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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
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600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-3081
Downtown Nashville
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful park with a great history lesson to go along with it. I was so glad our food tour started out by going through this park.

Thank bigthicket
Reviewed 4 days ago

sadly it poured with rain during our visit - however armed with an umbrella we explored this fine area of Nashville. The War Memorial is an amazing piece of work and the square laid out with the map of Tennessee worth exploring. I would imagine...More

Thank yandinazetland
Reviewed 5 days ago

This park was really close to my house once, and I would often go down there for some peace and quiet. I like the small water features spread about the park, and the history lessons you can get if you read the plaques carefully. On...More

Thank Srijata C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This park, in the midst of Nashville, is lovely. It is clean, well maintained and filled with lots of historical information. The entire history of Tennessee, from its discovery to the present, is outlined on a wall. Another section has flora from various parts of...More

Thank Alhel44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were a lot of interesting monuments and memorials to see here. World War II monument was impressive, especially the huge black globe spun by water power. Very nice, wide open park.

Thank Scott K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a history buff....you'll want to spend much time here. Walking around all the wall with the chronology of events is amazing. easily spent hours here. Beautifully maintained grounds as well.

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took one of the free buses to this park. It's got some water features, a WWII memorial and some other interesting things to see. If you get here early enough, you can enjoy the farmer's market. (it's nice that it's a covered market) We...More

Thank djbls
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park was very educational . It was lined in information about Tennessee , a WWII Monument that was breathtaking , The Bell Towers and much more. It is a must see. The Farmers Market is across the street that was...More

Thank Linda F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy to spend a couple of hours seeing and learning the stories behind the many informative display's. A guide helps and is recommended.

Thank wolffce
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take some time to visit this park. It's a great way to learn about Tennessee, the history and state specifics. There is a nice paved trail runs through it. Dimly lit at night, however.

Thank jackm0use
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Christy F
Are there restrooms for outdoor weddings?
29 December 2016|
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Response from Barbara G | Reviewed this property |
I do remember a restroom area, but not near the columns.
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thetravelingmx
I want to host a birthday party that centers at or around Bicentennial Park. Do I need permission (if so from where) or do I just show up? My daughter is turning 12, and I thought it would be a nice time for a bike ride around the park and maybe a catered picnic. The problem is, I am not familiar with the area, so don't know anything about the bike trails in the area or if they are safe with a group of tween girls. I also am not sure where I would cater from. I was thinking Maggiano's which is not too far away. Unless there is something closer. Also when does the splash pad open at the park? The girls could cool off if is active. Any advice on a bike route or a place that caters would be great. I plan on doing a test run (biking and scouting the area) before I make any final arrangements.
27 April 2016|
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Response from USUKCanada | Reviewed this property |
I think you would have to check with park But I think your idea would be great
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mahardin
If we purchase tickets for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, can we go to there during the tour & then rejoin the trolley afterward?
7 April 2016|
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Response from jhuvos | Reviewed this property |
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
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