Head Outside for Labor Day Weekend

July 31, 2017  |  Permalink

The last days of summer are upon us, so don’t pass up the chance to spend a little more time in the sun this Labor Day weekend! Start planning now for how you’ll spend September 2-4. It’s your time to celebrate the hard work you’ve put in all year. It’s your opportunity to tell your boss, “Sayonara!” and head for the door. Whether you’re aiming for some time on the water or seclusion in the woods, we can help you make the most of the three-day weekend. Here are a few ideas to get your planning juices flowing:

Last Chance to Enjoy Swimming Pools

Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy poolside lounging at many of our state parks. The last open day for most of our pools is Monday, September 4. There are 17 state parks with swimming pools in Tennessee, staffed with lifeguards and usually equipped with sunbathing space, bathhouses, snack bars, diving boards and wading pools. Some even feature splash pads for kids to enjoy. There is a $5 fee for day guests, while cabin and camping guests receive a 50% discount. You can find a full list of parks featuring swimming using the button below. Make sure to check out the website or call the park to confirm hours of operation for Labor Day weekend. (Photo credit: David Pineros)



Take a Boat out on the Water

If you prefer your time on the water in a more natural setting, why not take a boat out on one of the great lakes and rivers in Tennessee State Parks? There are 25 parks across the state offering boat rentals of various types, from paddle and jon boats to canoes and kayaks. Most of the parks offer boat rentals through Labor Day, but make sure to call the park or check the website to confirm rental hours. (Photo credit: Josh Gibson)



Enjoy a Ranger-Led Event

Did you know that Tennessee State Park host events every day for the public to enjoy? From pontoon tours and guided hikes to educational programs and concert series, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Park rangers have planned some great events for Labor Day weekend, and would love for you to join them.



Swing Away on the Tennessee Golf Trail

We have combined the good nature of Tennessee with the talent of outstanding course designers like Jack Nicklaus and Joe Lee to create the Tennessee Golf Trail. Whether you choose to play one of the six traditional courses or select from the three Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Trace courses, you will be surrounded by some of the most fantastic scenery in Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Jeb DeKalb)



Discover a New Waterfall

Did you know there are more than 80 waterfalls in Tennessee State Parks? Chances are there’s one you haven’t seen. Respond to the call of the wild and hit the trail to discover these natural wonders. Click the orange button below for a list of 10 waterfalls within an hour of Cookeville. Need more ideas? Check out the Tennessee State Park Instagram feed! (Photo credit: @WanderinWill)



Fire up the Grille

Maybe you just want to come out and spend the day in the park with a group of friends. Tennessee State Parks has a variety of picnic shelters and pavilions available to rent. Throw some hamburgers on the grille and enjoy the day under the sun (and the shade). Full-day rentals may be done online or you may contact the park of your choice to learn about other rental options.


Need a Place to Stay?

Sometimes a day is not enough of an escape. All of these activities are perfect additions to a camping, cabin or inn room stay. From Memphis to Bristol, and everywhere in between, we have a pillow for your head or a patch of dirt for your tent. We would love to help you take advantage of the three-day weekend and extend your time in the outdoors.



Need a Place to Eat?

In you don’t want to cook, let our restaurants handle it for you. Our eight restaurants offer breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. They can even cater an event or picnic. Click the button below to find a park restaurant.


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