06/05/2011 | Robin Burton Clarksville Montgomery County Economic Development Council
The Cumberland River District
On any given evening or weekend you are sure to see a buzz of activity at the Cumberland RiverWalk. As the temperatures continue to rise the River will become more and more populated. It is the perfect destination for people who enjoy running, walking or boating. This year, Clarksville will also be welcoming its first mixed use community. Located on the river, the Clarksville Marina at Liberty Park will be home to boat slips, condos, retail shops and dining establishments. The River is an excellent place for families who want to enjoy the outdoors while on their visit to Clarksville.
Downtown Clarksville sits next to the Cumberland River and is full of shopping, dining and entertainment options. There you have shops and boutiques that give you access to gifts that you are sure to find nowhere else. Anchored by Franklin Street and Strawberry Alley, you will find an array of shopping opportunities ranging from antiques, clothing and jewelry to books and so much more. Every third Friday during the months of May through October, Strawberry Alley is also home to the free concert series, Jammin’ In The Alley.
During your stay in Clarksville you are sure to get hungry, but not to worry, the dining options are abundant. From pizza, pasta and sandwiches to steak and seafood, casual or upscale, there is something for even the pickiest of palates. You will not only find the familiar chain restaurants that you love but also locally owned eateries that show off Clarksville’s culinary flair. Many of the dining establishments in the community are avid supporters of the military and offer discounts on your meal, so be sure to ask.
While you are walking downtown make a stop at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, Tennessee’s second largest general museum. It will prove to be of interest to all ages and is a great place for kids to visit. Originally built in 1898 to serve as the local Post Office and Customs House, the museum now takes up an entire city block and houses art, history and science exhibits.
To learn more about the Customs House and all the amazing and fun things it has to offer at www.customshousemuseum.org.
If you find that you and your family are theater buffs; then check out a show at the Roxy Regional Theater. The Roxy is one of Tennessee’s top tourist destinations and serves as Clarksville’s oldest regional theater. There you can see such classics as “Big River” based off of Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as well as original scripts written by some of Clarksville’s finest talent.
To see what all will be playing while you are in town please visit www.roxyregionaltheatre.org
In April, the Fort Defiance Civil War Park opened its doors to a new interpretive center. Kicking off the 150th anniversary of the war that defined a century and changed the country, Fort Defiance overlooks the Red and Cumberland Rivers and has a breathtaking view of the Downtown. Visitors are encouraged to walk the trails and enjoy the history that the location represents. Displays, cannons and the occasional reenactors are just some of the things you can enjoy on your visit to Fort Defiance.
To learn more visit www.cityofclarksville.com.
Go Commando Half Marathon
On October 15th, Clarksville will be host to the first Go Commando Half Marathon. The inaugural Go Commando Half Marathon & 5k runs along the Cumberland River and through historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. This race is the perfect opportunity to prepare you for the marathon season. It’s fast. It’s flat. It’ll have you flying to the finish line. This race is perfect for those runners who want a challenge; bringing their speed, intensity and their strength. It is for all who are ready to take it to the next level, have their game face on and are prepared to push themselves to the finish. The day before there will also be a Health and Fitness Expo geared to give you all the information you need to keep you at your best.
For more information e-mail Jessica Goldberg at [email protected].
Jazz on the Lawn
For the wine enthusiast, Clarksville offers a great alternate to the dinner and movie date night. While in town, pack your picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs and make your way to the award winning Beachaven Winery for Jazz on the Lawn. Beachaven has a long history of supporting and being involved in the community. Jazz on the Lawn takes place every year on select Saturday’s from May through October. With free admission, Jazz on the Lawn is an ideal destination for couples, friends and families looking to relax, enjoy a picnic, listen to Jazz and taste locally made wines. For more information please visit www.beachavenwinery.com
With all that Clarksville has to offer, why wouldn’t you want this to be your next destination?