If this summer is the typical South Florida summer, it's going to be a scorcher! Visit a Miami splash pad to keep the kids cool and entertained. Check out our list of the top 20 sprinkler parks, spraygrounds, and free splash pads in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, with a few waterplay areas in the Keys and West Palm Beach areas as well.
For more ideas for things to do today with kids, check our South Florida Activities Calendar, or dip into our Miami Summer Activities Guide.
Best Spraygrounds and Splash Pads for South Florida Families
The splash pad and pool at Murray Park Aquatic Center are open from mid-March to mid-September. In addition to the splash pad, features include zero depth entry at the outdoor pool, restrooms, and a locker room. Contact the office to make sure the facilities are open.
Aside from its beautiful botanical gardens and family events, the Splash 'N Play at Pincrest Gardens is one of the highlights of any visit to this park. There is $5 admission charge for the park, and proper swimming attire is required on the splash pad. (Disposable diapers are not allowed.)
The South Pointe Park Splash Pad is a motion-activated mini splash zone with water cannons. The park has direct access to the beach, as well as walking trails, a jungle gym, and panoramic views of the South Beach shoreline. Free
Zoo Miami features several waterplay areas, including spouting fountains, spilling buckets, and shaded seating for parents. Some of these areas may be closed at times; call the zoo for more information before visiting. Zoo admission required.
The free splash pad at Westwind Lakes Park is open only during the summer. The park office can confirm dates for the season. Other facilities at the park include a skate park and volleyball courts.
Charnow Park has shaded seating right by the splash pad. Photo by Tamano Economico, via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Charnow Park's Splash Fountain is adjacent to a shaded seating area, picnic pavilions, and paddleball courts, which have been a popular feature on Hollywood Beach since the 1930s.
Along with a free splash pad and actual water cannon, Liberty Park also offers seven acres of green space, including a dog park, picnic pavilion, horse corral, and various shaded playgrounds.
Plantation Woods features two playgrounds and a free splash pad (water shoes are recommended). While at Plantation Woods, watch for the squirrel statues and tree houses as well!
Sullivan Park is located in Deerfield Beach. Aside from a free splash pad, visitors can also enjoy both a covered picnic pavilion and covered playground. The pavilion is available for rent.
The Founders Park splash pad is located in the north section of the park. This splash pad features wet and wild nozzles, structures, and loops! The park also includes an exercise trail, tennis courts, a playground, and an athletic field,
The activity spray gym at Jacobs Aquatic Center is one of this facility's main attractions. Visitors can also indulge in three pools and year-round aquatic programs. Admission fees vary by age and day.
Village Green offers a free tot lot with interactive splash fountain, as well as a community bandstand, restrooms, fountains, and shade pavilion.
The Pembroke Pines YMCA Aquatic Center features water slides, pools, and a splash pad to beat the heat this summer. Membership and/or admission fees required.
The splash pad at Doral Legacy Park is open seasonally (March-November). The park encompasses more than 18 acres with additional activities and features.
Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas Oceanside Park is part of The Loop Fort Lauderdale Beach, which offers a variety of family fun and a free waterplay area.
Osswald Park features a free splash pad, as well as a playground, volleyball court, tennis court, racquetball court, driving range, 3-hole golf course, and walking/jogging trails.
Enjoy the splash pad, playground, horse corral, shelter rentals, nature trail, and more at Miramar Pineland Park.
Shenandoah Park offers a large, free waterplay area on an enclosed splash pad, along with a fitness area and two playgrounds.
In addition to the splash pad, Cypress Preserve Park features a disc-golf course and nature trail with exercise stations.
This city park is home to a free splash pad and adjacent playground, with the added bonus of a great view of planes landing at the nearby airport. Restrooms available.
Kids love this park for its wonderful science center and playground, but the splash pad at the center is also worth a visit, with sea animal displays that spray and plenty of spots to sit.