The hot, sticky days seem to be endless, and you’d love nothing more than to cool yourself off. Why not take a boat out on the water and surround yourself with fresh air, gentle wake, and beautiful flora? Kayaking and canoeing are great, family-friendly activities, whether you’re an experienced pro or have never held a paddle before. Fortunately, the Nashville area has no shortage of scenic bodies of water, and plenty of places to rent a boat for the afternoon! Check out our favorites: 

Paddle Dog Adventures

“Discover the rivers in your own backyard” is the motto for this family-owned business. Perched right on the shoes of the picturesque Harpeth River in Franklin, Paddle Dog Adventures offers paddle canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards as well as fishing off the dock. The company can accommodate parties and also offers 2-hour river tours! 

Gallatin Kayak Rentals

There’s a reason why Old Hickory Lake in Sumner County is such a popular day-trip spot. This expansive reservoir offers multiple swimming beach areas as well as hiking and birdwatching opportunities. But if you feel like heading out on the water, give Gallatin Kayak Rentals a call—pick up and drop off are included in the rental price, making your day trip a breeze. 

Canoe Music City

The opportunity to peacefully float down the most beautiful parts of the Harpeth River is certainly worth the drive out to South Cheatham County. Canoe Music City provides on-site customer parking and shuttle service to and from the river, and offers comfortable canoes with back rests.  

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