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Best Outdoor Activities in Nashville

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Tennessee Central Railway Museum

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.

Nashville, TN, United States
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Centennial Park

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.

Nashville, TN, United States
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Shelby Park and Golf Course

The Historic Edgefield district, known for its Victorian houses and artists' bungalows, is home to one of the city's oldest parks. Sloping terrain, tiny Lake Sevier and old trees provide peaceful seclusion at the Shelby Park and Golf Course. Come in the daytime for a picnic or to feed the ducks. Trails are available for rollerblading and cycling in addition to softball, tennis court and playground facilities to keep you entertained. The adjacent 72-par Bermuda greens golf course is open to public throughout the week.

Nashville, TN, United States
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McCabe Golf Course

This 27 whole golf course underwent a major renovation in 2007, adding new tee complexes, bunkers and greens. The driving range features 27 hitting stations on two levels. Whether a beginner or seasoned veteran, the McCabe Golf Course is a great Nashville outdoor activity. Find this lush course on the West side of the city, near Sylvan Park.

Nashville, TN, United States
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Radnor Lake State Natural Area

Set in the luscious hills of Davidson County, this tourist hot spot is as close as you can get to natural wilderness. Go on a hiking trail in the forest area or catch the wildlife in its most natural form. If you're lucky, you may be able to observe some of the rarest species of wild birds here. Don't forget to see some of the most exotic floral wonders the park features. The sprawling 85-acre (34.398-hectare) lake provides the perfect centerpiece for this tourist haven, which is at its best in autumn. They have a strict no-dogs, no-jogging and no-biking policy, though it is allowed on Otter Creek Road. Radnor Lake State Natural Area is open to the public everyday starting at 6am.

Nashville, TN, United States
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Percy Warner Park

Tucked away in the Belle Meade neighborhood of the city, about 9 miles (14.48 kilometers) from downtown, the Percy Warner Park offers an expansive area of green respite for the residents of the city. Together with the Edwin Warner Park, these two are known as the Warner Parks and cover an area of 2684 acres (1086 hectares). One of the most visited parks in the state, the Percy Warner Park has picnic areas, walking trails, an equestrian center, horse trails, golf courses, and more. Plus, the park has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places because of the rich heritage it preserves.

Nashville, TN, United States
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B&L Ballooning

Take in the breathtaking views of Nashville and it's surrounding area from basket of a hot air ballon. B&L Ballooning has been operating since 1985, with over 2,000 hours of flying time under their belts. The balloon reaches an altitude of roughly 3,000, depending on the day, and rides last anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Perfect for a romantic date, anniversary or just because, B&L Ballooning is sure have your significant other swooning.

Brentwood, TN, United States
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Shuckle's Corn Maze

Shuckle's Corn Maze offers guests a safe and entertaining outdoor activity filled with all the fun of a farm on a beautiful fall day. Open from the 28th of September to the 4th of November on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, it is a great place for families to explore together. Group reservations are accepted from Tuesdays to Fridays. In addition to the seven acre (2.83 hectares) corn maze, Shuckle's also has pony rides, hay rides, face painting, farm games and play areas for the little ones. After dark, Shuckle's is great for older kids, groups and couples as the corn maze goes completely dark and guests must bring flashlights in order to navigate the maze.

Gallatin, TN, United States
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