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Summer Water Fun for You and Your Family

News flash: it’s hot outside.

As the summer of 2024 moves into full swing, residents of Wilson, Smith, and Dekalb counties are looking for ways to cool off and enjoy some watery fun with their families. From the pool to the splash park to the lakefront and beyond, our beautiful region of Tennessee is blessed with a wide range of possibilities.

Here are some of the best options we know of within the communities that EMTAR members serve and in nearby locations as well.

Mt. Juliet:

Cedar Creek Recreation Area
This popular locale on Old Hickory Lake includes a sandy beach with a swimming area and picnic spots. Cedar Creek Campground offers 60 sites and limitless options for activities like boating, hiking, fishing, and relaxing on the swim beach. A picnic shelter located in the day use area may also be reserved on weekdays throughout the summer.  (Cost: $5 per car.)

Ava’s Splash Pad @ Charlie Daniels Park
1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy
This public facility is a ton of fun, especially for the little ones.

Looking WAY ahead, Mt. Juliet plans to build a 14-acre recreational and aquatic center along Clemmons Road, with hopes of opening within four years. Not much good for this summer, but something to look forward to!

For more Mt. Juliet water options, visit the Parks & Facilities page here.


Jimmy Floyd Center – Pools
511 N. Castle Heights Ave.
Indoor and outdoor pools, swim lessons, and more. Memberships available.

Don Fox Park – Wading Pool
416 Baird Park Circle
The park has four pavilions equipped with an electrical outlet, a grill, and eight picnic tables including a handicap-accessible table. There are 61 other picnic tables throughout the park, along with 17 other grills, a wading pool, and a walking track.

Laguardo Recreation Area
Located on Old Hickory Lake, Laguardo is a great day-trip destination. It offers a playground, boat ramp, and sandy beach to keep the kids and adults entertained. Also ideal for bank fishing. (Cost: $5 per car.)

Dekalb County:

Dekalb features the sprawling Center Hill Lake and its wide variety of water-related activities, from boating to swimming to fishing.

For more general information about the area beyond Center Hill, visit the county’s Parks and Recreation page here.

Smith County:

The Town of Carthage announced recently that its public pool reopened on June 8. The pool had been repaired and refilled. Among other fun stuff, it offers water aerobics, pool parties, and season passes.

For more details about these and other Eastern Middle Tennesse pool and beach destinations, visit Nashville Fun for Families here.

Additional water-fun opportunities a bit outside of our area and across Tennessee include:

Nashville Shores — 4001 Bell Road, Nashville
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Wave Country — 2320 Two Rivers Parkway, Nashville
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SoundWaves — 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
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Boro Beach — 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro
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Brentwood Splash Park — 920 Heritage Way, Brentwood
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Franklin Splash Park — 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin
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NOOGA Splash — 2389 Gold Point Cir N., Hixson
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Dollywood’s Splash Country — 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge
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Wild Bear Falls Water Park — 915 Westgate Resorts Rd | Gatlinburg
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Wild WaterDome Waterpark — 190 Gists Creek Rd | Sevierville
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On a separate but related note, for any of our members’ clients who are interesting in adding their own pool to a property, the checklist here from Wilson County Codes & Zoning is a helpful resource to consult for those who live within the county.

No matter where and when you choose to jump into the water, have a fun, safe summer, and stay cool out there!

About EMTAR: Chartered in 1969, our Association’s 1,300+ REALTORS® are a proud part of the 36,000+ members of Tennessee REALTORS® and of the 1.5 million+ members of NAR, all working to serve the public and protect the rights of America’s property owners. EMTAR members are known not only for their unmatched real estate excellence and high ethical standards, but also for being generous, hospitable, others-focused, loyal, hardworking, and eager to help wherever and whenever help is needed.

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