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Outdoor Fun? 18+ Fun Splash Pads for Kids to Cool Off in the Tampa Bay Area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco & More)

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Fun Splash Pads to Cool Off For Hours of Fun

Give your kids a break from their studies and the heat by taking them to any of these splash pads around the Tampa Bay Area. You’ll find a selection of options in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee counties. We will be sure to add more as we find them.

Important Things to Remember about Splash Pads/Splash Parks:

  • While many are usually free, some are only included in admission or membership.
  • Most are open from sunset to sunrise and are usually closed during the colder months of the year.
  • Visit the city or attractions website before heading out to double check hours of operation.
  • Bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, towels and lots of energy.
  • Arrive early or later in the day to avoid the extreme heat.

 

Hillsborough County 

Anderson Park At Kate Jackson Community Center

Have fun with lion statues that shoot out water at Anderson Park’s splash pad. Head over to the park’s Little Free Library to drop off a book or get a free one your kids can read at home.

821 S Rome Ave, Tampa, FL 33606, 813-259-1704

Admission: FREE

 

All Persons Rotary Park

All Persons Rotary Park not only has a universal playground but also has a water fountain play area. It’s a great place for kids to enjoy themselves and splash around in the water. It’s a very simple water play area, but still fun for the kids. The park is open for sunrise to sunset.

800 S. Parsons Road, Brandon, FL 33511
 
Admission: FREE
 
Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Parks

 

 

Ballast Point Park

The park is situated right on Tampa Bay. With a beautiful and open view of downtown Tampa, its a great place to relax and enjoy the scenic views.

The park also has two playgrounds and a splash pad that shoots filtered water through colorful and movable fixtures. Family-Friendly Tips: Splash Pad area is not well shaded. Try visiting the park earlier in the day or later in the afternoon. Parking is limited so plan to arrive early on weekends or holidays for a parking spot.

5300 Interbay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611, (813) 832-1207

Admission: FREE

Busch Gardens

Located inside Busch Gardens you will find a splash pad in their kid’s area. There is ample room for the kids to play. There are also restrooms located nearby and benches for parents.  

10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612, (813) 884-4386

Admission: Included in admission. Visiting? Check out Tampa Bay City Pass to visit Busch Gardens at a big discount. 

Busch Gardens Splash Pad

 

 

Carrollwood Village Park Conservancy

Carrollwood Village Park is a newly renovated Hillsborough County park that has numerous outdoor activities, including a splash pad for kids. The splash pad is good for cooling off after a day of playing at the Nature Play Playground Area nearby. The kids can manipulate the play structures to move the water in different directions. Parents can enjoy shade structures to sit under while watching children play.

4680 West Village Drive, Tampa, FL 33624, (813) 264-8956
 
Admission: FREE
 
Photo Credit: Aquatix

 

Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park combines playground and splash ground for maximum fun. Located in Downtown Tampa, within feet from the Tampa Bay History Center, there is lots to do in the surrounding area. The splash ground is ideal for hot days thanks to trees that provide cool shade for the play structure. There are not any large play structures, but fun nonetheless. 

601 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

Admission: FREE

Curtis Hixon Park

There are two water fountains that act like splash pads which are great for even the smallest of kids. One is located near the Glazer Children’s Museum and the other one is located near the Tampa Museum of Art by the Tampa Bay Riverwalk.

The park is open daily, Sunrise to 10 p.m.

600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL 33602, (813) 274-8677

Admission: Free

The Florida Aquarium Splash Pad

Have the kids bring their swimsuits so they can make a splash at the Florida Aquarium’s interactive splash pad. With ample seating near the Splash Pad, you can spend watching your kids splash while staying cool in the shade. The interactive and color water fixtures have been renovated in the past few years for more fun and interaction.

701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602, (813) 273-4000

Admission: Included in admission or membership. Due to COVID-19, there is a limit to how much time you can spend. at the splash plad. Please visit their website to learn of the latest safety measures.

Photo Credit: Florida Aquarium

Giddens Park Splash Pad

Take refuge at Giddens Park on sunny days. Let your kids run and play at Giddens Park’s round splash pad and interactive fountain while you sit on the surrounding benches. There is also a fully-equipped playground, with sports courts and plenty of open space for games and a dog park. 

5202 N 12th St, Tampa, FL 33603, (813) 274-5161

Admission: FREE

Photo Credit: 813Area

 

Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park

Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park is a beautiful waterpark on 1001 North Boulevard. The park’s Play Cove And Splash Pad is the perfect place for kids to splash around and beat the heat.

1001 North Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606

Admission: FREE

Photo Credit: Tampa Gov

Northdale Park and Recreation Center

This community park has all sorts of activities for adults and kids. Northdale Park and Recreation Center’s playground features a splash pad, especially for kids. The splash pad is surrounded by umbrellas and benches for parents. It is a smaller splash pad area, however, they do have two playgrounds nearby that has been updated.

15550 Spring Pine Dr., Tampa, FL 33624, (813) 264-8956
 
Admission: FREE

Photo Credit: Hillsborough County

 

 

Perry Harvey Sr. Park

The interactive fountain at Perry Harvey Sr. Park makes for an enjoyable splash area for your little ones during the day, and it is a mesmerizing feat of music and lights at night. Kids will love spending time here any day of the week. The park is open from sunrise to 10 p.m.

900 East Scott Street, Tampa, FL 33602, (813) 274-8615

Admission: FREE

Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Parks

 

 

 

Wallaroo Station at ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Wallaroo Station is an Australia-themed family area that provides hours of enjoyment and discovery after taking in a fun day of animal watching.

1101 W. Sligh Avenue Tampa, FL 33604, (813) 935-8552

Admission: Included in paid admission or membership. Check out Tampa Bay City Pass to visit ZooTampa at Lowry Park at a big discount. 

A photo of a girl and other children splashing around enjoying the Wallaroo Splash Pad at ZooTampa
Photo Credit: ZooTampa at Lowry Park

 

 

 

Water Works Park In Downtown Tampa

This riverfront park not only has a scenic view but also has an iconic bucket drop that kids love. Since Water Works Park is in downtown Tampa, there are numerous attractions to visit in the area after playing at the park. 

1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, (813) 274-8615

Admission: FREE

Photo Courtesy:Tampa Gov

 

Pinellas County

Cypress Forest Park Recreation Center in Oldsmar

Cypress Forest Park’s awesome interactive spray park is open from April until November. The parking fee of $5 gives you access to picnic shelters, the Oldsmar Trail Head, and other recreational activities.

650 Pine Ave N, Oldsmar, FL 3467

Dell Homes Splash Park

If your children are wanting to cool off from the Florida sun, they can suit up and enjoy the colorful splash pad and a huge playground nearby. There are nearby benches where parents can watch their kids play.

Opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset. Sprayground open May 1 thru October 31st.

2741 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712, (727) 893-7441

Admission Fee: Free

Dell Homes Splash Pad

 

Kiwanis Sprayground at Highlander Park

The Kiwanis Sprayground at Highlander Park has a 3,000-square-foot play area with colorful, action-packed features that spray, gush, dump, and pour water from a variety of devices and structures. There is also a pirate ship where kids can slide down, tumble buckets, and more.

You’ll also find the spray-ground is located right near the pool and a playground area where kids can visit before getting on the splash pad. The sprayground is ADA accessible, so all the kids can have access to all the fun.

1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin FL 34698, (727) 298-3266.

Admission: FREE, Reservations required due to COVID-19.

Photo Credit: Dunedin Gov

COVID-19 Update: Reservations are required to attend; admission is free. Reservations are for 1 hour blocks and are required. Everyone entering spray-ground must be accounted for. Therefore, everyone entering must have a reservation. Reservations can be made for up to 5 participants per family.

This super kid-friendly sprayground splash pad reopened on June 5 to limited capacity and they’re requiring online reservations to attend. You can also expect limited hours if this is a park you’ve been to in the past. The 3,000 square foot spray park features several fun spray structures, a pirate ship slide, tumble buckets and more! Expect to have your temperature taken here too! Dunedingov.com

 

Tarpon Springs Splash Park

A well-loved water play area for families in Tarpon Springs. The park includes mini slides, Greek- and marine-themed structures, including a tarpon, manatee, pelican, sponge diver, and a lighthouse (to mimic the Anclote Key lighthouse). The park is open daily from 10am to dusk.

There is a shower to rinse and changing/bathroom stalls located nearby. There are four shade canopies with benches underneath to keep families cool while the kids play.

508 Live Oak, Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689

Admission: FREE

Photo Credit: Tarpon Springs Park

 

Pasco County

Sims Park Splash Pad

The scenic Sims Park by Orange Lake has a spacious splash pad that’s open daily from 9:00 AM until 30 minutes before sunset. There are also nearby pavilions with grills and playgrounds to complete the summer fun for the whole family.

The City crews drain and refill the pad to maintain safe levels in the water, along with testing (3) three times daily to help ensure your safety.

6341 Bank St, New Port Richey, FL 34652,  (727) 841-4560

Admission: FREE

Photo Credit: City of New Port Richey
 

 

Waterplay Sprayground At Zephyr Park

Zephyr Park’s 7,000-square-foot sprayground has arches that shoot water, soaker cannons, fountain jets, and buckets of water. The interactive sprayground will surely keep your kids busy for a few hours. Nearby you’ll find a playground to continue the fun.

The Water Park is closed each year from December 15th thru March 1st for maintenance.

38116 5th Avenue, Zephyrhills, FL 33542

Admission: FREE

Zephyr Park

 

Manatee County

Bradenton Riverwalk Family Fun Zone & Splash Pad

Bradenton Riverwalk’s Family Fun Zone & Splash Pad is famous among locals. Kids won’t be able to resist the colorful splash fountain and playground where they can play from 9 AM to 6 PM (8 PM during daylight savings time). Don’t worry because there are shaded benches around the splash pad for parents and guardians.

 452 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205.

Admission: FREE

Photo Credit: realizebradenton.com
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