Stay Cool This Summer at These Houston Area Splash Pads

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I clearly remember those trips to the pool with a little one in tow.  It was hot {as per usual in Houston summer} and we both needed to get out of the house.  I would get her water wings or her ring float and we’d head down to the neighborhood pool.  She’d splash around while I sat not the edge of the pool and made sure she was safe and having fun. I’d always been a little wary of the kiddie pool {because we all know that the kids are totally peeing in there} but it wasn’t until the day that I saw a floating poo pass by my legs as they were soaking in that water that I knew that the kiddie pool life was not for me.  I needed another option.  

Enter the blessed splash pad!  Whoever thought of this is my hero!  These came into mainstream popularity around the time my middle daughter was born and I am so grateful!  My youngest is 8 years old and I still prefer the splash pad over a pool!  The kiddos have freedom to run around without the danger of possibly drowning.  There’s so much fun variety at a splash pad, and bonus:: I don’t have to put on a bathing suit to potentially soak in a bunch of child urine {or worse}  I’d say it’s a win all around!  

And that lead me on an epic hunt for all the best Houston Area splash pads! 

With the help of other HMB contributors, friends and some good old fashioned Google searching, I’ve compiled a list of some great splash pad options all around the Houston area!  Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have a favorite that I didn’t mention.  We’d love to know! 

Inner Loop

{Jaycee Park} – This park is a favorite for Heights and Garden Oak residents!  It’s a smaller splash pad but it gets the job done.  The splash pad is equipped with timed spouts and oversized butterflies and leaves as well as benches for parents.  Additional selling points are that it has easily accessible parking and plenty of shade trees. The adjacent playground is a great option if you have a child that isn’t in the mood for a spray zone.

Located At :: 1300 Seamist Drive, Houston, Texas 77008

{Levy Park} – This park has a super fun and creative vibe!  It’s like if a work of art and a playground had a baby.   This splash pad is great for children who don’t like surprises as the water sprays in more of a mist and a shower than a dumped bucket and the little ones love it!  The playground itself offers so much “scope for the imagination”. 

Located At :: 3801 Eastside Street, Houston, Texas 77098

{Houston Zoo (The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park)} –  Before the Houston Zoo installed a splash pad, there was no way I’d be caught dead there in July and August!  {Actually, I probably would be caught dead if I went there!}  This fun installment includes a bucket dump zone, a splashy dragon and other fun squirty features.  The splash pad is included in the cost of zoo admission, but swim suits and swim diapers {if necessary} are required. They do sell some of those items on location, if you’re in a pinch.   Need to change?  No problem!  There are changing rooms available.  The park is in operation from 10:00am to 6:00pm April through October.

Located At :: The Houston Zoo {near the giraffes and the Wildlife Carousel}, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030

{Downtown Aquarium} – Heading to the aquarium to ride the Ferris wheel or just need to cool off while you’re downtown?  Bring along the kids’ swimsuits {or just let them have at it in their play clothes like a lot of kids you’ll see there} and they can cool off in the small splash pad located outside the aquarium. It’s FREE, and there are restrooms to change before you head inside!

Located At:: 410 Bagby  St @ Memorial Dr., Houston, Texas 77002

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{River Park Splash Pad} – This bright and colorful splash pad located next to the River Park Recreation Center is equipped with giant fountains, dumping buckets, and a misting rainbow.  One thing to note is there are no restrooms on site.   The splash pad is open from sunrise to sunset April 15 – October 15, but is closed for maintenance every Tuesday until noon.

Located At :: 5875 Summit Creek, Sugar Land, Texas 77479

{Smart Financial Centre} – The all new Splash Pad at the Plaza features a zero-depth water play area with fountains that shoot from the ground at random intervals.  The element of surprise makes these fountains fun for even the tiniest tots.  When there are no events scheduled for the evening, the feature transforms into a water show after 4:00pm.

Located At :: 18111 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas 77479

{Constellation Field} – If you’re planning a family day to watch the Sugarland Skeeters play ball then bring along the kids swim suits!  With your ticket, your kids will have access to the splash pad at Constellation Field. They can splash and play within easy view while you watch the game. Fun for everyone!

Located At:: 1 Stadium Drive, Sugarland, Texas 77498West Houston

{Nottingham Park} – Located in the Memorial area, Nottingham Park  has not only a newly remodeled large splash pad, but a park, a playground, restrooms {hallelujah}, and a running path.  There is also plenty of parking, which is always a plus in Houston.  The splash pad features in-ground shooting water spouts, a non slip floor, dumping buckets as well as fun insect features and a covered sitting area nearby.  This splash pad is definitely geared towards the younger crowd, but when it gets really hot, beggers can’t be choosers, am I right?!  The park is also fully fenced, providing an additional layer of assurance for nervous parents. 

Located At :: 14205 Kimberley Lane, Houston, Texas 77079

{McClendon Park}- This park a hidden gem because it’s great but easy to miss!  It boasts a splash pad, two playgrounds and a picnic area! There’s also a deck/wetland area to explore!  If you’re in the West Houston area this is a great place for the littles to cool off and get their wiggles out!

Located at:: 3770 Summit Valley Dr
Houston, TX 77082

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The Woodlands

{Waterway Square in Town Center} – This splash pad is situated in a perfect spot to please both the little ones and parents.  The splash pad features ground-level spray fountains and is situated among several restaurants and surrounded by The Woodlands Water Wall.  During the summer, there are concerts within the square called Waterway Nights, featuring live music and strolling entertainers, so not only are the children having a great time, but the parents are too!

Located At :: 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands, Texas 77382

{Cranebrook Swimming Pool in the Village of Sterling Ridge} – Not a free option, but worth the $6  A favorite for  The Woodlands crowd is the well-known Cranebrook Pool.  This one is special!  It’s like a playground in a shallow pool!  Showcasing a central play structure equipped with slides, tunnels, sprayers, and lifeguards {phew!}, this shallow pool is a water extravaganza.  A daily pass to Cranebrook and 12 other pools in The Woodlands will run you a well-worth-it $6.  If you are a frequent visitor, season passes and punch cards are also available here.

Located At :: 11800 Crane Brook Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77382


{Zube Park} –  Zube Park has a large splash area with multiple fun spouts and drop buckets!  It also features walking trails, picnic tables, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor gym, and covered seating.

Located At:: 17560 Roberts Rd @ Little Cypress Creek
Hockley, Texas 77447

{Cullen Park} This whimsical splash pad will have the littles running under the misting flowers, playing beside the spouting whale, and enjoying the surprise bubblers!  The park also has restrooms, pavilions and much more! 

Located At::19008 Saums
               Houston, TX 77084

{Lents Family Park}- This fenced in, colorful splash pad offers dumping buckets, misting arches and bubblers galore!  And if that’s not enough there is also a playground, pavilion, restrooms for everyones comfort. 

Located At:: 540 Cypress Station Dr, Houston, TX 77090

{Magnolia Unity Park}  This park has a simple but fun splash pad for cooling off on a hot day. The kids will love that it includes a playground, bathrooms and a snow cone stand!  And for you nature enthusiasts, there are guided signs of the local flora and fauna.  

Located At:: 19450 Unity Park Dr
Magnolia, TX 77355


{Centennial Park} – The Centennial Park Splash Pad is loaded with spray hoops the kids can run through and in-ground water shooters, this splash pad is a favorite place to cool off for locals.  The splash pad hours of operation are 9:00am – 9:00pm, seasonally, April through October.

Located At :: 3219 McLean Road, Pearland, Texas 77581

{Southdown Splash Pad} – Also operated by The City of Pearland, the splash pad at Southdown Park has sprayers at varying heights, appealing to children of a wide age range.  Stick around to catch some live music during Pearland’s Concerts in the Park music series!

Located At :: 2150 Smith Ranch Road, Pearland, Texas 77584

{Silverlake Playground} – This all abilities playground features a muli spout splash pad, a covered sitting and picnic area and two age appropriate playgrounds.

Located At::2715 Southwyck Pkwy
Pearland, TX 77584

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{Stevenson Park} – The splash pad in Stevenson Park was a family favorite of ours when we lived in Friendswood.  The colorful simplicity of it and the ease of access made it a favorite hot weather hangout.  We loved it when we were there, but it has recently undergone an expansion that has doubled its size, offering even more and varied sprayers and décor.  And the shade y’all … the shade for parents to sit in. {Can you tell shade is HUGE thing for me?}  The splash pad is open from 8:00am – 8:00pm.

Located At :: 900 Cedarwood, Friendswood, Texas 77546


{Kemah Boardwalk} – There is so much fun to be had at the Kemah Boardwalk,  it’s fun for all ages and it’s wonderful to have the option to let the kids cool off in the water when needed.  Also, there’s no entry fee to walk the Boardwalk, {although you will need to pay for parking}  

Located At :: 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, Texas 77565

{The Blue Dolphin Lagoon at Clear Lake Park} – Another favorite is part of the absolutely gigantic Clear Lake Park.  This park not only has a great view but it boasts dolphin slides, shooters, fountains and more. It also offers shade all around for the parents, which was quite welcome in the afternoon heat!  Playgrounds and restrooms are nearby, and there are enough activities at this park to fill an entire day. 

Located At :: 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, Texas 77586

{Richwood Municipal Park Splash Pad} –   Complete with rainbow colored spray hoops to run through and dump buckets, the splash pad sits among playgrounds and a picturesque landscape of moss-draped trees.

Located At :: 600 Audubon Woods Drive, Richwood, Texas 77531

{Rainbow Park}  This historical site not only has a fun splash pad but also includes a pavilion, walking trails, multiple air crafts to admire and restrooms!  This would be great for the little one with an interest in vehicles.  

Located At:: 800 Bay St N, Texas City, TX 77590

Deer Park

{Dow Park Splash Pad} – The signature feature of this splash pad is a must-see twelve foot tall replica of the San Jacinto Monument.  The splash zone also boasts surface bubblers, a cannon ball activator, animal features, and an interactive spinning bear spray.  There are bathrooms available and plenty of room to run around. This one is not to be missed!

Located At :: 801 E P St, Deer Park, TX 77536

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Did your favorite make the list?  Anything to add?


Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and various business details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other Houston Area splash pads, include them in the comments to continue the list too!

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