UPDATED OCT 4, 2019
A true Nashville citizen owns an ENO hammock, is well read, and plays acoustic guitar, or at least knows someone who does. Stroll through any park in Nashville, and you will witness this scene tenfold. Park it, any day, at any of these spots!
This is arguably the best green space in the city. After strolling the local clothing, coffee, cupcake, and juice shops along the popular 12th South, grab a popsicle at Las Paletas and find a peaceful spot in Sevier Park. The charming park has a historic yellow house at the top of the hill, tennis courts, and at least one or two food trucks on a daily basis.
For the best view of the Nashville skyline, hang out at Cumberland Park, right along the river. The park has a climbing wall, splash areas, and a new amphitheater where all of the best musicians play.
Take a step back in time at the Belle Meade trailhead to Percy Warner Park. To get to the park, you’ll drive through the “Beverly Hills” neighborhood of Nashville, witnessing some old Southern charm in the architecture and landscaping of each residence. Once you get to the park, settle in and enjoy the old stone steps leading up to the wooded trails.
Pinewood Social is the local favorite place to hang whether you’re inside or outside. Though, you should probably save the bowling alley for the winter, and hit up the outdoor dipping pools, Airstream bar, and bocce ball in the warmer months.
If you want to sit amongst colorful flowers and foliage and listen to future famous musicians, Belmont University’s quad boasts some of the best landscaping in town, and musicians are almost always scattered across the lawn.
To get a good dose of the outdoors without exerting too much energy, Radnor Lake is an easy place to stroll through the woods and along the lake. There are both paved and unpaved trails, as well as scenic spots to sit and chill.
There is almost always something going on at Centennial Park. This park, famous for the Parthenon building, is in the heart of the city, right off West End Avenue. Almost every food and cultural festival is held here, and the amphitheater hosts the city’s annual Shakespeare plays.
If you have that hammock, now is the time to use it. On top of that, this relaxing hideaway is a popular spot for paddle boarders to take off. Situated right beside the biggest lake in the city, Percy Priest, Hamilton Creek is a lovely spot to watch the sunrise and to watch people attempt to do yoga on their paddle boards (spoiler: they occasionally take a dip).
Escape the noise of the city and head to Sylvan Park neighborhood. This family-friendly neighborhood probably has more dogs going on walks than anywhere else in the city (better stretch your petting hand). Popular for its Richland Creek Greenway and McCabe golf course, Sylvan Park is also just a great place to sit on one of the many restaurant patios and people-watch.
Nashville’s new baseball stadium is the coolest place to be every night in the summer. The hip Band Box offers craft cocktails, local beers on draft, and really, really good baseball stadium food (you would never expect it), offering jalapeño fritters with derby sauce, smoked pork nachos, and even quinoa salad. Meanwhile, the former chef of The Catbird Seat created the Band Box Dog — pimento cheese, golden flake potato chips, pickled onion, and on a steamed bun. This is one of the best green spaces in Nashville for its ping pong, corn hole, pool, board games, table hockey, and shuffleboard…all outside.