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Nashville Sports and Recreation Stroll through Riverfront Park, sandwiched between Lower Broadway and the Cumberland River, for views of Nissan Stadium (1 Titans Way), where vociferous natives cheer on their gridiron darlings: the National Football League's Tennessee Titans. For tickets phone (615) 565-4200. Vanderbilt University's football team, the Commodores, has attracted a faithful crowd to Vanderbilt Stadium for years; phone (615) 322-4653 or (877) 448-2639 for tickets.

Both the women's and men's Vanderbilt Commodores basketball teams are usually contenders in their conferences, making tickets a valuable commodity; phone (615) 322-4653 or (877) 448-2639.

Baseball fans root for the Nashville Sounds, a Triple-A minor league team affiliated with the Texas Rangers. Tickets to their games at First Tennessee Park (19 Junior Gilliam Way) are available; phone (615) 690-4487.

Watch streaks of navy blue, gold and white—a.k.a. the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators—whiz past opponents at the Bridgestone Arena , downtown at 5th Avenue and Broadway. Phone (615) 770-2000 for Predators ticket information.

The J. Percy Priest and Old Hickory reservoirs and a network of inner-city parks are the mainstay of many sports and leisure activities around Nashville. Family-oriented Cumberland Park includes an open lawn, a river walk, landscaped gardens and play equipment for children. Centennial Park offers picnic areas, a short trail and a dog park. Wooded trails provide shade to joggers and walkers at Edwin and Percy Warner Parks. Radnor Lake State Park, south of Nashville off I-65, has 10 hiking trails of various levels of difficulty, as well as nature walks and plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing.

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Bicycling is enjoyable on the 26-mile Music City Bikeway between Percy Warner Park and J. Percy Priest Dam. The trail, which consists of greenway bike paths, shared street routes as well as designated bike lanes, offers scenic views of the Cumberland River, Nissan Stadium and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Mountain bike trails are located in Percy Warner Park.

A bicycle-sharing option is Nashville B-Cycle. Two-wheelers may be rented and returned at self-service kiosks found throughout the city, including Shelby Bottoms Nature Center. A 24-hour pass costs $5, which includes rides of up to 1 hour. Additional fees are charged for longer rides. Phone (615) 625-2153 for Nashville B-Cycle information.

The J. Percy Priest and Old Hickory reservoirs are popular spots for boating, water skiing, swimming and other water sports. Children can cool off at Cumberland Park's water play area featuring an interactive splash pad, water jets and rain curtains. Indoor swimming is offered at Centennial Sportsplex; phone (615) 862-8480 for the Aquatics Department. Metro Parks and Recreation maintains both outdoor and indoor pools for public use at locations throughout Nashville; phone (615) 862-8400.

The Harpeth Scenic River, southwest of the city off US 70, welcomes canoes and kayaks. For information on canoeing trips in the Nashville vicinity contact the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave.; phone (615) 741-2159.

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Fishing for crappie, bass, catfish and sunfish in the lakes and reservoirs around Nashville is a favorite pastime. For fishing license information, contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, phone (615) 781-6500. Licenses also are available at discount stores and sporting goods stores, bait shops and marinas.

Indoor and outdoor tennis courts are available at Centennial Sportsplex Tennis Center, across from Centennial Park. Metro Parks and Recreation offers free public courts on a first-come, first-served basis; phone (615) 862-8490 for Centennial and Metro Parks. Courts also are available at local high schools and universities.

Nine-hole golf courses open to the public include Percy Warner, (615) 352-9958, and Little Course at Aspen Grove, (615) 790-0222, in nearby Franklin. For 18-hole courses head to Harpeth Hills, (615) 862-8493, in Percy Warner Park; Nashboro Golf Club, (615) 367-2311; Ted Rhodes, (615) 862-8463, on the banks of the Cumberland River; Two Rivers, (615) 889-2675, near the Grand Ole Opry; or Shelby, (615) 862-8474, in East Nashville.

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Just northeast of town in Old Hickory you’ll find 18-hole Riverside, (615) 847-5074, and Hermitage Golf Club, (615) 847-4001. Golfing options in Franklin include Forrest Crossing, (615) 794-9400, and Vanderbilt Legends Club of Tennessee, (615) 791-8100. McCabe Golf Course in West Nashville offers 27 holes; (615) 862-8491.

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Travel Information

City Population

601,222

Elevation

597 ft.

Sales Tax

Tennessee's statewide sales tax is 7 percent; Nashville's sales tax can be up to an additional 2.25 percent, and the city has a 6 percent lodging tax, plus $2 city tax per night.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(615) 862-8600

Hospitals

Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, (615) 341-4000; Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, (615) 284-5555; Saint Thomas West Hospital, (615) 222-2111; TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, (615) 781-4000; TriStar Summit Medical Center, (615) 316-3000; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, (615) 322-5000.

Visitor Information

501 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203. Phone:(615)259-4747 or (866)830-4440

Air Travel

For tourists with airline flights,

Rental Cars

Hertz, (615) 275-2600 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Buses

The Greyhound bus terminal is at 709 5th Ave. S.; phone (615) 255-3556 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

Cab fare is $3 to start and $2 per mile; a $25 flat fee is charged for transportation between the airport and downtown. Cabs are not easy to hail outside downtown, but they can be ordered by phone. The major cab company is Yellow, (615) 256-0101.

Public Transportation

Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has more than 50 city routes, including an airport connection. Exact change is required. The fare is $1.70; $1.00 (ages 5-19); 85c (ages 65+ and riders with disabilities). Buses generally run daily 6:15 a.m.-11:15 p.m., depending upon the route. For information phone (615) 862-5950.

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