Nashville’s Riverfront Park was built in the early 1980s on the site where the area’s first settlers founded the city back in 1780. Today the sprawling green enclave on the banks of the Cumberland River is home to several attractions, including Fort Nashborough, Bicentennial Park, and the Ascend Amphitheater.
Riverfront Park’s prominent position on the riverfront near the heart of downtown Nashville makes it hard to miss. A visit is worthwhile for the fresh air and stunning views of the river and the Tennessee Titans’ Nissan Stadium across the way. Visitors and locals alike come for family fun, recreation, and relaxation, as well as for free summer concerts and festivals hosted throughout the year. Several tours of Nashville, including historic walking tours, horse and carriage rides, and evening sightseeing tours, make a stop at this popular park.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Riverfront Park is a must for families and first-time visitors to Nashville.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sun hat.
- To make the most of the park, wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
- Riverfront Park has a wheelchair- and stroller-accessible walkway along the Cumberland River.
How to Get There
Riverfront Park sits directly across First Avenue from downtown Nashville, just across the river from Nissan Stadium. The easiest way to get there is on foot.
When to Get There
Summer is one of the best times to visit Riverfront Park, especially if you’re interested in outdoor concerts and festivals. High temperatures in June, July, and August average just under 90°F (32°C), so plan to visit in the morning, late afternoon, or evening.
Fourth of July at Riverfront Park
Each Independence Day, Nashville hosts the largest fireworks show in the United States. A day of free concerts culminates in the epic pyrotechnics display, and Riverfront Park is perhaps the best seat in town for watching the spectacle.