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“The bells, the bells!”

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
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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.
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Lovely area for a peaceful walk. Went on a bus trip and stopped for 5 mins to hear the bells. Liked it so much went back the next day to hear them properly. Great view of the Capitol building from the centre of the bells. Great idea to show where to stand to hear the echo of your whisper.
The bells play different tunes...sounds fantastic.

Thank casm51
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

It was refreshing and cute to see this site. I really like the food at the small farmers market and the fact that all my adventures in downtown Nashville were easily accessible by the bus system, make life fun for me being on my own. I had a great time exploring Nashville.

1  Thank Felicia C
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We included this park in a tour of Nashville and I am so glad we did. The layout and scenery is beautiful, the various displays and signage are informative, and we learned a lot about the geography and history of Tennessee. The round amphitheatre with the carillon is stunning - if you stand over the tiny marker in its centre, you can just whisper and the sound fills the space. I loved the state map at one end, and walking around the amphitheatre to read the memorial plaques. The view of Capitol Hill is stunning. This is a great place to stroll with lots of places to sit as well. I now have great respect for Tennessee and the importance its people clearly place on their history.

1  Thank cmnarles
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

There are many aspects to this park -- a time line (huge pillars with the years + inscriptions in marble alongside the sidewalk), an ampitheatre, a very interesting presentation of the many rivers of Tennessee -- (engraved quotes and fountains on a large scale), a breath-taking view of the Capitol on the HILL, the double train tracks which are cleverly integrated with the park, the Civil War Museum (under the train bridge) and finally the huge engraved map of Tennessee on the concrete ground. On a beautiful day -- it was quite an experience which really celebrates the many aspects of a very interesting State.

1  Thank Charlotte S
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I think several people on Tripadvisor are confusing Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Centennial Park. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is a more formal park and a great place to relax or take a stroll; there are many benches and we were able to find several shady ones. It has many great, informative outdoor exhibits regarding Tennessee history. My favorite was the World War II memorial, and I am NOT a history buff; it was my least favorite subject in school. I wish I knew that the indoor food court I had read about (open 11-3 for lunch) was part of this park; we were not able to find the food court when it was lunchtime. The food court has healthy and gourmet options, by the way. The restrooms are in the food court building.

3  Thank Cynthia F
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