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2021 Splash Pads
Free Splash Pads
Home of the Brave Park
Located in Loveland, Home of the Brave Park features a free splash pad that runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 12:00pm to 5:00pm daily. The splash pad is next to the park’s woodland-themed playground.
Home of the Brave Park is located at 11601 N Lebanon Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
Another cute, free splash pad next to a playground is Clippard Park in Colerain Township. The Clippard Park splash pad will be open daily from 11:00am to 7:00pm starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Clippard Park is located at 3500 Bevis Lane, Colerain Township, OH 45251
Juilfs Park is an adorable barnyard-themed playground in Anderson Township. In addition to the splash pad, this park boasts a large themed play structure, several smaller play structures, and a giant covered sandbox. The splash pad, complete with farm animals, a silo, and a tractor, will run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend from 10:00am to 8:00pm daily.
Juilfs Park is located at 8249 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244
Beech Acres Park
Beech Acres Park is another Anderson Township park that includes a large playground, a sandbox, and a splash pad. For summer 2021, the Beech Acres splash pad will run daily from 10:00am to 8:00pm starting Memorial Day weekend through August 16.
On August 16, the splash pad will close for the season, and the playground will close for maintenance through September 20, 2021.
Beech Acres Park is located at 6910 Salem Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Smale Riverfront Park
Smale Riverfront Park is located (fittingly) downtown Cincinnati along the riverfront of the Ohio River and has two spraygrounds. The Main Street Fountain is located on Mehring Way, near the baseball stadium, and is typically the spray ground you think of when you think of Smale Riverfront Park. A second spray ground, Pichler Fountains, is located on the upper level of the park, near Carol Ann’s Carousel.
The Smale Riverfront Main Street Fountain will open Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 28, 2021, and will run daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm. Please note that as of June 10, the Smale Riverfront Water Play features west of the Roebling Bridge is out of order due to maintenance. No reopening date has been given.
Pichler Fountains is currently closed due to needed repairs and a reopening date is still to be announced.
The Main Street Fountain at Smale Riverfront Park is located at 8 W Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Otto Armleder Memorial Aquatic Sprayground
Otto Armleder Memorial Aquatic Sprayground is also located along the riverfront in Yeatman’s Cove – just up the river from Smale Riverfront Park. If you great up in Cincinnati, you may remember playing on the big concrete steps as water rushed down. Although the steps are now fenced off, this sprayground is still a lot of fun and can accommodate a lot of kids (and parents). This spot was our go-to for cooling down last summer.
In 2021, the Otto Armleder Memorial Aquatic Sprayground will run daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm starting May 28.
Otto Armleder Memorial Aquatic Sprayground is located at 472 E Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Washington Park, the gem of Over-the-Rhine, boasts one of the largest spraygrounds in town. This interactive water park is 7,000 sq. ft. and runs from 10:00am to 10:00pm from April through October. It does appear that the COVID restrictions from last summer have been lifted.
Washington Park is located at 1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sharon Woods Harbor Splash Pad
The splash pad at Sharon Woods Harbor consists of a spray fountain next to the playground and a little man-made creek that runs along the side of the boathouse. Sharon Woods Harbor is the area of Sharon Woods Park next to Sharon Lake with a boathouse and playground with splash pad.
Unlike the other wet playgrounds run by the Great Parks of Hamilton County, the Sharon Woods Harbor splash pad is FREE* and will be open for summer 2021! As of June, all water features at Sharon Woods Harbor are up and running.
Sharon Woods Harbor is located at 4631 E Kemper Rd, Sharonville, OH 45241
*While the splash pad at Sharon Woods Harbor is free, a Great Parks Annual Motor Vehicle Pass is required to enter the park. More info here.
Summit Park WaterScape
The WaterScape at Summit Park in Blue Ash is a cute, nature-y way to cool down this summer. Located next to the pond, in the area over by the Nature PlayScape, the WaterScape features a zero depth entry, stepping stones, and a little stream with stoppers to redirect water flow. The WaterScape does get a bit deep towards the back and the bottom is quite slippery in parts. I would suggest having your kiddo wear water shoes and keep the littler ones close by. Also, the water is from the nearby pond, so it’s not chlorinated.
The Summit Park WaterScape is open for summer 2021, but is occasionally closed and drained for maintenance – although there is usually a sign when this occurs.
Summit Park is located at 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
City of Hamilton Spraygrounds
The City of Hamilton, Ohio, has 7 spraygrounds that will open daily from 11:00am to 7:00pm starting Saturday, May 29, 2021. Restrooms will also be open from 10:00am to 8:00pm.
Here’s a complete list of Hamilton spraygrounds open for summer 2021:
- Benninghofen Park is located at 913 Noyes Ave, Hamilton, OH 45015
- Booker T. Washington Center is located at 1140 S. Front St, Hamilton, OH 45011
- Crawford Woods is located at 2470 Hancock Ave, Hamilton, OH 45011
- North End is located at 1100 Joe Nuxhall Blvd, Hamilton, OH 45011
- Marcum Park is located at 116 Dayton St, Hamilton, OH 45011
- Millikin Woods is located at 195 N. Washington Blvd, Hamilton, OH 45013
- Jim Grimm Park is located at 1025 Cleveland Ave, Hamilton, OH 45013
Kacie Jane Park
Located next to a brand new playground, Kacie Jane Park splash pad is huge and has a lot to keep kids busy. Located in Springboro, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, this splash pad is 4,000 sq. ft. and has 15 different interactive spray toys. The park was named for Kacie Jane Hausfeld, who died in a 2010 plane crash. Kacie’s mother was inspired to create a splash pad in her daughter’s honor after looking at a picture of her two daughters playing in a fountain as children.
The Kacie Jane Park splash pad is open daily from 10am-8pm Memorial Day to September or October (depending on weather).
Kacie Jane Park is located at 525 West Lytle-Five Points Road, Springboro, OH 45066
Splash Pads with Entry Fees
Located in Over-the-Rhine, Zeigler Pool is part of Zeigler Park. The pool features a zero depth walk-in zone with interactive water features by the bigger pool, along with a sprayground located away from the pool area.
Reservations are required for Zeigler Pool for summer 2021 for everyone, even if you do not plan to swim. Reservations are broken down into three 2-hour time slots and can be booked online. The pool opened on May 1 and will close on September 12, 2021.
There is a flat entry fee of $4 per person, per session. Season passes are sold out for 2021, but there is a waitlist available.
Zeigler Pool is located at 1322 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. There is a paid parking garage on site.
Cincinnati Recreation Commission Spraygrounds
The Cincinnati Recreation Commission operates several pools and spraygrounds throughout Cincinnati. CRC will open 13 pools for summer 2021. The full list of CRC pool opening dates and operating hours can be found here.
CRC pool entry fees range from $1-$5. Pool memberships are not available for summer 2021. As of July, reservations are no longer required at CRC pools and spraygrounds.
A full list of CRC spraygrounds can be found here.
Mason Municipal Aquatic Center
The City of Mason opens its brand new outdoor leisure pool this Memorial Day weekend. The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center leisure pool opens daily from 11:00am to 7:00pm starting May 29 through August 15, 2021. The extended season will begin on August 16, but exact dates and times have not yet been announced.
This new pool in Mason looks super fun and has lots of cool features for the whole family. It’s got a big splash pad away from the pool area, big slides, a lazy river, and a zero depth entry with interactive features. I’m very much looking forward to taking the little guy here this summer.
Reservations are not required but a membership or daily pass is. Mason Community Members with a premier membership will automatically receive a pool pass for 2021. Passes are still available for this summer and can be purchased by residents, corporate residents and non-residents. Daily passes are also available for $10. Children under age 3 are free.
The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center is located at 6249 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040
Sharonville Aquatic Center
The Sharonville Aquatic Center in Sharonville opens for summer 2021 on May 29. This pool features the cutest family area, complete with zero depth entry, toddler dolphin slide, squirt whale, water playground, and more. The Sharonville Aquatic Center will be open from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday through Friday, and from 11:00am to 8:00pm on the weekend.
Reservations are not required, but a membership is! Members are able to bring guests for summer 2021.
The Sharonville Aquatic Center is located at 10990 Thornview Dr, Sharonville, OH 45241
Blue Ash Rec Center Pool
The Blue Ash Recreation Center outdoor swimming pools will be open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend for summer 2021. The pools will be open from 12:00pm to 7:00pm Monday to Friday, 11:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday, and 11:00am to 6:00pm. There are also special hours for early bird swim and tot swim.
The outdoor pools at the Blue Ash Recreation Center has a family area designed to be inclusive for all ages and abilities. The family pool includes two zero depth entries, a slide, interactive spray toys, a dump bucket and more.
A membership to the Blue Ash Recreation Center is required in order to access the outdoor pools. Members are able to purchase guest passes. Reservations are not required for the pool for 2021.
The Blue Ash Recreation Center is located at 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
The Mayerson JCC of Cincinnati
The Mayerson JCC of Cincinnati offers both indoors and outdoor pool options. The indoor pool includes a zero depth entry area, interactive spray toys, and slides. Outside, you can find a pool just for infants and toddlers. The indoor pool is open year round, and the outdoor pool opened for the 2021 season on May 29. Full hours can be found here.
The JCC offers membership options, and non-members are able to request a free guest pass.
The Mayerson JCC is located at 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
Kings Island Soak City
Soak City Water Park at Kings Island is opening May 29 for summer 2021! Full hours and dates for the water park will be announced on the Kings Island calendar soon. Admission to Soak City is included in season passes. Daily tickets can be purchased for amusement park and water park access. Reservations are no longer required for the water park as of July 2021.
Soak City Water Park has several areas designated for smaller kids, including Castaway Cove, Coconut Cove, and Lookout Lagoon. These areas have a maximum height requirement, and any adult over the maximum height must be accompanied by a child.
Kings Island Soak City Water Park is located at 6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH 45040
Coney Island Sunlite Water Adventure
Coney Island Sunlite Water Adventure opened on June 7 for the 2021 season. This attraction includes the giant Sunlite pool, water slides, water spray tower, interactive water features, and more. Both season passes and daily passes can be purchased online.
Coney Island is located at 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Nature PlayScape at Cincinnati Nature Center
The Nature PlayScape at Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford is a great spot for kids to play and explore nature – and cool down in the little stream that runs down the center of the PlayScape. The water is on and running for summer 2021.
The Nature PlayScape is a fenced-in area designated for kids 11 and under and is located within CNC’s Rowe Woods. Access to the PlayScape is included with admission to Rowe Woods. Daily passes are available for purchase at the gate or online. Memberships to the Cincinnati Nature Center are available as well.
The Nature PlayScape is open during regular operating hours. May and August hours are 7:00am to 8:30pm. June and July hours are 7:00am to 9:00pm.
The Cincinnati Nature Center is located at 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150
Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex
Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex features, among many other amenities, a large splash pad for Covington, Kentucky residents. Open daily 12:00pm to 6:00pm from June 8 through August 4, 2021, this splash pad is open to residents with a pool pass only. Details on obtaining a pool pass can be found here.
Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex is located at 4305 Decoursey Ave, Covington, KY 41015
Closed for Summer 2021
Great Parks of Hamilton County Wet Playgrounds
The two Great Parks of Hamilton County Wet Playgrounds with entry fees (Winton Woods: Parky’s Ark and Woodland Mound: Parky’s Wetland Adventure) are CLOSED for summer 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the splash pad and man-made creek at Sharon Woods Harbor will be open this summer and is tons of fun!
Liberty Center Splash Pad
As of the beginning of June 2021, the splash pad at Liberty Center in Liberty Township is undergoing maintenance and will be closed until further notice.
I am so excited to see so many more splash pads and the like open for summer 2021. So tell us – which ones are you going to check out first?
Updated July 7, 2021
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The splash pad at Landen Deerfield park is open. Close to Mason on 22. It’s on the smaller side but free and right across the street from Whipty Do Ice Cream.