Pack up the kiddos and take a road trip to the many water-based amusement parks across Tennessee. Waterparks, tubing and wave pools are just waiting for your family to beat the summer heat. Indoor waterparks allow you to get your pool time fix year-round.
Make some room in your travel schedule to take a dip and have some family fun at one of the Water Parks in Tennessee.
When you consider temperatures reach the high 90’s the only cure is to take advantage of one of the many water parks in Tennessee.
Water Parks In Tennessee Will Help You Cool Down From The Summer Heat
There is nothing like visiting water parks in Tennessee with your family during the hot summer months. The humidity is so thick you can barely breathe and the only thing that will help beat the heat are waterslides and swimming pools.
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1. Wilderness at The Smokies
My daughter loves Wilderness At The Smokies and Dollywood Splash Country as her favorite water park in Tennessee. I, on the other hand, am not a big fan of Wilderness At The Smokies but it’s not because of the waterpark; I am not a big fan of the rooms.
The rooms at Wilderness At The Smokies have wood everywhere! OMG! I was on wood overload but I do understand the cabin theme but still, it drives me nuts.
Wilderness at the Smokies has three water parks on the property. There are Two outdoor water parks and the resort is also Tennessee’s largest indoor water park The Wild WaterDome.
- While I will admit that I am a little bourgeois in my taste and I prefer contemporary luxury decor with clean lines, I know everybody does not have the same requirements.
- If decor doesn’t matter to you then Wilderness At The Smokies offers a wide variety of accommodations and all rooms come with kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas.
- The waterpark is over 66,000-square-foot indoor water park that includes slides, family raft rides, body-surfing opportunities and more.
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.
Wilderness At The Smokies also has a huge arcade center, indoor three-story ropes course, laser tag, black light miniature golf and an indoor playground for the little ones.
2. Dollywood Splash Country
The second waterpark on Madison’s list is Dollywood Splash Country. Dollywood Splash Country is your typical water park but with its own Tennessee twist and also has the same theme as Dollywood Park which it shares a parking lot with.
Dollywood Splash Country is nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. I am more of a lazy river kinda girl but Madison on the hand loves the wave pool and getting on water rides.
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
- 1,500-foot lazy river
- The state’s tallest twin speed slides,
- Several water slides
- 25,000-square-foot wave pool
- 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.
3. Nashville Shores
If you can’t make the long drive to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Nashville has it’s very own water park as well! Nashville Shores is perfect for packing up the kids to escape the sweltering heat of Nashville summers. Nashville typically will reach triple digits and Nashville Shores is a local favorite and you don’t have to drive far.
Enjoy the beach at Nashville Shores which is located on Percy Priest Lake. In addition to relaxing on the shore, visitors can enjoy the following:
- Eight water slides,
- Wave pool,
- Lazy river, and
- Kowabunga Beach which is a four-story tall water play structure with over seventy different water spray features and slides.
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.
4. Wetlands Water Park
Wetlands Water Park is in Jonesborough, Tennessee which is located just on the other side of Johnson City. If you hate the crowds of the larger water parks in Tennessee make sure you check out Wetlands.
Slide into summer fun full speed ahead with a variety of exciting water slides including the following:
- Including an 80-foot enclosed fiberglass flume
- 100-foot open fiberglass flume
- 200-foot giant fiberglass flume
- The park also has a children’s otter slide
- Lazy river
- Zero-depth wading area
- Sand volleyball court
Wetlands Water Park has water slides for everybody in your family including the little ones.
I love exploring Tennessee and all that this great state has to offer. If you are in one of our neighboring states and looking for a quick weekend getaway with the kids to cool off from the summer heat the water parks in Tennessee should be on your bucket list for your next family getaway.