Cool Down at an Austin-Area Splash Pad

SPLASHPADS

Pools are great, but sometimes, splash pads are even better. Often adjacent to playgrounds, you can get a twofer by playing on the playground and then cooling off in the water. They are almost always free. If you have littles who are still learning to swim, a trip to the splash pad is a lot less stressful than a visit to the pool. Lastly, splash pads tend to stay open a bit later in the summer, since they do not rely on staffing. You can even visit many of them in the evenings!

The only downside to splash pads is that they can sometimes be finicky. So, if you are planning a trip out, have a backup plan. We’ve organized our list by part of town so you know which other splash pads are in the same part of town, if you do hit one that’s malfunctioning.

Happy splashing!

Northern Surburbs

Brushy Creek Park Splash Pad (Cedar Park) 
3300 Brushy Creek Rd.
Open until the end of September
10am-7pm daily
Playground adjacent 

Champion Park (Cedar Park)
3830 Brushy Creek Rd.
Sprinkler park open until September 7
10am-7pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Covered sandbox adjacent

Northeast Metro Park (Pflugerville)
2703 E. Pecan St.
Open until September 30
10am-7pm daily
Skate park, shaded sandbox, climbing wall and swings adjacent

Prete Plaza (Round Rock)
221 E. Main St.
7:30am-10pm Sundays – Thursdays, 7:30-11pm Fridays and Saturdays
Closed during some holidays and special events

Quarry Splash Pad (Leander)
3005 County Road 175
Open until September 7
10am-7pm daily
$2 admission (cash)

East Austin

Bartholomew Splash Pad
5200 Berkman Dr.
Open until September 27, 2015
9am-8pm daily
Playground and municipal pool adjacent
Splash pad is covered

Chestnut Splash Pad
1404 E. 16th St.
Open until September 27, 2015
9am-8pm daily
Playground adjacent

Lott Splash Pad
1108 Curves
Open until September 27, 2015Advertisement9am-8pm (Open daily, except closed Wednesdays)
Playground adjacent

Metz Splash Pad
2407 Canterbury St.
Open until September 27, 2015
9am-8pm daily
Playground and neighborhood pool adjacent

Rosewood Splash Pad
1182 Pleasant Valley
Open until September 27, 2015
9am-8pm (Open daily, except closed Wednesdays)
Playground and neighborhood pool adjacent

South Austin

Liz Carpenter Splash Pad
1000 Barton Springs Rd.
Open year-round, except closed for maintenance on Mondays from 8am until noon
* Note: due to a broken pipe, the fountains are closed until further notice. Check the PARD Closures site for updates.

Ricky Guerrero Splash Pad
1100 Brodie St.
Open until September 27
9am-8pm daily, except closed Wednesdays
Playground adjacent

West Austin

Bailey Splash Pad
1011 W. 33rd St.
Open until September 27, 2015
9am-8pm daily
Playground adjacent

Clarksville Splash Pad
1811 W. 11th St.
Open until September 27, 2015
9am-8pm daily
Playground adjacent
Splash Pad is covered

Eastwoods Splash Pad
3001 Harris Park Blvd.
Open until September 27, 2015
9am-8pm
Playground adjacent
Metered parking

Pease Splash Pad
1600 Parkway at Kingsbury
Open until September 27
9am-8pm daily
Playground adjacent

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About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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