Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

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600 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37243

The basics

Whether you choose to walk, cycle, or ride a Segway, there’s plenty to see at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Start at the central plaza, where the 95-bell carillon (representing the Volunteer State’s 95 counties) plays part of the Tennessee Waltz each quarter hour, and the views extend all the way to the State Capitol Building.

From there, stroll the tree-lined walkways past the World War II Memorial; follow the Pathway of History, where towering pillars mark key events in Tennessee history; and explore the Walkway of Counties, showcasing native plants and flowers from around the state. At the south end of the park, a 2,000-seat amphitheater hosts open-air concerts during the summer months, next to the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains and a gigantic granite map of the state.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is one of Nashville’s must-see attractions and a popular inclusion on sightseeing and hop-on hop-off bus tours. The many monuments and interactive elements make it a fun place for kids to learn about Tennessee history.
  • There is a visitor center, restrooms, and a gift shop at the south end of the park; benches and picnic spots are dotted throughout the park.
  • The Nashville Farmers Market is held daily along the west edge of the park; head there to dine at one of the many restaurants or pick up some picnic supplies to enjoy in the park.
  • The park’s paved walkways provide easy access for wheelchairs and strollers.
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How to get there

The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is located just north of the Tennessee State Capitol Building in downtown Nashville. The park is easy to reach on foot from many of Nashville’s central attractions, or else buses #22 and #64 stop on James Robertson Parkway at the south end of the park. Free parking is available along the park’s eastern border.

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When to get there

The park is at its most picturesque in spring and autumn, highlighted by the flush of spring flowers and fall foliage. The park hosts a variety of special events, guided walks, and festivals on weekends throughout the year.

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Monuments and Museums Around the Park

At the northwest border of the park, the Tennessee State Museum is devoted to Tennessean history, with exhibitions covering the Civil War, ancient civilizations, and the region’s natural landscapes. History buffs can also take a guided tour of the Tennessee State Capitol building and stroll around the Victory Park, home to the tombs of President and Mrs. James K. Polk, as well as statues of Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson. Right next door is another one of Nashville’s most popular museums, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, where music fans can see instruments, personal items, and memorabilia from artists such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams.

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