Levy Park, photo by Morris Malakoff courtesy of Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority
Levy Park, photo by Morris Malakoff courtesy of Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority

Best Free Splash Pads and Spraygrounds around Houston

When the first heat wave of summer hits Houston, it hits hard. And as every Houstonian knows, once it comes it's here for the long haul, sometimes well into "fall." This means it becomes crucial to find fun ways to keep kids cool without locking them indoors—and a good splashpad is one of the best ways we know how. 

The free splashpads below are our favorites, so we've called them all to find out which ones our kids can enjoy this season. Due to lingering Covid-19 concerns, some are closed with the hopes of opening at the end of May and some are closed indefinitely, however a good number are open and ready for kids to splash and play. Most are open year round, but if you're visiting outside of summer months be sure to check the park website before heading out. 

For even more summer fun, be sure to check out these amusement parks, theme parks, and water parks within driving distance of Houston; they're sure to make the summer months a blast. 

As a reminder, the Texas DSHS recommends practicing social distancing to avoid catching or spreading COVID-19, and the CDC recommends using face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the virus.

Splash pad and spraypark schedules may be subject to last minute changes.

Splash Pads in Southeast Houston

Monroe Field Splash Pad in Seabrook
 Little ones love playing at the Monroe Field Splash Pad in Seabrook. Photo by Ashley Jones

Monroe Field Spash Pad

The crown jewel of this splash pad in Seabrook is a pirate ship with a wheel that directs a water spray. This splash pad is great for little ones because the entire thing is fenced in, and there are plenty of shaded picnic tables at the edges of the splash pad for parents to hang out while kids run around in the water.

Brookglen Splash Park

Ample space to run around, a large, rainbow-colored dragon, dumping buckets, and animals that spray water from their mouths make this a water play area your kids won't want to miss. 

Dolphin Lagoon at Clear Lake Park

Aptly named for the several dolphin structures spouting water, this spray ground is located near the boat ramps at Clear Lake Park and gives guests an extensive view of the bay. It also has plenty of shaded areas for parents to sit, public restrooms, and outdoor fitness equipment for those wanting to get in a workout while the kids play. 

Baytown Spray Parks

Prepare to make a day out of a trip to any of the City's six spray parks in Baytown, because barbecue pits, a playground, and plenty of trails make them all a perfect day-cation destination. 
Spray Parks include Roseland Park, Bergeron Park, McElroy Park, Pelly Park, Central Heights Park, and Jenkins Park.

Texas Avenue Park Splash Pad
The bases are loaded at Texas Avenue Park Splash Pad.

Texas Avenue Park Splash Pad

This is a truly unique splash pad fit to steal any baseball-loving kid's heart. Instead of the traditional water-themed sprays, baseballs spout out water here. There are even bases to run around, making this water play area a home run. 

Wright Cuney Recreation Center

The spray park at Wright Cuney has water spraying up from the ground and dumping from buckets overhead. The Recreation Center also has a playground, covered picnic tables, and basketball courts. 

Menard Park

Closed until further notice.
After a trip to the beach, you can head on over to the Menard Park splash pad where kids can get out any extra energy they may have while washing off the unavoidable layer of sand that comes with being on the beach all day.

Schreiber Park

Closed until further notice.
An airplane in the middle of the pad is the defining feature of this spray park. Water shoots straight up from the ground, making it a good splash pad for younger kids, since there is no dumping water and very few frills. There's also plenty of parking, as well as places to sit and public restrooms.

Splash Pads in North Houston

This includes North Houston, Northeast Houston, and Northwest Houston.

Zube Park splash pad
Kids cool off at the Zube Park splash pad. Photo courtesy Harris County Precinct 3

Lents Family Park Splash Pad

Nestled in Lents Family Park East is a splash pad kids are sure to love. It spouts water from the ground and has sprays the kids can aim and control as well as pipe tunnels to run through. It's also gated, giving parents reassurance that their kids are safe.

May Valley Park Splash Pad

This wooded paradise of a park in The Woodlands features a splash pad under plenty of shady trees. Kids can run amok as buckets full of water dump from overhead and ground sprayers splash up and around. 

Sawmill Park Splash Pad

This splash pad located near Grogan's Mill features plenty of water features that will have your kids loving every moment they spend playing. Water sprays up from the ground, as well as out of large pipes and directional sprayers overhead. 

Timarron Park Splash Pad

This splash pad has a pipe tunnel that looks like a frog, large flowers that spray water, and plenty of space to play. It also has seats around the splash pad for parents, convenient public restrooms, a covered pavilion, and a playground.

Zube Park

It's a bit of a drive into northwest Houston, but we promise it's well worth it. The lovely and shaded park recently had a splash pad installed. It's the perfect spot for a day or afternoon out. There is even a steam train that occasionally appears.

Shady Lane Park Splash Pad

Closed until further notice.
With an alligator head emerging from the pad surface and large boulders that spout streams of water, this one-of-a-kind, bayou-themed spray park is sure to thrill the kids. There are also multiple play areas, outdoor fitness equipment, and more offered here.

Splash Pads in West Houston

Nottingham Park Splash Pad

This splash pad has water shoots, fill-and-dump buckets, pipe tunnels, and tall sprays. There is also covered seating for parents to enjoy while watching the kids play, and a playground nearby for anyone needing a break from the water. 

Cullen Park

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
This splash pad may be simpler than others, but that doesn't mean the kids won't have a ton of fun running around it. Pipe tunnels that spray water at the push of a button and plenty of fountains and jet streams make it a hit among the younger set, and parents appreciate the seating surrounding the pad.

Burnett Bayland Park

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
The park, which is also home to a skate park, has lots of trees and picnic areas as well as sports fields, and an expansive splash pad surrounded by covered tables.

Inner Loop Splash Pads

Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green
The Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green. Photo by Katya Horner

Aron Ledet Park

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
This lovely Houston park is always worth a visit for its shaded trails and playground, but the splash pad is the cherry on top. Depending on the time of day, it is covered in shade by nearby trees. Note it is not fenced in. 

Ervan Chew Park Splash Pad

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
Aside from the splash pad, the park offers numerous amenities kids love. Guests can also take advantage of a dog park, picnic tables, soccer and baseball fields, and a playground, making the splash pad the perfect place to cool off after playing hard. 

Jaycee Park Splash Pad

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
The Jaycee Park splash pad is the ideal place for cooling off after taking advantage of all the other park amenities, like a walking trail, basketball and tennis courts, and a playground. The simple pad features timed sprays and colorful butterfly artwork. There are port-o-potties available for guests to use. 

Settegast Park Splash Pad

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
This park offers the traditional simplicity of a splash pad with some extra features that make it fun but not overly flashy. Some of the features kids are sure to love include the bell spray column and ground geyser, while parents love the safe rubber pad surface. 

Tony Marron Park Splash Pad

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
If you're looking for a splash pad that satisfies the kids and gives you sweeping views of both the park itself and downtown, look no further than Tony Marron Park. Guests have access to public restrooms and drinking fountains, as well as a covered pavilion that's perfect for a picnic lunch. 

Emancipation Park Sprayground

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
At Emancipation Park, three splash pad areas are located on the property. One is located within the pool area of the park, and the other two are outside of the pool area. Each splash pad area contains water features that have water bubbling from the ground as well as directional sprayers. 

Levy Park Splash Pad

This splash pad is opening for the season on June 1.
The recently renovated Levy Park now includes a fun splash pad in the center of its enclosed play area. There are public restrooms on site and plenty of shade and tables for picnicking. The playground also has a rock wall and plenty of other climbables.

Gateway Fountains at Discovery Green

Closed until further notice.
Jet streams reach up to 14 feet at this Downtown Houston favorite. Infants and toddlers are required to wear swim diapers and water shoes are recommended. Public restrooms are available. 

Hermann Park Splash Pad

Closed until further notice.
Get ready for an entire water experience at the water playground at Hermann Park. The park boasts an adjacent sandy beach, palm trees and more, which makes it a splash-pad paradise. There is free parking in and around Hermann Park as well as paid parking lots in the surrounding areas. 

Katherine McGovern Water Play Park at the Houston Zoo

Closed until further notice.
What better way to cool off after a long day visiting the animals than at the water play park located inside the zoo? Kids can enjoy the traditional streams of water, a 'fill and spill' water tree, fountains, and ample space at this splash pad. 

Splash Pads in Southwest Houston

RiverPark splash pad in Sugar Land

The RiverPark splash pad in Sugar Land. Photo courtesy of City of Sugar Land

Hackberry Park Splash Pad

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
There are not just traditional water streams at this playground, but also turtles and lily pads that spurt water up in the air. These features plus bright colors and plenty of space to play make this splash pad a hit with kids and parents alike. 

Splash Pad at Constellation Field

Catching a Sugar Land Skeeters game? Be sure to pack a swimsuit for the kids. Constellation Field has a splash pad that overlooks the playing field and gives kids a chance to cool off and burn some energy while taking in some minor league baseball. Note: Use of the splash pad is free with purchase of Sugar Land Skeeters ticket.

Marian Park Splash Pad

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
There's not just one area for kids to play at this water spray park, but three, making it a unique splash pad experience. Another perk - this one for the parents - is that there is plenty of shaded seating available around the play area. 

Blueridge Park

This splash pad has plans to open by the end of May/beginning of June.
The fun and colorful splash pad is set against the park's beautiful pond, which is always filled with ducks! There is lots of room to run around, that's for sure. 

Splash Pad at Smart Financial Centre Plaza

Closed until further notice.
The new water feature at Smart Financial Centre Plaza is ready for action this summer. Features that make parents happy include plenty of parking, seating, and restrooms. After 4pm the splash pad turns into a water feature show. 

RiverPark Splash Pad

Closed until further notice.
This well-maintained splash pad boasts colorful pipes, suspended fill-and-dump buckets as well as ample space to run and play. There are shaded benches surrounding the pad for parents to watch their little ones, and an adjacent park for the kids to play on before or after their water adventures. 


This post was originally published in September 2016

 

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Gateway Fountains at Discovery Green

Katherine McGovern Water Play Park at the Houston Zoo

Dolphin Lagoon at Clear Lake Park

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