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Tennessee Water Parks Where You Can Beat the Summer Heat

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Temperatures are scorching this summer thanks to heat waves, humidity and heat indexes. Splashing and relaxing at a water park is a fun way to beat the heat.

Luckily, Tennessee is home to several water parks throughout the state, including two that were named the best in the country this year by USA TODAY’s 10Best awards. East Tennessee is home to Dollywood’s Splash Country and many other water parks, but some can also be found in Middle Tennessee, such as Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort.

Here’s a look at nine popular water parks in Tennessee. Now imagine yourself enjoying the refreshing cool waters as the sun continues to shine this summer.

  • Boro Beach features two giant water slides, a water playground, a climbing wall and a floating bridge.
  • Admission: $5+
  • Address: 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, Tennessee

  • Splash Country landed at #10 on the 10Best Water Parks of 2024 list. It has 16 water rides, including Big Bear Plunge, Mountain Scream, Raging River Rapids, and Fire Tower Falls.
  • Admission: $54.95+
  • Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  • This is “Nashville’s Largest Water Park,” with over 1 million gallons of summer fun. Nashville Shores has 10 thrilling water slides, a water tree house and playground, and a lazy river and beach for summer relaxation.
  • Admission: $39.99+
  • Address: 4001 Bell Road, Nashville, Tennessee

  • The 50-acre water park was ranked No. 8 on the 10Best Water Parks list of 2024. It features water coasters, including The Edge, a dueling coaster opening in 2023, water slides, an adventure river and a wave pool.
  • Admission: $41.99+
  • Address: 175 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville

  • SoundWaves is a 10-acre, three-story, luxury indoor/outdoor water adventure at Gaylord Opryland Resort, featuring thrilling water rides and relaxing water attractions for the entire family. The outdoor area features a 45-foot water slide tower. There is also a wave pool, an adults-only pool, bars, private cabanas and food trucks.
  • Visit soundwavesgo.com for information on packages and day passes.
  • Address: 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Wave Country in Nashville is an outdoor water park featuring three water slides, two speed slides, a children’s pool with water play equipment, and a playground.
  • Admission: $10+
  • Address: 2320 Two Rivers Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Wetlands has several water slides, including 80- to 200-foot slides. There is also a lazy river, a zero depth wading area, and a children’s area.
  • Admission: $10+
  • Address: 1523 Persimmon Ridge Road, Jonesborough, Tennessee
  • Wild Bear Falls is an indoor water park with a retractable roof. You can float on the lazy river, ride a giant water slide or explore the interactive tree house. The water park is accessible even without booking a room at the adjacent Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort.
  • Tickets: $35 for ages 14 and up, $17.50 for ages 4-13, and free for ages 3 and under
  • Opening hours: 11am-7pm
  • Location: 915 Westgate Resorts Road, Gatlinburg
  • There are two outdoor water parks at Wilderness at the Smokies. Lake Wilderness features the new Treehouse Springs and high thrill slides, The Wall, Wild Vortex and Cyclone Racer. And Salamander Springs features 150-foot body and tube slides and a multi-level play and spray structure.
  • Wild WaterDome, the indoor water park in Wilderness, features Ridge Runner, a three-story water coaster.
  • Visit wildernessatthesmokies.com for day passes and booking options.
  • Address: 1424 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville, Tennessee.

There are no major water parks in West Tennessee, but Shelby Farms Park, Kroc Center, Eiffel Tower Spray Park and Suggs Park, all near Memphis, have water attractions worth checking out, according to tnvacation.com.

Devarrick Turner is a trending news reporter. Email [email protected]. On X, formerly known as Twitter @dturner1208.

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