Water Park Family Fun

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Dive into wet and wild fun with your kids this summer at one of these favorite attractions!

(featured photo above: Gregory Mill Splash Pad in Smyrna)

Nothing screams “FAMILY FUN!” in the summer quite like a trip to a water park. Here are a few best bets both near and away for you to look forward to this season. Plus, we’re including local spraygrounds for families on a budget!

LOCAL WATER PARK ATTRACTIONS

BORO BEACH AT SPORTS*COM
2310 Memorial Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
615-895-5040
Premium pass required: $4 adults, $3 ages 5 – 17, free ages 4 and younger
Murfreesboro Parks and Rec operates the city’s affordable water park. It features lap lanes, three water slides, a play structure with spray features and zero-depth entry, a rock wall, a splash pad area, diving boards and a floating bridge. The play structure has its own mini slide and bucket at the top that dumps tons of water down on the swimmers below.

NASHVILLE SHORES
4001 Bell Road
Hermitage, TN 37076
615-889-7050
$36.99 those 52 inches and taller (buy online and pay child’s price!)
$28.99 those 51 inches and shorter
$19.99 after 4 p.m.
$59.99 season pass
free ages 2 and younger
Resting next to Percy Priest Lake, Nashville Shores has a large wave pool, lazy river, eight water slides and the Kowabunga Beach water play area for youngsters. Your family will love Big Kahuna, a family serpentine raft ride that takes off atop a 57-foot platform.

NEW THIS YEAR: Barefootin’ Bay is a colorful water treehouse and sprayground play structure with more than 35 interactive water features, mini slides and a tipping bucket — it’s all specially designed for pint-sized water park guests.

SPLASHTOWN AT SMYRNA OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CENTER
100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. East
Smyrna, TN 37167

615-459-9710
$5 ages 13 & older
$4 ages 3 – 12
Free ages 2 & younger

Kids will love Smyrna’s newest water attraction featuring slides, a splash pad, a current channel and a pool with a climbing wall.

WAVE COUNTRY
2320 Two Rivers Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37214

615-855-1092
$12 adults
$10 ages 3 – 12 (child admission is half price Mon – Thu from 3 – 5 p.m.; there is also a coupon online)

Metro Parks operates Nashville’s affordable water park. Have a blast in the giant wave pool, experience three water flumes and zip down two speed slides. For small fries, there’s a kiddie pool with water-dropping features and a playground.

LOCAL SPRAYGROUNDS

NASHVILLE’S METRO PARKS LOCATIONS

The three spraygrounds in Metro Parks are open May 27 – Sept. 4. Admission is free.

CUMBERLAND PARK
592 S. First St., Nashville
615-862-8508
Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 12 – 6 p.m.

KIRKPATRICK SPRAYGROUND
620 S. Ninth St., Nashville
615-862-8453
Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WATKINS SPRAYGROUND
Jo Johnston Avenue at 17th Avenue North
615-862-8469
Mon – Fri 9 .m. – 5:30 p.m., Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY

GREGORY MILL PARK
390 Enon Springs Road E., Smyrna
615-459-9742
Mon – Thu 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free admission

SMYRNA OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CENTER’S SPLASHTOWN
100 Sam Ridley Pkwy., E., Smyrna
615-459-9710
Tue – Thu 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$5 adults, $4 ages 3 – 12

WILSON COUNTY

AVA’S SPLASHPAD AT CHARLIE DANIELS PARK (May 30 – Sep. 3)
1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet
615-758-6522
Fri – Sat 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 1 – 5 p.m.
Free admission

 

OUT-OF-TOWN WATER PARK DESTINATIONS

Beech Bend Park’s Splash Lagoon
798 Beech Bend Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
270-781-7634
$32.99 for 54 inches and taller
$29.99 for 53 inches and shorter
Free ages 2 and younger
Tickets include admission to the amusement park side
Beech Bend’s Splash Lagoon has several aquatic attractions. The most recent features include the Cyclone Saucers water slide, Tidal Wave, Riptide and Polynesian Plunge. For little ones, Lotta Watta Island boasts an interactive splash pool with slides. Plus, there’s a lazy river, wave pool and Lily Pad Challenge. Free sunscreen’s available, too!

The new Tailspin Racer at Dollywood’s Splash Country.

DOLLYWOOD’S SPLASH COUNTRY
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
800-365-5996
$49 adults
$44 ages 4 – 11
free ages 3 and younger (does not include theme park admission)

Dolly Partons’ water park boasts more than 24 adventure slides and aquatic thrill rides from low-speed, little-kid-friendly options to aggressive high-speed thrills. Splash Country features the RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster. This exhilarating ride races through the trees four stories in the air, and it has all the things you love about land coasters — climbs, drops, twists and turns — plus lots of splashes along the way. Small children can have fun exploring The Cascades. Here, an 8,000-square-foot pool invites your family to cool off under a waterfall while also enjoying water slides, a geyser, water jets and more than 20 interactive elements. Wee ones can squeal with delight as they discover hidden misters, bubblers and slides in secret coves.

NEW THIS YEAR: The Tailspin Racer is a 360-degress looping water speedway that lets you race against friends and family. the five-story-tall attraction sends you through twists, tunnels and extreme drops.

HOLIDAY WORLD’S SPLASHIN’ SAFARI
452 E. Christmas Blvd.
Santa Claus, IN 47579
812-937-4401
$47.99 for 54 inches and taller
$39.99 for 53 inches and shorter
(online discounts available; tickets include amusement park admission)
Cool off in the 40-acre water park featuring loads of thrills and chills with water coasters and slides for everyone. Splashin’ Safari boasts two giant water coasters — Mammoth and Wildebeest. Each have seven drops to drench you. There’s a lazy river, wave pool and lots of small water slides for your littlest ones. Free sunscreen’s available, too!

SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA’S HURRICANE HARBOR
275 Riverside Pkwy., SW
Austell, GA 30168
$66.99 for 49 inches and
taller (discounts available online!)
$46.99 for 48 inches and shorter
Free ages 2 and younger
Tickets include admission to main theme park

This multi-million dollar water park inside Six Flags is four years old. There’s a giant wave pool; an enclosed tunnel zero-gravity wave slide on Tsunami Surge; three twisting, turning water slides on Bonzai Pipelines; and a giant interactive children’s area.

LAKE WINNIE’S SOAK YA WATER PARK
1730 Lakeview Drive,
Rossville, GA 30741
706-866-5681
$34.95 ages 3 and older
$17.95 ages 1 – 2

This water park outside of Chattanooga is included with Lake Winnie admission and features a water obstacle course, Coke Float Cove; Crazy River with rolling waves and water geysers; Soak-N-Slide children’s play area featuring four water slides, a zero-depth entry activity pool and many elements featuring spraying water; Splish-N-Splash body slides; Twist-N-Shout tube slides; Water Works play structure featuring a water slide, dumping bucket and more; and the Zoom Flume tube ride.

KENTUCKY KINGDOM’S HURRICANE BAY
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209
502-813-8200
$49.95 those 48 inches and taller
$39.95 those 47 inches and shorter
Get discounts online; tickets include theme park admission
Enjoy the family wave pool or get drenched at the Big Surf wave pool featuring waves up to six feet high. Little kids can get soaked with jet sprays and the large tipping bucket in Splash Zone — an interactive, four-level water playground. Buccaneer Beach boasts more than 10,000 square feet of interactive water play elements and pint-sized water slides. There are 19 water attractions total at the park.

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Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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