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April 24, 2024

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Make a Splash at a Water Park Near You!

Water parks (like Holiday World's Splashin' Safari pictured here) provide a great way for your family to beat the heat. Find safety info, pricing and updates on favorite places for soaking up fun.

Beech Bend Park’s Splash Lagoon

798 Beech Bend Road Bowling Green, KY 42101
ADULTS: $37.99 plus 6% sales tax for 48 inches and taller
SENIOR: $31.99 plus 6% sales tax

CHILD: $31.99 plus 6% sales tax for under 48 inches tall
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Free ages 2 and younger
Free parking, free sunscreen, free tubes everyday

Located an hour-and-15-minutes north of Nashville via I-65, Beech Bend’s Splash Lagoon water park offers several aquatic attractions for fun and cooling off.
FUN FOR EVERYONE: Your littlest ones can have fun at Lotta Watta Island, an interactive splash pool featuring a four-level play structure with two slides. Tiki Island has seven slides, a giant tipping bucket and other features. You can also enjoy the Ragin’ Rapid Water Slides, take a gentle float on the Lazy River that passes through the Surf’s Up Wave Pool or chill in the giant leisure pool. Kids will also like the Lily Pad Challenge running across all 50 feet of the pool. Free sunscreen’s available. Admission also includes entry to the adjoining amusement park featuring nearly 40 classic and contemporary rides. There’s also the Air Race and Monster Trucks (for tots) rides.


Soundwaves at Gaylord Opryland

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2800 Opryland Drive Nashville, TN 37214

Price: $49.99
Availability: Select Mon-Thu this summer
Includes: Day pass to SoundWaves valid 12-8 PM day of purchase
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For a limited time this summer, Tennessee Residents can purchase day passes to experience SoundWaves. Don’t miss your chance to experience the nation’s 1st truly upscale indoor/outdoor resort water attraction, featuring an enhanced Commitment to Clean program and four acres of activities, including a FlowRider®, wave pool, 11 exciting slides, multi-level play structures and exclusive adult-only areas.
Know Before You Go:

  • Tennessee Residents must purchase passes in advance online .
  • Limit 10 SoundWaves one day passes per Tennessee Resident order.
  • Proof of Tennessee residency will be required when picking up wristbands on the day of visit.
  • Outside food & beverage or coolers are not allowed
  • In/Out passes will not be provided.
  • Self-parking Fee of $10 plus tax is not included in SoundWaves admission cost.  You may pay for your parking upon entering/exiting the SoundWaves Water Experience.
  • Day pass visitors will enter through an exclusive outdoor admission gate; follow signage upon arrival.
  • For complete visitor rules, click here.


Dollywood’s Splash Country

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
All Dollywood Splash Country one-day tickets are $29.95 plus tax when visiting Sunday – Thursday. One-day tickets for Friday and Saturday are $49.95 plus tax for ages 10 – 61. Special rates for kids younger than 10 and for seniors.
(does not include theme park admission)

Three-and-a-half hours east of Nashville in the Smoky Mountains sits Dollywood, including the robust Splash Country Water Park. The park boasts more than 23 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. Other popular rides are the TailSpin Racer which is the tallest attraction at Dollywood’s Splash Country. 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.


Holiday World’s Splashin’ Safari*

452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, IN 47579
$54.99 for 54 inches and taller
$44.99 for 53 inches and shorter (online discounts available)
*price includes theme park and water park

It’s only about three hours north of Nashville! USA Today newspaper recently recognized Splashin’ Safari as “Best Water Park in the Nation.” Cool off in the 40-Splashin’ Safari, featuring loads of thrills and chills. Get there early to pick your locker as crowds amass quickly.  FUN FOR EVERYONE: Enjoy two of the longest water coasters — Mammoth and Wildebeest — both with seven drops that’ll drench you. There’s a lazy river, wave pool and lots of small water slides for the little kiddos over at Safari Sam’s Splashland. Splashland features eight different water slides and many different water play features for kids up to 54 inches tall. Other great things about this park are the free drink stations, free sunscreen and free parking. Admission also includes entry to the adjoining amusement park featuring a bevy of rides including last year’s new coaster, Thunderbird.



Nashville Shores

4001 Bell Road, Hermitage, TN 37076
Weekend General Admission (Friday -Sunday; 48 inches and taller) – $42.99 plus tax
Weekday General Admission (Monday – Thursday; 48 inches and taller) – $39.99 plus tax
Junior Admission (Shorter than 48 inches) – $29.99 plus tax
Seniors (62 years old and older) and Military – $29.99 plus tax
Weekday Twilight Ticket (Monday through Thursday after 3 PM) – $21.99 plus tax
Weekend Twilight Ticket (Friday through Sunday after 4 PM) – $24.99 plus tax
Children 2 years old and younger are free
Must provide valid military ID for military rate
Resting next to Percy Priest Lake, Nashville Shores has a large wave pool, lazy river, water slides and the Kowabunga Beach water play area for little kids. Your family will love Big Kahuna, a family serpentine raft ride that takes off atop a 57-foot platform. New this year: Mega Mayhem, a colossal family raft that sends riders into a dark, serpentine tunnel then drops you into a chute up and down and through a waterfall before splashing into a pool.


Wave Country

2320 Two Rivers Pkwy., Nashville, TN 37214
$12 adults, $10 ages 3 – 12 (child admission is half price Mon – Thu from 3 – 5 p.m.; there is also a coupon online). Children 2 and younger are FREE.
Metro Parks operates Nashville’s affordable water park located in the Opryland area. 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.



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