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

If your kids are anything like mine, summertime is all about finding the coolest playground splash pad. Seriously, where were these things when we were kids? We had either scorching hot asphalt playgrounds, or plastic kiddie pools and popsicles at home. Now, as parents, we can appreciate how great it is for our kids to be able to swing, slide, and cool off in one convenient, nearby spot. Though some of our favorite spraygrounds, splash pads, and water sprinkler parks in Fairfield County, New Haven, and eastern Connecticut remain closed, we have the scoop on which ones have turned on their water, here. 

Live near central Connecticut? Many Hartford spraygrounds and splash pads are 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.

As with any public activity this summer, be sure to pack along a face mask along with your sunscreen and towels: Per state guidelines, face coverings are required in outdoor areas when 6 feet of social distance can't be maintained.

Fairfield County Spraygrounds and Splash Pads 

Kenosia Park—Danbury
Danbury's biggest splash pad—the others at Rogers Park and Highland Avenue—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 went under 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
​2020 Update: Splash Pads are currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Check back for updates.

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
2020 Update: Lake Mohegan is only open to residents of Fairfield.​ Check back for updates.

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

Devon's Place, Norwalk
​2020 Update: Splash Pads are currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Check back for updates.

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

Ellsworth Park, Bridgeport 
2020 Update: Splash Pads are currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Check back for updates.
Beat the heat this summer at Ellsworth Park, one of Bridgeport's many splash pads. Others include Beardsley Park, Nob Hill, Seaside Park Splash Pad, Washington Park, Went Field Splash Pad and Newfield Park. 

Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk
​2020 Update: Splash Pads are currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Check back for updates.

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. 

New Haven County Spraygrounds and Splash Pads 

Lighthouse Point Park Splashpad – New Haven
2020 Update: All of the city of New Haven's 14 splash pads are open this summer.

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

Cosey Beach Splashpad – East Haven
2020 Update: Splash pad is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Check back for updates.
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
2020 Update: Splash pad is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Check back for updates.

Brand new splash pad for kids to enjoy! Kids will love the water squirters, sprays, and the pad which is safe for little feet.

Eastern Connecticut Spraygrounds and Splash Pads

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, even a skateboard park, too! Just a tip: The splash pad is not fully contained with a fence.  
Ocean Beach Park - New London
2020 Update:  The Splash area is not open this summer, but the beach, several kiddie rides, waterslides, and at least one concession stand will be open. Admission to Ocean Beach Park is open with reduced capacity. 
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.  
2020 Update: The Colchester Splash Pad is only open to Colchester Residents this summer. 
Affectionately known as the RecPlex, Colchester's splash area is free, and houses a convienient bath house for changing the little ones.  It's also enclosed with a fence to keep the little ones from running off.  Next door is a playscape that offers a dry option once everyone's sufficiently cooled down.  
Lauter Park - Willimantic
​2020 Update: Splash pad is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
 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, and its limited hours (noon-5pm) make for very busy evenings.  But, it's worth the trip!!   And it's open until Labor Day weekend! 

Originally published June 6, 2012

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