'The District' is another common name for Downtown Nashville. It is home to many of The Music City’s nightlife spots and tourist attractions. Expect an urban sidewalk-heavy experience for you and your canine friend. Events, live concerts, and street fairs are common in this area so keep your dog on the leash in crowded pedestrian areas. A neat trick with a canvas leash is to tie a knot in the leash at the spot where the dog would heel. It is a quick, easy method for navigating crowds!
While you will spot many restaurants with outdoor seating, don't assume all are dog-friendly. Nashville requires permits for dogs at outside tables. National Underground and Rock Bottom on Broadway boast dog-friendly outdoor areas but the weather in Nashville can be fickle. Summers are usually mild but can reach into the 90s with a high level of humidity. It's best to be prepared for all kinds of weather as winters are just as unpredictable.
'The District' is a mostly artificial, city-type environment with sidewalks all around. This is the country's answer to a metropolitan neighborhood. Think about the hot pavement during the summer months as unpredictable weather patterns can send temperatures rising that will cause the concrete sidewalks to heat up and hurt sensitive paws. This is also a busy tourist spot with not only the potential for considerable pedestrian traffic but also automotive traffic as well. Follow traffic laws and watch your dog for signs of stress or being over-stimulated by the sights, sounds, and smells. Smells especially will abound in this neighborhood! As you are walking, take care not to let your furry friend snatch up and swallow any unknown debris. This might be an excellent place to practice the 'leave it' command. With a relatively flat terrain, it can be an easy walk, but remember that there will be limited shade cover, so plan accordingly.
Cross 1st Avenue to get to the Cumberland River. There are greenways on both sides with the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge connecting the two. The tail end of Riverfront Park sits near Church Street and leads into a planned river walk. The Riverfront Dog Park is small park here with astroturf and no separation for small and large dogs. It is a little gem for our furry pals to make new friends! Cross the bridge to Cumberland Park, a family-friendly 6.5-acre greenway. The park is a popular destination for children, so know your dog's personality well to protect both your dog and children from incidents.
At 4th Avenue and Demonbreun St. sits Music City Walk of Fame Park. As a tribute to musicians all over the world with a connection to Nashville, this is a planned park walk with little shade cover but some great nostalgia and culture while exercising with your canine friend.