It’s heating up outdoors and it’s time to think about finding some water fun! Here are a bunch of area pools, lakes, creeks, splash pads and water parks to get you started planning your summer water outings. This is not a comprehensive list, because “Austin and Beyond” could take you all the way to SeaWorld San Antonio. But hopefully these 73 local water attraction will keep you busy for a little while!
Splash Pads and Sprinkler Parks
- Bailey Park – New splash pad opened in 2010. 1101 W. 33rd Street, Austin 78705.
- Bartholomew Park – Brand new splash pad opened in May, 2011. Bartholomew Park, 5201 Berkman Drive, Austin.
- Chestnut Splash Pad – Located at 1404 East 16th Street, this splash pad is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.
- Eastwoods Splash Pad – Located at 3001 Harris Park Blvd., this splash pad is open daily from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Hill Country Galleria - Interactive fountain for kids to play in, located at 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. T-100, Bee Cave. 512-263-0001.
- Liz Carpenter Fountain at Butler Park – The popular fountain, located next to the Long Center for the Performing Arts, across the street from Auditorium Shores, is open to the public 5 days a week. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for cleaning. Kids love splashing around in this programmed fountain, where jets shoot water up in various patterns. Currently closed for maintenance. Expected to re-open in late May, 2011.
- Lott Splash Pad – Located at 1108 Curves Street in Austin, it will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Metz Splash Pad – The free sprinkler park will be open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. It is located at 2407 Canterbury St. in Austin.
- Pease Park’s Water Sprayground – It will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Pease Park is located at 1100 Kingsbury St. in Austin.
- Rosewood Splash Pad – Will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The splash pad is located at 1182 Pleasant Valley in Austin. The neighboring Rosewood Pool is also free, but is only open from 1 – 8 p.m. Water will be turned on June 4, 2011.
- Ricky Guerrero Splash Pad – Located at 2006 S 6th St. in Austin, it operates every day except Wednesday, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. On Wednesdays it will be closed for maintenance.
- Southpark Meadows – Small bubbling fountains are located in The Grove, behind Mama Fu’s, next to a great big, fun playground. Kids enjoy splashing and running through the water. The shopping center is located at 9300-9900 IH-35 South in South Austin. The water is not on yet for 2011.
- Terra Burger – Located at 10611 Research Boulevard, in front of Costco. This enclosed area has a splash pond, playgrounds and shaded picnic tables. Terra Burger has a walk-up window and a drive-thru window. After ordering, take your food to the outdoor eating area and let the kids play. Terra Burger is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and if the splash pond is not turned on you can ask at the window and they will turn it on for you.
- The Triangle - The park at The Triangle offers small fountains for children to play in. Adults enjoy shopping at the Austin Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 3 – 7 p.m. The Triangle is located at 4700 N. Lamar Boulevard in Austin.
- The Domain – There is a little splash pad with bubblers located directly in front of Guest Services. There is another bigger fountain that you can play in, located in Domain II, on the walkway between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s, in front of Gold Class Cinemas.
- Balcones - 12017 Amherst Drive. Open Monday – Saturday. Starting June 4, it will be open daily. Free.
- Barton Springs – 2201 Barton Springs Road. Open daily. $1 for kids 11 and under. $2 for kids 12 – 17. $3 for adults.
- Brentwood – 6710 Arroyo Seca Street. Opens June 6. Free.
- Canyon Vista – 8455 Spicewood Springs Road. Opens June 6. Free.
- Civitan – 513 Vargas Road. Opens June 13. Free.
- Deep Eddy - 401 Deep Eddy Drive . Open daily. $1 for kids 11 and under. $2 for kids 12 – 17. $3 for adults.
- Dick Nichols – 8011 Beckett Road. Open daily. Free.
- Dottie Jordan - 2803 Loyola Lane. Opens June 6. Free.
- Dove Springs – 5701 Ainez Drive. Opens June 6. Free.
- Garrison – 6001 Manchaca Road. Opens June 6. $1 for kids 11 and under. $2 for kids 12 – 17. $3 for adults.
- Gillis - 2504 S. Durwood. Opens June 13. Free.
- Givens - 3811 E. 12th Street . Opens June 6. Free.
- Govalle - 5200 Bolm Road . Opens June 13. Free.
- Kennemer - 1032 Peyton Gin Road. Opens June 6. Free.
- Mabel Davis - 3427 Parker Lane. Opens June 6. $1 for kids 11 and under. $2 for kids 12 – 17. $3 for adults.
- Martin - 1626 Festival Beach Road. Opens June 11. Free.
- Metz - 2407 Canterbury Street . Opens June 6. Free.
- Montopolis - 1200 Montopolis Drive. Opens June 6. Free.
- Murchison - 3700 North Hills Drive. Opens June 6. Free.
- Northwest - 7000 Ardath. Open daily. $1 for kids 11 and under. $2 for kids 12 – 17. $3 for adults.
- Parque Zaragosa – 741 Pedernales Street. Opens June 6. Free.
- Patterson – 1400 Wilshire Blvd. Opens June 6. Free.
- Ramsey - 4201 Burnet Road. Opens June 6. Free.
- Reed - 2600 Pecos Street . Opens June 6. Free.
- Rosewood - 1182 Pleasant Valley . Opens June 4. Free.
- Shipe – Neighborhood and Wading Pool. 4400 Avenue G . Opens June 7. Free.
- Stacy – Neighborhood and Wading Pool. 800 E. Live Oak . Opens May 30. Free.
- Walnut Creek – 12138 N. Lamar. Opens June 6. $1 for kids 11 and under. $2 for kids 12 – 17. $3 for adults.
- West Austin – Wading Pool. 1317 W. 10th Street. Opens June 7. Free.
- West Enfield- 2000 Enfield Road. Opens June 6. Free.
- Volente Beach - Open Wednesday – Sunday, starting May 26. 42″ and taller $19.99 plus tax- all ages, Under 42″ $14.99 plus tax- all ages, Two yrs old & younger- free.
Natural Swimming Areas
- Balcones District Park - Free.
- Barton Creek Greenbelt East – Free.
- Bull Creek District Park – Free.
- Bull Creek Greenbelt Lower – Free.
- Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park – Free.
- Zilker Metropolitan Park – Free.
- Mansfield Dam – Lake Travis. Open daily, from 8 a.m. to twilight. $10 per car.
- Hamilton Pool – Dripping Springs. Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. $10 per car.
- McKinney Falls – $5 per person 13 and older.
Splash Pads and Sprinkler Parks
- Water Playscape at Brushy Creek Park – There is no staying dry at this playscape, with jets gushing water from below and pipes spraying water from above. There is a playground and restrooms, as well as plenty of nearby picnic tables. Located at 3300 Brushy Creek Road in Cedar Park, it is open daily from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Champion Park – Kids can run through a blue whale skeleton and get sprayed by water. There is also a fun bubbler to play in. The sprinkler park is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Don’t miss digging for dino bones in the shaded sand box. There are restrooms by the parking lot. Champion Park is located at 3830 Brushy Creek Road in Cedar Park.
- Cinemark Cedar Park – There is a decorative sundial fountain in front of the Cinemark theatre in the 1890 Ranch Shopping Center. The center is located at the intersection of FM 1431 and HWY 183A. The fountain turns on at 2 p.m. and remains on until approximately 10 p.m. This fountain is not yet turned on for 2011.
- Veteran’s Memorial Pool – 2525 W. New Hope Drive. Children 3 and under are free. Ages 4 – 8 are $2. Ages 9 – 17 are $4. Adults 18+ are $5. Seniors age 60+ are $2. Open daily starting Saturday, May 28. Pool Hours (pdf).
- Elizabeth Milburn Pool - 1901 Sun Chase Boulevard. Children 3 and under are free. Ages 4 – 8 are $1. Ages 9 – 17 are $2. Adults 18+ are $3. Seniors age 60+ are $1. Open daily starting Saturday, May 28. Pool Hours (pdf).
- Buttercup Pool – 411 Twin Oaks Trail. Children 3 and under are free. Ages 4 – 8 are $1. Ages 9 – 17 are $2. Adults 18+ are $3. Seniors age 60+ are $1. Open daily starting Saturday, May 28. Pool Hours (pdf).
- Water Playscape at Robin Bledsoe Park – This fun splash park features water guns and buckets that dump water on unsuspecting heads. It is fully enclosed, with a gate. There are restrooms and a playground close by. Located at 601 South Bagdad Road in Leander, it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September.
- Pool in Robin Bledsoe Park – 601 S. Bagdad Road. Open 12 – 7 p.m. Tuesday — Sunday, starting Memorial Day. $1.50.
Splash Pads and Sprinkler Parks
- Falcon Pointe Splash Park - This splash park is open daily during daylight hours. It is kid-powered, requiring kids to push a button to activate the water. After the button has been pressed, the water will remain on for 90 seconds. The splash park is located at the corner of Drifting Meadows Drive and Tranquility Lane in the development of Falcon Pointe in Pflugerville.
- Gilleland Creek Pool- Regular summer hours and swim lessons, begin May 28. Adults 18 – 54 are $2. Children 17 and under and Seniors 55+ are $1.
- Scott B. Mentzer Pool- Regular summer hours and swim lessons, begin May 28. Adults 18 – 54 are $3. Children 17 and under and Seniors 55+ are $1.50.
- Windermere Pool- Regular summer hours and swim lessons, begin May 28. Adults 18 – 54 are $2. Children 17 and under and Seniors 55+ are $1
- Lake Pflugerville- Swimming area with beach entrance. Free.
- Micki Krebsbach Pool – 301 Deepwood Drive. Open daily, except Tuesday, beginning Saturday, May 28. Hours: 1 – 7 p.m. Admission: $2.50 adults age 18 – 54, $1.50 children 17 & under, seniors 55+. Non-residents pay additional $1 fee.
- Lake Creek Pool – 800 Deerfoot Drive. Open only certain Saturdays and Sundays for recreational swim. Go here to see the schedule. Admission: $2 adults age 18 – 54, $1 children 17 & under, seniors 55+. Non-residents pay additional $1 fee.
- Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center - 3300 Palm Valley Blvd. Opens Saturday, May 28. This 40,481-square-foot park, complete with a lazy river, crazy slides and a water playground, is located within Old Settlers Park. Additional amenities include tunnel showers, water cannon, tipping buckets, floor geysers and zero beach entry play area.
Summer Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sunday. Admission: $4.50 adults age 18 – 54, $3.50 children 17 & under, seniors 55+. Non-residents pay additional $1 fee.
Heidi Gollub loves exploring Austin and beyond with her 4 kids. For more local adventures for families, visit her site Free Fun in Austin.