5 Ways to Make the Most of Memorial Day

April 27, 2017  |  Permalink

Memorial Day is right around the corner. It’s a time set aside to remember the fallen heroes of America’s armed forces. It’s a day to remember the cost of the freedom we so deeply cherish. It’s also the beginning of the summer season at our parks. It’s the perfect time to hitch up the RV, load up the truck and make some memories in the great outdoors. Here are five ways to make the most out of your holiday weekend: 

1. Grab your swimming suit and hit the pool.


Like wearing white after Labor Day, there’s an unwritten rule that pools don’t open before Memorial Day weekend. Now is your chance to enjoy the first swim of the summer! We have 17 swimming pools across the state. Many of them are Olympic-size and most provide bathhouses, snack areas, diving boards, children’s wading pools and lifeguards.


2. Grill out with the family.


Many of our cabins, campgrounds and picnic shelters provide grills that are perfect for enjoying your favorite summer foods. Think about the taste of a flame-kissed hamburger with thick lettuce and a ripe tomato on a toasted bun. We’re getting hungry just writing about it!


3. Play a couple rounds of golf.


Longer days, a holiday weekend, and warm weather are the perfect combination for maximizing your time on the greens. We have nine courses that offer something for every player. From the brand-new greens at Paris Landing to the three Jack Nicklaus-designed courses known as the “Bear Trace,” the beauty and scenery of will captivate you.


4. Explore a new waterfall.


Did you know there are more than 80 waterfalls in our parks? Chances are you haven’t seen them all. Come enjoy the cool mist of a new waterfall over Memorial Day weekend. Up for an even bigger adventure? Why not stay at a park and see how many waterfalls you can cross off your list? Click here to read our blog, “10 waterfalls within an hour of Cookeville” to get you started. If you’re looking for other waterfalls, check out our waterfall page.


5. Head out on the water.


Maybe your idea of holiday festivities is time spent on the water. Memorial Day is the first weekend that our boat rental operations open back up. Our parks offer a variety of paddle boats, kayaks and canoes. Whatever your preference, we have something that will “float your boat”.


BONUS: Let us do the cooking.


Take a vacation from the cooking and the dishes. We have six parks that actually provide on-site dining options. These restaurants offer buffet and menu items, and can even provide to-go meals.  Just because you can cook food over a fire doesn’t mean you have to. Let us help you maximize your fun and minimize your mess.


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