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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Free admission
600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN

The basics

Whether you choose to walk, cycle, or ride a Segway, there’s plenty to see at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Start at the central plaza, where the 95-bell carillon (representing the Volunteer State’s 95 counties) plays part of the Tennessee Waltz each quarter hour, and the views extend all the way to the State Capitol Building.

From there, stroll the tree-lined walkways past the World War II Memorial; follow the Pathway of History, where towering pillars mark key events in Tennessee history; and explore the Walkway of Counties, showcasing native plants and flowers from around the state. At the south end of the park, a 2,000-seat amphitheater hosts open-air concerts during the summer months, next to the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains and a gigantic granite map of the state.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nashville

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Perfect Dusk 2 hour tour!
Boyd_T, Jun. 2022
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
Took the 2 hour evening tour at dusk with WHITNEY N FLINT. WOW. Very serene n peaceful. Got to see so much n ended with beautiful skyscrapers all lit up n array of colors. ONLY we were group of 6 adults n insisted on 3 seat carraige. Not possible for 6 adults to fit n small carriage. . 2 per seat was perfect! Beware of that. Whitney was perfect!!!! And Flint too🥰
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Perfect Time!!
Mike_P, Apr. 2022
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
Driver very personable and had a great sense of humor. And Julie was very professional and pleasant. Also was running late and they were happy to fit us in. Perfect way to end an evening!!
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Great fun!
Tammy_A, Apr. 2022
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
Getting to hear a little history of Nashville while riding in a horse drawn carriage! It was very cold the night we went but still an enjoyable evening!
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A Birthday Ride for our Princess
Stephen_L, Oct. 2021
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
Our driver/guide, Mr. Presley, was informative of various downtown Nashville sights. Our beast of burden, Jane, was very well behaved. The lighted carriage was clean and comfortable. All of these attributes made our time on this ride extremely enjoyable.
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Over crowded
Torry_G, Mar. 2021
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
The wait room was packed due to COVID-19 there should be by appointment. My only complaint is to many people at one time.
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Romantic and Fun
DeZwaan_D, Feb. 2021
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
Great tour guide. We selected the 20 minute ride, which was quick but still very romantic. Felt like royalty with all of the attention as we rode around. It was freezing cold though in February, so bring your own blanket. They normally provide them, but cannot do so during covid.
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Excellent experience!
Angela_K, Nov. 2021
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
Awesome experience! Such a friendly guide! Jakes the horse was so beautiful and the ride was peaceful!
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Beautiful
Logan_T, Nov. 2021
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
The horse was beautiful as well as the carriage ride. We got there early and where able to get on earlier than expected. It was a wonderful experience
star-4
Seeing different sites...
Norma_W, Oct. 2021
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
Seeing different sites wouldn’t of seen if didn’t do this. It really wasn’t what I expected but was nice
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Great experience!!
Khalida_P, Sep. 2021
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
I enjoyed our ride with the General. The guide was awesome as well and she gave us a lot of great information. This was a birthday gift for my 9 year old and my mother. However, it was only about 10 minutes versus the 20 minutes we paid for. Would have loved for it to be a bit longer.
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Fun for all
Lynn_K, Aug. 2021
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
Friendly staff, informative, peaceful in the midst of the Broadway "busyness." Some good stories/more recent history that we didn't learn otherwise.
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Princess fun
Shean_H, Jul. 2021
2 hr - Historic Downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park Carriage Ride
We really enjoyed it but my daughter wanted too Rider in the one on there picture and we did not have that option.
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Things to know before you go

  • The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is one of Nashville’s must-see attractions and a popular inclusion on sightseeing and hop-on hop-off bus tours. The many monuments and interactive elements make it a fun place for kids to learn about Tennessee history.
  • There is a visitor center, restrooms, and a gift shop at the south end of the park; benches and picnic spots are dotted throughout the park.
  • The Nashville Farmers Market is held daily along the west edge of the park; head there to dine at one of the many restaurants or pick up some picnic supplies to enjoy in the park.
  • The park’s paved walkways provide easy access for wheelchairs and strollers.
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How to get there

The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is located just north of the Tennessee State Capitol Building in downtown Nashville. The park is easy to reach on foot from many of Nashville’s central attractions, or else buses #22 and #64 stop on James Robertson Parkway at the south end of the park. Free parking is available along the park’s eastern border.

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When to get there

The park is at its most picturesque in spring and autumn, highlighted by the flush of spring flowers and fall foliage. The park hosts a variety of special events, guided walks, and festivals on weekends throughout the year.

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Monuments and Museums Around the Park

At the northwest border of the park, the Tennessee State Museum is devoted to Tennessean history, with exhibitions covering the Civil War, ancient civilizations, and the region’s natural landscapes. History buffs can also take a guided tour of the Tennessee State Capitol building and stroll around the Victory Park, home to the tombs of President and Mrs. James K. Polk, as well as statues of Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson. Right next door is another one of Nashville’s most popular museums, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, where music fans can see instruments, personal items, and memorabilia from artists such as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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