Cool Off at These Bay Area Splash Pads

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Summer is here and the temps are climbing. If you need to get out of the heat and into the water, this is just the list for you. We’ve got spray parks and fountains all over the Bay Area with the water on just waiting for your visit! Suit up and get the SPF ready!

San Francisco

Mission Playground, San Francisco

Mission Playground was renovated and reopened in September of 2012. Through the renovation, one of the playgrounds most unique additions was the water garden that features ornamental fountains spraying mist and showering water for young children’s play and delight. The playground is also home to the City’s only outdoor pool.

Note: the water feature is operated on warm weather weekends between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

19th & Linda
San Francisco, CA

24th & York Mini Park, San Francisco

Splash on over to this gorgeous mini park in the Mission, which features creative murals and a wickedly wild snake structure that winds around a neat splash pad. As your kids play amongst the spouting water, you'll get to sit back and admire the colorful jungle painted on the wall behind them.

24th & York St.
San Francisco, CA

East Bay

Central Park, San Ramon

We totally love this San Ramon playground for its umbrella-shaped water sprayer and also the faux creek bed where kids can wade around. The climbing structure is large with a big one for big kids and another for the tots. Parents will find lots of spots to sit and watch the fun or better yet, find a spot around the sprayer and dip your toes in!

12501 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA

Emerald Glen Park, Dublin

After you hit up the Dublin’s Farmer’s Market, take your family for some water play at Emerald Glen Park. Rainbow arches bloom over the splash pad, shooting out sheets of water and there’s even a fun green tunnel that sprays out water like a showerhead. Then climb amongst unique rock structures that also double as slides. 

Note: The water feature is turned on from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, through Labor Day. 

4201 Central Pkwy.
Dublin, CA

El Cerrito Splash Park, El Cerrito

Editor's note: The splash park is currently closed. Check the website for updates. 

Beat the heat over at the El Cerrito Swim Center, where they have one of the most awesome splash pads ever. The large park is filled with all sorts of water gadgets, from colored buckets that tip surprise showers to the kids below, misting tunnels and all sorts of water jets. Don’t miss out on the cute cartoons that decorate some of the watering holes. 

Admission: $3/splash park only

7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA

Blue Goose Park, Brentwood

Does your child love the farm? Then take a drive to Brentwood for this farm-themed park complete with a barn play structure, a water tower that pours water onto the splash pad, and giant sunflower sprayers for larger than life barnyard fun.

1765 Adams Ln.
Brentwood, CA

Castro Valley Park Splash Pad, Castro Valley

Four parks and a splash pad? This playground is like the Disneyland of playground water play. Your little buccaneers can use the spray cannons to get their friends soaking wet, all while romping around the softly padded ground. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Labor Day. 

18988 Lake Chabot Rd.,
Castro Valley, CA

Brentwood City Park, Brentwood

Enjoy a well-maintained old-school-meets-modern park at Brentwood City Park. Complete with water guns and a splash pad, a cute little clubhouse for toddlers, and a play structure for kids of all ages to enjoy, this cabin-themed park is adorable and has ample shade over the picnic tables.

790 2nd St.
Brentwood, CA

Meadow Homes Spray Park, Concord

Take a trip into the ocean with this fun open water themed splash park. Kids can spray each other with the cannons, run through the water under the shipwreck, avoid the shark, and climb the beach rocks. The water's on from noon to 6 p.m. , seven days a week in the summer. For more information about water times, click here.

1351 Detroit Ave.
Concord, CA


Stulsaft Park, Redwood City

This park, affectionately known as "Crayon Park" tops our list for fun spraygrounds for the summer. Water sprays from massive crayons while kids run around on the soft ground. The water feature is on from 10:30 a.m.-noon and 2-6 p.m. through the end of September.

3737 Farm Hill Blvd.
Redwood City, CA

Mitchell Park, Palo Alto

Editor's note: The water feature is currently off. Check the website for updates.

Two frog statues make this splash pad look like a real pond. As kids race about on a slip-free surface, water shoots gently up to about the same height as your little ones. The water comes out with minimal pressure so that your kiddo won’t be surprised as they frolic and play. The awesome Magical Bridge playground is here, too, so be prepared to spend the day!

600 E Meadow Dr.
Palo Alto, CA

Seven Seas Park, Sunnyvale

This amazing pirate-themed park in Sunnyvale boasts both climbing fun and water fun, the perfect combo to get through a warm summer day. Make sure to bring suits and snacks, because once you arrive, your little ones will never want to leave. Highlights include a mind-blowing toddler play structure, a water play/splash area, a rope and metal climbing gym, and a pirate ship that is accessible to kids of all abilities. Parking is a little tricky on the weekends as the attached lot fits only about six minivans, but street parking can usually be found not too far away.

1010 Morse Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA

Fountains at Stanford University

Did you know that Stanford chlorinates its fountains and allow people to wade in them? It's a time-honored tradition for both students and toddlers to fountain hop at the Stanford campus and we can see why. There are a number of fountains to choose from with red hoop fountain and the sunken pool being our favorites. Insider tip: enter 380 Panama Mall into your GPS to find sunken pool. Some have shade, some do not and all have freezing cold water for splashing about. 

Ryder Park, San Mateo

Head over to Ryder Park for a bucket load of good, clean fun. Geysers shoot water for the kids to dance around in and the sprinklers go off every 5 minutes so no matter where you are in the sprayground you're guaranteed to get soaked. Afterwards, play on the monkey bars or jungle gym, and stroll along the meandering paths to enjoy stellar views of the Bay.

1801 J Hart Clinton Dr.
San Mateo, CA

Lakewood Park, Sunnyvale

Blast off into a world of fun at Lakewood Park! Families with kids of all ages will find something fun to occupy their summer afternoon from skating, basketball, slides, teeters and a rocking water play area. Little astronauts will enjoy getting sprayed by the spaceship and running around the padded ground decorated to look like outer space. Parking can get jam packed at this popular playground, so be prepared for a quick 2-3 block stroll. (Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)​

834 Lakechime Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA

Ortega Park, Sunnyvale

With towering flowers throughout the sprayground, this popular Sunnyvale spot makes you feel like you've entered a giant garden. Wade through puddles, light sprayers and bubbling geysers. Need a break from the water play? Stop at the playground nearby to tackle the wall climbing structure or take a ride on the swings fitted for kids big and small.

636 Harrow Way
Sunnyvale, CA

South Bay

Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose

This park in the middle of downtown San Jose has a fun water feature that little ones love. Watch them be shocked as the water shoots up right from the ground!

194 South Market St.
San Jose, CA

Hellyer Park, San Jose

This San Jose park got a major facelift last summer and we are all over it. Kids love the new splash pad and waterfall arch and parents love that this area of the park is shaded (which is often hard to find). After they dry off, the kids will love climbing the two 30-foot towers and the massive log climbing structure and spinning on the merry-go-round.

985 Hellyer Ave.
San Jose, CA

Jack Fischer Park, Campbell

Editor's Note: The Campbell water features will not be turned on for 2021 due to the drought.

If your little ones have a lot of energy to burn, this is the place to go to. This park recently reopened after playground renovations and it is the place to be when the weather gets hot. The water feature has tunnels that are fun for kids of all ages to run through. And with large grassy lawns to run and roll around on, sand areas and play structures, your kids will go home dirty, and most importantly—tired. Bigger kids will enjoy riding their scooters or bikes down the park’s “mountain.”

1499 Abbott Ave. at Pollard Rd.
Campbell, CA

Marin/North Bay

photo: City of San Rafael

Freitas Park, San Rafael

This San Rafael spot has a splash pad in addition to a climbing structure and restrooms. Find a spot in the shade to hang out while the kids cool off in the water. There's also a large grassy area nearby for picnics or to kick the soccer ball around. 


—Kate Loweth


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