10 Places to Splash Around in Cincinnati


Summers in Cincinnati 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.


Locally known as “Dunham”, the aquatic center at Dunham Rec Center will be opening 5/28 this year. The park is equipped with large, twisty slides, smaller tube slides, zero-depth entrance, and we can’t forget free parking. Admission is $4 for youth and $7 for adults.

Evanston Rec Center

The Evanston Rec Center has everything necessary to cool off on a hot day- including a multi-story water slide, zero entrance pool, and tons of space to swim. Admission is $2 for youth and $5 for adults.

The Beach

The beach is an all day adventure. The massive water park is equipped with tons of slides, including racing slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, and much more. Prices are lower online, so considering buying tickets here before heading over to this awesome park.



The Hirsch Rec Center, opening 6/6, combines the fun of a splash park with the perks of a neighborhood swimming pool. The park has a ton of spray features, slides, a zero-depth entrance, and pools of different depth for all abilities. Admission is $2 for youth and $5 for adults.

Dyer Park

This free splash pad is perfect to cool off on a hot day. The splash pad has jets spraying from the ground, a play apparatus, and a super fun slide.

East Fork State Park

There’s something so special about swimming in a lake in the summertime. The Harsha lake at East Fork State Park is the perfect place to swim with a view, find rocks, play in the sand, or maybe even rent a paddle boat. It is well worth the drive.

Stonelick State Park

Another outdoor oasis worth the 40 minute drive. Stonelick State park has a beautiful lake to swim in surrounded by trees, wildlife, and, of course, the beach. As a bonus, Ohio State parks do not charge entrance fees.

Parky’s Ark Wet Playground

Parky’s at Winton Woods has it all. After learning about farm animals, playing in the sensory gardens, or climbing around the playground kids can cool down in the wet park. The animal themed splash park has jets, streams, and drops of water galore. Admission is $6.

Wetland Adventure at Woody’s Mound

Another Great Park water wonderland location. This wet park is a mix of a traditional splash pad and a water park with water slides. For this reason, there are always tons of lifeguards. Kids are sure not to get bored- there is a traditional playground and outdoor musical instruments nearby. Admission is $6.

Smale Riverfront Park

Water Auger at Smale

Smale Riverfront Park is another park with plenty to do any time of the year. In the summer, however, the water pad is the place to be. It has super unique features, like everyone’s favorite water auger, that will keep kids entertained all day. Free.


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