check out a free bike for a nice long bike ride!
thru the nashville "greenBikes" program, you can borrow and ride a bike for free on almost 95 miles of greenway trails and almost 135 miles of bike routes and bike lanes thruout davidson county (you cannot go outside davidson county).
check out a bike at one of nine bike stations (see the website for days and open hours; there are ten locations shown on the map but info is listed for only nine of them), enjoy your day, then return the bike to the station where you checked it out.
you must be at least 18 years old to borrow a bike; a parent or legal guardian can borrow a bike for a minor but must directly supervise the minor and is responsible for making sure that the minor complies with the rules of the program and with local and state laws (anyone under 16 years old is required to wear a helmet).
to borrow a bike, you must be at least 5 feet, 4 inches tall; maximum weight is 250 pounds.
it is legal for anyone 16 or older to ride without a helmet in nashville; however, the program recommends that you use a helmet. you can check out a helmet and a bike lock (and key) with the bike.
be sure that you return the bike and equipment at least an hour before the bike station closes! if the bike and equipment are not returned until the next day, you face a fine of $50! if the bike and equipment are not returned within two days, you may be liable for the cost of the bike and the equipment!Related to:
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rent a bike for short errands!
for short adventures within nashville, you can rent a bike by the hour thru "B-cycle," one of nashville's bike-share programs. basically, you check out a bike at one of the 21 "B-stations" (open from 5 am to 10 pm daily, a map of locations is at the website), use it for short errands when you don't want to have the hassles of a car and parking, then return it to the same or a different "B-station." you cannot check out a bike when the "B-stations" are closed, but you can return a bike to any "B-station" after hours if necessary.
you need a credit card to rent a bike thru this program (no cash or debit cards). it is not possible to make reservations for a bike.
you must be 18 years old to rent a bike; someone 18 or older can rent a bike for a minor but is responsible for making sure that the minor complies with the rules of the program and with local and state laws (anyone under 16 years old is required to wear a helmet).
with a seat adjustment, the bikes will fit anyone from 5 feet tall to 6 feet, 5 inches tall. the bikes have a built-in lock, a basket, front and rear lights, and a bell.
it is legal for anyone 16 or older to ride without a helmet in nashville; however, the program recommends that you use a helmet. the bikes do not have helmets with them, but the website gives a list of places where you can buy a helmet at a discounted price once you have checked out a bike (go to "about" on the top ribbon at the website, then click "sponsors and partners" on the dropdown, then look at "our partners/safety" on the link page).
if you are in nashville for only a day or two, you can purchase a 24-hour pass for $5; after the first hour, you pay $1.50 per half-hour, up to a maximum of $45/day.
if you are in nashville for longer than a day or two, you can purchase a 7-day ($10), 30-day ($15), or annual ($50) membership. after the first hour, you pay $1.50 per half-hour, up to a daily maximum of $45.
this program is not for long-term rentals; its purpose is to encourage using a bike for short errands. nashville has another bike-share program for longer rides ("greenBikes"); see my other transportation tips.
no matter which type of pass/membership you get, be sure that you return the bike on time! if the bike is not returned within 24 hours of when you checked it out, you may be liable for the cost of the bike!Related to:
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This was started by local owners who started a local sightseeing business. Many hands exchanged this business, but with each addition of motorcoaches it grew succesfully. This station is locate right across the parking lot from Fiddlers Inn and here is where we boarded the trolley to downtown.
Gray Line of Tennessee
2416 Music Valley Drive Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 883-5555,1-800-251-1864Related to:
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Music City Trolley Hop
We were able to board this at the Grayline Tours that was next to the Fiddlers Inn. All we had to do, was arrive early 0800 and let the folks inside the Grayline Tour Bus desk and she made sure the trolley folks know we were there and we even caught the trolley back to our hotel. Not a normal stop for them, but because of the location of Fiddlers Inn they do.
Once towndown, we purchased a ticket to be guided around town. This ticket allows you to get off these stops and be picked up too. Very worth the money and helps you get to know where everything is all.
Music City Trolley Hop Stops:
1. 2nd & Broadway (Hard Rock Cafe, Riverfront, Wildhorse Saloon, BB King's, Fort Nashboro)
2. Ryman Auditorium (Tootsies, Legends, Jacks BBQ, Rippys, Bridgestone Arena, Whiskey Bent Saloon, Nashville Visitors Information Center)
3. State Capital & TPAC (State Capitol, Tennessee State Museum, Military Museum)
4. Bicentennial Mall & Nashville Farmers' Market (Public restrooms)
5. Parthenon (Public restrooms)
6. West End (Eclectic shopping and dining district)
7. Hillsboro Village (One of Nashville's trendiest neighborhoods; unique boutiques, antiques, theaters, famous Pancake Pantry)
8. Music Row (RCA Studio B, shopping, restaurants, Owen Bradley Park, "Musica" statue)
9. The Gulch (Locally owned shops, upbeat restaurants, art, flowers, jazz clubs, open markets)
10. Frist Center for the Visual Arts
11. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.Related to:
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Horse Carriage Rides
Nashville has a more reasonably priced horse carriage ride than NYC. See the carriage driver or web link below for details. The whole carriage can be rented for a group for a tour that lasts as long as 45 minutes from what I was told.Related to:
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Run From the Nashville Express Airport Shuttle!
My wife and I arranged for round-trip transportation to the Nashville Airport through the Nashville Express Airport Shuttle. The shuttle was late picking us up, but no big deal. The return trip, however, was another story. After pre-paying for the round-trip, the shuttle was a no-show on the morning of our flight. Repeated calls to the service (by me and the hotel desk clerk) got no answers. We had to take a cab to the airport to avoid missing our flight. Repeated e-mail requests for reimbursement have resulted in one "check is in the mail" response, but no check. Avoid the Nashville Express Airport Shuttle; don't just walk away from it--run!! Other than this experience, our trip to Nashville was delightful--make sure you go to Nashville for the music, food, and wonderful people. It's a great place to visit.Related to:
This airport first opened in 1937 and was called Berry Field. It was later used in WWII and has since retained a National Guard airfield on site. The present passenger terminal was completed in 1987 and still feels new and modern.
More than 375 average daily arriving and departing flights operate from 47 gates. Nashville International provides direct air service to 90 markets. Fourteen airlines serve Nashville, but Southwest Airlines operates nearly half of the commercial flights to and from Nashville.
The security area is spacious, rental car counters and cars are conveniently located on premises, and the terminal has several bars and restaurants including Tootsies Orchid Lounge. The airport is just a few miles from downtown Nashville, and easy to reach via I-40.
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