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8 Splash Pads We Love in Middle Tennessee

A list of the best places to cool down this summer. Here's our favorite spraygrounds to add to your summer to-do's!

It’s hard to know what to do with children on those sweltering summer days. Big water parks are always fun, but they can get expensive and they aren’t the safest place for small children. A much better option is to take your little ones to one these eight splash parks, splash pads or spraygrounds — they’re a great, safe way to make sure your kids keep active and refreshed during the hotter months. Unfortunately, Bicentennial Splashpad in downtown Nashville is not operating due to the ongoing construction in the area. Cumberland Splashpad (also in downtown Nashville) is also down for the season; the parks’ attendant told us they hope to have it back up for next summer.

8 Splash Pads We Love in Middle TN:

1. Kirkpatrick Sprayground

620 S. 9th Street, Nashville

The equipment is all operated by foot pads, so little ones can activate it themselves and the water area features a special non-slip surface to prevent nasty accidents. The area is also surrounded by safety fences, so you can be sure your children don’t run off if you look away for a few minutes.

Open: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Weekdays 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Kirkpatrick Sprayground

2. Watkins Sprayground

Jo Johnston Avenue at 17th Avenue North, Nashville

Features a small, fenced sprayground on the south side of the park, with tons of exciting water features to keep kids busy. This is a smaller park, so there’s not as many features as Kirkpatrick and Cumberland, but it doesn’t get anywhere near as busy, which is a definite plus!

Open: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Weekdays 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Watkins Sprayground

3. Brentwood Splash Park

920 Heritage Way, Brentwood
615-370-3471 ext. 2122

Multiple slides, ground and ring sprays and a 100 gallon dump bucket.

Open: Memorial Day – August 5
Mondays – Fridays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays 1 – 5 p.m.
Cost: Ages 0-2 are Free, ages: 3-17 are $2, ages 18-55 are $4 and ages 55+ are $2.

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Brentwood Splash Park

4. Ava’s Splash Pad

1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy, Mt. Juliet
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Open Mondays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sundays 1 – 5 p.m. through Labor Day
Cost: Free

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Ava’s Splash Pad

5. Don Fox Community Park

416 Baird Park Circle, Lebanon

The park also has a 60-foot wading pool for small children and their parents that is maintained by the Jimmy Floyd Family Life Center.  Also for the children, there are two larger playgrounds. One is a 25,000 square foot stockade playground, and the other is a 10,000 square foot playground that is handicap accessible. 

Open: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Mondays – Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sundays from 1 – 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Don Fox Community Park

6. Gregory Mill Splash Pad

390 Enon Springs Road E., Smyrna

Playing under sprinklers and sprays at Gregory Mill Park. After that, hours move to weekends only. The pad is closed during inclement weather. Admission is free. Call 615-459-9773 for details and visit townofsmyrna.org for details on park rentals.

Open: Now through Aug.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday
Cost: Free

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Gregory Mill Splash Pad

7. Splash Town at SOAC

100 Sam Ridley Parkway, Smyrna

Enjoy the outdoor pool, big slides, and young kids play area.

Open: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 for ages 12 and younger and seniors 55 and older, and $7 for adults

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Splash Town at SOAC

8. Fountains at Gateway

1500 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro

Kids can cool off in this neat splash pad while you walk around a beautiful fish-filled pond. Fountains light up at night (turned on and off at the discretion of the maintenance crew).

Open: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Hours: Open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day in the Summer
Cost: Free

Fountains at Gateway

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.