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The Best Park in Nashville: Centennial Park

In a town bustling with busy streets, worn down cars, and country music echoing through bar windows- it can be nice to clear your head of Nashville’s city madness and give yourself a breath of fresh air. The closest and best park to many Nashville locations (such as Vanderbilt University) is Centennial Park… Okay, it may not technically be the best park in Nashville- you have to dodge a few homeless people, not to mention watch out for stray footballs, and you probably definitely shouldn’t walk around alone at night- but aside from that, the park is a great escape from the intense city.

On top of that- it has a replica of the Parthenon!

My sister goes to school at Vanderbilt (yes, she’s a smart cookie), so every once and a while I get to go visit her in the Nashville. Luckily, during the most recent trip I took with her we got to hang out in Centennial Park- not once- but twice (in case you can’t tell, I really liked it).

PS- You may have a little hard time telling us apart in the pictures. Even though we are 3 years apart we look so similar we are often mistaken for twins.

Nashville Acropolis in a park

My sister at the Nashville Parthenon!

If you get a chance to visit Nashville and need a little break from the city, stop by Centennial Park and see the Parthenon! Rumor has it that this colossal structure was supposed to be taken down after it was built for an expo decades ago, but locals and tourists alike loved it so much that it stayed.

There is no need to actually go inside the Parthenon- my recommendation is that it’s not quite worth the cost and the outside is the best part.

Nashville Parthenon travel blogger

Confession: When I first visited Tennessee, I will admit, I was not the biggest fan.

The craziest thing is that my number 1 complaint was that people were “way, way too nice”. I actually thought that there was no possible way anyone could be as nice as people in Nashville appear to be, they had to be faking it.

Well, I was wrong.

People in Nashville are actually REALLY nice (95% sure here, guys).

Needless to say- this puts California locals like myself to shame (yes, we may think we are just as nice, but do we know all of our neighbors names, buy visitors welcome drinks, and adorably call people darling and get away with it? No. Definitely not.)

It turns out that a lot of tourists from neighboring southern states come to visit Nashville and visit the Parthenon. And guess what? They were insanely friendly too. It was crazy!

Southern hospitality may actually live up to its hype.

girl at the parthenon in nashville

Blonde making silly faces

After taking some time to walk around the Parthenon, you may want to walk 5 feet and pick a spot on any of the park’s 132 acres. Whether you pick up some fried chicken at one of the many neighboring spots, a quick to-go coffee, or snacks- Centennial Park is the perfect place to picnic and lay out in the sun.

While we didn’t picnic, we did take our to-go coffees and as I read under a tree, my sister started studying for her final exams (something I definitely don’t miss about college!)

kate spade backpack

the best place to study vanderbilt university tennesee

picture of light through green trees

If you are looking for a nice, relaxing place in Nashville to enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, and people watching- Centennial Park by the Parthenon is a great place to be.

What are some of your favorite parks to visit?



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