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's first movie house opened in 1925, was briefly home to the Grand Ole Opry, and evolved into a premier venue for live entertainment and film. Today Belcourt Theatre has emerged as the place for cutting-edge productions, including independent flicks, Mockingbird Theater, and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Events happen monthly and movies are shown every day.
It is fitting that the "Athens of the South" is home to the world's only full-size replica of the ancient Parthenon. Forty-six Doric columns encircle the building. The largest bronze doors in the world, weighing 7.5 tons each, stand at the East and West entrances. Featured is Athena Parthenos, the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. Sculptures and friezes are modeled from Elgin Marbles at the British Museum in London. There are also four art galleries. While the prices are reasonable, you can avail discounts for groups of ten or more with a reservation.
The thrill of scientific discovery awaits you! Come explore over 150 interactive exhibits and programs for children and adults. View the heavens from the 40-foot Sudekum Planetarium. Climb seven interactive levels to the top of the Adventure Tower, and experience BodyQuest, an exciting tour through the human body. Special programs are offered for high school students on weekend nights.
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.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a wonderful place for art lovers. The center educates visitors on art and hopes it will bring about an interest in the community on the subject. The architecture is beautiful and the interiors and decor lend the space a very upscale elite ambiance and it frequently hosts art exhibitions. At the Frist Center, there is also a fabulous gift shop, where one can purchase memorabilia and other items and an excellent cafe where one can savor some delightful dishes and sip on coffee. Admission is free for students who are 18 and below.
Rocketown is a non-profit entertainment facility involved in bringing about a positive metamorphosis in teen culture. The facility includes a skate-park, coffee bar and concert venue. The sole vision and mission is centered around creating a healthy, safe drug-free ambiance for today's youth to enjoy skateboarding, classes and video-games. Besides volunteer work and summer internship, the organization is involved in multiple causes including teen problems, raising money for charity and awareness about global issues.
Bootleggers Inn is a modern pub with a rustic feel to it. The subdued lighting, wood paneling and hooks to hang coats or purses give the place an extra vintage look. What attracts one and all to this bar, is the interesting concert line-up featured almost every night and the wide selection of moonshine and cocktails at the bar. Open late, Bootleggers Inn offers good music, great entertainment and cool drinks for its patrons.
The High Watt Stage is located inside the Mercy Lounge in Nashville's historic Cannery Building. Since its inception in 2012, the stage has seen performances by local bands such as The Cadillac Black, Happy Little Trees, Brother Lover and The Poor Boys. If you are a die-hard rock fan then you should be stalking their website for information on upcoming shows. Their ticket prices are quite affordable as the place is mostly targeted and patronized by Nashville students and young professionals.
This outdoor haven stretches along a sloping strip of land, between the Cumberland River and Nashville's downtown district. During the day people stroll the many paths, enjoy afternoon picnics on the riverbank, and ride the "Foxtrot" carousel. During the summer, the park hosts concerts and festivals, including the free Thursday night concert series 'Dancing in the District' and the annual three-day music festival in May called "River Stages".
Tease your taste buds with freshly brewed drinks at Czanns, where the ingredients are specially selected and exported from Franco-Belges, a famous European maltery. Listed on the menu are few brews on tap like Czann's Dunkelweizen, Czann's Pale Ale and Czann's IPA. A fun feature of the establishment is that you can see the brewery as it is located in the taproom itself.