"Play is the work of a child" -Mario Montessori

SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland Hotel


Nashville, TN

SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland Hotel is an amazing water park that offers year-round fun for kids of all ages. They have two splash pads areas (indoor & outdoor), activity pools, lazy rivers, a wave pool with a huge TV screen, surfing, rock climbing and more. Typically, you have to stay at the hotel to have access to the water park. For a limited time they are offering a Tennessee Residents Day Pass. They offer life jackets, towels and have plenty of dining options. Read about our fun day here.

The Fountains at Gateway

Murfreesboro Fountains at Gateway

Murfreesboro, TN

The fountains open daily at 11 A.M. They are situated in an enclosed area and there is a bench for parents to sit and watch their littles play. There is also a turf lawn where you can play corn hole or sit and relax after playing. There are also shops and restaurants to walk if you want to grab a bite to eat or a sweet treat! 

Franklin Splash Park at Williamson County Rec Center

Splash Park Franklin

Franklin, TN

The splash park is the perfect place to take your kids on a hot summer day! There are spaces perfect for older children and spaces that are just right for toddlers and younger children including water tables and small water features. You don't have to have to be a member, but you will have to pay a small fee (2 & under get in for free, everyone else is $4). I recommend you get there before the splash park opens at 9. It reaches capacity quickly and they are strictly adhering to the 50 person maximum. 

Brentwood Splash Park at Williamson County Rec Center


Brentwood, TN

This new Splash Park is a bigger facility and has a capacity of 150. You still need to arrive before 9 if you want to have a guaranteed spot! There are features for all ages but it is geared more towards children that are a bit older. There are big slides and many bigger water features. There is also an area for toddlers as well. There is a $4 fee and children under 2 get in for free.  

Deerwood Arboretum Nature Center

Deerwood Arboretum Nature Center Brentwood

Brentwood, TN

If you want an easy water play day, visit Deerwood Arboretum Nature Center. There are several places along the trail for littles to walk down to the water and play. The rocks beaches are full of pebbles to collect and toss in the water. The water isn't fast moving here so it's a good place for younger tots to hang out with supervision.There are also plenty of trees that keep the area shaded! 

River Bend Bike Path

River Park Harpeth River Brentwood

Brentwood, TN

The Harpeth River runs through this trail and there are a few spots to dip your feet in the water. The easiest place for littles to splash around is by the entry to the park by the playground off Concord Road. You can walk down and cross the river by big stones that have been places in the middle. The water runs a bit faster here, but smaller children can play on banks with supervision.