The Parthenon in Nashville

Outdoor Fun

Spend some time in the great outdoors of Nashville. 

Outdoor Attractions & Activities

Explore Nashville's outdoor attractions and activities for the ultimate Music City experience.

The Great Outdoors
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The Great Outdoors

Music City is a beautiful city to explore on foot, 2 wheels, a zip line, or on the water. Embark on a Nashville adventure in the fresh air and great outdoors.

Bike Tours

Find the best tour company to take you around Nashville by bike or foot.

Music City's Parks
The Warner Parks

The Warner Parks (Edwin and Percy), in West Nashville, combine to make 2,684 acres to include picnic areas, hiking trails, running courses, and so much more.

Nashville's Greenways

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

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 Capitol Mall State Park

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, in downtown, is a great area to enjoy the outdoors and discover Tennessee's rich history with the numerous monuments around the park. 

Eastland Park

Eastland Park, in East Nashville, is an awesome patch of land with plenty of playgrounds and hosts a lot of special events throughout the year. 

Shelby Bottoms Park

East Nashville visitors will also want to check out Shelby Bottoms Park filled with 5 miles of trails perfect for hiking, biking, running, and wildlife watching.

Fannie Mae Dees Park

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. 

Cumberland Park

Children love to spend time at Cumberland Park, in Downtown Nashville, 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. 

Music City Walk of Fame Park

Take a walk through Music City Walk of Fame Park to see the stars from different genres who have contributed to the world through the music industry, and hold a special connection with Nashville. Inductees include Elvis PresleyJimi HendrixReba McEntireEmmylou HarrisLittle RichardHank WilliamsVince GillThe CricketsKings of LeonBarbara MandrellWynonna JuddRoy Orbison and more. 

Riverfront Parks

Not too far away is Riverfront Park which includes East Riverfront Park overlooking the Cumberland River, and The Green at Riverfront Park located behind Ascend Amphitheater

Dog Parks

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.

Lakes & Rivers
Radnor Lake

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

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

Old Hickory Lake, just north of Nashville, offers a variety of outdoor fun including camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, and water skiing.

Harpeth River

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.

Paddle Up Nashville

Explore the Cumberland River with Paddle Up Nashville or Nashville Paddle Co. They have a full-service pro-shop, rentals, lessons, guided tours, and group events on the beautiful Cumberland River. 

River Queen Voyages

River Queen Voyages is Nashville's first kayak rental company on the Cumberland River. They provide a beginner level tour-guided kayak route that goes from Shelby Park to Downtown Riverfront Park and an intermediate level self-guided kayak route from Lock Two Park to Shelby Park.

Sports & Recreation in Nashville
Sports

Nashville is home to four professional sports teams, The Nashville Sounds, Nashville Soccer Club, Tennessee Titans, and Nashville Predators. Plus, we have the Hermitage Golf Course and Gaylord Springs Golf Links for you to play.

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Follow the Tunes
Outdoor Music

There's nothing better than getting together with hundreds of friends and listening to some great live music. Nashville has plenty of music festivals and concert series happening all year long. 

Nashville's Historic Sites
Historic Attractions

Explore outdoor historical attractions and sites in Nashville. Learn about Nashville’s past at museums, recording studios, historic homes, and even a full-size replica of The Parthenon.

Nashville's Attractions
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Music City has fun attractions around every corner where friends and family can play. Each attraction tells a unique Nashville story and leaves an indelible impression on all who visit.

All Nashville Attractions

Browse through all of Nashville's attractions and discover the places that spark your interest to explore during your trip to Music City.