While we all love a good swim at our community pool, nothing beats the fun of a splash park. Part water park, part playground, these summer spots are a big hit with kids. And, since many are free (or just a few dollars), these playgrounds are sure to be a big hit with parents, too!
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Southwest Ohio Splash Parks.
Due to Covid protocols, capacity limits may be in place. Be sure to check the website before heading out.
Dayton Splash Parks
These spray parks are free and open to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year, operating from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Each splash pad offers plenty of fun ways to cool down, including water cannons, dumping buckets, water slides and more.
Fairview Aquatic Center
2262 Elsmore Ave.
Five Oaks Spray Park
329 Five Oaks Ave.
3037 Germantown St.
882 W. Riverview Ave.
Stuart Patterson Spray Park
238 Baltimore St.
Walnut Hills Spray Park
2340 Block of Wayne Ave.
3620 E. Second St.
Dayton Community Spraygrounds
Open Memorial Day though Labor Day, a free splash park is located in this 65 acre recreational park.
Centerville Activity Center Park Sprayground
The spraground is open 9:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through early September.
Interactive Fountains at The Greene Town Square
Although sometimes turned off for special events in the Square, these interactive fountains are a great place to cool off after walking around The Greene Town Center.
Events, picnics, play and water, Island MetroPark is its own urban oasis.
Kacie Jane Park Splash Pad & Playground
This 3,000sf splash pad is open from Memorial Day to September/October (weather permitting). Close to the splash pad there are an additional two playgrounds and an interactive playground.
Orchardly Park & Splash Pad
Orchardly Park is located in the southeast section of the city. The park includes an interactive splash pad, a playground for small children, a full basketball court, two tennis courts and pickleball courts.
RiverScape MetroPark Interactive Fountains
Children can enjoy water play in the interactive fountains located in Festival Plaza.
Thomas A. Cloud Park Splash Pad
Open 7 days a week from 11 am to 8 pm, this free, rainbow colored splash pad is sure to brighten anyones day.
Cincinnati Splash Parks
All CRC spraygrounds are free except McKie, Oakley and Pleasant Ridge, which require a pool membership during regular pool hours. Spraygrounds are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
City of Cincinnati Parks
All three of these splash parks are free; however, you’ll pay a few dollars for parking. Open through Labor Day.
Cincinnati Community Spraygrounds
Beech Acres Park
This playground is like no other playground in the park district, with a stimulating layout that encourages both active and imaginative play. The most important aspect of the playground’s design is its level of accessibility. Each section features play opportunities for children of varying physical abilities. It’s open 10 am – 8 pm from Memorial Day weekend through August 16
The sprayground at Clippard Park features a variety of motion activated features for all to enjoy plus a nice shaded picnic table for those who prefer to stay dry. Open 11 am to 7 pm from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.
Covington Water Park/Splash Pad
The Water Park/Splash Pad is great for young children. Part of the Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex, this facility is located at 43rd Street and Decoursey Avenue. Open seven days a week from 12 to 6 pm, June 12 through August 8. Daily admission is free for Covington resident when you register for a free pool pass.
This splash park in Anderson is adjacent to the eponymous playground. It’s open 10 am – 8 pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Ziegler Park in OTR has a FREE sprayground at the center of the park that’s a fun way to cool off after the kids have played at the dry playground.