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The quiet city of Nashville loves the tranquil aura that radiates from its Centennial Park. A perfect retreat for avid nature lovers, the park offers a wide range of entertainment and relaxation options for one and all. Take a calming walk in the park, attend cultural events and local fairs, picnic with family and friends or simply lounge around the sprawling green land. Admire the beauty of Lake Watauga or simply enjoy the splendor of the rose arbor. The Parthenon replicates the structure of the ancient citadel right in the heart of the park.The park is famous for its TACA Fall Crafts Fair, which is a fantastic outdoor event that showcases and sells the work of American fine craft artists at the park. You can also buy souvenirs for your loved ones at the park as you discover unusual visual treasures.
There are few things more exhilarating than being chased through a dark maze of obstacles. You can experience this thrill at Laser Quest in downtown Nashville. Strap on a laser rifle and chase your friends around the obstacle course. The rifles shoot an invisible, harmless beam of light. If you hit your target, your rifle records the "kill". The laser tag game is perfect for either children's parties or corporate recreation. If you plan on bringing a large group, call ahead to reserve the course.
Along the beautiful Cumberland river is this links-style golf course with 18 holes. Ted Rhodes Park & Golf Course is spread over a vast green expanse with lakes and the river that are home to turtles, fish, muskrats and beavers. A walk around the golf course could well be a trip to the natural wonders of Nashville. The Ted Rhodes Golf Course is home to the Duffers Golf Association that holds the annual tournament to support, Sickle Cell Anemia and MeHarry Hospital'. This place is open from 7a on weekdays and 6.30a on weekends.
Travel back in time in a fully restored 1950's passenger train. The passenger cars feature large picture windows, air conditioning and reclining seats. Themes like train robbery or murder mystery are a surprising part of the excursion. The museum houses a one-of-a-kind library of books on railroads and one of the largest collections of railroad artifacts in the world.
This 200-acre walk-through zoological park is home to the rare and beautiful. You'll encounter cougars, black bears, Bengal tigers, zebras, cheetahs and playful river otters. Kids can even go a bit wild on the Jungle Gym playground. The Croft Center, named for the sisters who left the estate to Grassmere, houses the Unseen New World exhibit and a variety of reptiles. There is also a working farm exhibit and petting zoo.
Vacations are great, but the price of hotels and resorts can wreak havoc with your budget. Why not take all the comforts of home with you? Park your mobile home away from home at this full service camping center called Chad's Camping Center. Or, if you'd prefer, you can rent a fantastic trailer or camper. You will also find all the other camping gear you need—tents, gas stoves and more are available at reasonable prices.
When the mercury rises and the temperature makes you sizzle under the collar, head for Wave Country. It features a number of water slides and a wave machine that creates surf up to four-feet high. There is no better way to cool off on a hot day. The park also has picnic areas and additional recreation space for kids to toss a baseball or Frisbee when the water fun is finished. Admission: $8 for 13 and older, $7 for 12 and younger, 4 and under is free. Free parking. Rental Floats $4.