Best Sprinkler Parks and Splash Pads in Connecticut

Giant colorful flowers spray water at Willow Street Park. Photo courtesy of Willow Street Park, Facebook
Giant colorful flowers spray water at Willow Street Park. Photo courtesy of Willow Street Park, Facebook

When the temperatures go up, it's nice to have a place to cool down from the heat. While kids love swimming in the pool or playing at the beach, the spraygrounds and splash pads in Connecticut offer just as much wet and wild fun. Sprinkler parks in Connecticut are full of neat features like sprays, rides, and buckets. We made a list of the best splash pads to pay a visit to this summer in CT.

Our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide has even more ideas for keeping kids cool and entertained this summer, whether you're 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 splash-tastic fun. Refurbished in 2014, it has sprays lots of open space as well as picnic tables for parents to sit at.

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 the summer months. It is located directly next to the playground.

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.

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Run, jump, and splash at Longbrook Park. Photo courtesy of Mommy Poppins

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. 

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. The park is under refurbishment for 2022. 

Devon's Place — Norwalk

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

Bridgeport Splash Pads — Bridgeport 

Beat the heat this summer at one of Bridgeport's splash pads.  There are several, including Ellsworth Park,  Beardsley Park, Nob Hill, Seaside Park Splash Pad, Washington Park, Went Field Splash Pad, and Newfield Park. Face coverings are not required at the park. Capacity limit vary.

Spraygrounds Sprinkler Parks 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 that is safe for little feet.

Villano Park Splashpad —  Hamden

A bright and sunny splashpad that accumulates about 1-2 inches of water and has several features like sprays, butterflies, and squirts.

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.  

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Water babies love Ocean Beach Park. Photo courtesy of Ocean Beach Park, Facebook

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.

Spraygrounds and Splash Pads in Hartford Connecticut 

Colt Park Splash Pad — Hartford

This is a great place to go on a hot summer day: There are several overhead sprayers and even spinning controllers for the kids to man themselves. This is an all-ages splash area.

Pope Park North — Hartford

There's a splashy spray park in this northernmost corner of the popular park (a.k.a, Baby Pope), and a full swimming pool in Pope's main section.

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Find water fun across hundreds of acres at Keney Park Splash Pad. Photo courtesy of todesignllc.com

Keney Park Splash Pad — Hartford

This is the largest park in Hartford at almost 600 acres. This splash pad opened in 2017 and is a mecca for local children wanting to cool off. It consists mainly of floor sprayers and a structure under which kids can stand in cool showers. Nobody can miss the big, yellow spraying spider!

Hyland Park — Hartford

​This baseball-themed little park near the popular ball fields offers a small, contained space with simple water features well-suited for little ones.

West Hartford Splash Pads — West Hartford

Conveniently located next to playgrounds, concession stands, and restrooms, you will find four splash pads featuring several water features, making for a fun day out. Spray Pads are located at Beachland, Fernridge, Kenney, and Wolcott Park, and are free for children ages 2-8. Open Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend, daily from 10am-7pm.

Rockwell Park —  Bristol

In addition to its great playground and picnic areas, the park also features a splash pad, a pool, a basketball court, and walking trails. It is easy to spend a day here, especially considering other kid-friendly things to do in Bristol.

Cotton Hollow Preserve — Glastonbury

Enjoy 80 acres of outdoor adventure in a historic atmosphere. For a refreshing escape from the heat, visit the naturally formed swimming holes, the cascading and tumbling freshwater, and the roaring banks of the roaring brook. A beach area located at the bottom of the main falls features the best conditions for a relaxing dip in the water. Unfortunately, it is limited to Glastonbury residents and guests only.

Willow Street Park — New Britain

Bring a towel and a cooler because the largest (and free!) splash pad in New England will keep the kids entertained for hours. 

Elizabeth Berner Pool — Plainville

Located at Norton Park, it features two water slides, a raindrop fountain, and a zero-depth-entry tot pool. According to the town recreation department webpage, the pool is open and free for Plainville residents and guests beginning June 10, but non-residents can purchase a daily pool pass for $14 per person.                                                                                              

Chesley Park —  New Britain

At Chesley Park, there are plenty of exciting water spray features, including bucket dumps, ground sprays, and jets you can aim at your friends. There's even a new pool for getting fully wet.

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