Whether you live in the South, or whether you are just visiting, there’s one topic southerners talk about when it’s summertime-heat and humidity! Temperatures in Nashville can get almost hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement, and sometimes it can feel like we are that egg! While Nashvillians are landlocked from enjoying the joys of a cool ocean, fortunately, there are plenty of water parks for the whole family to pool it and cool it in Nashville.
Top Places to Cool off in Nashville:
If you’re looking to ride the waves or speed down slides, splash around in the land of Wave Country. A water playground of pools and water flumes, kids and families will have no problem having fun and cooling off. Now that’s tubular! Children ages 2 and under enter free and rates are half-price for kids Monday through Thursday 3-5:00 pm. The park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day seven days a week!
Located in Hermitage on Percy Priest Lake, Nashville Shores is close enough to give you sprinkles of water fun with a 25,000 square-foot wave pool, 1,000 foot-long river attraction and a plethora of water slides for kids big and small. The waterpark also offers jet ski and pontoon rentals for the whole family!
Let the kiddies splish-splash for free at Kirkpatrick Sprayground in a garden of water. The park is a fenced in spray park where your little ones can run around on a surface that will keep them safe from slipping and sliding.
A Nashville riverfront attraction, kids will go crazy for their nature and play area called “The Hollow” which features a rainbow area, cloud bridge with rain curtains and an interactive splash pad. They can continue their water fun by stepping on a stone path with mist features in a cooling off area called “The Scoops”, or by climbing a stone wall with ropes, embedded fossils, nets and a four-person embankment slide made of a material that remains cool under the summer sun.
Dive into one of the many free seasonal outdoor or year-round indoor pools offered by Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation. Rules of each pool could vary so be sure you are aware of them before you and your kids put on that suit!
Your wish for cooler temperatures will come true with a spin in the fountains at the Bicentennial Capitol State Mall State Park. Representing Tennessee’s 31 rivers, summer splashers can learn about Tennessee and geography too! The fountains are open from April through October!
Before you dip your toes to cool your jets in one of these oases, be sure you read any posted safety signs, check for a lifeguard on duty, lather up with sunscreen and never leave your kids unattended.
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