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5 Things to do in the Summer When You Are Stationed at Ft. Campbell
We are just three weeks away from another summer being just a memory. School will start for my boys and although the weather will still be hot and the bugs will be loud, the pool will be closed and we will be looking ahead to the fall.
This summer has been low-key but also a lot of fun. We did not go on any vacations although my oldest went to summer camp. We had a lot of family time in June since my husband was home with a broken arm. I wanted to share 5 Things to do in the Summer When You Are Stationed at Ft. Campbell.
If you don’t know, Ft. Campbell is on the Tennessee and Kentucky border. Literally. Some of the base is in one state, some in the other. While officially the installation is considered Ft. Campbell, KY, if you have a baby here, they will have Ft. Campbell, TN on their birth certificate. Even though that doesn’t really exist. You can choose to live on post, on the Tennessee side in Clarksville or the Kentucky side in Oak Grove. There are also people that live a little further away in other towns too.
1. Liberty Park
Our family loves Liberty Park. Located at 1188 Cumberland Dr, Liberty park has a ton of things to do. You can walk along the river, let the kids play at their amazing playground, let your dog play at the dog park, grill, fly a kite or just relax on the grass. You can also fish in the pond or if you have a boat you can use the marina. A lot of people take advantage of this park and there is no question why. It’s a beautiful place to go. They also have a restaurant, the Liberty Grill which is pretty good and if the weather is nice you can sit outside by the water.
2. The Pool
We love the pool and go there often. There are quite a few options for going to the pool here if you don’t have one of your own. The two main places are on post or the city pools in Clarksville. The on post pools are very nice and one of them even has a splash park attached to it. The off post pools are bigger and we have gone there the last few years since you can get a summer pass. The pass for a family of 5 is about $110 using the military discount. You can also get swim lessons for $15 a session if you have the discount. Last time I checked they were $60 on post, so quite a big difference. We have done lessons at both places and I think both are great but one is a lot cheaper than the other.
3. Splash Parks
When we first moved here they only had one splash park on post. It is right next to a Starbucks and a regular park and we love going there. There is also a smaller one across the post and they now have 4 in Clarksville. They opened a new one this year. Splashpads are a really popular place to meet up with friends and when your kids are small, going to a splash pad is a lot easier then a pool when you are by yourself.
I grew up going to Wild Rivers in California so the first time we went to Tiebreakers I was very underwhelmed. However, the kids love the place and it can be a fun to spend the day there during the hot and humid summer. Located in Kentucky, this is about 15 minutes from post. They also have a military appreciation day and buy one get one free on Mondays. They have a couple of slides, a lazy river and a fun water playground to play in.
5. Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park is a lot of fun. They show movies in a couple of the parks after dark on Saturdays. You can bring your own food or buy snacks. Last year we saw Back to the Future one and two and this year we watched Independence Day. They have a mix of family-friendly and other popular movies starting in May and going through October.
There are of course a lot of other things you can do in the summer at Ft. Campbell. There are events going on both on and off post, many parks to choose from, you can easily get to Nashville and Land Between the Lakes is only an hour away. Check out Groupon for any deals in the Clarksville or Nashville area.
Not stationed at Fort Campbell? Here are some posts by some of my blogger friends about other duty stations 🙂
And don’t forget to check out my Duty Station Guest Post list for information on a lot of different duty stations 🙂
Last Updated on June 24, 2021 by Julie Provost