Nashville | Biking the Bicentennial
A next door neighbor to the Nashville Farmer's Market, the Bicentennial Capitol Mall Park is a site you can't miss while visiting Music City. Pair it with the perfect weather (seriously, were these clouds even real) and this place is as picture-perfect as any postcard could make it seem to be.
I'd been looking for a great opportunity to take a bike ride since Nashville has easy do-it-yourself rental stations across the downtown area called B Cycle. The park is a great place to ride around, especially since a station is close by. I paid my rental fee and my shiny red bike was released from its locks. Added bonus: the bikes have a basket, where I put my backpack and cameras!
I think some of the desire to learn a little bit of history (for fun) is gaining as I get older. I was put through many museums while growing up (as I had a history-teaching-Dad who stopped at every museum and historical marker he ever saw) and now I find myself reading along too. I can't pretend to know much about Tennessee's past (as I probably couldn't even ace a Texas History exam at the moment), but the Bicentennial Park was definitely a great place to start.
"...experience many facets of Tennessee’s history including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains. The 11 planters along the Walkway of Counties show native plant species from different regions of the state." (via TN State Parks)
I know I didn't even see most of the park because the whole thing is a total of 19-acres. I don't think I could have pedaled that much in one evening! I did enjoy the small area I was able to see in such a short amount of time. It was a good workout too!
Even if history isn't your thing either, this park is definitely a Nashville-must-see. Rent and ride a bike, take a jog or just snap some pictures with all the beautiful scenery. Check out all the park has to offer on their website.