By: Kate Quigley
As the summer continues to heat up around the country, you may be looking for a way to beat the heat. While Nashville may not have ocean views, it still has plenty of ways to keep cool. We’ve compiled a list of a variety of ways to cool down without having to stay in the air conditioning.
Photos via Pinewood Social Instagram
33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210
Hours: Thursday - Sunday 10am - 6pm
This popular one-of-a-kind space offers a variety of activities to distract you from the temperatures outside. From dipping pools, to a bowling alley, you’ll find a way to forget about the heat.
Photos via Dive Motel Instagram
1414 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207
Hours: 12 p.m. until sundown
Looking for a place to cool off and get a drink? Stop by The Dive Motel, offering a place to sleep, drink, and swim. This motel offers public access to their pool 7 days a week! Daily passes are available on a first-come-first-serve basis for $15 Monday - Friday, and $25 on the weekend.
Photos via Nashville Paddle Co Instagram
Located on Percy Priest Lake at Hamilton Creek Recreation Area
This is a mobile business but meets at 2nd Victory Avenue in front of the Bridge Building Event space
Photos via Cumberland Kayak Instagram
Cumberland Kayak is a mobile business with set meeting locations for each of our routes in Nashville, Cookeville, and Franklin, TN.
Downtown Nashville: A shuttle will pick you up at Cumberland Park (2 Victory Avenue).
Burgess Falls: Meets at the Cane Hollow boat launch.
Franklin (Harpeth River): Meet at Harlinsdale Park in Franklin, TN
1270 Highway 70, Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Located on the Harpeth River in Kingston Springs, TN just 30 minutes west of downtown Nashville.
Photos via Duck Canoe Instagram
475 Hwy 99, Lewisburg TN 37091
Shuttles will take you to your launch site.
4361 HWY 431, Columbia, TN 38401
Photos via Pontoon Saloon Instagram
2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 37213
Welcome to Nashville’s only Honky Tonk on the river! The Pontoon Saloon is a party barge ready to take you and your friends down the Cumberland River. Bring your own beverages and enjoy this 2-hour cruise featuring amazing Nashville views. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a bachelor or bachelorette party without the crowds on Broadway.
Photos via General Jackson Instagram
2812 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
For a more relaxed river ride, check out the General Jackson Showboat. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal, live entertainment, and views of the Nashville skyline while floating down the Cumberland on the General Jackson.
3361 Bell Rd, Nashville, TN 37214
Located on Percy Priest Lake, Elm Hill Marina is a full-service marina, offering a boat launch, rentals, and bar & grill with live music. It’s perfect for a fun-filled day out on the water!
Photos via Sweetwater Pontoon Rentals Instagram
259 Sanders Ferry Rd, Hendersonville, TN 37075
If you are wanting to live out Little Big Town’s song, “On a Pontoon”, Sweetwater Pontoon Rentals is the place to do it. Located on Old Hickory Lake at Creekwood Marina, they are prepared to make your day on the lake fun and relaxing.
9120 Saundersville Road Mt Juliet TN 37122
Visiting Old Hickory Lake? Head to Cedar Creek Marina to fulfill all your lake day needs. This marina offers a variety of amenities to rent, including - boats, kayaks, and floating pads. They also have a restaurant and daily live entertainment to enjoy.
Photos via Cummins Falls State Park Instagram
If you feel like chasin’ waterfalls, Tennessee has plenty. Here are just a few that are right outside of the city:
**Check out our Hiking and Waterfall post for the full list!**
- Fall Creek Falls
- Burgess Falls
- Cummins Falls
- Rock Island
Photos via Gaylord Opryland Instagram
SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 a.m.
SoundWaves is the newest addition to Gaylord Opryland, and it is an experience you won’t want to miss this summer. This upscale indoor-outdoor attraction is over 4 acres, featuring pools, water slides, rides, and adult only areas. Perfect for the whole family!
Photos via Nashville Shores Instagram
4001 Bell Rd, Hermitage, TN 37076
Hours: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Located on Percy Priest Lake, Nashville Shores offers fun for the whole family. This lakeside resort features a waterpark, zip lines, splash pads, jet ski and boat rentals. You’ll never run out of things to do!
2320 Two Rivers Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37214
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.- 6p.m.
Want to ride the waves without going to the beach? Then head to Wave Country! Featuring water flumes, slides, and floats, there is fun for the whole family.
Kids Splash Parks:
Photos via Williamson County Parks & Rec. Instagram
920 Heritage Way, Brentwood, TN 37027
592 South 1st Street, Nashville, TN
600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243
620 S. 9th Street, Nashville, Tennessee