I was once told that the world was divided up into two different types of people: the Spenders and the Savers. As a single lady, this was a theory to me. As a married woman, it quickly became fact. The fact is: I’m a Spender.
As I rang in the new year, I decided that one of my goals was to find new ways to save money.
While I’m not quite willing to give up my monthly spa facials just yet, I decided to get creative: find 10 things to do in Franklin for $10 or less. Was I successful? See for yourself…
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Midnight Sun Scavenger Hunt – FREE
The Midnight Sun Scavenger Hunt is a family-friendly scavenger hunt that will take visitors of all ages on an adventure around downtown Franklin; on a hunt for 10 bronzed horse statues, introducing them to historic landmarks and figures that were key in shaping the history of Franklin and the United States along the way.
During a search for all 10 statues, you’ll learn about Franklin’s connection to presidents, historic stages, music, and of course about the scavenger hunt’s namesake, Midnight Sun.
Catch a Movie at the Franklin Theatre – $9.00
Would you believe me if I told you that a theater built in 1937 that was once a premier movie house where first kisses were happening on the regular still existed? Not just that, but where they still only charge $6-$10 for movie tickets. No? Well, see for yourself at the Franklin Theatre! You can catch movies, old and new, any night of the week at this darling theater that adds to the charm of Franklin’s Main Street.
In this 300-seat venue, you’ll get a nostalgic feeling whether watching a classic like It’s a Wonderful Life at Christmas time or a new release in the heart of summer vacation.
Adding to the classic feel are staples at the concessions stand, like the signature Franklin Theatre chocolate bar, combined with the more modern beer and wine options. Regardless of what movie is showing on the screen, a good time is all but guaranteed when seeing a movie here!
Arrington Vineyards – $7.00
My husband and I are huge fans of wine, so we frequent Arrington Vineyards. We go not just for the views, but for the wine tastings and the live music both of which are under $10!
Arrington serves up free live music April-November during their music series called Music in the Vines. Along with great music, you can treat yourself to a classic wine tasting for just $7!
That gets you a sampling experience where you choose four options from their many award-winning wines to try, and the super friendly staff can tell you all about each one as you taste. In my mission to save money, I was relieved to find that I didn’t have to give up my weekends at Arrington!
Tour a Local Distillery – $10
Ever wonder how whiskey is made or how to drink it properly? Learn from the masters at either of Williamson County’s distilleries. You can find small-batch whiskey and bourbon at Leiper’s Fork Distillery, along with a one-of-a-kind tour experience with “Pops” who will teach you how to “chew your whiskey” during a tasting experience at the end of your tour.
While at H Clark Distillery in Thompson’s Station you can sample whiskey, bourbon, and gin at Williamson County’s first legal distillery in 100 years, you’ll also hear about the important role that owner Heath Clark played in changing Tennessee’s whiskey laws and creating the state-wide Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Both offer tours and tastings for just $10.
Historic Walking Tour – FREE
The Visitor Center in downtown Franklin has a self-guided walking tour of the entire downtown area for FREE (music to my ears). It’s a great way to learn about the history of the town and the buildings that surround Main Street.
Did you know that the first African American business in downtown Franklin was a shoe repair shop and the original building still stands on Main Street today? That’s free knowledge right there.
Go for a Hike at Timberland Park – FREE
Franklin gives its visitors and locals the best of both worlds: you can shop and dine in the downtown district, or you can go on a hike and connect with nature.
I connect with nature on hikes at Timberland Park. Not only did I get to drive the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway and see the famous Double Arch Bridge, but I got to surround myself in the beauty this area holds for absolutely free.
Tour a Working Goat Farm $10
Franklin really does give you the best of every world. Farms abound in this town, and you can get up close and personal to farm life at Noble Springs Dairy, a local goat dairy, and creamery.
The goats are adorable, and the Cranberry Honey Chevre is outta this world! Gather your friends and family, and don’t forget to bring a camera to capture all the fun. You can book your tour online to save even more money.
Get Caffeinated – $2
Franklin has quite a few cozy places to curl up and sip your favorite cup o’ joe, but I especially love getting a Chai Latte at the Coffee House at Second and Bridge.
The minute you walk in you feel like you’re at home, and the baristas are so nice! I try to sink into the same leather seat with a good book and not a care in the world. Great Chai Latte $2.50. Experience: Priceless.
Annual Main Street Festivals – FREE
Franklin’s annual Main Street festivals never disappoint or break the bank. Almost every event on this Great American Main Street is free. A couple of my favorites include the Main Street Festival in April and Dickens of a Christmas in December.
Don’t take my word for it. Experience these festivals for yourself and find your favorite one to come back to every year!