What Are Some Attractions in Downtown Nashville?

What Are Some Attractions in Downtown Nashville?
Although Grand Ole Opry is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says Nashville, Tenn., there is a lot more to Nashville than country music. Despite its reputation as a major tourist destination, the city is surprisingly tasteful, with less commercialism than you would expect and a lot more green, open spaces. As such, its parks, museums and historic plantations make Nashville a walker's paradise.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

The 19-acre Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park was designed with the purpose of educating visitors and residents about Nashville's history, as well as its natural environment. As you walk through the park, there are a variety of sites to keep your mind occupied. For example, the railway trestle is a reminder of the significant role that the railroad played in Tennessee's history. The Nashville trains served as a crucial strategic point during the War Between the States. The Rivers of Tennessee Fountains is located just past the railroad trestle. It consists of 31 vertical fountains, which represent the most popular waterways in Tennessee.

Climb Nashville

If you are thinking of taking a rock-climbing excursion to rural Tennessee, consider doing some training at Climb Nashville, a downtown indoor climbing center. The facility boasts 12,000+ square feet of climbing surface and over 40 walls. You can purchase a day pass for $14.

Climb Nashville
3630 Redmon Street, Suite 1
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
(615) 463-7625
www.climbnashville.com

The Shelby Street Bridge

This pedestrian-only bridge crosses the Cumberland River and connects downtown Nashville with the East Nashville neighborhoods. Its guard rails are decorated with panels depicting boat travel on the Cumberland River. If you need to rest your feet, there are boat-shaped benches on the walkway.

The Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park

The Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park is located in downtown Nashville, along the banks of the Cumberland River. The park offers five miles of paved and five miles of unpaved trails. The park has a number of interpretive centers, as well as some bridges and boardwalks. The area is a populated with migrating birds and other types of wildlife.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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