Best Sprinkler Parks and Splash Pads near Philly

There are a host of spraygrounds in the Center City area, like the Fountain at Dilworth Park.  Photo courtesy of Center City District
There are a host of spraygrounds in the Center City area, like the Fountain at Dilworth Park. Photo courtesy of Center City District

Making a quick trip to the nearest splash pad around Philly is a great way to cool kids off on a hot day. The spraygrounds listed below are some of our favorite places to enjoy free water play and make the most of summer. As much as we love our water parks, nothing beats these Philly sprinkler parks for a free summer activity. Read on to see which locations are open.

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Splash Pads and Sprinkler Parks in Philadelphia

Dilworth Plaza — Philadelphia

Located on the west side of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza features a huge interactive fountain area where kids can run around. It also offers seating and a cafe for parents. The fountains at Dilworth Plaza were turned on in April and are open from 745am - 10pm daily. Note that a small portion is covered by the roller rink through July. The majority is unaffected and open to the public

Sister Cities Park — Philadelphia

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.

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Get soaked at Charles Seger Park. Photo by Wooster Thorpe courtesy of Seger Park

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Spraygrounds

More than 90 spraygrounds throughout the city of Philadelphia are open for summer 2022. These spots are open daily and exact schedules vary by location. Listed below are some of our favorite places to cool off. Search here for a sprayground near you.

Corporal 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 features at Seger are 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 sprayground 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 a five-room rec room.

Roberto Clemente Park and Playground — Philadelphia

Named for the 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. Ballfields, 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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Cool down at the spray pole at Warwick Community Park. Photo courtesy of Warwick Township

Spraygrounds and Splash Pads in the Philly Suburbs

Bell Tavern Park — Downingtown

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 the shade is a hot commodity here. The water feature at Bell Tavern Park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Everybody's Playground — Horsham

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. The spray station opens on Memorial Day weekend and remains open until Labor Day.

Warwick Community Park — Jamison 

Visitors can enjoy cooling off at the spray pole at this Warwick Township park from 10am - 7pm daily. Basketball courts, a playground, and soccer fields round out the offerings. The spray pole opens on Tuesday, May 31 for the season.

Freedom Playground at Haverford Reserve — Haverford Township

Not only does this park have fun water misters, but it also 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

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. This spot is open from 10am - 730 pm from June to Labor Day weekend.

Masons Mill Park — Huntingdon Valley

Besides ball fields, play equipment, a book walk, walking trail, fishing pond, picnic areas, and a Safety Town complex, this 76-acre park also provides a fun water spray pole.

Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center — Montgomeryville

Geared toward kids 2-12, this spray park generally operates from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Alverthorpe Park — Jenkintown

This facility boasts a little baby wading pool, free for Abington Township residents ages 5 and younger. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until September 6, when the hours shorten to 8am to 8pm

This post was originally published 2016. Writer Alyce Wilson contributed to this 2022 update. 

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