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Free+ Water Activities: Beaches, Pools & Splash Parks & Pads Locations

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Cool off this summer at one of the many water parks, pools, and splash pads available around Tampa Bay. Help your kids stay active, all while having fun. Slather on the sunscreen and take a refreshing swim or sunbathe on the beach for a few hours.


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1. The biggest and the most visited Tampa Bay area attraction is our beautiful beaches. They are free to visit. You may need to pay for parking though.

Some of our favorite beaches include:

  • At the top of our list is  Honeymoon Island beach, it is a perfect way to spend the summer days.
  • Sand Key Park has playgrounds, grills, and a dog park for the whole family to enjoy.






2. Don’t have your own personal pool? No worries. Many Tampa Bay Metropolitan YMCA & Suncoast YMCA offer free or affordable admission for non-members at their pool or water slide parks during the summer. Make sure to call your local YMCA to see if they are participating and dates and times for admission.

Make it a family pool day at some of these family-friendly locations:

Hillsborough County 


Pasco County

  • Visit the Epperson Lagoon near Wesley Chapel for some local fun. It’s a little higher priced then other attractions, but an available option.
  • The Lift Adventure Park operates the aquatic attractions, including the wakeboard cable, the Aqua Park, and paddlesport rentals in Sunwest Park in northwest Pasco, just off of Hwy 19 in Hudson.


Pinellas County


Splash Pads/ Sprinkler Parks

Admission or Membership Based

1. Splash Pads can be found in all the major Tampa area attractions like. So if you’re a member, then there is no additional fee,

  • Busch Gardens, 10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 Sligh Ave, Tampa
  • Adventure Island Water Park, 10001 McKinley Dr, Tampa
  • Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602

Free Entrance Splash Parks

2. If you don’t have a membership to a Tampa Attraction, check out these free or low cost splash parks below. These are a few of our favorites:

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  • Great splash pad at Dell Homes Park in St. Petersburg. Shaded picnic shelters offers a great place for parents to watch the kids. Playground is super interactive and fun.


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  • The Water Works Park in downtown Tampa has a huge water bucket, scenic view, walking paths and close proximity to downtown attractions.
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  • Colorful water fixtures at the splash pad at the Ballast Point Park in Tampa. It has an amazing view of the bay and multiple playgrounds makes this a fun family spot.






  • All Person’s Rotary Park has a great playground area tucked into the Brandon community, in addition to their splash pad area.





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