Make this Summer a Splashing Success 12

Franklin 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. The pool has water features that appeal to kids of all ages. Accessible entry is available, and lifeguards are on duty at all times.


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.


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.

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.


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.

River Rat’s offers multiple trips that are perfect for families. 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.

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.