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My Top 5 List of Favorite American Parks: From Bell Buckle to the Beach

Ward Anderson Playground

The beautiful mosaic lobster at the Ward Anderson Playground at Bell Buckle Park in Bell Buckle, TN

There are so many great parks in the United States that we all have our favorites. ( I’ve already gone on and on about one of mine.)   In fact, there are  so many fantastic  parks that I love for so many reasons that it was tough for me to whittle my list of favorite parks down to only five.

But I did, and here is my own Top 5 List of  Favorite American Parks, along with what makes each one special to me. I hope you will reciprocate by sharing your own favorites with me in the comments below.

      My Personal Top 5 List of Favorite American Parks 

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  • Edisto Beach State Park in Edisto, South Carolina 1 of 5
    Edisto Beach State Park in Edisto, South Carolina
    Our family has spent so many special summers on Edisto Island that it's become almost a sacred place to us. The beach is gorgeous, the shell hunting is spectacular and the sea turtles are everywhere. More info: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/edistobeach/introduction.aspx
  • Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee 2 of 5
    Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee
    You may not realize this, but Nashville is not only Music City, but is also knows as the "Athens of the South," due in no small part to the ful-size replica of The Parthenon located in the middle of Centennial Park. Plus, the duck pond is the scene of many a teenage sheninagan from my younger years. More info: http://www.nashville.gov/parks/locations/centennial/history.asp
  • Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee 3 of 5
    Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee
    Ijams is more than just a park; it's a nature center, an incredible series of walking trails, and the best butterfly-wattching spot I've ever been to. More info: http://ijams.org/
  • Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee 4 of 5
    Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Did you know you REALLY CAN "See Seven States" from Rock City? That's gorgeous and breathtaking, yes, but there's also the awesome kitsch factor at Rock City, what with the plaster of paris gnomes and fairies everywhere. More info: http://seerockcity.com/
  • Ward Anderson’s Playground at Bell Buckle Park in Bell Buckle, TN 5 of 5
    Ward Anderson's Playground at Bell Buckle Park in Bell Buckle, TN
    Edward Locke Anderson was my toddler cousin, and he passed away in 2005. Wardie LOVED lobsters, and this gorgeous mosaic lobster is the centerpiece of the Ward Anderson Playground, located at Bell Buckle Park in my family's hometown of Bell Buckle, TN. More info: http://www.bellbucklepark.info/

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You can nominate your own fave American park to win $100,000 (!!) in Coca-Cola’s third annual “America is Your Park” program. The  second place winner gets $50,000 and the third place winner will receive $25,000.

Here’s how to vote: simply go to THIS SITE and look for your own favorite park. Then just hit the “vote” button. It’s as easy as can be.

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