Pack up the kids and make a splash at the many water-based amusement parks across Tennessee. Waterparks, splash pads and wave pools are just waiting for you to make a splash. And, with the indoor waterparks, you can make sure you get your pool time fix year-round. Make some room on your travel schedule to take a dip and have some fun at Tennessee’s waterparks.
Let the kids splash the day away at Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville. The waterpark has rides and slides for all heights and ages. Test your nerves on the first-of-its-kind watercoaster, AVALAUNCH which features twists, turns and a giant wall climb before descending into a whitewater finish. The state-of-the-art waterslides like Rainbow Revenge and American Racer's Rush have translucent slide effects that twist and bend the light into beautiful shapes as you ride through the tunnels. Ride the rapids at the Black Bear Rapids and Hang 10essee. For small children, The Hive is the ultimate play zone with a water bucket dump, body bowl slide and more. Relax in a luxury cabana poolside for some relaxation at Coyote Springs.
You’re not likely to run out of fun things to do at Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park in Pigeon Forge. The park has 35 acres of attractions, including a 1,500-foot lazy river, the state’s tallest twin speed slides, several water slides, a 25,000-square-foot wave pool and an 8,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool. Dollywood’s Splash Country also lays claim to RiverRush®, the first and only water coaster in Tennessee, and SwiftWater Run, which is a thrill ride that takes participants through a corkscrew tunnel.
Slide into summer fun full speed ahead at Wetlands Water Park in Jonesborough, which has a variety of exciting water slides, including an 80-foot enclosed fiberglass flume, a 100-foot open fiberglass flume and a 200-foot giant fiberglass flume. The park also has a children’s otter slide, a lazy river, a zero-depth wading area and a sand volleyball court.
Waterparks in Middle Tennessee
Enjoy the beach at Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort in Hermitage, located on Percy Priest Lake. In addition to relaxing on the shore, visitors can enjoy a large wave pool, eight water slides and a lazy river. If you have kids in tow, check out Nashville Shores’ Barefootin’ Bay, a children’s area complete with more than 35 interactive water features, spray toys, mini-slides and a tipping bucket that drenches those below.
Experience one of the area’s only wave-action swimming pools at Nashville’s Wave Country where you’ll also find three water flumes and two speed slides. Plus, there’s a kiddie pool with water-dropping features and a playground, making Wave Country a perfect summertime destination for the whole family.
The indoor-outdoor luxury water experience that is SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland elevates the waterpark experience for kids and adults alike. Open year-round, the 111,000square feet of upscale water attractions include Stage Dive, a body sliding adventure; two lazy rivers; a multi-level play structure called Half Note Cove that has spray features, small and medium slides and shallow water; and Record Launch which features two experiences - a tubing bowl with 16 LED lights and four music speakers; and a two-person serpentine water ride. Outside, you'll find the exclusive, adults-only Diamond Pool; Rock'N Racer, a four-lane water ride with 360-degree loops; Beat Drop, a floor-dropping, plunge, near-vertical ride; and Bass Drop, a high-speed, open-flume body ride. Private cabana rentals are available indoors and out. dining, shopping and virtual reality games can also be found onsite.
West Tennessee Waterparks
Beat the heat at the 100,000-square foot Kroc Center in Memphis, home to an indoor swimming pool with a 4,655-square-foot leisure pool comprising five aquatic zones along with a lazy river, a two-story water slide and a family whirlpool. There’s also a lily pad with large, floatable play elements for kids, plus an interactive outdoor splash pad that’s open during warm-weather months.
The Water Play Sprayground at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis is 4,000 square feet of water fun, a perfect place for kids 12 and under to stay cool in the middle of summer. A water tunnel, interactive spray jets, water pumps and geyser boulders are just some of the fun features at the splash pad. Shelby Farms also has more than 20 lakes in the park where you can fish, canoe, paddleboard and kayak the day away.
Cool off at the Eiffel Tower Spray Park in Paris which features a replica Eiffel Tower, water tunnels, spray jets and a water pump. Kids will want to spend all day splashing and playing at this fun splash pad.
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