When the temperatures are soaring, there is no better way to cool off, refresh, and reset than enjoying fun in the sun all day with water recreation activities in Gallatin, Tennessee. The city offers many choices for participating in water activities suitable for all ages, such as swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more. Whether the plan is to visit the park to take a leisurely canoe ride or slide down a giant water slide, residents have numerous options for outdoor activities just a short drive away from local recreation facilities. Plan to take the sizzle out of the heat by tapping into the coolness of the following sparkling water recreation destinations in Gallatin.
Tommy Garrott Aquatics Facility
Tommy Garrott Aquatics Facility Amenities
- Zero-depth pool
- Water slides
- Splash pad
- Water tower
Tommy Garrott Aquatics Facility is the ideal place to be for hours of fun and fresh air. The outdoor facility is a sure way to spend a cool day. There is so much to for kids, teens, and adults—beginning with the zero-depth pool.
Visitors can test their nerve when accessing multiple water slides with 57-, 134-, and 167-foot drops. There is a train slide for the kids, a splash pad, spray toys, and a water tower.
For comfort and convenience, visitors can take a break from splashing, spraying, and sliding with a seat under an umbrella to relax. They can add a few items from the two concession stands, from burgers and hot dogs to funnel fries and candy, to get fueled up for more fun. If a party is on the agenda, the facility offers private and birthday pool party rentals.
Nashville SUP & Yoga
Nashville SUP & Yoga Amenities
- Paddleboard rentals
- Paddleboarding classes
- Equipment care instruction
Take to the water at Nashville SUP & Yoga and enjoy a memorable paddleboard excursion. Located at Gallatin Marina, staff members make it easy to book classes or make rental equipment arrangements.
With easy access to rental stand-up paddleboards, visitors learn how to paddle the waterways using specific techniques while maintaining proper balance. They will also learn about proper care of the equipment. There are several classes to choose from to fit all skill levels, from Intro to SUP to unwinding and relaxing with SUP Yoga. There is also SUP Fit, Full Moon Paddle and Mediation, Social Paddling, and the Mile Builder Club.
Classes are available for those just learning how to maneuver a paddleboard with the proper strokes to those at the advanced level interested in enjoying a day of relaxation on the water. Take advantage of all the facility offers, including discounts with the 3 Class Pass, private paddleboard groups, and gift cards. Assorted merchandise is available such as hats, water bottles, tanks, crop tops, and more. Private paddle sessions are available as well.
Gallatin Civic Center
Gallatin Civic Center
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- Infant swimming classes
- American Red Cross Lifeguard training
- Aqua fitness classes
The Gallatin Civic Center offers a variety of options for water recreation. For those who want to learn how to swim or hone their swimming skills, the facility offers private lessons by experienced teachers in the indoor pool. Parents can enroll their children in the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) class, which provides safety lessons for babies ages 6 to 12 months and children 1 to 6 years old.
At the outdoor pool, adults and seniors can stay in shape with aqua fitness classes scheduled Monday through Friday. Swimmers no older than 18 years of age who want to participate in competitions and are eligible can sign up for the swim teams. The facility also offers American Red Cross Lifeguard training for qualified swimmers ages 15 and older.
There is a fee for daily access, or residents can sign up for an annual pool membership. Non-residents are also welcome.
Bledsoe Creek State Park
Bledsoe Creek State Park Amenities
- Paddleboard and kayak rentals
- 57 campsites
- Boat ramp
- Designated swimming areas
Bledsoe Creek State Park has a long and interesting history as a hunting ground for several Native American tribes. In 1973, the area was designated as a state park.
Bledsoe is an ideal spot to enjoy the great outdoors both on land and on the water. The park has 57 campsites—including waterfront sites—for those who want to enjoy an extended adventure to include hiking trails, observing wading birds and waterfowl, and water recreation activities.
On the water, visitors have access to a public boat launch ramp designated for those bringing their own boat and an additional boat ramp for registered campers. Both ramps are large enough for docking fishing boats. Fishing is a popular pastime at the park, with bass and catfish as two species in the lake. Other water activities include canoeing and water skiing. PaddleEZ provides online reservations for paddleboard and kayak rentals priced by the hour for kayak and paddleboard enthusiasts.
There are no swimming areas in Bledsoe Creek State Park, which means no swimming is allowed. Three nearby places with sandy beach areas, boat ramps, restroom facilities, and picnic sites to consider include Lock 3 Recreation Area, Laguardo Recreation Area, and Cedar Creek.
Gallatin Marina Amenities
- Boat ramp
- Fuel station
- Pump-out station
- Nearby restaurants
At the Gallatin Marina, boaters get fueled and fed before they sink into the luxury of Gallatin living and get going on a relaxing day of fun on Hickory Lake. Open Tuesday through Saturday, visitors can bring their boat and fuel up at the station with 100 percent diesel and ethanol-free gasoline. There is also access to the pump-out station if needed. Before heading out, stock up at the marina store with assorted items such as ice, cold drinks, snacks, sunscreen, life jackets, and more.
After a day on the water, park the boat and head to Awedaddy's Bar & Grill. The restaurant offers the option to dine-in or place an order to go. The atmosphere is casual and friendly and has a menu to satisfy everyone, with favorites such as shrimp and grits, crab-stuffed flounder, catfish, chili lime salmon, creamy Cajun pasta, assorted sandwiches, and peel and eat shrimp. Top off the meal with a slice of key lime pie or a fudge brownie à la mode. Adults can enjoy one of the bar's specialty drinks. There is also live music for entertainment.
Gallatin Makes Water Recreation Fun & Simple
From sun up to sundown, Gallatin keeps its residents and visitors busy with plenty of water recreation options. No matter the skill level or age, the city's local venues provide whatever an individual is interested in experiencing. Whether it's dropping a fishing line, meditating on a stand-up paddleboard, enjoying the solitude of a leisurely kayak excursion, relaxing on a lakefront property, or watching the kids laugh with excitement as they swoosh down a water slide, when you move to Gallatin, you can do it all.
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