Make this Summer a Splashing Success

Williamson County pools and nearby waterways will appeal to your wet and wild side.

Sweet summertime brings out sun, sandals and swimsuits all around town. Whether you spend the summer by the pool, river or lake – in a beach chair, in a canoe or on a paddle board, Williamson County and surrounding areas have everything for the chlorine-lover and river rat alike (and even a few activities for man’s best friend, too).


Known for their family friendly environment, the YMCAs of Middle Tennessee have the area’s largest collection of indoor and outdoor pools, access to state-of-the art wellness centers, special member-only rates on swim lessons, summer camps, youth sports, personal training and much more. With no long-term contracts, a Y membership includes so much more than access to a  gym. Monthly fees begin at $40 and one-time joining fees begin at $50.


Another great place to enjoy refreshing outdoor water activities (and indoor gym activities) is at Williamson County Parks and Recreation (WCPR). All facilities – including the one at 1120 Hillsboro Road in Franklin – are open to the public, and memberships are not required. A Summer Season Pass is available for $120, allowing access to outdoor pools and indoor amenities, group fitness, aqua fitness and indoor cycling from date of purchase through September 3, 2017. General admission is also available: $4 for youth and adult swimmers, $2 for seniors (ages 55 and older) and youth (ages 4-17). Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free. The pool has water features that appeal to kids of all ages. Shaded areas are available and families can bring along coolers to eat in designated areas (no alcoholic beverages or glass containers allowed). The department’s first splash park is coming soon to the Franklin pool. Accessible entry is available, and lifeguards are on duty at all times.

1933 Harpeth River Drive in Brentwood

For over 50 years, Brentwood Swim and Tennis Club at Wildwood has provided a relaxing place for families and friends to play tennis, splash and socialize. Here you don’t just join, you belong. This family-oriented club is situated on the Little Harpeth River and is not only home to great swimming, but fishing tournaments, ping pong tournaments, multiple playgrounds, a fantastic tennis facility and a place where many memories are sure to be made. For information about memberships, or to be placed on the wait list, send an email with your name and contact information to


Brentwood County Club is way more than just a place to swim; it’s a family of friends with fantastic dining options, a 215-acre golf course with beautiful panoramic views, and a terrific social calendar of events including DJ’s by the pool, movie night by the pool and games. Membership options include: Golf Membership, Young Adult Golf Membership, Social Membership and Corporate/Group Golf Membership.


If you’re a self-described river rat or lake body, Brentwood and surrounding areas have plenty of options for those who prefer rivers and lakes over concrete pools.

Paddle Dog Adventures (PDA) in Westhaven is a unique relaxation spot. Whether you’re looking to hangout by the boathouse, try your luck at paddle-boarding, go for a pedal boat ride around the lake or canoe or kayak down the river, this is a one-stop shop for your outdoor water desires.

Founder John Mattox grew up in east Tennessee where his dad was his scoutmaster and they always had fun playing on the water. A self-proclaimed “water dog” as a child, Mattox says it was a no-brainer when the opportunity arose to open PDA in 2010.

Paddle Dog Adventures is open Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. during the week and noon to 7 p.m. on weekends. Hourly rentals begin at $15.

Summer Family Membership is $250 and includes everyone in your immediate family. This membership is good through September and includes first choice of boat rentals, except during private parties.

Speaking of private parties, PDA specializes in parties sure to create lasting memories. Be sure to inquire about the Pirate Birthday Party – which includes finding and deciphering a treasure map hidden around the lake and ends with a very sweet surprise.

PDA is also home to paddle fit workout classes. Led by Amy Smith and Mandy Oakes, paddle fit is offered Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. All classes are one hour and cost $20. Classes meet at the Paddle Dog boathouse on the Westhaven lake.

So, go fish off the dock, spread picnic blankets on the lawn, or paddle canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards.


Make the short drive into Maury County for what National Geographic has described as one of the most bio-diverse waterways in the U.S. It is of course, Duck River, and it’s where you’ll also The River Rat’s Canoe Rental. Ernie Stewart purchased his first canoe in 1972. Out of his passion for canoeing, he started The River Rat’s Canoe Rental in 1979, one year before his son Bill was born. Bill took over the family business in 2005.

River Rat’s offers multiple trips that are perfect for families. There is no time limit on the trips; however you must be off the river before 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, although reservations are strongly encouraged.

Trips are from 5-9 miles in length, and 3-6 hours in duration and launch daily with rates beginning at $25. There’s also a Lazy River Tube Float on weekends for $12 per tube.


Take a picturesque drive west to Kingston Springs and you’ll find Foggy Bottom Canoe and Kayak Rental. This family and pet-friendly venue has it all – from a hometown greeting upon your arrival to a beautiful ride through Harpeth State Park. Owner Pat Hutcherson and her team take great care of their customers and treat them as part of the Foggy Bottom family.

Foggy Bottom offers several different excursions along the Harpeth River ranging form 1.5 to 11 miles in length and 1 to 3.5 hours in duration. Canoe rentals range from $34 to $39 while kayaks may be rented for $29.00.

Individual travel times will depend on factors such as your experience level and water levels on the day of your trip.

Another great feature about Foggy Bottom is the pet friendly environment. Your four-legged friends are welcome. In fact, Pam and the Foggy Bottom team donate every penny of water and snack sales to Cheatham County Animal Awareness to help animals get the care they need to help them find a new, furever home.

Foggy Bottom opens at 9 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. Excursions must be completed by 6 p.m.