Orlando Splash Pads!

Central Florida has many options for water fun, and they are often quite budget friendly. Many splash pads offer adequate shade, comfortable seating, and nearby parks or picnic areas, making them an ideal choice for summertime play dates. We’ve found 10 favorite splash pads to keep your kiddos cool as the summer temperatures start to climb.

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Barnett Park

(no charge)
4801 W Colonial DR
 Orlando FL 32808
Hours: Mon-Sun 9a.m. to 7p.m.
If you’re on the west side of town, check out the splash pad at Barnett Park. Multiple fountains of water shoot up from beneath the ground in different directions, and the play area is open to kids of all ages. Lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas surround the pad so you can relax while your little ones burn off their excess energy.
Get more info here.

Capehart Park

(No charge)
715 Capehart Drive, Orlando, 32822
Open Sunday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper; swim diapers are available in the office for $2 each (exact change only). Gated splash pad is adjacent to two new playground areas that feature rubber flooring. The park is exceptionally clean (sidewalks, bathrooms, the tables in the pavilions, etc.) and the staff is on duty while the park is open.  There is also a butterfly garden, walking trail, and basketball court.
Get more info here.

Dr. P. Phillips Community Park

($1 per person on weekends and during the summer.)
8249 Buenavista Woods Blvd, Orlando, 32836
This splash pad has two sides, one with jets of water that squirt out of the ground only and a side with jets, water cannons and misters. There are some tables and benches but they fill up quickly, so get there early! Summer sessions: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Get more info here.

Downey Park Splash Playground

(June – August. Daily-$1/person/session)
10107 Flowers Ave. Orlando, FL
Sessions are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
After playing in the Downey Park splash pad, which includes large water rings and a sand beach, kids can skateboard at the skate park or have fun on the park’s playground. There’s also a dog park and basketball court.
Get more info here.

Fort Mellon Park

($2 fee per person for daily admission.)
600 E 1st St Sanford, FL 32771
Hours of operation include Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10 a.m. 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. Stroll along the Riverwalk and enjoy the adjacent playground with rubber pad. There are many large pavilions for an afternoon picnic and a large open field perfect for kickball or flying a kite!
Get more info here.

Hannibal Square Splash Pad

(No charge.)
New England Avenue, Winter Park, 32789
The beauty of this splash pad is in its simplicity. The circle of small fountains keep children guessing where the water’s coming from as they run around with delight when they guess right!
Get more info here.

Oviedo Aquatic Facility

($4 – $9 per person.)
148 Oviedo Boulevard, Oviedo, 32765
General admission 
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Depending on residency, fees run $4, $6, or $9.
The Splash Zone is a zero depth entry pool with play features and a big slide. Plenty of shade-covered seating.
Get more info here.

Tavares Children’s Splash Park

($2 per person.)
201 E. Main Street, Tavares, 32778
Water cannons, slides, and climbing towers. Ample shade. Completely fenced with expansive playground adjacent.
Get more info here.

Winter Garden Splash Park

(No charge.)
Downtown Winter Garden on the corner of Plant Street and South Lakeview Avenue
Open 7 days a week, but especially popular on Saturday mornings during their Farmers Market when vendors, musicians, and families gather in the town square.
Get more info here.

Wharton-Smith Splash Ground at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

(See website for admission costs. Splash pad entry is included in zoo admission.)
3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, 32771
Large splash pad appropriate for kids of all ages. Perfect way to incorporate a visit to the zoo and cool off at the splash park!

Enjoy! And don’t forget the sunscreen!
If you don’t see your favorite splash park on the list, tell us!


 

5 Responses to Orlando Splash Pads!

  1. Sarah May 26, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    There are two splash pads those of us in South Orlando frequent in the summer.

    One is a newer splash pad at the Lakefront Park in Kissimmee (201 Lakeview) that is free of charge. This park includes plenty of shaded seating, sidewalks for walking or riding bikes, piers for fishing, Ruby Street Cafe, and a couple of playgrounds. This area was recently remodeled and is very nice.

    A little further south in St. Cloud is another park also called Lakefront (1104 Lakeshore Blvd). It includes a free splash pad, a playground, and a beach where you can swim and play in East Lake Toho. The water is very shallow, almost like a zero entry pool.

  2. HFUW May 26, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    There’s a great splash zone in Celebration, right across from the movie theater and the ice cream shop. It’s timed so it always surprises the kids and there’s showers to rinse before and after.

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