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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
600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-3081
Downtown Nashville
+1 615-741-5280
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a lovely park, the community uses it. concerts, walks, runs, a wonderful farmers market with meats, veggies, baked goods, food, coffee, and beer. they have can pick ups for those who are in a program. I know you will like it.

Thank Donna W
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful park to walk around at your own pace. Loved the farmers market and the different eateries as well.

Thank Anne K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice beautiful park located just before the Nashville capitol building. It has lot of historic information written around the park would take minimum 2-3 hrs to read everything. Park has fountain for kids to play and nice walking path. Located across farmers market to get...More

Thank Durai
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is always something going on in this park. The farmers market, museum, water attraction, Sounds baseball, all within minutes on the park. There is usually a weekend festival. Free parking.

Thank Tim E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a peaceful retreat right in the heart of the city. The bell towers and the map of Nashville were interesting. You could spend an hour or an afternoon here.

Thank F3574CMkathyw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Music City Free bus makes stops at the Bicentennial Park, so it's easy to get to. Check out the waters of Tennessee water feature (great splash pad) and the map of Tennessee at the entrance. Walk along the granite wall with the geological and...More

Thank SDCooks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughters and I visited this park during the Italian Festival. We enjoyed the festival very much, but also enjoyed aspects of the park that are permanent, such as the inground map, the giant orb and the fountains. Be sure to go to the area...More

Thank VacationMom201
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Numerous monuments as well as incredible history about Tennessee and those that contributed to this amazing state. There are incredible bell towers that chime according to the time.

Thank BobH1962
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park was partially closed for a festival when I visited, but we still got to see the bells and hear the music at the top of the hour - very nice spot.

Thank Abby S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in Saturday afternoon. There was a fair/show in the adjacent grounds and parking was at a premium. We reluctantly parked on the grass like many other cars but were j sure if this was really acceptable. The park is well set out, excellent...More

Thank Gill H
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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.
7 April 2016|
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Response from jhuvos | Reviewed this property |
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