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Things To Do Outdoors in Nashville

With an average yearly temperature of 59 degrees and more than 100 days of sunshine, Nashville makes a great playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

Plenty of rolling hills, botanical gardens and green parks provide a backdrop for adventures in the open air. Here are our favorite ways to experience the local scene and scenery.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

In the 1800s—long before Starbucks dominated every street corner—Joel Cheek developed a blend of coffee and sold it at what would be the brand’s eponymous Maxwell House hotel. In 1928, Cheek’s cousin Leslie used his coffee-empire cash to build a limestone mansion and formal gardens in West Nashville.

The Mansion at Fontanel

At 27,000 square feet, the one-time home of country-music star Barbara Mandrell is the largest log cabin in the world. The home's interior includes 20 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, two kitchens, a pool and a shooting range. The 186-acre property boasts an amphitheater, restaurants, a distillery, ziplines, trails and more.

Nashville Shores

Every day is a beach day at this 385-acre, lakefront water park. Here, you'll encounter white sandy beaches, pools, slides and a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, plus volleyball and mini golf. Rent boats and personal watercraft at the marina. Tickets: $21.99-$28.99. Parking: $8. Check website for hours of operation.

Gray Line Tours

Gray Line offers a number of daily sightseeing tours, including the popular Discover Nashville tour, ABC’s Nashville, the Jack Daniels Distillery, Taste of Nashville food tour, celebrity homes tour and many more. The company's new double-decker buses are the city's first. Tours include free pickup from most Nashville hotels.

Echoes of Nashville Walking Tours

These excellent 90-minute, 1.5-mile walking tours take you through the historic streets of Downtown Nashville. Sites include Lower Broadway, the State Capitol, Downtown Presbyterian Church, Hermitage Hotel, Ryman Auditorium and more. Tours M-Sa. Private tours available. Tickets: adults $20, ages 5-12 $10.

Natchez Trace Stables

This family-owned company offers personal horse riding experiences guided by some of the best riders around. Nestled in rolling hills peppered by crystal-clear springs, the trails wind through the woods, across meadows into Lick Creek and beyond. The calm and friendly horses are perfect for beginners and expert riders alike.

Arrington Vineyards

This stunning hillside winery is in the heart of Tennessee's wine country. Visit the tasting room seven days a week. Bring food for a picnic or pre-order a picnic basket from Simply Living Life to take full advantage of the scenic, 75-acre property.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

This 19-acre greenspace explores Tennessee's history. It opened in 1996 to commemorate the city’s bicentennial. A 200-foot granite map of the state, 31 fountains representing Tennessee’s major rivers and a Pathway of History are among the highlights. The mall also offers a great view of the Tennessee State Capitol.

Nashville Farmers' Market

Located across from Bicentennial Mall, this market is packed with fresh fruit and produce. Inside, there are a few specialty shops, including an Asian market, a meat shop and a seafood shop. Several restaurants are also on premises including Music City Crepes, Chicago Gyro and Swagruha Indian Restaurant. Open daily.

Nashville Paddle Company

Located on the shores of Percy Priest Lake, Nashville Paddle offers paddleboarding adventures as well as paddleboard yoga, a race league and full-moon paddles. Even better, a portion of the company's profit goes to Cumberland River Compact, which serves to protect local waterways.

Nashville Sounds

Grab a hotdog and catch a ballgame with the Triple-A Affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. It's a great family outing with lots of fun between innings, and kids love Booster the mascot. Home games this month: Oklahoma City, Sept. 9-10 at 7:05 pm, Sept. 11 at 6:35 pm.