Local Dives: Where to Swim This Summer

Hoping to hit the Nashville swimming pool scene this summer but leery of paying membership fees? Fear not. During the hotter months of the year, Nashville expands its outdoor pool selection and even sprinkles in some local water parks to boot, and none of them demand unruly prices even if some fees are involved.

For starters, you’ll want to watch out for opening and closing dates. Seasonal swim spots are well-kept and fun, but sometimes tricky. Here are the top contenders for outdoor community pools:

Rose Community Center

1000 Edgehill Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 862-8465

Looby Community Center

2301 Metro Center Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228
(615) 862-8454

Cleveland Community Center

North 6th Street at Vernon Winfrey
Nashville, TN 37207
(615) 862-8444

Pleasant Green Pool

105 S. Main St.
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
(615) 851-2200
*Click link for fees and hours of operation

The YMCA is also a great option. For $99 a month, your family can join for the whole year or just the three months of summer. Membership gives you access to all of the YMCA’s in the area, and the one in Brentwood’s Maryland Farms – Southern Hills YMCA – has a killer kids’ area, with all kinds of water features.

Want something a little more upscale? There are member-only pools open in the summertime, if you’re looking to avoid crowds and an excess of foam pool noodles. Here are three on the West side of Nashville:

Whitworth Pool

6201 Hickory Valley Rd
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 352-6591
*Click link for hours, fees and 2016 membership application

Seven Hills

1317 Hildreth Drive
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 665-0090
*Click link for hours, fees and 2016 membership application

Sequoia Swim & Tennis Club

2120 Chickering Lane
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 373-8426
*Click link for hours, fees and 2016 membership application

If you and your family want a more adventurous excursion, here are some pools that are more like soaking-wet amusement parks, complete with snack shacks and tube slides:

Nashville Shores (Open May 14, 2016-September 11, 2016)

4001 Bell Rd.
Hermitage, TN 37076
(615) 889-7050
Click here to see hours of operation.
General Admission (52 inches and taller) – $36.99 plus tax
Junior Admission (Shorter than 52 inches) – $28.99 plus tax
Seniors (62 years old and older) and Military* – $28.99 plus tax
Children 2 years old and younger are free

If you order your tickets online, you can purchase the tickets for the Junior Admission of $28.99 plus tax per person.

AFTER 4PM – Tickets are just $21.99 plus tax per person after 4 pm. This offer is available online and at the gate.

*Must provide valid military ID for military rate
*Tickets are valid 2016 season only
*There is a $4 processing fee for online purchases
*There is a $9 parking fee

Wave Country (Open May 28, 2016-August 5, 2016 and August 6th, 2016-September 4th, 2016 on Sat. and Sun. only)

2320 Two Rivers Parkway
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 885-1092

Monday through Thursday: 11am – 5pm
Friday and Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Memorial Day 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
July 4th 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Labor Day 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

13 years and older – $12.00
3 years – 12 years – $10.00*
2 years and under – FREE

*Admission is half price for kids between 3 – 5pm on Monday through Thursday.
**Click link for additional information and Membership Deals