With all the countless miles of concrete and pavement, all the big tall buildings with glass windows reflecting the sun, and the hundreds of thousands of people that call Nashville home it’s no wonder that the late summer months are downright miserable with its oppressive heat. While it may seem like the best option is just to stay inside the air conditioned safety of your home, this would only raise your utility bill and your blood pressure, which in turn would get you hot under the collar in more ways than one!
There has to be a better way to beat the heat, and we’ve got plenty of suggestions for the whole family to keep you cool and entertained before the summer ends and school begins. From waterparks to waterfront aplenty, we’ve got you covered.
One might be surprised to find that Nashville actually has several different water parks to choose from. Usually you would only find this kind of aquatic adventure selection around coastal tourist towns. Now we don’t have to leave town to find water-based fun.
With tickets no more than $12, and kids getting in half priced Monday through Thursday, Wave Country has everything you need for a day of fun for the whole family. Not only do they offer one of the area’s only wave pools, there are two water flumes, two speed slides, and a kiddie slide and kids area that will keep them cool and happy all day long.
If you want the kind of waterpark normally found in those beachfront tourist towns along the coast, Nashville Shores has exactly what you’re looking for. There are 8 different water slides, a massive kid’s area with slides, water tree house, playground, and the sought after lazy river for true relaxation. You can even lay back and soak up the sun on their beach before renting a banana boat for some lake fun as well.
As the perfect combination of water and parks, Cumberland Park is a little bit different than the two mentioned above. The nature and play area known as The Hollow offers sand play, a bouncing pad, a maze, rainbow area, and a cloud bridge with rain curtains and an interactive splash pad that’s fantastic for families. In fact, the whole park has something for all ages and all activity levels lie the stone and rope climbing area in The Gorge or the Explorer trail that winds through plant groves and flower meadows specifically designed to attract butterflies.
Think back to when you were a kid and how much fun you would have running back and forth through the spray of a sprinkler in your yard. The simplicity and ease of a splash pad provides water fun for kids that still haven’t mastered the art of swimming without sacrificing any fun. Most are free as well, so no matter how big your family may be, you can load them all up along with their friends and head out for day of wet and wild fun. There’s one at the Cumberland Park, while the Fountains at Bicentennial Park have 31 river fountains as well as the added benefit of learning about Tennessee and geography while you’re there. Not to mention the several different Sprayground locations all around Nashville.
Maryland Farms YMCA Pool
While there are more than a dozen YMCA locations around Nashville, we’re going to recommend the Maryland Farms YMCA Pool in Brentwood because it offers so much more than just a pool. In addition to the Olympic sized swimming pool with two 13-foot slides, they also have a kid-friendly water park offering a zero-entry 3-foot-deep water park with a 5-foot slide for the younger kids, a water dumping bucket, and so many more spray water and splash features for the whole family. You will need a location specific membership, but we highly recommend joining, as there are plenty of other programs to keep the family active throughout the year.
If your long-term accommodation doesn’t have a pool—or your pool just isn’t exciting enough for the kiddos—these options might just fit the bill. If we can help you locate any of the splash pads and parks above, just let us know!