Centennial Park is not only the largest urban green space in Nashville, it’s a local institution. Located in Nashville’s vibrant West End, Centennial Park features 132 acres of scenic walking paths, gardens, and its own lake; but unlike most parks, it doesn’t stop there. Centennial Park also features its own art museum, a band shell, historical monuments and more! If you don’t know about the incredible variety of activities and features available at this Nashville treasure, it’s time you learned what locals have known for years – Centennial Park is Music City’s best kept secret.
Centennial Park is home to the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple, the Athenian Parthenon. Along with its impressive architecture, the Parthenon is also home to an art museum with paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists as well as additional gallery space that hosts temporary exhibits. At its center is one of the world’s largest indoor sculptures—a 42-foot statue of Pallas Athena.
From swimming programs and fitness classes to ice skating, the Centennial Sportsplex is a dynamic 185,000-square-foot facility that offers an array of programs for fitness enthusiasts and athletes of all levels. Try out a Barre or Boot Camp class. Rent some skates and take advantage of the two full-size ice rinks, or work on your laps in the pool. Located just a short walk away, the Tennis Center features 13 outdoor hard courts, including courts reserved for pickleball play. In addition to the Sportsplex, you can also find sand volleyball courts and even a dog trail, ensuring the entire family can enjoy the park’s exceptional fitness offerings.
Centennial Arts Center
Originally built as a swimming complex, the Centennial Arts Center is part art gallery and part artist studio, offering a variety of enriching cultural experiences for locals and visitors alike. There are classes, workshops, art exhibitions, and more. The Centennial Art Center gallery showcases local and regional artists, and is both free and open to the public Monday through Thursday.
During spring and fall, park visitors can enjoy free live music on Saturday afternoons while sampling some local Nashville cuisine from neighborhood food trucks. Check out the event calendar for upcoming line-ups. If you’re looking for something a little more unusual, check out the Free Form Friday events at the Centennial Black Box Theater, featuring artists with styles that go beyond the mainstream.
Festivals at The Park
Centennial Park hosts a variety of annual festivals throughout the year, including the Tennessee Craft Fair, the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival, and the Shakespeare Festival.
The park also hosts a free summer concert series! For a real treat, check out the Big Band Dances held over the summer at the Centennial Park Event Shelter, featuring live big band music played by local Nashville musicians. There are two free group dance classes if you need a little help getting started.
When it comes to finding fun and friendly hotels near Centennial Park, the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University has you covered. Our West End hotel is less than half a mile from the park and features newly renovated guest rooms, delicious on-site dining at Park25 Bistro, and generous amenities including an indoor pool, a high-tech fitness center, and complimentary shuttle service for destinations within 2 miles of the hotel. From comfort to convenience, it’s easy to see why the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University is a standout destination among Centennial Park hotels. Book your stay today and enjoy everything Centennial Park and Nashville’s West End have to offer!