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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 2 days ago

Nice place for a bike ride or stroll if you are near the capitol. Some interesting memorials that are historical.

Thank Kristiesue
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took a tour of this park. It was very nice. The Farmers' Market was very interesting. Our kids enjoyed playing in the splash pad, as it was very hot that day.

Thank James C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have seen this twice, once we walked through and once we saw it as part of a Seguay tour. If you want a nice romantic place to walk around, I highly recommend packing a lunch and spending a fall afternoon on the lawn.

Thank NCBarb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to this park since it opened. In fact, I have a brick in my name on the Path of Volunteers (or whatever it's called). It has been interesting to see the young landscaping grow to the size it is now. Anyhow, this...More

Thank BillVol
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on a tour of downtown. It is really great to see, but a must on a tour so your guide can explain it to you if you don't know the history of Nashville.

Thank ashell4u
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the park yesterday and the monuments were very cool. The kids learned a lot about Tennessee history and some stuff about a few wars. It seems at one time this park was very nice. While the monuments were still in good shape the...More

Thank Damien C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice ark downtown in Nashville. We went here after hitting the farmers market next door. There was a lot of available (and free!) parking at the venue. There were some informative WWII memorials on the walk, a splash area if you have...More

Thank Jasonhomey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I started my visit of the park at the 1996 end of the stone wall that spans most of the mall area. As I approached the columns I was pleasantly surprised to hear the bell music that plays continuously from the top of the columns....More

Thank Mastamm52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic historic park in Nashville between the timeline, the quotes throughout history and the WWII Memorial. I definitely must see while you are in town (especially if you love history).

Thank nlkawalec
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very nice park with an amazing Carillon that plays songs on the hour and half hour. The best part is that the park offers free parking and the capitol is within walking distance if you don't have a fear of lots of stairs.

Thank BevoBurn96
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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.
April 6, 2016|
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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