Warm weather has hit Nashville early this year, and it's got people all over town making plans to get out of the house and get a head start on some outdoor adventures, after the rain stops at any rate. If you're new to Nashville, or just visiting, and you've found in our city a respite from colder climates, you'll likely be making use of this time to enjoy the early spring. Here are three great outdoor locales around Nashville.


Cheekwood Gardens


12 separate botanical gardens on a 55 acre estate. Cheekwood Gardens is one of Nashville's favorite in town getaways. The house was built in 1929 and converted to an art gallery in 1960. With that transformation came the gardens, and the estate has been giving Nashvillians and visitors alike a place to unwind ever since.


Centennial Park


Every city needs a to maintain a great swath of grass to remind residents that nature still exists. Centennial park fills that role and goes above and beyond by housing a full size model of the Parthenon, complete with a 42 foot statue of Athena. At night, the lighting around the columns makes for a truly majestic sight.


Warner Parks


Edwin and Percy Warner parks are close enough to Nashville; a mere nine miles from downtown. You wouldn't expect it, but despite their proximity to a major city center, these parks are enormous, totaling over 3000 acres between the two. With both hiking and equestrian trails, they're a great place to get lost for a day.


Whatever your plans for spring might be, be sure to get out there and get a jump on them.