Explore Nashville's Natural Beauty with the City's Best Outdoor Activities

Nashville has plenty more to offer besides live music and incredible restaurants. Enjoy the natural beauty of Nashville and Middle Tennessee by experiencing some of the best outdoor activities the area has to offer. Outdoor spaces like the Parthenon in Centennial Park, hiking trails in the Warner Parks system and more offer ideal spaces for spending time in nature. Whether you're interested in hiking, biking, or just relaxing at a beautiful park with incredible views, our list of outdoor activities will steer you in the right direction. 

On this list, you'll outdoor attractions that will please all types of nature buffs. We'll lead you to an outdoor wine tasting, farmer's market food shopping, several historic outdoor landmarks and places where you can get in a little exercise. When you're in Nashville, there's no reason to spend your entire visit indoors. If the weather is right (especially in the Spring and Fall months), you'll have an unforgettable time in the outdoors of Middle Tennessee. Even better, incredible outdoor fun is so central to Nashville that you'll never be more than a 30-minute drive from city limits, but you'll feel like you're out in the middle of nowhere. That's the beauty of visiting Tennessee. 

South Nashville
Arrington Vineyards
Photo courtesy of Daniel A. Howard


Arrington Vineyards is a winery located just outside of Nashville in Arrington, Tenn. The short 30-minute drive from Nashville is worth a little car time. On your way to Arrington, you'll enjoy the scenic views from the car, and once you arrive,...  Read More

Nashville Shores


If you're looking for a way to cool down during Nashville's hot summer months, Nashville Shores Water Park is the place to go. Nashville Shores features more than 1 million gallons of summer fun, including thrilling slides, a wave pool, lazy...  Read More



A world of its own, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens offers visitors a chance to escape, discover, and be amazed. The estates grounds offer such mesmerizing sights as the reflection pool, Japanese garden and their nature sanctuary. This 55-acre...  Read More



Shelby Bottoms offers some of the most family-friendly hiking and strolling in Nashville. Four miles of paved trails are perfect for leisurely walks or bike rides. Best of all, the easy, wooded paths never lack wildlife or pleasant views. Deer,...  Read More



Centennial Park is a vast, expansive space near downtown Nashville. Not only does the park contain a gorgeous lake with waterside paths and verdant grounds that attract wildlife, Centennial Park is home to the Parthenon. This full-scale replica...  Read More

Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge


The pedestrian bridge spans Cumberland River and leads visitors from East Nashville into downtown. This bridge is a local favorite for photography, picnics, romantic strolls into the city, and friendly hangouts among friends. In recent years,...  Read More

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park


Bicentennial State Park gives a nod to Tennessee's historic legacy. This park is located just blocks away from downtown Nashville, and it holds the WWII veterans' memorial. Visitors are invited to splash in the fountains, and stroll down a...  Read More

Jefferson Street District
Nashville Farmer's Market
Photo courtesy of Denise Mattox, Flickr


There's nothing like waking up early and spending your morning at the farmer's market. Nashville offers plenty of locally grown produce, locally raised meats, regional fish, and artisan products at its permanent downtown location. After you've...  Read More

Cumberland Park


Cumberland Park is a family-friendly play park on the banks of the Cumberland River. Located on the other side of the river from downtown, dusk is the perfect time to visit this action-packed park. You'll enjoy the sunset behind the Nashville...  Read More

Warner Parks


The perfect place for a scenic drive or a picturesque hike, Warner Parks offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. With nearly 3000 acres of forest located just nine miles from downtown Nashville, Edwin and Percy Warner Parks function...  Read More


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