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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
600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243-3081
Downtown Nashville
+1 615-741-5280
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Please visit this park and at the end, wait to hear the bells. You need to be there ONE THE HOUR to hear the whole songs that are played. Stand int he middle by the pin, you can hear yourself echo throughout - must visit.

Thank LoriLynn9264
Tennessee S, TSP Central Office at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to let others know about our great park! We really appreciate the thoughtful review.

Reviewed 4 days ago

Great memorials and walk through history. Great view of capital. Farmers Market has food stalls, arts and crafts.

Thank Nancy3259
Tennessee S, Front Office Manager at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are glad you enjoyed the spirit of Tennessee that woven into our park and all of its unique offerings. Please come back and see us soon!

Reviewed 5 days ago

While exploring and visiting this interesting park, you can allow the kids to play in the splash pad. Great place for a picnic as well.

Thank Roxanna R S
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can take a half day walking the park and seeing the memorials. You can see the Capital building and the echo circle at the end of the mall is unreal. The memorials are well done and a real history lesson for all ages. The...More

Thank 256kennethk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This free exhibit tells the history of Tennessee through it's Bicentennial. Beautiful granite wall in chronological order. Also has fountains and bell towers that ring on the quarter hour. A nice, peaceful place to learn about the state.

Thank KRay1020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of info on the history of Tennessee. Big map of the state in the plaza that is to scale. Lots of symbolism to the things in the park, but you need a tour guide to explain it you.

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So many veggie and flower stands. We got some fresh vegetables and they were amazing. We were also lucky enough to be here during the fall so it was filled with pumpkins.

Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here on hop on/off trolley tour. They have a walk of history that tells the story of Tennessee and is marked by each decade. Interesting to walk along and read. Nice WWII Memorial. Carrillon plays music on the half hours. There is farmers market...More

Thank Connie05342
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The park isn't big but it is only a 15 minute walk from Broadway so is worth visiting. The bells on the towers appear to chime every 15 minutes. Quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

Thank N D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were unable to get out and do the walking tour of this park. I would definitely recommend doing that. We didn't stop anywhere but saw a few interesting things. It was very well done. We entered Park and at 7th Avenue in front of...More

Thank jseash
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Christy F
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Response from Barbara G | Reviewed this property |
I do remember a restroom area, but not near the columns.
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