Snacks, sunscreen and splash pads sound like a perfect combination for your Summer bucket list! After reviewing this list, you will be able to visit some pretty fantastic areas to splash and play this summer!
Splash Pads have become increasingly popular due to their convenience and easy access for a variety of ages all around the city. It’s a great way to cool off with your little ones and takes swimming out of the equation if you are limited on time! It’s also an easier option if you have multiple children.
As a bonus, most splash pads are free to the public and make for a fun-filled summer day. Check out our list below and be sure to check them off the list as you visit each one this summer!
Columbus Splash Pads
1. Westerville Splash Pad- NEW!
This is a brand NEW splash pad set to open this month (May 2018)! It is located at Westerville’s Hanby Park. It will have accessible swings, a colorful play tower and the city’s first splash pad. It will be sure to excite your kids and keep you cool and entertained this summer. Take a look at this resource for more ideas of things to do in Westerville: A Family Visitor’s Guide to Westerville.
Website: New Westerville Splash Pad
2. Grove City Fryer Park Splash Pad- NEW!
The grand opening for this NEW splash pad is May 19, 2018, at noon. The splash pad is located at Fryer Park so you can have fun on the playground before or after splashing in the water. The splash pad has bright, colorful and interactive water play areas. The water fountains go along with the original theme of the park- Space! The splash pad has a rocket slide and other whimsical effects that you won’t want to miss. It is available for free use and is open to the public for regular business hours from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Labor Day. For more to do in the area, check out: Visitor’s Guide to Grove City.
Website: Grove City Splash Pad
3. Ballantrae Park- Located in Dublin, Ohio.
This is one of the largest splash pads in Central Ohio with waterfalls and fountain spouts in the large splash pad area. The splash pad is open from 10 AM to 8 PM and fills up quick. There is limited table seating, but plenty of grassy areas to eat and pack a picnic lunch. However, the park does not have a lot of trees or shady spots so it can make for a long day if it’s a hot one! The bathrooms are located by the parking lot, so make a visit before you head over to the fountains or it is a long walk back. The “dancing bunnies” at the top of the hill are a great distraction when your kids need a break from the water. By the end of the day, they will be worn out from climbing up the hill to see the bunnies and then running back down to cool off!
Website: Ballantrae Spray Fountains
4. Hilliard’s Station Park
This splash pad opened in the summer of 2016 and is definitely one to put on your list! This is a medium-sized splash pad and has a decent amount of fountains for your kids to run through. The bathrooms are located close and there is a grassy area to sit, as well as a great multi-functional building. The bathrooms are easily accessible and very clean. The fountains are open (May 7, 2018 – October) from 8 AM – 10 PM which helps to get there early and home for nap time after some fun-filled splashing! Check out their website for their concerts and events too. The splash pad does close at 3 PM on special event days. While you are in the area, check out: Hilliard’s Favorite Spots for Play, Eats, and Treats.
Website: Hilliard’s Station Park
5. Scioto Mile Fountains
Home to a one of a kind fountain park! This Fountain Park shoots more than 1,000 jets of water and is great for all ages! If you are around in the evening, this fountain park has special lights and fog effects as well. This fountain park is more of an all-day event because of its large size and parking situation. You can hop over to Milestone 229 for lunch after drying off if your kids have any energy left after all that water action. In addition, all summer long there will be special guests and activities going on at the fountains. Be sure to check their website for weekly events.
Website: Scioto Mile Fountains
6. Easton Town Center Fountains
The fountains are located in Easton’s Town Square along Townsfair Way and provide a great way to cool off after some serious shopping. There are many benches surrounding the fountains for parents to watch as their children soak up the water and fun! They also provide towels on the weekends for those that need to dry off before heading home. This splash pad is one to throw in the mix if your kids need a break from shopping!
Website: Easton Town Center
7. Veterans Park Splash Pad – Delaware, Ohio
The splash pad in Delaware opened in June 2016. This unique park and splash pad features many new and fun dinosaur themed toys, along with a mound for climbing walls, skeleton bars and a dinosaur skull slide. There’s a picnic shelter that serves snacks, as well as a three-season shelter. It is one that is worth the drive!
Website: Veterans Park
8. Polaris Fashion Place Fountain
These fountains are located in the open mall area during mall hours. It is a small splash pad to visit if you are shopping or want to take your little ones too. It might be a good place to take your little one if it is their first experience with a splash pad or fountain park to get them accustomed to it!
Website: Polaris Fashion Place
9. Powell Village Green Park Splash Pad
This splash pad is open 9 AM to dusk. This pad has a variety of squirting toys as well as water arches for older kids who are there to play. There is a great playground nearby if you need a break from the water and also a solar pavilion that makes for a great shaded area for lunch.
Website: Powell Splash Pad
10. North Bank Park
North Bank Park is located along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Behind the pavilion on the upper-level plaza, there is an interactive fountain that will allow children to play and create memories. There are plenty of tables and chairs set up as well as lawn seating that faces the river which makes for a great spot for lunch. Parking can be an issue, but there are garages near the park. This is a smaller park and would make the perfect play date!
Website: North Bank Park
11. Indian Mound Community Recreation Center Sprayground
There are plenty of shaded areas around the Indian Mound Splash Pad to relax while your kids play. The park also has tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, and an outdoor fitness center. You must obtain a Columbus Recreation Card to attend. Other Spray Grounds in the area include Barnett Community Center and Blackburn Community Center.
Website: Indian Mound
12. Partners Park
Partners Park is located in Marysville. In addition to the splash pad area, the park has seating, a gazebo and public restrooms. The hours are 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Website: Partners Park
13. Worthington Lagoon
Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, Worthington has a small splash pad that is open to the public. The hours when the weather is permitting are 10 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and the cost is $1 for non-pool members. This Guide to Worthington provides ideas on places to play, eat, enjoy sweet treats and shop.
Website: Worthington Lagoon
14. John Bishop Park Splash Pad
Residents of Whitehall may use this facility and non-residents may pay $5 to enter the splash pad. The splash pad opens May 25 until September 3rd, 2018.
Website: Whitehall Splash Pad
15. Creekside Gahanna
The Creekside Gahanna area has a lot to offer. Take a stroll along the creek to see ducks and swans, hop on a paddle boat for a $5 ride in season and the kids can splash in the fountain wall. Near the fountain area are clean restrooms. Be sure to check out the many great dining options within walking distance.
Website: Creekside Park & Plaza
16. Partners Park-Marysville
Located in downtown Marysville is Partners Park. There’s a small splash pad that is open daily from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. during the warm season. Cool off with a stop at Rollies for some great ice cream.
Website: Partners Park
17. Obetz Splash Pad
This splash pad is in Lancaster Park in Obetz. It is free for residents of Obetz, but if you aren’t a resident you can purchase a day pass for $2 per person. The splash pad is open daily (weather dependent) in the summer from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. When school is in session, the weekday times change.
Website: Obetz Splash Pad
Wherever this summer takes you splashing, don’t forget the plastic cups too! Please comment below if we have missed any spots that you and your family enjoy. Have fun visiting these splash pads and be sure to check out the Ultimate Guide to Summer in Columbus for even more ideas!