What to see

Here are a few places we plan to spend more time when we are done with the program.

The Vanderbilt Arboretum – The Vanderbilt Campus contains over 6000 different trees and shrubs, and is designated as an Arboretum.  Here is a tour you can enjoy if you are wandering through campus. Tree Tour

Frist Center for the Visual Arts – Nashville’s primary art museum.  The museum does not maintain a permanent collection.  Jessica recommends seeing the Mandala that accompanies the Secrets of Buddhist Art exhibt.   Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed the mandala of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, with colored sand over the course of five days in February.  They will return in May toritually destroy it.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden – Local botanical gardens and art museum.  The gardens will be in bloom when you arrive.  The museum does include a permanent collection (primarily 20th century American art) as well as an outdoor sculpture garden.

The Warner Parks System – The Percy and Edwin Warner parks comprise one of the largest municpial park systems in the United States.  There are several trails for walking, hiking, trail running, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Centennial Park – Centennial Park is across the street from Vanderbilt’s Campus on the opposite side from Owen.  A short walk will bring you to the 22 acre park.  In the center is a replica of the Parthenon because Nashville is often described as the “Athens” of the South.

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