In this very budget-conscious world, people are always looking for ways to cut corners and save money. If you’re worried about coming up with a lot of cash for a little day trip, Jonesborough’s the perfect spot to visit. Why? Not only is it full of history and offers a myriad of cool stuff to do but there are also plenty of great things to do for under 10 bucks – and lots are even free.

Since most of us are always interested in free activities, let’s start there. If you have little ones, Wetlands Water Park is a great place to visit, particularly during the hot and humid summer months. Kids age three and under get to enjoy the park at no cost at all (and it’s just $12 for adults).

If you’re into history you can visit the Chester Inn Museum or the Jonesborough Visitors Center’s History Museum – at absolutely no cost at all. If you like looking back at your roots, you can visit the Jonesborough/Washington County Library where you can actually do some genealogy research, again for free.

Another thing you can do and never have to open your purse or wallet? Enjoy some wonderful Music on the Square every Friday night from May through September or take a walk through the historic downtown area.

Or, how about a family movie under the stars on select Saturday nights in the summer months along the historic Main Street? That’s a free activity too, all you need is a blanket or chair.

For just $5 you can enjoy a Tuesday night of storytelling at the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild or visit the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange on the fourth Monday of every month, where you can hear live music or listen to tales.

A self-guided walking tour brochure is available for free at the Visitors Center, where you can take in some little known stories and a bit of history all within a comfortable walking distance. And for a single dollar you can and grab a strolling tour brochure that focuses on the history aspect of 40 spots downtown. If you’d prefer a guided tour, Jonesborough has that too. The Heritage Alliance offers guided tours of Jonesborough with a guide straight from the early 1900s for only $5. (link to the tours once it is complete in the experience section)

If you’re visiting Wetlands in the afternoon, you’ll be able to do it for less than $10 if you get there after 3 p.m. and you can also enjoy the Contra Dance a couple of times every month at the Jonesborough Visitors Center for a mere $7. Best of all might well want to head to the International Storytelling Center where you can enjoy listening to the Teller In Residence for $12, (if you’re visiting May through October for their 2 p.m. concert) it’s even less – $11 for students and seniors.

It doesn’t cost a lot to enjoy plenty of great activities in Tennessee’s oldest town so hit the road and come visit!

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