Top Kid-Friendly Places in Cookeville

From parks to arcades, we are listing the top kid-friendly spots in Cookeville on any given day.

Dogwood Park

Pack up the kids and prepare to spend several hours at the beautiful Dogwood park. Right in the center of Cookeville’s downtown, Dogwood park has tons of green space for picnicking or lawn games. The water fountain and feature in the center of the park is the perfect spot for kiddos to cool off on a hot day. Best for all ages.

  • Monday – Sunday 6:00am – 10:00pm

Heart of the City Playground

Once you are done exploring Dogwood Park, take a short walk over to Heart of the City Playground. This donation funded playground is clean and expansive and will often times find parents struggling to get their kids to leave! There is even a section for the toddlers so that the rambunctious big kids don’t plow over the little ones. Best for ages 1+.

  • Monday – Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Cane Creek Park

Trying to get some exercise but also entertain the kids? Cane Creek Park is your answer. The 1.75 mile loop that wraps around a 56-acre lake is a gorgeous path where you can either stroll smaller children, ride bikes, run or walk. There are five playgrounds within the park as well as a disc golf course, kayaks and paddle boats for rent, a basketball and volleyball court and a mountain bike trail. Best for all ages.

  • Sunday – Friday 8:00am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday 7:00am – 9:00pm

Cream City

The most well-known photo that pops up when you google Cookeville, is likely the historic Cream City sign. Situated right in the heart of the WestSide, Cream City is a staple in the charming town. Offering more than 40 varieties of handmade ice cream, stop by and snap a photo of your kiddos in front of the signature sign. Best for all ages.

  • Monday – Thursday 11:00am – 10:00pm
  • Friday – Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Cookeville Depot Museum

After you’ve grabbed a cone at Cream City, hop across the street to the Cookeville Depot Museum. For the train loving kiddos, the historic depot museum is a must-see. The grounds surrounding the museum house a replica of a model train as well as a real-life display of a steam engine, two red cabooses and two small track cars. Best for all ages.

  • Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

City Lake Falls

If you want to check out some of Cookeville’s waterfalls but have small children that can’t tackle a strenuous hike, check out City Lake Falls. The walkway to the falls is short and mostly paved, so it’s perfect for small kiddos. The waterfall itself is gorgeous and unexpected. Best for ages 2+.

  • Monday – Sunday 8:00am – 5:00pm

The Slice Pizza & Games

If getting outdoors isn’t an option, The Slice Pizza & Games is a great bet to keep the kids entertained. Prepare to dole out some cash on the game cards as they tend to run out quickly. The pizza is excellent and they even serve beer and wine for the adults! Best for ages 3+.

  • Monday – Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm

Thrive Family Fun Center

If you are looking for a spot to spend a majority of your day, plan on trying out Thrive Family Fun Center. On top of the large trampoline area, they have a full blown arcade, nerf wars, a rock climbing wall, toddler room, ninja warrior course, and more! The large facility even has a black light party every Friday and Saturday night in the trampoline area. Best for ages 2+.

  • Sunday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Monday 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday – Thursday 4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Friday – Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm

Tiny Town Playground

Life Church offers a FREE indoor playground for toddlers that is in simple terms, adorable. Best for ages 2-5.

  • Monday – Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm

Bowling World

You can never go wrong with some old fashioned bowling. The local alley offers 32 lanes, a grill and an arcade room. Best for ages 3+.

  • Monday – Tuesday 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am – 10:30pm
  • Thursday 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Friday – Saturday 9:00am – 12:30am
  • Sunday 12:00pm – 10:00pm

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