The Best Splash Pads, Water Parks & Pools around LA

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Editor’s Note: Because closures can occur with little notice, please contact individual parks before visiting. Websites are provided below. Have fun and stay safe!

When things heat up in and around Los Angeles, there are plenty of water play spots around town for your family to cool off besides the beach. Here’s our ultimate list of the best splash pads in LA—from the most fun free water playgrounds (we’re looking at you Tongva Park splash pad) to tricked out places to splash around including inflatable water parks and waterslides, these must-go spots will have you swishing and swimming to your heart’s content. Get ready for the best summer ever thanks to these epic waterparks, pools and splash pads around LA.

Splash Pads

Santa Monica: Tongva Park

Update: The splash pad at Tongva Park is currently closed for repairs. Stay tuned to the City of Santa Monica social media channels for reopening updates.

Escape the chaos of the nearby Santa Monica Pier for this urban oasis. Inside the park, head to Discovery Hill, which features a children's play area (with a sloped climbing wall and slides), shaded picnic area, and splash pad. The water area is built on a soft surface making it safe for little ones. 

Hours: Park is open daily 6 a.m. - 11 p.m., but splash pad hours vary due to efforts to reduce water usage during drought.

1615 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica
Online: tongvapark.smgov.net

Beverly Hills: Coldwater Canyon Park

More stream than splash pad, this adorable grassy area in Beverly Hills has a gentle man-made creek for the littles to splash around in making it a popular hot spot for cooling off. Don’t mistake this place for the Coldwater Canyon Park up Mulholland—this one is right across from the fire station where Beverly Dr. and Coldwater Canyon meet.

The playground portion of this must-see spot offers tons of shade for those hot, sunny days and lots of lovely benches for parents to kick back and relax while their littles romp around.

Hours: Open daily from sunrise to sunset

1100 N. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills
Online: www.beverlyhills.org

Santa Monica: Annenberg Beach House

This oceanside facility is open to the public and here's where you get the best of everything this summer: a sandy play area plus a fantastic splash pad with lots of tables and chairs, all with a relaxing ocean view without worrying about undertow or riptides. Sounds pretty fantastic, amiright?

If you’re craving a pool experience, you can buy day passes for the historical beach house pool (half off on Mon.) but if you don’t feel like the extra work, just lay low at the pad.

Hours: The splash pad is currently open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., while the pool is scheduled to reopen to the public on Jul. 1

415 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Santa Monica
Online: beachhouse.smgov.net

Whittier: Amelia Mayberry Park

Cool off at this 14-acre park in Whittier. It’s definitely a family favorite in the area.

Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily

13201 Meyer Rd.
Whittier
Online: parks.lacounty.gov/amelia-mayberry-park

Azusa: Valleydale Park

Travel a bit further out to Azusa and you'll find this popular and spacious park. 

Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily

5525 N. Lark Ellen Ave.
Azusa
Online: parks.lacounty.gov/valleydale-park

East LA: City Terrace Park

Located east of DTLA, the City Terrace Park is clean, offers a super spacious splash pad area and tons of shade which is essential when those toasty temps begin to skyrocket.

Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily

1126 N. Hazard Ave. 
Los Angeles
Online: parks.lacounty.gov/city-terrace-park

Hacienda Heights: Los Robles Park

This small, undiscovered park is located in the quiet San Gabriel Valley neighborhood of Hacienda Heights.

14906 E. Los Robles Ave.
Hacienda Heights
Online: parks.lacounty.gov/los-robles-park

La Puenta: San Angelo Park

Get the details on San Angelo's splash setup and LA County's additional open facilities here.

Hours: The splash pad is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily

245 San Angelo Ave.
La Puente
Online: parks.lacounty.gov/san-angelo-park

 

Panorama City: Panorama Recreation Center

Update: Currently, the splash pad is closed with no reopening date as of yet. Check the rec center website and Instagram for further updates to come.

Dump buckets, waterfalls, and bubbling fountains make this seasonal splash pad a huge hit with the locals and beyond. There is a playground right next to the water play area so chances are your little frogs will be nicely worn out after hopping around this place for a while! There is limited shade so be sure to bring lots of sunscreen along with (required) bathing suits.

8600 Hazeltine Ave.
Panorama City
Online: www.laparks.org

Simi Valley: Rancho Tapo Community Park

All of LA can get hot, but places like Simi Valley really sizzle, so it’s not surprising that one of the city’s best splash pads is located there. Affectionately known by locals as "Lemon Park," this exceptionally well-maintained (read: clean!) spot also offers a playground, sports courts (they have bocce ball!), fitness equipment and 1/2 mile of trails for little hikers.

After you’ve sampled all the park’s amenities, take your brood under the giant mushroom sprinkler to cool down. Beating the heat has never been more peaceful. 

Hours: The splash pad is currently open from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., daily. However, the pad will be closed from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. every day for refiltration.

3700 Avenida Simi
Simi Valley
Online: www.rsrpd.org

Santa Monica: Virginia Avenue Park

This 9.5-acre park in the heart of Santa Monica is a beauty and a great place to bring a group of friends to spend the day. The park boasts two modern playgrounds, basketball courts, ample parking, a “patio” for picnicking and, of course, the splash pad.

Splashing is paramount here with water shooting from the walls and ground at alternating intervals accompanied by several water “cannons” that will be sure to keep everyone nice and wet. The park is also adjacent to the Pico Branch Library with a Whole Foods across the street (perfect place to pick up some picnic items) and hosts a weekly Farmer’s Market on Sat. 

Hours: Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. but subject to close due to drought restrictions.

2200 Virginia Ave.
Santa Monica
Online: www.smgov.net

Splash Pads & Pools

West LA: Stoner Park Splash Pool

If your older fish want more out of a cool-down experience than just a few misters, this spot has a pool with a splash pad attached so there’s a little something for everyone. The splash pad has fountains, sprays and water walls that line the front edge of the gradual entry pool providing non-stop fun.

Once the more adventurous of the bunch have acclimated to the cooler water temperatures (ideal for a hot day), they can shift to the pool (or the twisty water slide for ages 7 & up), which is 4 1/2 feet deep and allows for safe swimming.

Because of the pool, this splash pad has an admission fee of $3.50 for adults and $1 for kids. There’s a 1-1 ratio of adults to kids in the pool for kids under 7 and everyone must have a bathing suit to enter.

Hours: Pool and water slide hours vary, so be sure to check the daily operations website for updates before you go. Currently, the hours are as follows: on weekdays 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.; on weekends 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

1835 Stoner Ave.
West LA
Online: www.laparks.org

San Dimas: Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park

This sprawling park has everything—from fishing and hiking to bird watching and swimming. Physical distancing is a must and face coverings are required outside of water. Also, no water toys, tents, umbrellas, or sun shelters allowed in or out of the water. 

Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

120 E. Via Verde Dr.
San Dimas
Online: parks.lacounty.gov/frank-g-bonelli-regional-park/

Glendale: Pacific Park Community Center

Update: At press time, the Pacific Park splash pad is still closed. We are expecting an update at the end of Jun. if it will reopen later this summer.

Hot time, summer in the valley! Take the littles to Pacific Park’s water play area for splash-pad shenanigans that will keep the whole family cool as a cucumber. Once everyone is sufficiently water-logged, dry off and head over to the Pacific Park library for some air-conditioned book browsing.

501 S. Pacific Ave.
Glendale
Online: glendaleaquatics.org

Lawndale: Alondra Community Regional Park

At 53 acres, and located halfway between Hawthorne and Torrance in Lawndale, this park features a duck pond, scooter paths, a playground, the occasional visit from an ice cream man, and a splash pad that is full of entertainment for the entire family. If you have a big kid in tow, they may even enjoy the skate park or the full-size swimming pool. But if parents are simply looking for easy (and free!) enjoyment, stick to the splash pad — it’s hours of soaking wet fun.

Hours: The splash pad is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily

3850 W. Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Lawndale
Online: parks.lacounty.gov

Los Angeles: Swimply

Don’t have a pool of your own, but really wish your family could experience a swim day in the privacy of a backyard? That’s where Swimply comes in–just think of it as the Airbnb of the pool world. Simply log in, enter the city where you’d like to go swimming, as well as the date and number of hours you’d like to use the pool. You’ll discover tons of fabulous private pools that homeowners are willing to rent out to you on an hourly basis. Once your reservation is confirmed, you communicate directly with the host to get the address, directions, wifi instructions and any other pertinent information you need. See, easy peasy!

Online: swimply.com

Waterparks & Other Ways to Cool Down

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Newport Beach: Newport Dunes Water Park

SoCal’s largest inflatable water park is totally worth a drive to Newport Beach. Kiddos will go bananas exploring over 13 giant inflatables, including places to whoosh down waterslides, scale ginormous icebergs and even spot dolphins, sea lions and sea turtles from atop an inflatable perch.

Good to Know: Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least 18 and over. For their safety, it is not recommended that children younger than 5 participate in the inflatable water park.

1131 Back Bay Dr.
Newport Beach
Online: newportdunes.com

Buena Park: Knott's Soak City

This 15-acre adventure park right next to Knott’s Berry Farm is the ultimate summer destination for pint-sized thrill seekers. With 23 speed, tube and body slides, a family raft ride, a wave pool, a lazy river and a three-story beach house with over 200 water guns, nozzles and sprayers, this is the one of the best picks to keep kids cool (and tired out) this summer.

Hours: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., daily until Sept. when hours change to 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily until Sept. 6

8200 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park
Online: knotts.com/soak-city

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LA River Recreation Zones

The LA River Recreation Zones in Elysian Valley and Sepulveda Basin are open and ready for some kayaking fun! You may bring your own kayak or rent from one of several organizations in the area that provide rentals to the public. In addition to kayaking, the area is great for fishing, bird watching and walking.

Hours: Open sunrise to sunset, daily–conditions permitting

Online: lariverrecreation.org

–Jennifer O’Brien

featured image via iStock

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