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Tap into free summer fun in Clarksville, TN

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path, affordable destination this summer with loads of free family activities? Consider Clarksville. This 160,000-population city is far from small with plenty of opportunity, but you’ll still be less than an hour from Nashville for a day trip. Plus, you’ll spend a lot less when you stay in Clarksville and take advantage of these free activities. 

Downtown Commons 

This full-block urban park is a kid’s delight. An imagination playground allows kids to create a play space that is constantly re-built by their imaginations. Water features like a small river replica, a delta area and protruding fountains make this a summer favorite.  

Fort Defiance Civil War Park 

Hear the stories, learn the history, see the equipment, wander the grounds and experience the views at the Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center This free facility offers a remarkable Visitor Center and robust programming throughout the year. 

Dunbar Cave and Port Royal State Parks 

Dunbar Cave is 144-acre massive natural playground with an 8-mile cave (tours require tickets), wildlife, trails, picnic areas and events throughout the year. Port Royal is the site one of the earliest colonial communities and trading posts in the mid-state. 

Clarksville Blueway 

Bring your kayaks! The Blueway presents a perfect opportunity for families to unplug and reconnect. Plus, you’ll see the best views of the city from the water as you feel the stress leaving your bodyChoose routes from 2 – 14 miles. 

Clarksville Greenway 

The Clarksville Greenway is an excellent choice for biking, walking, joggingor inline skating. Hop on the 9-mile paved trail at any of four trailheads and find picturesque scenery among the bluffs, creek, overlooks and open fields.  

Liberty Park 

Spend a full day enjoying the amenities in Liberty Park! Biking and walking trails, wildlife, a stocked fishing pondlarge, open spaces for free play, a community-built playground, picnic areas, marina and dog park provide fun for all.  

Summer Events 

From several concert series featuring all genres of music to Saturday farmer’s markets, to an impressive fireworks display on July 3, there’s no shortage of events and festivities to highlight your summer time to Clarksville.  

Download our free VisitClarksvilleTN app or visit for details. 

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