Cumberland Park on the East Nashville side of the Shelby Pedestrian Bridge right next to Nissan Stadium, is really great — especially with kids, but even without them. Walking paths, splash pad, climbing walls, and activities for littles. Best park view of downtown.
Shelby Bottoms Greenway is a stunning spot in East Nashville for hiking, walking, biking, running, and soaking in some nature… 5 miles of paved trail through some of the most gorgeous scenery imaginable so close to the city.
Bicentennial Mall is a great urban park, fashioned after the Mall in DC — at one end is the TN capitol building up on a hill, with a long narrow park that runs to a bell tower memorial on the opposite end. If you find yourself at the bells on the hour, you’ll hear some music. Also, look for a small circular marker in the dead center of the bells… and say something out loud. *surprise!*
Bicentennial Mall runs parallel with the large Nashville Farmers Market that’s really fun to explore too. (Great lunch options there!)
Centennial Park in West Nashville has a full-size exact replica of the Parthenon from Greece. Crazy, I know, but so picturesque. This park has great trails and paths for longer walks, and often has events going on with live music and food trucks.
The Shelby Pedestrian Bridge crosses the Cumberland River, making it really easy to walk from East Nashville to downtown. Some of the best views of the skyline you can get! Also, if there are no events at Nissan Stadium, it’s the best way to score free parking for going downtown. Park on the East Nash side and walk over the bridge to get to Broadway, Country Music Hall of Fame, etc.
About 45 minutes south of Nashville is Arrington Vineyard — beautifully tucked away in the rolling hills of gorgeous Tennessee countryside. Pack some snacks and make the drive — you can do wine tastings or buy a bottle (or two) for drinking while you’re there (and to take home with you). (Antebellum is my favorite red; Firefly Rosé is my fav on a hot day…)
Go for a scenic road trip on the gorgeous Natchez Trace Parkway for some stunning views and great places to get out and explore along the way. You could drive it all the way down to Leiper’s Fork, a quaint town with great shops and the original Puckett’s (home-cooking and live music).