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4 Polar Bear Plunges Around Middle Tennessee

Jumping into the icy winter waters of your local pool for a great cause will be the coolest thing you’ll do this winter β€” literally.

Have you ever heard of polar bear plunges? Each winter, those willing to brave temperatures 32 degrees or lower jump into icy cold water, outside, on a chilly winter day β€” on purpose. All of them take place to support a local charity. The largest charity effort to get people to take the plunge is Special Olympics Tennessee.

These events got started on New Year’s Day in 1904 when a swim club called the L Street Brownies jumped into Dorchester Bay in Boston, Massachusetts. That is whyΒ National Polar Bear Plunge DayΒ takes place on January 1, but the events often take place throughout January and February all over the world.

If you want some extra bragging rights, try out a plunge new you this winter, but make sure to come prepared! Here’s a few tips for first-time plungers:

  • Have a warm towel and/or robe and slippers to get into the moment you get out
  • Have a change of clothing to go home in
  • Have a warm drink ready to sip on after

4 local Polar Bear Plunges in Middle Tennessee:

January 21, 2023
River Bluff Park in Ashland City
Cost: $ 30 to $50

January 28, 2023
Longview Recreation Center in Spring Hill
Cost: $25

February 4, 2023
Jimmy Floyd Family Center in Lebanon
Cost: $50

February 25, 2023
Nissan Stadium in Nashville
Cost: $50 to $75


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.