Although Middle Tennessee experiences relatively mild winters, there’s something about those first blooms and higher temperatures that truly bring a sense of play and excitement. The world of sunny, outdoor fun is officially open for business!
As most things tend to go in Middle Tennessee, there’s truly something for everyone when it comes to getting your fresh air and blue skies. Here’s a rundown of a few of Parks’ favorite spring options:
Greenways and B-Cycles
With a huge variety of both paved and more rustic trails, Nashville’s Greenway system is an impressive expanse of 190 miles of trails. For those who want to mix it up a little, many of the greenways closer to downtown have B-Cycle stations. These cheap to rent and easy to ride bikes are becoming a Nashville favorite in parks such as Sevier and Centennial.
Cheekwood in Bloom
For those that want to take full advantage of the flowering beauty of springtime in Middle Tennessee, the annual Cheekwood in Bloom show is something you don’t want to miss. With 150,000 blooming bulbs and activities for the whole family, this has become an annual tradition for many residents. Be sure to mark your calendars, Cheekwood closes their spring show on April 23rd!
Kayak on the Historic Harpeth River
The Harpeth River is a true Middle Tennessee treat with nine different access sites to begin your canoe or kayak adventure. Whether you have your own gear or are ready to rent, the Harpeth River allows you to row (or float!) your way through unique scenery and interesting history.
Nashville Sounds Game
For some people, warmer temperatures and longer days can only mean America’s great pastime is back in full swing. With cheap tickets, your favorite drink in hand, and fun stadium atmosphere, Nashville Sounds games are a fun way to spend a night in the great outdoors without having to get too adventurous. The home opener is April 11th, but with frequent games and a long season, the Sounds are hard to miss!
Walk at Radnor Lake
No one has ever gone to Radnor Lake and not been impressed. Nestled between suburban neighborhoods, you would never guess the beauty that would appear as you step into the park. Radnor Lake is a true hidden gem, with a view you can take in from almost all angles with an easy walking trail that circles the historic man-made lake.
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Another family favorite, the Nashville Zoo, is an easy adventure-filled day for families. The Nashville Zoo is small, but for what it lacks in size, is more than made up for in hands on experiences, with a serious highlight being the open kangaroo exhibit where you can not only walk among Kangaroos but pet them, too! Spring is a perfect time to visit, with many events on the calendar. Check out their Party for the Planet on April 21st.
In the beautiful hills of Arrington, TN lies the breathtaking views and delicious wine of Arrington Vineyard. Arrington is a true treat for guests, often turning into a whole day affair. Popular for their impressive grounds with picnic tables scattered about, visitors not only sample wine, but often bring entire picnics and celebrations to enjoy on the beautiful hillside. As you sample wine, you can snack on picnic treats from home or purchase them from the Vineyard. While Arrington makes for the perfect “adult” day out, kids are welcome and often seen running around with other young visitors.