10 Places to Splash around in Dayton

Summers in Dayton get hot. We have you covered with 10 places around the area to cool off. From lakes to pools to splash pads, there is an option for everybody to experience a splash park in Dayton.

Caesar Creek State Park

Caesar Creek Park
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At one of Ohio’s beautiful state parks you can find the perfect oasis for a hot summer day. The lake is perfect for kids to swim around or play Marco Polo. The long shoreline is perfect for making sandcastles, finding rocks, and playing games. All Ohio State Parks have free admission.



Wegerzyn Gardens

The Children’s Discovery Garden replicates natural habitats like caves, creeks, and waterfalls so that kids can have fun and be safe. The gardens also have tons of sand pits for kids to make creations after cooling off.

Island MetroPark

Island park has both traditional and wet playgrounds making it a great place to spend an entire day at a splash park in Dayton. The water park has sprays, water drops, and in-ground jet galore.

Interactive Fountains at Riverscape

The super high-20ft- jets at riverscape are tons of fun to run around on a hot day. They also have family friendly music with the jets in beat. If you are planning to stay a bit later, make sure to check out the choreographed fountain routine.

Adventure Reef Water Park

This massive 3 acre water park has the works. From cones tipping out gallons of water to massive water slides and splash pads Adventure Reef is the perfect way to spend a whole day. Admission is $5 for youth and $6 for adult Kettering residents and $10 for youth and $12 adult non-residents.

Kroger Aquatic Center

While the massive slide is always a fan favorite there is tons to do at this water park. Of course it is equipped with a lazy river, spray grounds, and smaller pools for little ones. Admission is $7 for youth and $10 for adult Huber Heights residents and $10 for youth and $12 adult non-residents.

Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center

Sycamore trails is the picture perfect pool for the summer. From five gigantic “sunbrellas” to three slides (one tube, one body, and one frog) and a classic dive tank there are places for parents wanting to relax and for kids to play at this ultimate splash park in Dayton. Admission for Miamisburg residents is $5 for kids and $6 for adults. Admission for non-residents is $8 for kids and $9 for adults.

Troy Aquatic Park

With tons of features for older kids and little ones staying in the shallow pools Troy Aquatic Park is the ideal spot for a big family. In the zero depth entrance pool there are interactive features to keep kiddos who still don’t swim entertained at the pool. Bigger kids can enjoy diving boards, water slides, and a drop slide if they dare. Kids 3-5 are $5 and everyone else is $7.

Germantown Aquatic Center | Splash Park in Dayton

This Olympic size pools comes with water slides, diving boards, and a zero depth entry pool. The pool is $8 for residents and $10 for all non-residents.




Aquatics Center & Cassel Hills Pool

vandalia recreation center pool and aquatics

Rain or shine the Vandalia Rec Center has a spot this summer to splash around and cool off. The indoor aquatic center has tons of slides, spray park features, and plenty of space to splash. Outside you can find diving boards, a dive tank, and a renovated kiddie pool. Entrance is $5 for Vandalia residents and $8 for non-residents.

For more summer fun, visit our ultimate guide to water parks around Southwest Ohio


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