C: Centennial Park

This morning I drove downtown to pick up a few books at the LifeWay store. Afterward, I drove down West End to Centennial Park.

2565 Park Plaza, Nashville, TN
If you hate being outdoors, feeling warm sunshine on your skin, watching ducks, geese, fish, turtles, and squirrels chill in their natural habitats, and enjoying free parking at a serene 132-acre landscape tucked away in the metro, stay away from Centennial Park.

Centennial Park is probably one of my favorite places in Nashville. There is a one-mile loop through the park for walkers and runners. Centennial Park is also home to the Parthenon, an exact replica of the one in Athens. In the summer, you can go to CP to experience Movies in the Park. It's free! Movies start a sundown on Wednesdays in June. The line-up this summer: June 2 - Where the Wild Things Are, June 9 - The Sandlot, June 16 - Legally Blonde - June 23 - The Blind Side, June 30 - The Wizard of Oz.

Some geese teens drink from a puddle.

The Parthenon
Check it out: Park Map (PDF)

Click panorama for larger view of Lake Watatuga, a small man-made lake in CP.

Soak up the sun,


  1. Haha, geese teens. That was cute. :) Centennial Park sounds like my kind of place. I love parks. Even the small town ones like the one in my hometown. It's not much of a park (I mean, if you look at it, you can obviously tell it's a park), but it's not a big one like Centennial, or even Finley around the city where I live.

  2. It's my dream to visit CP's Parthenon.

  3. I've never actually been inside the Parthenon (it costs money and I'm kind of cheap, haha)!

  4. I just found your blog a few days ago. I must say, I enjoy reading your stuff. You are a wonderful writer. I live only 2 hours from Nashville. I'm down in Alabama. I visit Nashville about once a year but I drive through there on my way to Clarksville about once a month. Anyways, I just wanted to stop in finally and tell you that I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work!

  5. Visiting Centennial Park has always been somewhere on my To Do List. After reading this blog entry I think I'll find the time this summer to drive down and check it out! I'm only about an hour or so away.


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