A city without an MLB presence may seem an odd place to see a baseball game, but two-year-old First Tennessee Park is a sight to behold. With a striking guitar-shaped scoreboard backed by the city skyline, the home of minor league team the Nashville Sounds is an inviting place to enjoy the scenery as well as the ball game. There’s a 4,000-square-foot bar and restaurant, The Band Box, situated at the back of the outfield with games galore (Ping-Pong, cornhole) and a nine-hole mini-golf course designed by a handful of local artists. For those who prefer nature to sports, the 55-acre Cheekwood Botanical Gardens delivers with fields of flowers, toy train sets, and special exhibits aplenty (just be sure to allow extra time to admire the mansions that line Belle Meade Boulevard on the drive out). Ninety miles southeast of Nashville, Cumberland Caverns makes for a worthy day trip, offering more than 32 miles worth of waterfalls, trails, and caves hundreds of feet below the earth’s surface. It also plays host to some mighty fine bluegrass shows a few weekends a year.
1437 Cumberland Caverns Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA