Donelson Strike & Spare - Bowling Fun!
OK, first off - is bowling a sport?? I don't know, but we sure had fun! I had a Groupon for Strike & Spare, and this one on Lebanon Road was the closest location. I've been coming to this strip mall for THREE YEARS and never knew it was there! You have to walk behind and downstairs to get to the bowling alley. Kind of old fashioned, but I was digging the vibe. Electronic scorekeeping (pro: no math; con: no warm ups), was clean and it was fun!
Our bowling was paid for with the Groupon, but the regular bowling was less than $4/game - with some days/times being even less! Two games was my limit (I'm getting old - after two games, my fingers and wrist were hurting), but we had a blast! We have decided we WILL be going back!
Equipment: You can bring your own equipment if you want to, but the bowling alley supplies the ball and you can rent the shoes for $1.
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AAA Baseball - the Nashville Sounds
The Nashville Sounds are the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Smallish stadium (I was spoiled by Zephyr Stadium in New Orleans), but a nice park. Tickets are cheap ($14 for gameday seats; $12 if purchased in advance), and there are many promotional days ($1 hot dog nights!). A fun, all-American day at the ballpark!
Equipment: Bring a hat for day games, as there are no shaded seating areas. Also, because the park is so small, MANY balls will be hit into the stands, so bring a glove if you wish, but be vigilant! Catching a foul ball is EXCITING - catching it with your FACE is not... ;-)
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A Hike for Non-Hikers
My boyfriend and I had a nice little hike around Radnor Lake after a gorge at Monell's nearby. Boy did we need that hike. There were beautiful yellow and red leaves everywhere--beautiful in Autumn! I recommend this hike for non-hikers or just people with legs! It's a super easy hike with beautiful views.
Equipment: You just need your legs! I didn't have any hiking boots, but you don't really need any. I did the easy loop with my boyfriend in my cowboy boots!
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Watch the Nashville Predators NHL Hockey Team!
Since I met my boyfriend Boyd, I have become acquainted with NHL hockey, and specifically, the Nashville Predators. I have had so much fun - the games are exciting, and the Bridgestone Arena is located right downtown, so it is easy to grab a bite before or after the game, or to continue the evening if you are so inclined.
Tickets start at $25 (sometimes less, if there is a promotion), so it can be a somewhat inexpensive evening out - unless you have kids. Stadium food is expensive ($5 large Pepsi, $5 slice of pizza, $5 hot dog), and I don't even want to know the prices of the souvenirs you'd have to buy.
Equipment: Bring your Predators jersey or t-shirt - leave the cowboy hat at home. Buy the foam claws for the kids - or heck, get one for yourself too!
LP Field - Home of the Titans and CMA Music Fest!
LP Field is home to the Tennessee Titans NFL team, Tennesee State (University) Tigers football, and the CMA Country Music Festival evening concerts. The stadium is HUGE, holding almost 70,000 fans at capacity. Lots of food, beverage, & souvenier vendor stands - although not cheap. I guess average for stadium food though - $4 for a hot dog, $9 for chicken tenders & fries, $6 for a medium cola, $8 for beer...
At last night's Titans vs. Saints pre-season game, our seats were in Section 330, row AA. Although very high up, we had an unobstructed view of the field - it was GREAT!
A bonus is LP Field is directly across the Cumberland River from Downtown Nashville, so the upper part of the stadium offers incredibly beautiful views of the city.
Tennessee Titan's LP Field
LP Field, located just across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville, was completed in 1999, shortly after the Houston Oils moved to Tennessee to become the Titans. Besides being the home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans, the field plays host to the Tennessee State University Tigers home games, the annual Music City Bowl, and the yearly CMA Music Festival.
The stadium's capacity is about 69,000 people, and the surface is natural grass.
bike trails in Nashville area
There are three decent mountain bike trails in the Nashville area. I think the best is Lock 4 Trails in Gallatin, about 25 miles NE of Nasvhillle.
The next is Bowie Nature Trails in Fairview, Tn. about 25 miles west of Nashville.
Third is the Hamilton Creek Traills on Priest Lake in Nashville. The trails are old and worn but good if you like rocky, rooty surfaces.
Anytime I can get to Tennessee during football season, I arrange my trip around a Titans home game. Tickets are hard to order ahead, but there are tons of people selling them outside the stadium before the game!
As a girl, I can tell you that southern chivalry does not die at the gates of the Coliseum. Every game I have attended, there has been at least 2 or 3 surrounding gentlemen offering to make beer/food runs "for the ladies!"
Titans are the NFL football team in Nashville. If you drive around this town you'll see lots of Titans flags and stickers. The Coliseum opened its doors in the national spotlight with a preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 27, 1999, in which country music star Faith Hill sang the National Anthem
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
This 7,200 square-foot museum pays tribute to Tennessee’s rich sports history. Honorees include Peyton Manning, Tracy Caulkins, Wilma Rudolph, Pat Head Summitt and Tim McCarver among many others. The museum, which focuses on everything from team to extreme sports, features virtual reality basketball, two theaters, a continuous video stream of Tennessee sports images and interactive stations. Admission: $3 adults; $2 children; free (under 4). Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm.
Nashville Sounds Baseball
Great day for the family. The food isn't that expensive & the tickets start out under 20.00 per person.
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Over the past five years, games, players, and special moments have been etched into the history books and the excitement of Predators hockey has left impressions in many memories.
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