Centennial Park

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Centennial Park

Spend a day at one of Nashville’s most beloved green spaces, which features a walking trail, an ornamental garden, art exhibits and concerts.

Enjoy a host of cultural, entertainment and leisure activities at the beautiful Centennial Park. Admire architectural masterpieces and decorative gardens, watch performances by upcoming musicians and browse varied art installations. Centennial Park covers 132 acres (53 hectares) in Nashville’s West End. Originally farmland, the park has also functioned as a fairground, racecourse and the site of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

Get an overview of the park as you stroll on the 1-mile-long (1.6-kilometer) walking trail. Pass grassy lawns, which are ideal for picnics on sunny days, and a flower-filled sunken garden. Spot families of ducks on Lake Watauga below the branches of weeping willows. Marvel at the Parthenon, a replica of the famous ancient Greek temple in Athens. It shelters a copy of the Athena Parthenos statue and artworks by American artists from the 1800s and 1900s.

Peruse free art exhibits and take part in painting and pottery classes at the Centennial Art Center. Follow the park’s interactive If Trees Could Sing outdoor exhibit. It features 18 videos, available to watch on a smartphone, narrated by Nashville musicians and explaining the importance of trees. Alternatively, get exercise and have fun playing beach volleyball on the public-use courts.

Look for Musicians Corner on a Saturday in May, June, August or September to attend free concerts. Inspired by Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park, this stage offers emerging bands and established musicians the chance to showcase their talents. The Blind Boys of Alabama and Emmylou Harris are among more than 1,000 previous performers. Find children’s activities, food trucks and artisan market stalls here, too.

Visit the park during open hours from dawn until late evening. The Parthenon is open from Tuesday to Sunday and has an admission fee. While you are in the area, wander through the campus of nearby Vanderbilt University.

Centennial Park is about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) southwest of Downtown Nashville. Public buses travel frequently between the park and downtown. The park is one of the 15 stops on the Old Town Trolley Nashville city tour. The on-site free parking fills fast on the day of an event.

Top Hotels Close to Centennial Park

The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
3.5 out of 5
1909 Hayes Street, Nashville, TN
The price is $117 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in West End, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Vanderbilt University, Bridgestone Arena, and Belmont University. Ryman Auditorium and Country Music ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,180 reviews)
"The staff were so friendly and welcoming. They had live music and it was so nice!"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
3 out of 5
2400 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN
The price is $127 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in West End, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nashville Broadway and Parthenon. Bridgestone Arena and Ryman Auditorium are also within 3 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,150 reviews)
"Pleasantly surprised at how nice this property was we spent the night on Thanksgiving Eve. At breakfast the staff was pleasant. I made sure to thank them for working on a holiday."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
4 out of 5
2100 W End Ave, Nashville, TN
The price is $127 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
This family-friendly Nashville hotel is located in the business district, just steps from Vanderbilt University and Nashville Broadway. Bridgestone Arena and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (977 reviews)
"Great property, safe, clean and convenient."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Centennial Park

Best Western Plus Music Row
Best Western Plus Music Row
2.5 out of 5
1407 Division Street, Nashville, TN
The price is $89 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Best Western Plus Music Row
The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
3.5 out of 5
1909 Hayes Street, Nashville, TN
The price is $117 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
3 out of 5
2400 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN
The price is $127 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
4 out of 5
2100 W End Ave, Nashville, TN
The price is $127 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Staybridge Suites Nashville Midtown, an IHG Hotel
Staybridge Suites Nashville Midtown, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
350 22nd Avenue N, Nashville, TN
The price is $122 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Staybridge Suites Nashville Midtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
2613 W End Ave, Nashville, TN
The price is $110 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn, an IHG Hotel
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
4 out of 5
2555 West End Ave, Nashville, TN
The price is $169 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville near Vanderbilt
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville near Vanderbilt
2.5 out of 5
109 29TH AVE N, Nashville, TN
The price is $119 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville near Vanderbilt
Hyatt House Nashville at Vanderbilt
Hyatt House Nashville at Vanderbilt
3 out of 5
2100 Hayes St, Nashville, TN
The price is $127 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Hyatt House Nashville at Vanderbilt
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