Well, I got my first sunburn of the year…that can mean only one thing, Summer is coming soon. Spring flies by so fast we hardly get to enjoy it before temperatures start hitting 90 and up. Just because it is heating up doesn’t mean you can’t still have a lot of fun outdoors. Check out these 5 great ways to beat the heat in Nashville
Wave Country Wave pool is a staple of my childhood. One of Nashville’s older summer facilities, Wave Country is still a great place to cool off when the heat index is unbearable. Daily admission is $12 for individuals 13 and over, $10 for kids aged 3-12, and kids under 3 get in free. Memberships are also available for $50 for adults and $40 for kids and come with benefits like early entry, and a members only line on special days. The water park has a wave pool, 3 Flume Slides and 2 speed slides.
Hit the Lake
Nashville has a few large lakes with great family areas. Percy Priest Lake and Old Hickory Lake both have family friendly beach areas where you can have a picnic, swim, and all kinds of other great activities. Some of them require a small parking or use fee, but they are pretty affordable, usually around 5$. There are also a lot of marina’s on each of these lakes where you can rent a boat if you would rather have some fun a little farther out on the lake. You can enjoy all the fun of owning a boat without all of the maintenance and storage costs. If lakes aren’t for you, there are quite a few rivers in Middle Tennessee where you can canoe or kayak.
For my money, there is no better way to beat the heat in Nashville than exploring a cave. Tennessee is dotted with caves do to its geological structure. Not far from Nashville you can find some amazing caves to explore! Mammoth Cave just a couple of hours north in Kentucky, about an hour and a half Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville (home of the Bluegrass Underground), Ruby Falls and Raccoon Caverns in Chattanooga, and a little further east the Lost Sea in Sweetwater. This list of caves could go on and on; the important thing is that you know that there are numerous caves you can tour across Tennessee. These caves stay cool year round, usually around 60 degrees.
Kids love Nashville’s spraygrounds! It is hard to beat them for keeping the young’uns cool. Set up like a play ground, Nashville’s spraygrounds have great fountains that (surprise) spray the kids with cool water. Not only is it really refreshing, it’s also FREE! You can’t beat free. Take your kids, have a blast!
You can’t talk about ways to stay cool in Nashville during the summer and not mention Nashville Shores. This place has a little bit of everything. Wave pool, Slides, Water Tree House? They’ve got it. Boat Rentals? Yep. Lazy River? You know it. You can really do it all at Nashville shores. Daily Admission for adults is $36.99, kids are &28.99 and there is a parking fee of $9. Season passes can be had for a reasonable rate too if you plan on going more than once, they are a great deal. Another thing to keep in mind is many of the fast food joints and convenience stores in Nashville have coupons for discounted admission throughout the summer. Even without a discount, the water park is worth the price of admission though!
Beat the Heat in Nashville
Summer is bearing down on us. It is time to start making some plans to stay cool when the mercury is climbing. We hope you try some of these ideas to beat the heat in Nashville this Summer. What are your favorite ways to make the Middle Tennessee Summers manageable? Let us know in the comments. Be sure to like us on Facebook 🙂