Nashville Shores

Water play the Nashville way

Summer has arrived with a bang and we’re all looking for ways to beat the heat.  Luckily Nashville abounds with water activities to keep both your little (and not so little) ones happily drenched and entertained all day long.

Nashville Shores Waterpark is of course the biggest and best destination if you’re seeking a  wet wonderland adventure.  Just minutes east of downtown Nashville, it’s easy to get to and has something for everyone: enormous water slides, the wave pool and lazy river, a wading pool for toddlers, a lakefront beach covered in lawn chairs for lounging,  putt-putt golf and much, much more.   If you haven’t yet been here, it’s worth a visit – arrive early in the day to beat the crowds and bring lots of sunscreen.

Despite the recent headlines surrounding their opening day unruly crowd, we still think there’s fun to be had at Wave Country.  This Metro Country run park is most famous for its 40 foot speed slide, and also boasts a huge wave pool and kiddie pool complete with water-dropping features.  Their website currently has a $2.oo off admission coupon.

Kirkpatrick Park has a fenced in sprayground that is loads of fun for the younger kids. Located at 620 South 9th Street in Nashville near the hospital district, it’s worth a friendly reminder to lock your cars, but otherwise rest assured that families from all over the area enjoy this park with no problems.  It’s worth a visit.

Of course, no list would be complete without including the famous Tennessee fountains located at Bicentennial Park near the state capitol.  31 fountains spray up out of the ground and are sure to delight both adults and children on the hottest of hot days.  Bring a picnic and enjoy the ample picnic benches in shaded areas nearby.

Get out and enjoy the water fun around town! Make sure you stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade, of course….but make it a goal this summer to discover each of these Nashville gems for a change of pace.