City of Austin splash pads frequently close for repairs. To see a list of current closures, visit the Austin Parks and Recreation website.
Dick Nichols District Park – Open April 1 – October 14, 2015, daily from 5 a.m. – 10 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. 8011 Beckett Rd.
Liz Carpenter Fountain at Butler Park – Open year-round, with the exception of Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon when it is closed for maintenance. The fountain is experiencing problems with the spray show and light show, so these features are not currently operational. This means that all jets are on all the time, as opposed to taking turns to spray. (Review) Update: In June, the Liz Carpenter Fountain suffered a complete submersion from a broken pipe in the underground vault. Early estimates for repairs are quite costly and it is unknown at this time when the Fountain will be repaired. Visit the Austin Parks and Recreation website to see if it is still on the list of closures, before heading over there.
Lott Splash Pad – Open May 16 – September 27, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., every day except Wednesday. On Wednesdays it will be closed for maintenance. 1108 Curve St.
Rosewood Splash Pad – Open May 16 – September 27, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., every day except Wednesday. On Wednesdays it will be closed for maintenance. The neighboring Rosewood Pool is also free, but is open different hours for recreational swimming. 1182 Pleasant Valley. (Review)
Southpark Meadows – Closed for renovations.
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. It is located near the playground. 4700 N. Lamar Blvd.
Hill Country Galleria – Interactive fountain operates 7 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)
Water Playscape at Brushy Creek Park – The water playscape operates daily from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 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 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 16 – September 7, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Don’t miss digging for dino bones in the shaded sand box. There are restrooms by the parking lot. 3830 Brushy Creek Rd. (Review)
San Jose Splash Pad – The brand new 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 through September 30. Daily hours during that season are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Review)
Water Playscape at Robin Bledsoe Park – Open May 1 – September 30, 2015, 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.
Falcon Pointe Splash Park – Open May 1 – October 1, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting. It 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, 2015 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)
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.
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