We discovered splash pads as soon as my daughter could walk. They are a great way to cool off in the summer and are often located near playgrounds and parks making a fun (free!) outing. Here is a list of our favorite splash pads in and around Austin. Most open up in Austin mid-May in accordance to the Texas Parks & Wildlife pool schedule. As such, maintenance is also managed by the local parks department with closures and information found on their respective websites.
Baily Park – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. 1101 W 33rd Street.
Bartholomew Park – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. 5200 Berkman Drive.
Chestnut Park – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. 2207 E 16th Street.
Clarksville Splash Pad – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. 1811 W 11th Street.
Dick Nichols District Park – next to the park there is a water-play area with a seal who spits water. 8011 Beckett Rd.
Eastwoods Park – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. 3001 Harris Park Ave.
Liz Carpenter Foundation at Butler Park – open year-around. Noon to 9:45 pm on Monday (closed for maintenance 8 am to noon on Mondays); 8 am to 9:45 pm Tuesday through Sunday. 1000 Barton Springs Road, just south of Auditorium Shores.
Lott Splash Pad – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm, except on Wednesdays for maintenance. 1108 Curve Street.
Metz Splash Pad – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. 2407 Canterbury Street.
Pease Park Playground – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. 1100 Kingsbury Street.
Rosewood Splash Pad – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. 2300 Rosewood Ave. The neighborhood pool is also free but open different hours for recreational swimming.
Ricky Guerrero Splash Pad – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm, except on Wednesday for maintenance. 2006 S 6th Street.
Southpark Meadows – small bubbling fountains are located in The Grove, behind Mama Fu’s and the playground. There is no set operating schedule. 9600 S IH-35 Frontage Rd.
The Triangle – the park includes a fountain for children to play in. There is no set operating schedule. 4700 N Lamar Blvd.
Fisherman’s Park – open daily from 10 am to 7 pm through Labor Day. 1200 Willow Street.
Hill Country Galleria – includes an interactive fountain which operates daily during mall hours but is turned off when the weather is bad or when there is an event scheduled to take place in the amphitheater: call Guest Services at (512) 263-001 to confirm the fountain is active. 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Brushy Creek Park – the water playscape operates daily from 10 am to 8 pm, May through September. There is no staying dry at this playscape with jets gushing water from below and pipes spraying water from above. 3300 Brushy Creek Rd.
Champion Park – open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm. Kids can run through a blue whale and get sprayed by water. There is also a fun bubbler to play in and a sandbox. 3830 Brushy Creek Rd.
Glenwood Splash Pad – open daily from 10 am to 8 pm.
Robin Bledsoe Park – open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. This fully enclosed splash pad features water guns and buckets that dump water on expecting heads. 601 S Bagdad Rd.
Quarry Splash Pad – open daily from 10 am to 7 pm. Admission is $2 per person (bring cash). Call the information line at (512) 943 – 1919. 3005 County Road 175.
Falcon Pointe Park – open daily 10 am to 9 pm. It is kid-powered requiring kids to push a button to activate the water. After the button is pressed, water will remain on for 90 seconds. 1813 Tranquility Ln.
Northeast Metropolitan Park – open daily 8 am to 8 pm. The water area is located behind the skate park on the far end of the park. It is kid-powered, requiring kids to push a button to activate the water. 2703 E Pecan Street.
Main Street Plaza – open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 11 am, and 2 to 11 pm; Sunday from 7:30 am to 10 pm; Saturdays from 7:30 am to 11 pm. The fountain may be closed for holidays and events: call the Round Rock Parks Department at (512) 218-5540. 221 E Main Street.
*Please note that days and hours of operation are subject to change due to drought-related watering restrictions and bad weather. Always check the location’s website before heading out.
Reproduced with permission from Free Fun in Austin and Trinity Title.