Some days, the Austin summer can feel like one long, parched quest for a place to cool off. Thankfully, when Barton Creek runs dry and your neighbor with a pool leaves town, you can turn to one of many area splash pads for a respite from the heat.
1101 W. 33rd St., Austin
5200 Berkman Dr.
1404 E. 16th St.
2400 Canterbury St.
1182 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
1811 W. 11th St.
3001 Harris Park Blvd.
1600 Parkway at Kingsbury
1100 Brodie St.
Liz Carpenter Fountain at Butler Park
1000 Barton Springs Rd., Austin
Most Austin splash pads are open from 9 am – 8 pm daily, but they do close for maintenance, often without notice, so have a backup plan in mind. You can check for closures here or call (512) 974-9330.
12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave
This former favorite recently reopened.
2703 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville
This splash pad is open from 10 am to 7 pm, has bathrooms nearby and is close to one of the Austin-area’s largest BMX and skate parks. There are also several playgrounds located nearby and a large sandbox for the kids to play in.
Falcon Pointe Splash Park
1813 Tranquility Ln., Pflugerville
This is a smaller splash pad with access to bathrooms, an adjacent playground, and a couple of picnic benches. Open daily from 10 am – 9 pm.
221 E. Main St., Round Rock
Located in downtown Round Rock, there are plenty of options for hanging out either before or after, including the Round Rock Library. The fountain is on most days from 7:30 am – 10 pm with a some closures throughout the month for maintenance.
3005 County Road 175, Leander
Cost is $2 per person and the park is open every day from 9am to 8 pm.
Note: If you also have a train lover in the family, hop on board the Cedar Rock Railroad, located in the SW Williamson County Park.
601 S. Bagdad Road
There’s a pool, play scape and much more at this park! The splash pad is open daily from 9 am – 8 pm.
3300 Brushy Creek Rd., Cedar Park
3830 Brushy Creek Rd., Cedar Park
Both Cedar Park locations are close to each other, with Champion Park being smaller and typically less crowded. In addition to the splash pads, there are playgrounds, picnic benches, trails and sand boxes.
101 Fishbaugh Drive
Open daily from 10 am-8 pm.
816 S. Main Street
Open 9 am – 8 pm daily.
1707 San Jose Street
This motion activated splash pad is open from 9 am – 8 pm daily and has a playground, bathrooms and more.
About the author: Jill Coody Smits is the author of Expedition Austin: A Kid’s Guide to the Weirdest Town in Texas. A freelance writer of many things, she lives south of the river with her husband, daughter and two four-footed sons. After nearly 20 years in Austin, she is still in love with this little big town.