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Make a Splash: Water Play Areas in Memphis

Hey friends! I don’t know about you, but it’s been REALLY HOT these past few weeks, and I could definitely use a cool down to beat this Memphis heat. 

Take a look at this list that’s full of fun water activities to enjoy in the 901 this summer:


Crosstown Concourse Fountain Area

The plaza at Crosstown Concourse has a water fountain that’s a perfect playtime spot, whether you want to dip your toes, run in full force, or simply sit and watch.

P.S. Did I mention that it was free? : ) 


Shelby Farms Park


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There are so many ways to make waves at Shelby Farms Park!

The Water Play Sprayground features water tunnels, spray jets, water pumps, and more fun for children 12 and under. This area of the park is open Wednesday-Monday for both morning and afternoon sessions. Tickets to the splash area are $10.95, and are available for purchase online. 

**Tuesday is Free day at the Water Play Sprayground at Shelby Farms Park. 

One hour sessions begin on the hour: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm,, 3pm, 4pm.
First come first served wristbands for the sessions are distributed beginning at 10am each Tuesday at the Sprayground. **

Shelby Farms also offers kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals at Hyde Lake Boat House and Pine Lake Boat House

Prices vary depending on the boat/board, and how many people will be participating in the activity. Check out their site for more information!

If you own your own boat, that’s cool, too! All non-motorized boats are allowed on all lakes at Shelby Farms.

P.S.: Proceeds from the boat/board rentals help support the Shelby Farms Conservancy


BRC Splash Pad 


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The BRC Splash Pad is located in the city of Barltett, and is available for both residents and non-residents of the municipality. There are sprinklers, slides, geysers, pumps, and plenty more where that came from.

This water feature is open to the public daily, beginning Memorial Day through the last Sunday of September. Tickets are free for BRC Members, $5 for residents and $12 for non-residents. 


City of Memphis Pools 

The City of Memphis offers both indoor and outdoor pools for all city dwellers. 

Indoor Pools

  • Bickford Aquatic Center
  • Hickory Hill Aquatic Center
  • Orange Mound Community Center Pool
  • Raymond Skinner Pool

Outdoor Pools

  • L.E. Brown Pool
  • Charles Morris Pool
  • Douglass Pool
  • Ed Rice Pool
  • Gaisman Pool
  • Gooch Pool
  • Lester Pool
  • Pine Hill Pool
  • Raleigh Pool
  • Riverview Pool
  • Tom Lee Pool
  • Westwood Pool
  • Willow Pool

In addition, the city also offers aquatic courses, including a Lifeguarding course, Swim Lessons, and Water Aerobics too!


Peabody Park


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Located in Midtown, Peabody Park houses a community center, playground, and a splash park for all the peeps!


Beale Street Landing “Island Play”


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Beale Street Landing “Island Play” is located at Riverside and Beale, and provides a free, small spray ground area for kids to cool off.

Sometimes the water is not on, but that’s okay! Just pop on over to the Mud Island River Park and dip your toes in the pond. 


Children’s Museum H2Oh! Park 

CMOM recently opened their Splash Park for the summer, and it is the perfect spot to keep it cool with the kids. With over 7,000 square feet of pure fun, the H2Oh! Splash Park features jet streams, water tunnels, geysers and more. Swimwear and Lawn Chairs are welcomed. 

The park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. 



YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South offers many gym locations that also include access to indoor and outdoor pools! 

There are numerous YMCA pool locations around town, including Downtown, East Memphis (Ric Nuber location), Midtown, Cordova, Collierville, and more. 

For those interested in lap swimming or water aerobics, reservations are required.

Additionally, the Y also offers swim lessons, lifeguard training, certification courses, and hosts its very own swim team. 

Memberships are required in order to visit any of the YMCA gyms and pools.  Become a member online

If you only want access to the pool, check out their ‘Splash Pass’


Kayak Memphis 


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Kayak Memphis provides Memphians with thrilling adventures down the Mississippi riverfront. Prices vary from $20-$75 per person, depending on which adventure you choose: Guided Harbor Tours, Mississippi Guided Tours, or, if you’re an experienced kayaker, you can rent a kayak and forge your own path.

All kayakers are given a paddle and a U.S Coast Guard approved flotation device (PFD). 

For more information, contact Kayak Memphis at (901) 482-2942, or email them at


Blues City Kayaks 


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Blues City Kayaks is a local kayaking company that offers multiple opportunities and tours for individuals and groups alike to enjoy some time on the water. 

Whether you or your group ride the Wolf River, the Gh0st River, or a local lake, this company offers guided tours that will give you an experience like no other. 

If you’re looking for a customized tour, that can be arranged too! Contact them at (901) 762-1133 or email to plan your own course. 

Prices vary depending on the tour that is chosen. Take a look at their website for more information.


Ghost River Rentals

Ghost River Rentals is the sister company of Kayak Memphis. Located in Moscow, Tennessee, this company allows Memphians and visitors to explore the world around them, specifically the Mississippi River,  the Wolf River, Bakers Pond, and Ghost River. 

Ghost River Rentals provides both rentals — kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle boards — along with guided tours. Prices range from $40-$90. 

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