Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is located in the heart of downtown Nashville. The park preserves the last remaining view of Nashville’s Capitol building along with commemorating Tennessee’s 200th birthday with its’ concept of a mall similar to the one in Washington, D.C. The scenery and atmosphere of the complex give visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history and natural wonder. The park opened June 1, 1996 and offers many opportunities for visitors to enjoy their surroundings such as the erupting geyser fountains. Each of these fountains represents a river in Tennessee. They are framed by a large wall, next to which a stream runs to represent the Mississippi River. The fountains make a fun summer activity for children.
The 19-acre park is designed to complement the Tennessee Capitol Building. The park presents an informative Civil War exhibit, Tennessee’s Struggle for the Heartland 1861-1865 which is free and open to the public. If gaining more knowledge about the park and history of Tennessee is of interest, free park tours are conducted every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The center section of the park features a 2,000-seat amphitheater, composed of terraced lawns providing dramatic views of the State Capitol building. Its design is patterned after Greek amphitheaters, such as the one at Epidaurus. This location is used for many special events, ceremonies and concerts. Groups may reserve the amphitheater for a fee.
For more information, please contact the park directly at 615-741-5280.