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Splash Pads – Tampa’s Best Splash Pads to Cool Off in!

Love a great splash pad?  Check out these top splash pads from Anna Giblin of the @playgroundguru on Instagram, as she shares her favorite splash pads in Tampa to cool off when the temps soar!  Wondering about which splash pads are open or safe to use during the Covid scare?  Check out our post on Splash Pads Water Parks in Tampa Bay to Keep Your Cool

Julian b lane splash pad

1. Julian B. Lane Park
: This splash pad tops our list for a few fab reasons. First: two covered, age-appropriate play areas that include slides, climbing walls, balancing equipment, music play, sit and spins, and great soft AstroTurf to prevent any major boo-boos. Second: The splash pad is fenced-in with a secure play area and clean family bathrooms. An easily-accessed touch pad controls the splash pad, helping conserve water and energy. The neon orange fill-and-dump bucket is a big hit. As well as covered picnic tables, chess, checkers and ping pong tables, free admission and tons of parking, this park also offers amazing views of the Hillsborough River.

Related: 10 things we love about Julian B Lane Riverfront Park

Parks with splash pads in tampa water works park

2. Water Works Park: 
Coming in at number two, this great park gets points for location. It’s super close to Ulele and Armature Works so you can grab a coffee and relax while the kiddos splash and play! Water Works Park has the coolest climbing jungle gym/ropes course in the center of the park, a fun seesaw that holds up to six kids, climbing gear with two slides (more geared towards toddlers), stand and spins, and of course: the splash pad. The coolest feature besides the huge dump bucket is the water gun station. These green water shooters were designed to turn off when pointed outside of the ‘water zone,’ so don’t worry about getting soaked while sitting under one of the many covered picnic table areas! You’ll also find several little fountains and splash areas on the perimeter of the splash pad.

florida aquarium splash pad

3. Splash Pad at the Florida Aquarium:
 Number 3! This splash pad/playground does not disappoint with covered play areas for all age groups, slides, climbing equipment, shaded benches for supervision, and AstroTurf throughout to help with the transition from splash pad to playground. The splash pad has fountains, creative play areas, squirt guns and a water tunnel. It’s also completely free for Aquarium pass holders and those who paid regular day admission to the Florida Aquarium. The surrounding area offers a café, a super cute beachy bar, bathrooms, several covered picnic tables and eating areas.

tampa splash pads Kate Jackson

4. Anderson Park in Hyde Park Village, know by many as Kate Jackson Park:
 Fabulous number four—get ready to splash through the lion’s den! This cute splash zone has several lion statues that the kids love to play around while soaking up the sun. The playground is naturally shaded by large oak trees and includes swings, slides, climbing equipment, picnic tables, monkey bars, tunnels and bridges. You’ll find bathrooms close by and easy parking as well.

splash pad at curtis Nixon water front park

5. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park: 
Rounding out the list at number five, this spacious playground is in the heart of Tampa, steps from the fountains of Curtis Hixon Park. Grab the bathing suits and splash after a slide, spin or stroll down Tampa’s Riverwalk. This great spot has climbing equipment, pretend play areas, slides, two merry go rounds, picnic tables, sit and spins, a seesaw and shaded benches. Also, according to Tampa Parks and Recreation, the surfacing is scheduled for replacement when the new shade structure gets installed this summer!

More Tampa area parks with splash pads to try:

Ballast Point Park: 5300 Interbay Blvd 

Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park: 601 Old Water St 

Perry Harvey, Sr. Park: 1201 N Orange St 

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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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