The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park was born as a lasting monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration on June 1, 1996. It gives visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history and natural wonders.
The 19-acre park features several monuments that represent various aspects of the state’s unique history. This includes a 200-foot granite map of Tennessee, a World War II Memorial, a 95-bell carillon and the Pathway of History.
There’s a Walkway of the Counties with 11 planters that feature native plant species from different regions of Tennessee.
The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park also features 31 Rivers of Tennessee fountains, a museum with exhibits that interpret Tennessee’s historical events, picnic tables that are available on a first-come first-served basis, a .90-mile Bicentennial Mall Trail for hiking and biking, and a 2,000-seat amphitheater that provides dramatic views of the State Capitol building.
The amphitheater, which boasts of terraced lawns, was designed after the Greek theater of Epidaurus. Adjacent to the park is Nashville Farmer’s Market where guests can shop and dine.
Every year, the park hosts several events, particularly the Tennessee Statehood Day in October and the Tennessee History Festival held every Fall where historical interpreters provide hands-on demonstrations of period trades and activities that provide a glimpse of how people lived in the mid-19th century.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is located at 600 James Robertson Pkwy and is open from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.