Dilworth Park. Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
Dilworth Park. Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Free Water Fun: Splash Pads and Sprinklers at Philly Area Parks

Splash pads and spray parks throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley are ready to cool kids off on a hot day, even in the summer of 2020. The spots listed below are some of our favorite places to enjoy free water play; we're keeping track of which ones are open and updating as the summer heats up. There are also some nearby Pennsylvania water parks opening up, but for free fun on a summer day, nothing beats a sprayground. Read on to see which Philly splash pads are switching on the water this summer.

Splash Pads, Spray Parks, and Sprinkler Parks in the City

Dilworth Plaza— Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: A portion of the fountain has been set on a low water setting.
Located on the West side of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza features a huge interactive fountain area that kids will love to run around on. It also offers seating and a cafe for parents.

Sister Cities Park—Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: The pond at Sister Cities Park is temporarily closed due to construction in the Discovery Garden. The fountain is on.
Right in the heart of Center City, at Logan Circle across from the Franklin Institute, Sister Cities Park offers a great spot for families to cool off and enjoy those summer days. The Sister Cities fountain is a really unique representation of the world, with Philadelphia at its center. Jets of water squirt from 10 spouts, representing Philly’s 10 sister cities, globally positioned in relation to their distance from Philadelphia. There is also a garden and pond—race your paper boats down the stream or splash around in the spacious kiddie pool.

Spruce Street Harbor Park—Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: Currently, Spruce Street Harbor Park is closed. Check back for opening day updates.
This annual pop-up park on the waterfront features two great fountains for splashing in, in addition to access to an urban boardwalk featuring delicious ice cream from Franklin Fountain, an arcade, and a beer garden. Plus, you might be able to snag a private hammock for some deep relaxation!

Photo by Wooster Thorpe courtesy of Seger Park

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Splash Pads, Spray Parks, and Sprinkler Parks

In general splash pads, spray parks, and spraygrounds that are part of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation are open from 3pm - 7pm on weekdays and 12pm - 5pm on weekends.  Starting July 6, locations will begin to reopen on a rolling basis. It is important to note that capacity may be limited due to COVID-19 at any location. Be sure to refer to each venue's website for updated information.

Chalfont Playground- Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: A part of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this location is open.
Kids can enjoy playing at the playground, cooling off in the sprinkler, and shooting hoops on the basketball court. There is a recreation building with a gym and multi-purpose rooms as well.

Charles Seger Park—Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: A part of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this location is open.
A great spot for toddlers and big kids alike, Seger Park is located on Lombard Street, in between South Street and Independence National Historic Park. Seger Park fits into the area of a city block and features a separate play area for toddlers, as well as a dog park if you want to bring the canine member of your family along. While the water feature at Seger is older, it's still a fun way to get wet and cool off on a hot summer day.

Nelson M. Herron Playground and Recreation Center—Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: A part of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this location is open.
Wide-open Herron Park in South Philly is equipped with a series of sprinklers and jets, making this spray ground a great place for a play-date on a hot day. The park has five paved splash pad areas, where sprayers spout geysers from the pavement, pour torrents down from poles, and shoot arcs of water across the space.

Northern Liberties Recreation Center- Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: A part of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this location is open. The sprinkler is operating but the pool is closed.
In addition to a sprinkler and pool, this location boasts playground equipment, basketball court, and five-room rec room.

Roberto Clemente Park and Playground—Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: A part of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this location is open.
Named for legendary baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, this park and spray ground is located in the Spring Garden section of the city. It also offers a safe outdoor space for after-school activities and summer camps.

Samuel F. Houston Playground— Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: A part of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this location is open.
Located in the Andorra section of Roxborough, Houston Playground has something for everyone. Ball fields, basketball courts, hockey, a tennis court, an older kid playground, and a fenced tot lot are plenty of fun, but the summer splash pad is always a hit with little ones.

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center- Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2020 info: A part of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this location is open.

Featuring a playground, basketball court, volleyball court, and spray ground, Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center is a perfect spot to exercise and cool off. This location also boasts an auditorium and multi-purpose center for cultural and fitness programs.

Splash Pads, Spray Parks, and Sprinkler Parks in the Suburbs

Bell Tavern ParkDowningtown, PA
Summer 2020 info: The water feature at Bell Tavern Park is open.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Bell Tavern Park offers a water feature that’s suitable for children of all ages (it’s great for pets, too). Bring along some extra sunscreen to this splash ground because shade is a hot commodity here.

Everybody's Playground— Horsham, PA
Summer 2020 info: The spray station at Everybody's Playground is open.
Located within Lukens Park, this all-abilities playground is a super place for kids to play and has a spray station for hot summer days. The park has 3 softball fields as well as a basketball court with removable rims for wheelchair basketball.

Warwick Community Park— Jamison, PA 
Summer 2020 info: The spray pole at Warwick Community Park is open. 
Visitors can enjoy cooling off at the spray pole at this Warwick Township park from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. daily. Horseshoe pits, basketball courts, playground, and soccer fields round out the offerings.

Freedom Playground at Haverford Reserve — Haverford, PA
Summer 2020 info: The water misters at Freedom Playground are currently closed.
Not only does this park have fun water misters, it has a soft-surface playground with swings, slides, and more. Plus, it’s a fully accessible park with accommodations for people of every ability.

Fountain of Youth Spray Park—Pottstown, PA
Summer 2020 info: This spot is currently closed until further notice.
Located in the borough of Pottstown, this spray ground is available to families through the first weekend in September, making it a perfect spot to get cool.

Masons Mill Park— Huntingdon Valley, PA
Summer 2020 info: The water feature at Masons Mill Park is currently closed.
Besides ball fields, play equipment, picnic areas, and a Safety Town complex, this 76-acre park also provides a fun water spray pole.

Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center- Montgomeryville, PA
Summer 2020 info: The spray park at the township building is currently closed.
Geared towards kids 2-12, this spray park generally operates from 11 a.m- 7 p.m. daily.

Alverthorpe Park—Jenkintown, PA
Summer 2020 info: The wading pool at Alverthope Park is currently closed.
This facility boasts a little baby wading pool, free for Abington Township residents ages 5 and under.

Originally published 2016


Clemente Park and Playground
1800 Wallace St
Philadelphia, PA

Sister Cities Park
18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkwa
Philadelphia, PA

Herron Park Sprayground
2nd and Reed Street
Philadelphia, PA

Fountain of Youth Spray Park
255 Manatawny St
Pottstown, PA 19464

Bell Tavern Park Pavilion
109 Bell Tavern Rd
Downingtown, PA 19335

Freedom Playground
9000 Parkview Dr
Haverford, PA

Houston Playground
900 Grakyn Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Alverthorpe Park
Jenkintown Rd & Forrest Ave
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Warwick Community Park
1733 Township Greene
Jamison, PA 18929

Masons Mill Park
3500 Masons Mill Rd
Huntingdon Valley, PA

Lukens Park
540 Dresher Road
Horsham, PA 19044

Dilworth Plaza
1 S. 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Spruce Street Harbor Park
121 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Seger Park
1020 Lombard St
Philadelphia , PA 19147

Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center
t 1030 Horsham Road
Montgomeryville, PA

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center
1 Rector Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

Northern Liberties Recreation Center
321 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Chalfont Playground
4330-40 Deerpath Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19114
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