Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, photo by Ally Noel
Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, photo by Ally Noel

Splash Pads and Spraygrounds in Fairfield, New Haven, and Eastern Connecticut

For my kids, summertime is all about finding the coolest playground splash pad. Seriously, where were these water wonderlands when we were kids? We had either scorching hot asphalt playgrounds, or plastic kiddie pools with popsicles at home. Today's park splash pads leave lawn sprinklers in the dust. Although some of our favorite spraygrounds, splash pads, and water sprinkler parks remain closed in 2021, we have the scoop on which ones have turned on their water, here. 

Live near central Connecticut? Many Hartford spraygrounds and splash pads are also open for the summer. Our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide has even more ideas for keeping kids cool and entertained this summer, at home or out and about.

Spraygrounds and Splash Pads in Fairfield County

Kenosia Park—Danbury

Kenosia is Danbury's biggest splash pad (others are at Rogers Park and Highland Avenue) and offers nearly 6,000 square feet of splashtastic fun.

Scalzi Park —Stamford

Frolic and play at Scalzi Park's splash pad, nestled in Stamford's third largest city park, which recently underwent extensive renovations and now boasts a wonderful playground and splash pad to enjoy during summer months. 

Indian Ledge Park — Trumbull 

One of two of Trumbull's sprinkler pads open seasonally (seven days a week from dawn to dusk from Memorial Day Weekend through mid-September) Indian Ledge Park offers a splash pad that's perfect for cooling offer after playing on the playground. A valid park sticker is required to park in any of the Trumbull Parks throughout the year. Vehicles without stickers may be ticketed. Stickers are available at the Trumbull Parks and Recreation office.

Longbrook Park—Stratford

This lovely 34-acre park in Northern Stratford is surrounded by a picturesque pond and gardens. The park includes a fenced-in splash pad with a frog and pelican mister, sprinklers, and more. The splash pad is also nestled between two separate playgrounds including Vikki Soto's The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play playground. 

Lake Mohegan—Fairfield

Visit the picturesque Lake Mohegan—a hidden gem tucked away in Northern Fairfield County—where your kiddos can spend hours splashing at a sprinkler park complete with spouts, faucets, and misters. There is also a playground and snack bar, so all bases are covered. Note: A small fee is charged at the gate.

Devon's Place — Norwalk

Located alongside Stepping Stones Museum, Matthews Park has a fantastic nautical themed playground and splash pad. 

Ellsworth Park —Bridgeport 

Beat the heat this summer at Ellsworth Park, one of Bridgeport's many splash pads. Other options include Beardsley Park, Nob Hill, Seaside Park Splash Pad, Washington Park, Went Field Splash Pad, and Newfield Park. 

Calf Pasture Beach —Norwalk

Take a dip at the beach, stroll along the scenic coast AND cool off at the splash pad at Calf Pasture Beach. From volleyball to the skatepark to the sailing school there is so much to do at Calf Pasture—well worth a day trip! Weekday and Weekend rates apply. 

Longbrook Park. Photo by Jennifer Batz

Splash Pads and Spraygrounds in New Haven County 

Lighthouse Point Park Splashpad – New Haven

Frolic in the splash pad at Lighthouse Point Park, where kids (and grown-ups) can enjoy freshwater fountains. The splash pad is located close to the beach next to the bathhouse. The splash pad is free for New Haven residents. There is a fee for in-state non-residents and for out-of-state visitors.

Cosey Beach Splashpad – East Haven

Across the street from Cosey Beach, this splash pad is nestled in a grassy picnic area. Once your kids have their fill of fresh water, dry off and head to the playground area or take a dip in Long Island Sound.

Meriden Splashpad at City Park — Meriden

This is a brand new splash pad for kids to enjoy! Kids can indulge in water squirters, sprays, and a pad which is safe for little feet.

Spraygrounds and Splash Pads in Eastern Connecticut 

Owen Bell Park — Dayville

Besides a splash pad, full of buckets and streams and sprinklers strategically placed on a soft surface, Owen Bell Park also offers trails for walking and hiking, a playground, basketball and tennis courts, and even a skateboard park, too! Just a tip: The splash pad is not fully contained with a fence.  

Ocean Beach Park — New London

Besides the half-mile beach, arcade, amusement rides, and Olympic size pool, Ocean Beach also boasts a HUGE nautical themed playground just across the boardwalk on the beach. Next to the playground is OBP's newest attraction, a splash park with sprayers, fountains, and buckets that dump cool, refreshing water! Both are accessible with admission to the park.  

Colchester Recreational Complex—Colchester 

Affectionately known as the RecPlex, Colchester's splash area is free, and houses a convenient bathhouse for changing. It's also enclosed with a fence to keep little ones from running off. Next door is a playscape that offers a dry option once everyone's sufficiently cooled down.  

Lauter Park —Willimantic

Lauter Park's splash pad offers a large area of splash opportunity! Locals tell me this place is usually pretty empty early in the afternoon, while its limited hours (noon-5pm) make for very busy evenings. But it's worth the trip! It's open until Labor Day weekend.


Originally published in 2012 and updated annually since

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