Free Splash Pads, Spraygrounds, and Sprinklers at Philly Area Parks

There are a host of spraygrounds in the Center City area.  Photo by Matt Stanley for Center City District
There are a host of spraygrounds in the Center City area. Photo by Matt Stanley for Center City District

Splash pads and spray parks throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley are ready this year to cool kids off on a hot day. The spraygrounds 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 Philadelphia

Dilworth Plaza — Philadelphia

Summer 2021 info: The fountains at Dilworth Plaza were turned on in April and are open from 7:45am--10pm daily. Note that a small portion is covered by the roller rink now through June 27. The majority is unaffected and is open to the public. 
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

Summer 2021 info: Sister Cities Park's Earth Fountain is open for the season.
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 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

Summer 2021 info: Check back for opening day updates.
This annual pop-up park on the waterfront features two great fountains for splashing, 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.

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Cool off at Charles Seger Park. Photo by Wooster Thorpe courtesy of Seger Park

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Spray Grounds

Summer 2021 update: More than 90 spraygrounds throughout the city of Philadelphia open for summer 2021 on May 29. These spots are open daily and exact schedules vary by location. Listed below are some of favorite places to cool off. Search here for a sprayground near you.

Coporal Jimmy O'Connor Memorial Playground — Philadelphia

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 multipurpose rooms as well.

Charles Seger Park — Philadelphia

A great spot for toddlers and big kids alike, Seger Park is located on Lombard Street, 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 along the canine member of your family. 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

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

In addition to a sprinkler and pool, this location boasts playground equipment, a basketball court, and five-room rec room.

Roberto Clemente Park and Playground — Philadelphia

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

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 mean plenty of fun, but the summer splash pad is always a hit with little ones.

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center — Philadelphia

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 multipurpose center for cultural and fitness programs.

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The Alverthorpe Park wading pool is ideal for little water lovers. Photo courtesy of Abington Township

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

Bell Tavern Park — Downingtown

Summer 2021 info: The water feature at Bell Tavern Park is open from Memorial Day to 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

Summer 2021 info: The spray station opens Memorial Day weekend and remains open until Labor Day.
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 three softball fields as well as a basketball court with removable rims for wheelchair basketball.

Warwick Community Park — Jamison 

Summer 2021 info: The spray pole opens on Tuesday, May 25 for the season.
Visitors can enjoy cooling off at the spray pole at this Warwick Township park from 10am-4pm and 6pm-9pm daily. Basketball courts, playground, and soccer fields round out the offerings.

Freedom Playground at Haverford Reserve — Haverford

Summer 2021 info: The 2021 opening date is not available at this time.
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 all abilities.

Fountain of Youth Spray Park — Pottstown

Summer 2021 info: This spot is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
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

Summer 2021 info: While a specific date hasn't been confirmed, the Parks & Recreation Department plans to open the spray pole this summer, most likely in June.
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

Summer 2021 info: The 2021 opening date is not available at this time.
Geared toward kids 2-12, this spray park generally operates from 11am to 7pm daily.

Alverthorpe Park — Jenkintown

Summer 2021 info: The 2021 opening date is not available at this time.
This facility boasts a little baby wading pool, free for Abington Township residents ages 5 and younger.

This post was originally published 2016. Writer Kristen Sullivan contributed to this 2021 update. 

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