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These Tennessee Water Destinations Are Fun for the Whole Family

Pack up the kids and make a splash at the many water-based amusement parks across Tennessee.

Pack up the kids and make a splash at the many water-based amusement parks across Tennessee. Waterparks, tubing 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 water parks.

Wilderness at the Smokies, Sevierville

Make a splash no matter the season at Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, where you’ll find a 66,000-square-foot indoor water park that includes slides, family raft rides, body-surfing opportunities and more. Want to get some sun? The attraction also has two outdoor water parks – Lake Wilderness Outdoor Waterpark and Salamander Springs Outdoor Waterpark – both with play-and-spray features, slides and other exciting activities.

Wave Country, Nashville

Wave Country in Nashville, Photo: Michael Betts/Journal Communications
Experience the wave-action swimming pool of Wave Country in Nashville. Photo: Michael Betts/Journal Communications

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.

Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park, Pigeon Forge

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.

Kroc Center, Memphis

Kroc Center, Memphis. Photo: Jeff Adkins/Journal Communications
A two-story water slide and a family whirlpool make the day at the Kroc Center a great one. Photo: Jeff Adkins/Journal Communications

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.

Wetlands Water Park, Jonesborough

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.

Tubing, Townsend

Ready to relax? Rent a tube and float down the Little River with River Rat or River Rage tube outfitters situated near Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend. Different river routes are available for different experience levels, and you and your family will get to enjoy scenic views, swimming holes and more.

Nashville Shores, Hermitage

Enjoy the beach at Nashville Shores 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.