Nashville Guide to Family Water Fun

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Tennessee might be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean Nashville summers are all hot and dry. There are plenty of hidden gems in and around the city that offer families the ability to cool off! From canoeing down the Harpeth to splashing around at the pool, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite activities.

1. Nashville Shores

Located off the shores of Percy Priest Lake, Nashville Shores is one of the best ways to spend your summer! The park holds over 1 million gallons of water in the form of wave pools and water slides. There are also water treehouses and playgrounds for the younger children to enjoy.  View the full list and buy your tickets online!

2. Boro Beach

Boro Beach is part of a community recreational facility located in Murfreesboro. The pool is open daily with a variety of swimming activities for the whole family. For the adults, there is a lap pool to get in your daily exercise. The kids can enjoy numerous trips down the two water slides. Entry is $7 for adults and $5 youth/seniors. Visit Boro Beach.

3. Lock 3 Beach

If you want an opportunity to stick your toes in the sand without making the trek to the ocean, you can visit Lock 3 Beach in Hendersonville. The area has sandy beaches, picnic areas, and boat launch ramps if you want to take your boat for a cruise. Best of all, it’s free to enjoy. Learn more about the area by clicking here.

4. Elm Hill Marina

You can enjoy a relaxing day on the water with a boat rental at Elm Hill Marina. Situated off Percy Priest Lake, guests can enjoy the beautifully wooded banks and rocky bluffs. You can rent everything from pontoons to bass boats. Just make sure you call in advance! This area is, and boats are snapped up quickly.

5. Cummins Falls

Need a little day trip idea? You can head east towards Cookeville, TN to visit Cummins Falls. In less than two hours, you’ll reach the beautiful swimming hole and waterfall favorited by tourists and locals alike. The waterfall is accessible to climb, splash, and play. Areas are deep enough to let individuals jump into the swimming pool. Access to the area requires a short but rocky hike, so come prepared!

6. Foggy Bottom Canoe Trip

Canoe Nashville’s scenic Harpeth River with Foggy Bottom Canoes. The trip is considered a class 1, which means it’s a slow mover. You can hop on and off for a swim, some fishing, or to enjoy a packed lunch. Foggy Bottom provides transportation to the area and collects your canoes after. Learn more by visiting their website.

7. Cedar Creek Sports Center

If you and your family need something that offers a little more flexibility of indoor and outdoor sports, try Cedar Creek Sports Center. The facility provides a range of activities from mini golf, bumper cars, and bumpers boats for those who want some water activities. You can view the entire list of fun and games and grab directions over on their website.

8. Fountains at Gateway Park

The fountains at Gateway Park is another option for families who are looking for a little bit of everything. The area is a walkable greenway, and during the summer the fountains turn into a fun splash pad for the kids that light up at night. You can also find a concert or a movie is showing in the communal area! Visit their site to learn more!

As always, don’t forget to make the summer unforgettable with a Nashville tour from Tommy!

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