Get Out & Play: Splish-Splash!

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Beat the heat this summer and go play at one of the many free splash pads around town. No matter where you live, you never have to go far in Knoxville to find water fountains for some fun in the sun.

The splash pad at Carl Cowan Park is right on the river with opportunities for paddling and fishing and more. This park also features sport fields, basketball and tennis courts, paved trails and a playground.


McFee Park in Farragut offers the largest public splash pad with a unique nature theme, rain elements and fun spray elements such as flowers and animals!

Go home from your trip to the New Harvest Park splash pad with veggies from the Farmers Market offered here on Thursdays.

Nearby residents can walk or ride a bike to the Powell Station Park via the Powell Greenway. This park has it all – a sports-themed splash pad, skatepark, playground and a nine-hole disc golf course.

World’s Fair Park offers the tallest play fountains in town – big enough for grown-ups, too. With the city skyline and Sunsphere in the background, this is a classic Knoxville spot that’s great for photos and picnics.

The fountains at Volunteer Landing are a great complement to this linear park that stretches along the Tennessee River. The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center is just short walk away – here you can rent Pace bikes (Knoxville’s new bike share program – all you need is an app) or rent paddleboards, canoes and kayaks from Billy Lush Boards to explore the Tennessee River.

Krutch Park in Market Square features beautiful trees and sculptures right in the heart of downtown. The fountains in the center of Market Square are a hot commodity at the Farmers Market on humid Saturday mornings.

Find out more ways to Get Out & Play at OutdoorKnoxville.com.

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