people (Self-guided means that you meet with a tour guide at the beginning and get your list of tasks and places to be. You’ll meet up with your guide again at the end, and you will have their number on you so that at any point that you need to contact him/her, they are just a phone call or five-minute walk away. There are prizes for the winning group!)
  • Teen hunts and 21-and-up hunts are available.
  • Ticket price: $26 per person
  • For more information: explorecrawls.com

Pub/Honky-Tonk Crawl:

  • Monday through Sunday, start times between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • 2 hours
  • Visit four honky-tonks and see historical landmarks
  • Ticket price: $28 per person (drinks not included)
  • For more information: explorecrawls.com

Local Brewery and Tap Rooms Tour:

  • Saturday, start times between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • 2.5 hours
  • One full brewery tour plus two tap rooms
  • Three beer tastings
  • Ticket price: $33 per person
  • For more information: explorecrawls.com

Local Tastes of Nashville Tour

With tours of either historic Germantown or The Gulch, the Local Tastes of Nashville Tour ensures a tasty experience. On the tour, taste a variety of foods from local restaurants, learn some history and new facts, and meet lots of new people along the way. This flavorful tour will leave your stomach and wallet happy! The tour includes five to six tastings.

Cupcake Collection is just one of the many restaurants you may visit on your foodie tour with Local Tastes of Nashville. One of six Nashville walking tours highlighted on StyleBlueprint.com

Cupcake Collection is just one of the many restaurants you may visit on your foodie tour with Local Tastes of Nashville. Image: localtastesofnashville.com

  • Day tour tickets: $49 plus tax per person
  • 3 hours
  • Recommended for ages 11 and older
  • For more information: localtastesofnashville.com

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, each of these tours offers a new way to experience the fabulous city we call home!


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