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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-3081
+1 615-741-5280
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Located in the shadow of the Capitol in downtown Nashville, Bicentennial Capitol Mall gives visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history, natural wonders and serves as a lasting monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration, which was June 1, 1996. During the urban building boom in downtown Nashville during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Tennessee State Capitol disappeared from sight on the east, west and south sides. The northern side of the Capitol was not conducive to the construction of skyscrapers due to the swampy conditions that existed in many areas between the Capitol and the Cumberland River. Because of its natural attributes, the historic French Lick that attracted wildlife, Native Americans, trappers and settlers to what would become Nashville also preserved the remaining view of the Capitol and became the home of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. With just a simple walk in the 19-acre park visitors can experience many facets of Tennessee’s history including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains. The 11 planters along the Walkway of Counties show native plant species from different regions of the state. The two page park map is a helpful and informative tool for those wishing to take a self-guided tour of the park. To learn more about our seasonal, ranger-led guided tours, please visit our activities page.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-3081
Downtown Nashville
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+1 615-741-5280
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a beautiful place, a simple place, to just sit and listen to the chimes. they play every 15 minutes [not sure] and sound is so pure. a wonderful place to walk around - there is a wall that history is etched in marble around...More

1  Thank DODOEAPPB
Tennessee S, Owner at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and enjoying the history and our bells. We hope to see you again here soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were at Bicentennial mall for the dropping of the note and free concert! Well done, Nashville. The night was 17 degrees. It was COLD!!!!!! But the venue was so professionally handled! Concert- goers passed through a metal detector on the way through the arches...More

2  Thank catherineh56031
Tennessee S, Owner at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for sharing New Year's Eve at the Bicentennial Mall State Park. We will definitely pass on your remarks to our park staff who worked hard to ensure a safe and happy evening for all! All the best in 2018!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great evening of good music and fun. (A little chilly but still worth it.) The Park is well laid out and the amenities were very good. Pretty exciting to have such dynamic city with so much to offer.

1  Thank Belikinbeer
Tennessee S, Owner at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for the feedback from the New Year celebration! We will pass on your kind remarks to our Park staff. See you again next year we hope!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

With the changing seasons the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is the perfect stop to take lunch, walk,stroll, and even take in the special music events. It clean and the perfect spot to be outdoors. It's free and a good stop for those with bigger...More

1  Thank 12dbryan
Tennessee S, Owner at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are happy to be an enjoyable stop throughout the year! Our best to you in 2018!

Reviewed 13 December 2017

the park has lots of walking trails with memorials for veterans a big farmers market with so many places to eat inside clean restrooms and you feel safe bells ring on the half hour and are neat to look at.. good for children parents jogging...More

1  Thank jimmysgirl01
Tennessee S, Owner at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

Thanks for all the great comments and feedback about the park. It's good to know so many people enjoy our unique offerings. Come back soon!

Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

This was a nice morning trip after breakfast. The bus dropped us off on the south end and we walked up and read the whole wall of history of Nashville. There were some interesting facts in the wall, as well as many other structures to...More

1  Thank Von1287
Tennessee S, Owner at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

Very glad you enjoyed your stop at Bicentennial Mall State Park. It's always nice to get positive feedback.

Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

The Bicentennial Mall State Park chronicles over 200 years of history related to the State of Tennessee (residents, early inhabitants, politicians, musicians, and other notable achievements). Plan at least 30 minutes for walk through the park. More time will be needed when reading the historical...More

2  Thank A. R
Tennessee S, Owner at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

Thanks for the great photos of our park and your review detailing its historical educational aspect. Please come back and see us again soon!

Reviewed 3 December 2017

This is a beautiful and historic urban state park that anyone that wants to learn about the state of Tennessee's history, and its natural attractions and landmarks, would love. This is great place to visit for entire families. It is a 19 acres display in...More

3  Thank A M
Tennessee S, Tennessee State Parks Central Office at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Thanks for mentioning in such wonderful detail all of the park's unique state historical offerings. We hope you will come back and visit us again soon!

Reviewed 29 November 2017

Adults and children alike will love the open space and beautiful monuments and history. Great map of TN carved into the ground on a footbal sized space, great for school kids to use to learn counties and other places on the map.

1  Thank Bonus_Vacay
Tennessee S, TSP Central Office at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

We are glad the park provided such a great family atmosphere. Visit us again soon!

Reviewed 27 November 2017

The granite map and the park behind it with its market and vendors is a unique stop and allows you to enjoy the outdoors. The farmers market offers fresh vegetables, canned goods, etc. and the food court offers a wide variety of international fast foods.

1  Thank Bill D
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Christy F
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Response from Barbara G | Reviewed this property |
I do remember a restroom area, but not near the columns.
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We took the upgraded RCA/Studio B tour from the Country Music Hall of Fame. It took about 45 minutes. We roamed the museum before and after the Studio B tour. Very worthwhile - guide was knowledgeable and it was cool to... More
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