UPDATED APR 7, 2020
Stroll through any of these awesome local parks and you'll find people playing acoustic guitar, posted up in an ENO hammock, or with their nose in a book. Nashville definitely has a brand, but hey, that's why we love it here.
We would argue that this is the best green space in the city. It has a historic yellow house at the top of the hill, tennis courts, and at least one or two food trucks daily. Our favorite thing to do on a sunny afternoon is peruse the local clothing, coffee, and juice shops along 12th South, then grab a popsicle at Las Paletas and find a peaceful spot in the shade.
For the best view of the Nashville skyline, hang out at this grassy green space along the river. In addition to an outdoor amphitheater (where all of the best musicians play), it features a climbing wall and a cute stone walking path that meanders along plant groves and meadows. There's also a splash area that's mostly for kids. But we've run through once or twice when it's really hot out.
There's so much nature to enjoy at this popular urban oasis. Hike or bike one of the many wooded trails, pack a picnic and put a blanket out on the grass, or make the trek to one of the scenic outlooks. Whatever you do, be prepared for wildlife sightings and wildflowers.
If you want to sit amongst colorful flowers and listen to future famous musicians, Belmont University’s quad is the place to go. It boasts some of the best landscaping in town, plus tons of trees and open space where you can meander. It's the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday outside.
When we need to escape the city for a bit, this is the first place that comes to mind. It's a quiet and peaceful woodsy park with paved and unpaved trails that are ideal for a leisurely stroll. Plus, the scenic lake is a great spot to sit and chill.
In the heart of the city, this popular outdoor destination is famous for it's Greek-style Parthenon building, art center, sunken garden, museum, and much more. So, it's no surprise that there's always something going on here. From food and cultural festivals to sand volleyball matches and run clubs, there's tons to see and explore.
If you have that hammock, now is the time to use it. This relaxing hideaway is great for lounging. And because it's situated right beside Percy Priest, the biggest lake in the city, it's also an awesome spot to go paddleboarding. We love to go here to watch the sunrise and, if we're feeling adventurous, attempt standup paddleboard yoga.
Nashville’s incredible baseball stadium is the best 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). And if you're into some friendly competition, get ready for ping pong, corn hole, pool, board games, table hockey, and shuffleboard… all outside.
We're big fans of the paved greenway trail at this nature-filled park. End to end it's about eight miles, which is great for a quick bike ride or a longer run. Plus, it's close to downtown and is right along the Cumberland River, so the views aren't bad, either. If you're in the mood for a more low-key adventure, walk around and explore the area, or check out the nature center.
This park is a classic Nashville destination. The perfectly manicured green space features historic landmarks, a paved, tree-lined trail that's just under a mile, and an unmatched view of Capitol Hill. If you work downtown, take a lap through the park in the afternoon to break up the day.
Sprawling fields, shaded areas, and a convenient location right off I-440 — what more could you want? In addition to plenty of room to stretch your legs, you can also sweat it out on the park's tennis courts or organize a game of kickball at the baseball diamond. Just keep your eye on the events calendar for movies in the park during the summer and outdoor workouts hosted by local studios like barre3.
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