It’s getting hot out there! If you’re looking for an easy way to cool off on the cheap, you can’t go wrong with free water play areas. Check out our list of free splash pads in Austin (and beyond!), then scroll to the bottom of this post for a handy interactive map!
Free Splash Pads in Austin
The City of Austin operates 11 splash pads, all of which are free! These splash pads do, however, frequently close for repairs. To see a list of current closures, visit the Austin Parks and Recreation website. If you arrive at a splash pad to find it not working, check out our interactive Austin splash pad map, to find your closest alternative!
Chestnut Park – Open May 14 – September 25, 2016, daily from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. This splash pad seems to be broken more often than not, hence the photo with no working jets. 1404 E. 16th St. Update: the Chestnut splash pad is closed for repairs. Check here for updates.
Dick Nichols District Park – Open April 1 – October 1, 2016, daily from 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. There is a small kids’ waterscape with a dolphin that spits water. Kids press a button for about a minute of water play. There is also an amazing playground, volleyball courts, and hike and bike trails to explore. Starting in June, the Dick Nichols Pool will also be open (admission is free). 8011 Beckett Rd.
Liz Carpenter Fountain at Butler Park – Open year-round, Tuesday-Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. and Monday from Noon to 9:45 p.m.
Lott Splash Pad – Open May 14 – September 25, 2016, daily from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 1108 Curve St.
Rosewood Splash Pad – Open May 14 – September 25, 2016, daily from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., except on Mondays when it is closed for maintenance. The neighboring Rosewood Pool is also free, but is open different hours for recreational swimming. 1182 Pleasant Valley. (Review)
The Triangle – The park at The Triangle offers a fountain for children to play in. Adults enjoy shopping at the Austin Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 3-7:00 p.m. The fountain is not always turned on and there is no set operating schedule. This splash pad is not maintained by the City of Austin. It is located near a playground. 4700 N. Lamar Blvd.
Splash Pad in Bastrop
Splash Pad in Bee Cave
Hill Country Galleria – This fun interactive fountain operates seven days a week during mall hours but is turned off when the weather is bad or when another event is scheduled to take place in the amphitheater. Call Guest Services at (512) 263-0001 to confirm that the interactive fountain is turned on before heading over there. 12700 Hill Country Blvd. (Photos)
Splash Pads in Cedar Park
Water Playscape at Brushy Creek Park – The water playscape operates daily from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and is open from May through September. There is no staying dry at this playscape, with jets gushing water from below and pipes spraying water from above. There is a shaded playground and restrooms, as well as plenty of nearby picnic tables. 3300 Brushy Creek Rd. (Review)
Champion Park – Kids can run through a blue whale skeleton and get sprayed by water. There is also a fun bubbler to play in. The sprinkler park operates May 14 – September 5, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. Don’t miss digging for dino bones in the nearby shaded sand box. Restrooms are located near the parking lot. 3830 Brushy Creek Rd. (Review)
Splash Pads in Georgetown
Downtown Splash Pad – Located next to the Art Center, the Downtown Splash Pad is a beautiful brick courtyard with water jets erupting from the ground. The splash pad operates from April 1 – September 30, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 816 S. Main St.
San Jose Splash Pad – The 1,656 square-foot splash pad has 15 spray features, including a spray archway called a Super Soaker, a shower tunnel that sprays water in an archway from the ground, a T-shaped pole that spins and sprays called a Storm Spinner, popcorn jets that shoot water from the ground, and a post that sprays water in a bell shape. The splash pad operates from April 1 – September 30, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 1707 San Jose St. (Review)
Splash Pad in Hutto
Splash Pad in Leander
Water Playscape at Robin Bledsoe Park – Open May 1 – September 30, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. This fun splash park features water guns and buckets that dump water on unsuspecting heads. It is fully enclosed, with a gate. There are restrooms and a playground close by. 601 S. Bagdad Rd.
Splash Pads in Pflugerville
Falcon Pointe Splash Park – Open May 1 – October 1, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting. This splash pad is kid-powered, requiring kids to push a button to activate the water. After the button has been pressed, the water will remain on for 90 seconds. 1813 Tranquility Ln. (Photos)
Northeast Metropolitan Park – Open May 1 – September 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily. The water is on at this new water play area, located at the far end of the park, behind the skate park. The water can be turned on by the push of a button. There is also a shaded sand pit, rock climbing wall, swings, and plenty of picnic tables nearby. Restrooms are located next to the water play area. 2703 E. Pecan St. (Review)
Splash Pad in Round Rock
Main Street Plaza – The Main Street Plaza Water Fountain is generally operational from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 7:30-11:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday. Fountain may be closed during some holidays and special events that take place in Prete Plaza. The water is also turned off on occasion for maintenance or in the event of poor weather. Call the Round Rock Parks & Recreation Department at (512) 218-5540 for more information. 221 E. Main St. (Review)
Please note that days and hours of operation are subject to change due to drought-related watering restrictions. Always check the location’s website before heading out.
And now, a handy interactive map!
You may also be interested in see a photo tour of the 12 City of Austin splash pads.