“They’re not just playing in nature, they are: Learning, creating, sensing, believing, relaxing, exploring, observing, wondering, connecting, discovering, appreciating, understanding, experimenting”- Penny Whitehouse
This park is in the heart of Nashville and has so many great features! There is plenty of shade and you will definitely see the ducks no matter which day you choose to visit. After strolling around the duck pond you can also visit The Parthenon. The playground part of the park is currently under construction. If your little likes to watch construction in action, this might be a great spot!
Ellington Agricultural Center
This South Nashville treasure is where you can discover a little something new each time you visit. There is beautiful gazebo, bridges and little flower patches to explore. There are also paved and unpaved trails for you to walk on. Personally, this isn't somewhere I choose to take the stroller because of off path exploring. The highlight however is always the Metro Nashville Patrol Police Horses. You can walk up and visit them in their stalls or see them grazing in the field!
Bicentennial Capitol State Mall Park
This 11 acre park has plenty to see and there are many spots to learn about history. The park itself has many trees and views of Nashville. There are also many places to stroll that are very flat, a treasure for stroller moms! The park is right beside the Nashville Farmers Market where you can pick up a quick lunch for a picnic too. The fountains are currently closed.
Warner Park Nature Center
This park is perfect for little explorers! Trails, creeks, ponds, gardens, tree stumps, bird baths and resting spots...it has it all! The Nature Center itself is open daily from 9 AM-4 PM. You can check out an exploration kit for free that includes nets, containers, magnifying glasses and activities. I would leave the stroller behind here unless you have a smaller baby. Park in the overflow parking area to get closer to the Nature Center.
Shelby Bottoms Nature Center
Do you have a kid that loves to play in the dirt? Loves trucks? Wants to splash in the water, climb on rocks and discover hidden forts in the woods? Shelby Bottoms Nature Center is the place for you! The park itself is huge and there is a lot to explore. To go to the nature play area, park under the bridge at the Nature Center. Also, lookout for the slide on the walkway! There is a playground by the baseball fields as well.
River Park Bike Path
This trail is also very shaded and perfect for a summer morning stroll. You can spot horses, deer and other small creatures along the way. There are a few spots to dip your toes in the water and toss rocks into the creek too. This path is part of the larger green way system in Brentwood so you can easily connect to other trails.
Marcella Vivrette Smith Park
This park is truly a hidden gem! It is rarely crowded and has a lot of space to explore. There are both paved and unpaved trails for different age groups as well. It is home to the Ravenswood Mansion and even has a playground and covered pavilion. The playground is structured for older children but there is a lot of open space for little ones to explore.
This park is situated behind the John C. Hodges Library. Included in this small park is a storybook trail and a small loop for a short walk. There are also two spots where you can toss some rocks into the creek. This is a great spot to walk after a library visit or after the playing on the playground across the street.
Deerwood Aboretum & Nature Center
This is the perfect shady summer park! Take stroll on the shaded path and then let your little explore the rock beach along the Harpeth River. Make sure your little wears water shoes. The water is shallow enjoy for them to dip their feet in and splash around on those hot days! There is a covered pavilion if you want to picnic afterwards.
Maryland Farms Way Park
Maryland Farms Way Park is a little park with a small loop perfect for a short walk. There is a lot of field space and a few spots to sit and take a break. It is close to many shops where you can grab a bite to eat or a special treat. If you want to extended your walk, you can hop on the greenway in front the YMCA. Just a short distance away there is pond where you can feed the ducks.
Crockett Park has so many areas and green ways to explore! From open fields to trails to bridges where you can toss rocks, this park has it all. You can also spot a train going by throughout most times of the day as well. This park is also home to the Brentwood Community Playground and has several other small playgrounds as well.
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
This park is beautiful and perfect for a family outing. It has a pond where you can catch and release fish and feed the ducks. You can also walk down to the Harpeth River on the backside of the farm. The trail here is grass so keep that in mind if you plan on taking a stroller. It is right across the street from The Factory where you can grab lunch or treats!