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A list of the best places to cool down this summer, without spending a fortune. Here's the top spraygrounds in Nashville to add to your to-do's!
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Summer is here and it’s starting to get hot in the Music City!
It’s hard to know what to do with children on these sweltering summer days. Big water parks are always fun, but they can get expensive and they aren’t the safest place for small children, who can get out of sight easily and potentially fall and hurt themselves.
A much better option is to take your little ones to one of the city’s five free spraygrounds—they’re a great, safe way to make sure your kids keep active and refreshed during the hotter months.
To help you decide which one is best for your family, we decided to list and rank the top 5 spraygrounds in Nashville...and yes, they're all free!
Cumberland Park is one of the best free children’s activities in Nashville on a hot summer day. 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. The wider park also has tons more children’s activities, amenities, picnic tables, and a concessions stand.
Location: 592 South First St., Nashville, TNDates: May 27-Sept 4Park hours: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 12-6pm
Another great free option for hot summer days is Kirkpatrick Sprayground. Your kids will love running and splashing through the water gushing and spraying from colorful pipes and equipment throughout the park. 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.
The wider park also features a great playground with swings and slides, and convenient washrooms.
Location: 62 S. 9th St., Nashville, TNPark hours: Weekdays 9am-5:30pm, Weekends 10am-3pm
Watkins Park 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 point!
Location: Jo Jonhston Ave at 17th Ave N., Nashville, TNPark hours: Weekdays 9am-5:30pm, Weekends 10am-3pm
Kids absolutely adore playing in the splashpad at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. 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.
Location: 600 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TNDates: April through OctoberPark hours: 6am-10pm
Located in Lebanon, Don Fox Community Park features a 60 ft. wading pool, sand volleyball courts, and an outdoor fitness centre, surrounded by a trail, which can be rented (for a fee) for private events.
Unfortunately, no pets allowed.
Location: 200 North Castle Heights Ave, Lebanon, TNPark hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm, rentals available after hours.
To find more great activities to entertain the kids this summer, make sure to check the events page on ChatterBlock.
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