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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

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Address: 598 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243
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+1 615-741-5280
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Located in the shadow of the Capitol in downtown Nashville, Bicentennial...

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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A very interesting park with so much information about the state of Tennessee!

I wanted to get out of the main downtown, touristy area of Nashville and took a walk in the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. It was a wonderful park with many different... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I wanted to get out of the main downtown, touristy area of Nashville and took a walk in the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. It was a wonderful park with many different monuments and displays concerning the history of Tennessee. I learned more about Tennessee during my walk through the park than I ever expected. Unfortunately I did not have... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This park is beautiful. We like to visit here after we have lunch at Farmers Market. We walk the entire park with our two small girls. We love walking under the pretty trees that also provide shade during the really hot summer months.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nashville really took the culture and vibe of the entire state into consideration when developing this park. Beautifully maintained with many tributes to the state and veterans of the state and the pillars and bells make each quarter hour even more memorable! Be there on the hour for a a rendition of up to 40 different songs done in bells.... More 

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We were taken to this location by our city tour guide. this is absolutely, hands down, the most impressive memorial I have ever been to. (and yes, I've been to Washington DC) You can see the pride Tennessee has for their state. The planning that went into this memorial was fascinating. It is definitely a must see and plan on... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a nice quiet walk along the granite timeline wall which started at the beginning of time to Tennessee's 1996 Bicentennial. At the end of the wall are the 90 bell towers which chime every 15 minutes and WWII Memorial.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bi-centenial mall park holds several points of interest that commemorate different moments in Tennessee history. It great place to just relax and listen to the chimes or view the capital building. Many of the tours will explain exactly what each attraction is meant to represent, or a guide book is very helpful Wonderful shared history for the entire family!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Huge park and tons of history on a wall. Best view of the capital on the NW end where there are 90 bell towers that goes off top of the hr and plays songs. Every 15 min a chime. Neat. West end has the entire history on Nashville on a wall extending the entire length of the park. Cool in... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stand right in the middle of the tower of bells plaza. There's a nail in between the cracks. Put your feet on either side and speak. It sounds like you are talking into a microphone. It is absolutely amazing!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The life size map of Tennessee is fun to see. Great place to bring a sack of lunch to and relax with a great view of the capital building.

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Tennessee S, Owner at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Sherry, and for spending your lunchtime with us. More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The park has a path that has an inscribed wall that tells the history of Tennessee. It is very well done and educational. A nice walk from the madness of downtown Parking is very difficult - not many spots

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Tennessee S, Owner at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, rockcole. It's nice to escape for the downtown business, even if it's only for a short while. More 

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