Splash Pads

Connor trying out the Nolensville Pool and Rec center in 2022, just before little brother arrived

Splash Pads are the quintessential kid summer activity. Nashville has an array of splash pads across the city–most of them are free but some do require a fee.

I’ve rounded up all the splash pads and community fountains I could find for the list below. My summer 2023 goal is to visit them all, but for now I’ve included a link to more info for each one along with any reviews/impressions I’ve heard about them.

Note: Splash pads need frequent maintenance and can close without warning. Always double check hours and availability before making plans. I’ve changed the tiles to orange if the splash pad is currently in a tenuous position.

Tip: Keep a swim suit and towel in the car so you are always ready for splash pad fun

Click HERE to see a list of splash pads
I’ve actually visited!

This list includes all splash pads and fountains in the Nashville area as of summer 2023. Parks with closures or specific notes are in orange to alert you to call or verify details. Splash pads can close without warning so please double check for yourself before making plans

Great for littles
Small zero-entry area leading into community pool. Rarely crowded
Something for everyone! Wading area, small water slides, and fountain for little ones. Lazy river and lap pool. Giant water slides for big kids. Concession stand
Gated fountain area where kids can splash. Across the street from a snow cone shop and other eateries. Free!
Water sprays from shell figurines for small bursts of time. Can be finicky. Next to the nature play area
Cutest little pre-school park with a small fountain area. However, it’s been the subject of news reports recently. Experiences vary by day
Free, simple splash pad with fountains and sprays. Attached to astro-turf playground. Needs maintenance and is projected to open June 10
Damaged several years ago and never repaired. Still waiting on a metro announcement for the 2023 season, but rumor is it won’t be operating this year
Relatively new splash pad made possible because of Jake Owen Foundation. Free to visit. Sprays and fountains next to a playground
Wading pool with small water feature. Connected to expansive Don Fox playground and walking trails. Free to use
Gated, free, splash pad and fountain area
Free, gated splash pad. Struggles with litter and adjacent playground has broken equipment
Free! Typically clean and not crowded
Splash pad connected to bubble foam pit. Included in price of admission

Very new. Lots of water slides. Don’t go down the purple one. Trust me
Zero-entry area with water feature leading into community pool
Water park with wading area and splash pad for little ones. Lap pool and large slides for big kids. Note: In my experience, the kids here are a little more wild/unsupervised
Small, gated splash pad. No outside food or toys allowed. Free. No playground. A little underwhelming
One of my favorite free splash pads. Pirate themed with a very small water slide. Sadly, it is closed for the foreseeable future
Free fountain spray area along the Duck River. Pavilion great for picnics. No shade otherwise
Adorable splash pad with sprays and fountains. Free! Lacking any shade at all. Bring pop-up tents to use outside the fencing area.
FREE fountains downtown with water channel area. Next to the Farmers Market. This spot sometimes draws interesting people. Just be aware of your surroundings
Officially called Ava’s Splash pad. Large and gated and connected to the expansive Charlie Daniels playground. Free!
Small fountain spray area connected to new BCBS Healthy Place park. You do NOT need to be a YMCA member to use this it
New playground and splash pad slated to open this summer! FREE!
Free! Gated splash pad with fountains. Connected to larger Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Gallatin’s first zero-depth pool complete with a splash pad and three slides including