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The Best Water Park and Spray Park in Austin

Published May 24, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Looking for a fun place to take the kids to cool off? We've rounded up a huge list of Austin water parks, splash pads, and spray parks that you need to check out.

Summer is here and that means kids are ready to squeal with glee and splash around spray parks in Austin. One of the best ways to keep your little ones cool at this time of year is to take them to one of the area’s many splash pads and watch as they have hours of fun frolicking through the water. It’s a great, safe way to make sure your kids keep active and refreshed during the hotter months. Here's the top water parks in Austin to add to your to-do list.

Liz Carpenter Splash Pad

1000 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Opens Daily from 8AM–9:45PM

Beat the heat this summer at Liz Carpenter Splash Pad. This is a great place to bring the kids. There are plenty of fountains that shoot up water and lots of places to sit. There are walking trails all around so the park is easily accessible, but also nestled in its own little spot by the Town Lake. Liz Carpenter is located at 1000 Barton Springs Rd. in Austin, Texas. 

Dick Nichols District Park

8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749, USA
Opens daily from 12–10PM

This park has a great covered playground, a reservable space for parties, a dolphin that shoots water out it's snout when a button is pressed, fields, tennis courts and even a free public pool that is only open in the summer. 

Pease Splash Pad

1100 Kingsburry St, Austin
Hours: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Nestled in the middle of busy downtown Austin is the calming oasis of Pease Park, home to one of the best splash pads in the city. The mid-sized rectangular splash pad has a great field of vision for making sure that kids are in sight at all times. There’s plenty of tree-shaded areas nearby to shelter parents and resting children from the harsh summer sun. Restrooms are located within several feet of the water area, which makes thing a lot easier for parents. 

Falcon Pointe Splash Pad

1813 Tranquility Lane, Pflugerville
Hours: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Just a short drive away in Pflugerville, you will find Falcon Pointe Splash Pad - without a doubt the very best water play park in the county. The splash pad is free to use, incredibly clean, and very rarely overcrowded. The water is triggered by a large button that is accessible to children, and the spray lasts for approximately 90 seconds.

The park also has a small playground, two picnic pavilions, and well-kept bathrooms adjacent to the play area. There’s also plenty of shaded seating for watching your kids on hot summer days.

Bailey Splash Pad

Location: 1101 W 33rd St, Austin
Hours: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Bailey Park in Bryker Woods is home to a great splash pad, which opened in 2010. Kids are particularly keen on the big orange pipe that gushes out gallons of water. Careful though, because this one might be a bit forceful for smaller children.

Not to worry, because there’s lots of gentler fountains throughout the park, including a fun car wash that the little ones love to run back and forth through.

There’s not a lot of shaded areas here, but they go pretty quickly, so make sure to bring some of your own if you plan to stay for a while. Bathrooms are located in a gorgeous stone building that also hosts a shaded picnic area. The park doesn’t tend to get as crowded as some others, which is a big plus point.

Eastwoods Splash Pad

3001 Harris Park Blvd., Austin
Hours: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

The splash pad is a recent addition to the park and replaces the old wading pool. As a result, there’s not a lot of shade around the play area, so make sure the kids get plenty of rest breaks. The water is operated by a large silver disk on the floor in the middle of the pad, which kids will delight in stomping on. This is one of the quieter splash pads in the Austin area, so a good backup if your favorite is packed to the brim.

Quarry Splash Pad

3005 County Road 175, Leander
Hours: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Opened in 2011, Quarry Splash Pad is one of the newest and largest splash pads in the county. Named for the former quarry in which it was build, this thoroughly modern facility has a nice natural stone look, a sandy play area, plenty of shade, a slide, ample bathroom facilities, a concession stand, and water features as far as the eye can see! However, the rock finish can be dangerous for younger children, and several accidents have occurred. Couple this with the fact that there is no lifeguard on duty and that the the park is so large it’s hard to keep an eye on your children, and this great park loses several points.

It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a $2 entry fee.

Rosewood Splash Pad

1182 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin
Opens Daily

This is an awesome splash pad because it also has a free pool (hours may vary from the splash pad)! Other positives are a covered pavilion with restrooms, and a playground! Rosewood Park: Splash Pad, Pool, & Playground In addition to the partially shaded splash pad, boasts a free pool, tennis courts, and a great pirate ship playground.

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