Summer isn’t here but Florida is already bringing the heat. When it’s hot outside, the kids need a place to cool off and have fun. The perfect way to beat the high temperatures and keep the children entertained is visiting a splash pad. Thankfully, the Tampa Bay Area offer so many choices with most of them free or affordable. Splash parks are perfect for kids of all ages especially non swimmers. Here’s a great list of splash pads to keep your children cool as the temperature continues to climb. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Water Works Park (no charge)
1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa 33602
Hours: 9:00 am to Sunset
The center of the splash pad is a huge yellow bucket that dumps a load of water on eager kids. There are other water features that add excitement to this fun park.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (no charge)
600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa 33602
Hours: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
There’s two interactive fountains that is simple but will keep the kids running around for a long time.
Kate Jackson Community Center Fountain (no charge)
821 S Rome Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00pm
This fun park is located in the historic district of Hyde Park Village. There are life-size lion statues and fountains that shoot water up from the ground. There’s a playground nearby if the kids need a break from the water.
Ballast Point Park (no charge)
5300 Interbay Blvd., Tampa, Florida
Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
My toddler loves this splash park. There’s different water features to create a fun environment for the children. Also, you can visit the playground or take a stroll along the pier. I must admit, parking can get a little crazy but the weekdays are usually good.
Giddens Park (no charge)
5202 N 12th St, Tampa 33603
Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
It’s a simple splash pad with an interactive fountain.
Cypress Forest Park (no charge)
650 Pine Ave. N.
Oldsmar, FL 34677
Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
The splash pad is filled with colorful fountains and water misters. There’s also a shaded pavilion nearby for parents.
Dell Holmes Park (no charge)
2741 22nd St. S. St. Petersburg, Florida 33712
Hours: Opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset
This colorful pad has water coming up from the ground as well as shooting from dolphins and frogs. There’s also arches for kids to run through as they get soaked.
Kiwanis Sprayground Highlander Park (no charge)
1940 Ed Eckert Dr, Dunedin, FL 34698
Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
NOTE: Children who are not potty trained must wear swim diaper and plastic pants.
This large splash pad is gated and have several interactive water features. Kids can dodge buckets dropping water or go down a small slide.
Water Play at Zephyr Park (no charge)
5039 4th St, Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Hours: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
NOTE: Infants and children who wear diapers are required to wear a swim diaper for health and safety reasons.
This cool splash park features cannons and archers shooting water. There’s also falling buckets of water that will have the kids running around with excitement.
Bradenton Riverwalk Family Fun Zone & Splash Pad (no charge)
452 3rd Ave. West Bradenton, FL 34205.
Hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
A large and colorful splash zone with water shooting up from the ground to help the kids cool off from the blazing heat. Afterward, the kids can enjoy the playground nearby or take a stroll along the riverwalk.
Tarpon Springs Splash Park (no charge)
508 Live Oak St, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm (11am-6pm Wednesdays)
This splash pad has several types of spray features that will keep all the children happy.
Busch Gardens (See website for admission costs. Splash pad entry is included in the admission.)
10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
Hours: See website for up-to-date weekly park hours.
We have annual passes so we take full advantage of visiting the splash pad areas. My toddler is always exhausted after running around Bert & Ernie’s Watering Hole in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area. There’s also shaded seating for the parents and bathrooms nearby. The splash pad is filled with some cool features like vertical sprays, dumping buckets and water sprayers. It’s perfect for all ages. There’s also a fun water play area in Jungala (Treetop Trails).
Lowry Park Zoo (See website for admission costs. Splash pad entry is included in the admission.)
1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The water play area in Wallaroo Station is the perfect place for your little ones to have fun and stay cool. There’s different freestanding water features that will keep the children entertained for a long time. The Manatee Fountains near the zoo’s main entrance offer a simple but fun water experience for the kids.
Florida Aquarium Splash Pad (See website for admission costs. Splash pad entry is included in the admission.)
701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Hours: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
The splash pad is rainforest themed with cool features for the kids. There’s a spray zone, dump buckets and a structure for kids to climb and play on. There’s also a designated water play area for toddlers with ground sprays.
If you are familiar with any other splash parks, please share!