Centennial Park

Free - Urban Park

Neighborhood: West End

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Centennial Park which occupies 132 acres and is located west of downtown is considered Nashville's premier urban park. It hosts the iconic Parthenon, walking trails, a small lake, an art center, gardens, volleyball courts and more. The park plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year including Musician's Corner, a weekly series that runs in the Summer, and the Tennessee Craft Fair. The park was the site of the Tennessee Centennial Exhibition in 1897 which celebrated, the 100th anniversary of Tennessee's entrance into the union. This festival was the occasion that led to the Parthenon being built. Originally the Parthenon was intended as a temporary structure but its popularity led to Nashville's decision to permanently rebuild it with concrete in 1915.

People playing soccer on Centennial Park lawn
View of the Parthenon through some trees
Athena sculpture
Photo: @luiscon3mx
Flowers lining a concrete path
A jumping girl at the Parthenon
Photo: @amyschools
Picnic on the lawn at Centennial Park in front of the Parthenon
Photo: @azrabee
Centennial Park paths
Bronze women's rights statues
Centennial Park Parthenon columns
The Parthenon front angle view

Hours

  • Monday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Other Locations

None. Centennial Park is a true Nashville original.

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