Yes, I know it’s hot outside. With temperatures in the mid-90s or higher now, it is very difficult to do anything outside during this time of the year. But, if you do find one of those days in the Nashville area that beckons you to go outdoors, there are a few places where I would recommend for you to read a book:
Bi-Centennial Park (600 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville)
There are plenty of places where you can sit in the shade or lay out on a blanket. The Tennessee Amphitheater is a good place but there isn’t a lot of shade there. The only problem with this park is that you might have to deal with some riff-raff but that’s about expected in a park that is the closest to downtown Nashville.
Green Hills Library (3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville)
This library has a nice park next door with park benches scattered around a walking path. Some of the benches are under trees to provide you with some shade. It’s a small area so there might be some foot traffic on the walking path at times depending on when you go. It’s also not always so quiet since it’s close to a busy Green Hills area. It’s worth a try, especially if you browse for a book at the library and want to instantly find a place to read.
Bellevue Library (720 Baugh Road, Nashville)
This is a nice library in West Nashville. Although it doesn’t have a park, there is a covered area in front of the library overlooking a water feature. It’s more like a swamp but there are benches there where you can sit outside to read. It looks like they are developing a park behind the library but it is in the beginning stages with very little shade from the newly planted trees. This branch can get pretty busy.
Fort Granger Park (113 Fort Granger Drive, Franklin)
This is one of the best kept secrets (until now) in the area. Fort Granger is in the same location with Pinkerton Park; however, it has a separate entrance. There is a LOT of shade here and you can find a private spot most of the time. At times a random group of hikers will walk through but this is one of my favorite areas to read.
Ravenswood Mansion (1825 Wilson Pike, Brentwood)
This is a beautiful area with a lot of land and a good selection of shaded areas where you can put out your chair and read. The mansion grounds are located in Marcella Vivrette Smith Park. They do have weddings here so you will need to pick the right time to come. They are also developing part of the land for baseball fields so there goes the appeal of the park. It’s still very beautiful and worth the visit even if you don’t go to read.
Belmont Mansion (1900 Belmont Blvd, Nashville)
The grounds of the Belmont Mansion are awesome. Lots of shaded areas and a few gazebos scattered about. It is on the campus of Belmont University so you will need to pick the right times to go in order to avoid the students and busy days on campus. Sunday afternoons seem to be a good outdoor reading window here.
These are just a few of the wonderful places around Nashville that would be attractive to people who like to read outdoors. I’m sure there are many more but these are the places I have found so far that are on my list of options. If you have any of your own, please feel free to share them with me.