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“Great Park; Great way to learn about Tennesse”

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
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Ranked #18 of 248 things to do in Nashville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Great Park; Great way to learn about Tennesse”
Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed the park and learning the history. The music from the bell towers was great too. We saw this frim taking the paid trolley tour

Visited May 2013
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“A great way to "see" Tennessee”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

The park is long and narrow with a great view of the Capitol of Tennessee. Along one side is a polished black stone wall with Tennessee historical events and quotes from famous Tennesseans, very well done. The other side is the east, middle, and west topography of Tennessee in miniature. The mountains of the east, flattening limestone of the middle, and flat east leading to the river represented by a water feature and state map with the navigable river ways. The end farthest from the Capitol has bell towers that chime on top of the hour songs about or made familiar by Tennessee. A beautiful park for taking outdoor portraits, a lot of unique backdrops. Also featured is the natural spring that saved the land from development. Also limestone pillars from the construction of the Capitol "that is typical redneck take your junk and display in your front yard" but it makes for another photo opt. Take a sunny day and enjoy this park away for the downtown crowds when you visit Nashville or if you live in Nashville take a walk in the park.

Visited April 2013
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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“unique way to learn about Nashville history and Tenessee”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

The park is long and narrow, and along one side there are displays with historical events and quotes, and along the other side you kind of travel through Tennessee (east, middle, west) with medallions in the sidewalk representing each county. It's a unique and engaging way to learn a little about the area. At one end there's a circle of bell towers that chime every 15 minutes. You need to stand in the very middle of the circle and say something - you'll see why it's fun! At the other end there's a map of Tenessee that you can walk around on, and displays about different things like topography, geology, etc. I saw the park as part the Segway tour, which is a good way to see it.

Visited April 2013
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“Get ready for a great history lesson while enjoying a daytime park”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

There is a lot of information for such a small park. With a terrific unemcumbered view of the State of Tennessee's Capitol this is a little downtown jewel. Monoliths and such have great facts and there is a summertime shooting fountain for kids to play in the water.
Not a place to visit at night. Not a good enough neighborhood. But lots of business people walking in the daytime and very good park patrol police there all the time.

Visited April 2013
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Nashville, TN
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A wonderful addition to Nashville's park system. Very educational information about TN and Nashville, along with a wonderful park to walk or just sit and enjoy. Right behind the Farmer's Market too - very convenient. I enjoy the nature that TN has to offer and they definitely incorporated that feature into this park. The bell songs are just lovely and picture opportunities abound. Take a minute to linger and look around - I guarantee you will learn something!

Visited March 2013
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