Hot Summer in the City: Best Splash Pads, Water Parks & Pools around LA

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When things heat up in and around Los Angeles, there are plenty of places to cool down around town besides the beach (although we do a list for the best beaches to visit with kids). But when you don’t want to head to the sand, here’s our list of the best splash pads and water playgrounds as well as tricked out inflatable water parks and pools. Get ready for the best summer ever thanks to these epic waterparks, pools and splash pads around LA.

The Best Splash Pads & Pools in LA in Los Angeles

In Santa Monica, there are three splash pads to choose from: Virginia Avenue Park, Tongva Park, and the Annenberg Beach House. All splash pads are open from the first weekend in May to the end of Oct.

Tongva Park: 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. The 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

Virginia Ave. 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. The splash pad operates from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. but subject to close due to drought restrictions.

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

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. The splash pad is currently open daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., while the pool is scheduled to open to the public Memorial Day Weekend.

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

Beverly Hills: 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. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

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

DTLA: Grand Park is a downtown oasis but during the summer, the splash park in front of the fountain is a parent’s dream. Various water spouts shoot water into the air while the water is only a couple of inches deep making it fun for everyone from crawlers to big kids. The atmosphere is usually festive with music and food trucks on site—not to mention a Starbucks is right there.

200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: grandparkla.org

splash pads in LA

photo: Culver City

Culver City: Between the Culver Hotel and The Steps in Culver City is a public work of art, called the Lion’s Fountain, a splash pad surrounding a dancing lion statue—a nod to the area’s contribution to . A Cold Stone Creamery is located just a few steps away, so you can cool off inside and out.

9500 Culver Blvd.
Culver City
Online: culvercity.org

READ: A Local’s Guide to What to Do in Culver City

East LA: 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. Open May 1 through Sept. 30, 11 a.m. – 7p.m., daily. The pool is open from Jun. 15- Aug. 22, 11 a.m-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is closed on Sun.

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

Whittier: Cool off at Amelia Mayberry Park a 14-acre park in Whittier whose splash pads open May 1 through Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.

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

Azusa: Travel a bit further out to Azusa and you’ll find Valleydale Park—popular and spacious park with a cool splash pad that is open May 1 through Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.

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

Hacienda Heights: This small, local park, called Los Robles Park, is located in the quiet San Gabriel Valley neighborhood of Hacienda Heights. The splash pad is open May 1 through Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.

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

splash pads in LA

photo: LA Country Parks

La Puente: The Allen J. Martin park splash pad has water buckets, sprayers and is covered so at least your kids will be partially protected from potential sunburns. It’s open from May 1 through Sept. 30, daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

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

Simi Valley: LA can get hot, but places like Simi Valley really sizzle, so it’s not surprising that one of the area’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.

The splash pad opens Sat., May 28th and will end on Tues., Sept. 6th. The hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., but will be closed for maintenance every day from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

Stoner Park Splash Pad & 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 $4 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.

1835 Stoner Ave.
West LA
Online: www.laparks.org/stoner-park-pool

San Dimas: The Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park is a sprawling park with everything—from fishing and hiking to bird watching and swimming. The recreational swim beach opens weekends starting May 21 and then will be open 7 days a week starting Jun. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. There is a vehicle entrance fee of $12. FYI: No water toys, tents, umbrellas or sun shelters allowed in or out of the water.

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

Glendale: Pacific Park Community Center is what summer memories are made of! 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. While Pacific Pool is now open, the wading pools will open Jun. 14 through Sept. 17; and the splash pads are set to open May 28 through Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

Lawndale: Alondra Community Regional Park has 53 acres, and is 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 that opens Jun. 15-Aug. 22). But if parents are simply looking for easy (and free!) enjoyment, stick to the splash pad — it’s hours of soaking wet fun and is open from May 1 through Sept. 30 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.

3850 W. Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Lawndale
Online: parks.lacounty.gov/alondra-community-regional-park

Hansen Dam Aquatic Recreational Center: The pool reopens on weekends, beginning May 28th and then will be open everyday, starting Jun. 11 until Labor Day.

11798 Foothill Blvd.
Lake View Terrace
Online: laparks.org

Rent a Pool in Los Angeles? Yes You Can!

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

Airbnb: If you’d rather rent a pool for more than a couple of hours, check out these Airbnbs with epic pools near LA—it’s what staycation dreams are made of.

ResortPass: Or if you like the idea of a pool but would rather be close to amenities like poolside service for drinks and food, purchase a resort day pass at one of these family-friendly hotels.

Waterparks, Swim Beaches & Other Ways to Cool Down around Los Angeles

Newport Beach: SoCal’s largest inflatable water park, Newport Dunes, is totally worth a drive to spend the day splashing away. 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

Knott’s Soak City: This 15-acre adventure park in Buena 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 tire them out) this summer. The park opens May 21 for weekends and then will be open daily beginning Jun. 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., until Sept.

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

RELATED: 36 Hours of Fun in Buena Park, CA

LA River: The LA River Recreation Zones in Elysian Valley and Sepulveda Basin will re-open Memorial Day Weekend 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. Open sunrise to sunset—daily conditions permitting

Online: lariverrecreation.org

Castaic Lake State Recreation Center: Just 40 miles north of DTLA, this 12,000+ acre facility features two lakes: the Upper Lake that has boat launches with various waterways and coves for exploring and the Lower Lake that includes picnic areas, launch areas for kayaks, float tubes and other non-gasoline boating, and a swim beach. The swim beaches open May 21 during the weekends until Jun. 20 when they will be open 7 days a week from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

32132 Castaic Lake Dr.
Castaic
Online: parks.lacounty.gov

water play in LA

photo: LA County Parks

Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center: The swim beach will be open Memorial Day weekend and every weekend thereafter. The swim beach will open seven days a week starting Jun. 21. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Splash pads open Jun. 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 7 days a week, while special water play will be open weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day and costs $2 per person per session.

Online: parks.lacounty.gov

The following water play areas are closed with no reopening date as of yet. Check the recreation center website and Instagram for further updates to come.

Panorama City: The Panorama Recreation Center has 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

 

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