Nashville's Outdoor Fun
This is Music City, if it feels good outside, then we are playing outside. Come ride Music City's Greenways,
play at any of our bountiful parks, enjoy the weather while discovering the past, or enjoy a sporting event right here in Nashville.
Music City's Parks
We are proud of our open spaced parks so people can appreciate all the beautiful weather Music City has to offer. The Warner Parks (Edwin and Percy) combine to make 2,684 acres to include picnic areas, hiking trails, running courses, and so much more. Talk a walk on Nashville's Greenways which connects neighborhoods to schools, shopping areas, downtown, recreation areas, open spaces, and other points of activity. Centennial Park is 132 acres and features The Parthenon, a full scale replica of the Athenian original. Inside the Greek temple is a 42-foot statue of Athena just like the Parthenon in ancient Greece. Centennial Park also has a one-mile walking trail, and many other historic shrines to see. Bicentennial State Park is a great area to enjoy the sunshine, and discover Tennessee's rich history with the numerous monuments around the park. Eastland Park is an awesome patch of land with plenty of playgrounds, and hosts a lot of special events throughout the year. East Nashville visitors will also want to check out Shelby Bottom Park filled with 5 miles of trails perfect for hiking, biking, running, and wildlife watching. Fannie Mae Dees Park, or Dragon Park located in Hillsboro Village is beloved by locals. It is called Dragon Park because of the large mosaic serpent sculpture that slithers through the landscape. Children love it, and adults relish in its beauty. Children love to spend time at Cumberland Park, a one-of-a-kind nature and play area that includes a sand play, stepping-stone path with mist, stone climbing ropes, climbing nets, exploration trail, and a fountain to cool you off during those extra hot days. We have not forgotten about our four legged friends. Warner, Shelby, and Centennial Parks all welcome dogs. Please visit www.nashville.gov/Dog-Parks for more information on rules and policies.
Have an Adventure
Music City has plenty for those who enjoy exercising, and exploring. Groups will love to pedal around Nashville and see the sights on the Nashville Pedal Tavern. This awesome tour is a party on wheels. Perfect for having fun in the sun, and stopping at various locations around Music City. Families and friends will love Sprocket Rocket Tours. It's like riding around in your own personal night club. It fits 16 people, pedal-powered, and has neon lights! A great way to tour historic downtown Nashville. Pioneer the trails with Bike the Greenway. They operate from Two Rivers Park, and will actually provide transportation for those in need. Enjoy a guided tour of the city with Green Fleet Bicycle Tours. Make your own special day and borrow a Nashville B-cycle. This gives you the chance to go at your own pace, and explore each corner of the city. Discover what has just won best little Southern town by Garden and Gun on foot with Franklin on Foot, just south of downtown Nashville.
Nashville's Lakes & Rivers
Radnor Lake is a 1,200-acre lake and perfect for observing wildlife in their natural habitat including river otters, beavers, mink, muskrats, bobcats, coyote, and the white-tailed deer. Percy Priest Lake is a 42-mile long 14,000-acre lake and just a short 15-minute drive from downtown Nashville. Percy Priest Lake offers a wide range of recreation activities for locals and for those just visiting Music City. Old Hickory Lake, just north of Nashville, offers a variety of outdoor fun including fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, and water skiing. After your fun on Old Hickory, finish your night at Barefoot Charlie's Restaurant right off the lake, and always having a party. Don't forget about the adventures to be had on the Harpeth River. Paddle, swim, or float the day away on the historic Harpeth River which offers canoe rentals from March to October. Exploring Music City's waterways has never been so easy with the Nashville Paddle Co. They offer short and long term rentals for stand-up paddleboards so you can cruise along Nashville's rivers and lakes. And just in case you don't know how, don't worry, they offer how-to-classes, intermediate technique instructions, and more to show you the ropes. Make sure to check out Defiance Flyboard. These crafty folks allow you to soar above the water using the propulsion of a jet ski. Water pushes down, and you go up in the sky like a spaceman with a jet pack.
Into the Past
The Spring and Summer months are a perfect time to explore Nashville's many outdoor historical sites. Step inside the beautifully preserved home of our nation's 7th president at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President. Enjoy the 1,100 acres of the original farm owned by Andrew Jackson, and learn about life during the 19th century. The Belle Meade Plantation is a 19th century historic Greek Revival mansion commissioned by John Harding in 1845. Guests are welcome to explore the 30 acres of the Belle Meade Plantation which includes the dairy, horse stable, carriage house, mausoleum, gardens, and a log cabin. Learn about Nashville's role during the Civil War at The Battle of Franklin Trust as you explore the Carter House, and Carnton Plantation. Next, immerse yourself into the past at Travellers Rest Plantation the home of John Overton, one of Nashville's first political leaders. Make sure to browse through the other great historical sites and museums Nashville has to offer here: www.visitmusiccity.com/nashvillehistory.
Enjoy the thrill of baseball with the Nashville Sounds. Peanuts, home runs, Cracker Jacks, and a game almost every single day. Golf lovers will need to check out the Hermitage Golf Course, voted #1 Rated Public Course in the State by Golf Digest, or Gaylord Springs Golf Links, named Middle Tennessee's Top Public Course by GolfWeek Magazine.
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