Top 5 Splash Pads in Austin

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Published Jun 25, 2015

A list of the best places to cool down this summer, without spending a fortune. Here's the top splash pads in Austin to add to your to-do's!

Summer is quite definitely here and many Austinites are already looking for shelter from the relentless Texas sun. 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 spray. It’s a great, safe way to make sure your kids keep active and refreshed during the hotter months.

With no less than 24 splash pads in the area, we decided to help you decide which to visit by picking our top 5 splash pads in Austin and nearby towns.

Top 5 Splash Pads in Austin

1. Falcon Pointe Splash Pad


Falcon Pointe Splash Pad


Just a short drive away in Pflugerville, you will find the 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.

Price: Free
Location: 1813 Tranquility Lane, Pflugerville
Dates: May 1–Oct. 1
Hours: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.


2. Pease Splash Pad


Pease Splash Pad


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 and the restrooms are located within several feet of the water area.

The water turns itself off every 15 minutes, so make sure to press the button on the short pole to start it up again

Being so close to downtown, the park can get a bit crowded on hot summer days, so be prepared.

Price: Free
Location: 1100 Kingsburry St, Austin
Dates: May 17–Sept. 7
Hours: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.


3. Bailey Splash Pad


Bailey Splash Pad


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, though, and 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.

Price: Free
Location: 1101 W 33rd St, Austin
Dates: May 17–Sept. 7
Hours: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.


4. Eastwoods Splash Pad


Eastwoods Splash Pad


Located close to The University of Texas campus is the peaceful Eastwoods Park—the original home of Eeyore’s Birthday Party.

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 favourite is packed to the brim.

Price: Free (parking metered)
Location: 3001 Harris Park Blvd., Austin
Dates: May 17–Sept. 7
Hours: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.


5. Quarry Splash Pad


Quarry_splash_pad


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.

Price: $2
Location: 3005 County Road 175, Leander
Dates: May 17–Sept. 7
Hours: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.


To find more great activities to entertain the kids this summer, make sure to check the events page on ChatterBlock.

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