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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.

8 Splash Pads We Love in Middle TN:


1. Bicentennial Mall State Park Splash Pad

600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville TN 37243

Located in the shadow of the Capitol in downtown Nashville, there are 31 gushing fountains in the park, each of which represents on of Tennessee’s 31 rivers—so kids have a great opportunity to learn a bit of geography while playing. If you stick around after dark, you’ll also be treated to a nice little light show!

Open: April through October
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily with a light show after dark!
Cost: Free

Bicentennial Park Splashpad

Bicentennial Mall State Park Splash Pad

2. Cumberland Park Sprayground (Closed for renovations)

592 South 1st Street, Nashville

Located right by downtown, this innovative play space incorporates lots of unique and elaborate play structures and water features to create an exciting attraction for kids. The spraygrounds feature water nozzles, rainfall from the bridge and a shallow wading area.

Hours: Weekdays 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Cumberland Park Sprayground

Cumberland Park Sprayground

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

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 and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra.