If you’re looking for something to do in the Smoky Mountains or Knoxville this spring and summer, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy some kid-friendly fun in the sun. These awesome local splash pads are the perfect inexpensive way to keep the kids happy and moving all season long.
Smoky Mountain & Knoxville Splash Pads
Sevier County Splash Pads
Gatlinburg Splashpad: This free fountain-esque splash pad in downtown Gatlinburg is an economical way to add a little fun to your Smokies vacation. The splash pad is right next to the visitors center. The visitors center features restrooms, outdoor musical instruments, and a trolley stop.
Location: 520. E. Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN (light #3)
Cost: FREE, $6/for all day parking in Gatlinburg
Sevierville Family Aquatic Center: This facility features a splash pad, swimming pool with 2 slides, and plunge pool.
Cost: $4/child, $5/adult
Knox County Splash Pads
Carl Cowan Park: This popular splash pad offers a variety of fun water features and sprayers. There are also covered picnic tables for lunch, and a playground on the other side of the parking lot.
Location: 10058 Northshore Drive, Knoxville
Market Square: There are two small fountain-style splash pads on the square that can easily be enjoyed during your trip to the Farmer’s Market this season.
Location: 406 Walnut Street, Knoxville, TN (parking garage)
McFee Park: In addition to the splash pad, this park also features a playground, picnic area, and restrooms.
Location: 917 McFee Rd., Knoxville
New Harvest Park: This splash pad is also fountain style with a few cool features, like water shooters. There is an adjacent playground, picnic areas, and a community center with rental facilities. May – November, there is also a farmers’ market at this location.
Location: 4775 New Harvest Lane, Knoxville
Powell Station Park: This is a fountain style splash pad, with picnic areas, an adjacent playground, and a skate park.
Location: 2318 Emory Road, Knoxville, Lot A
World’s Fair Park: This large fountain-style splash pad is fun for both adults and kids alike. There is an adjacent playground, and nearby restrooms. With a short walk, you can also enjoy the many shops and restaurants in downtown Knoxville.
Location: 1080 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville
Zoo Knoxville: This fun splash pad incorporates a variety of sprayers and is free with your paid zoo admission.
Location: 3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr, Knoxville, TN 37914
Cost: $19.95/adults, $16.95/kids