If you’re looking for a way to cool off this summer, you’re lucky to be in Cincinnati! Whether you call it a Splash Pad or a Splash Park or a Sprayground, our fabulous local park systems have a number of wonderful options from which to choose.
If you know of any spray parks we missed, please be sure to leave us a tip in the comment section (or email it to Bridgett directly)
Downtown Cincinnati Splash Pads:
- Washington Park: free; open 10am-10pm
- Smale Riverfront Park: free; open 10am – 9pm
- Armeleder Memorial Sprayground at Sawyer Point: free
- Zieglar Park: open 10am-6pm; open daily following the pool’s open dates schedule
Great Parks of Hamilton County* Splash Pads:
- Parky’s Ark at Winton Woods*, admission charged; open May 27 – August 13, 2023; 11am-7pm daily
- Parky’s Wetland Adventure at Woodland Mound*, admission charged; open May 27 – August 13, 2023; 11am-7pm daily
- Sharon Woods* (more suitable for younger children)
Splash Pads Sprinkled Around the City:
Gorman Park (NEW in 2022): Gorman Park has gone through some recent renovations and a new addition for the park is a splash pad. The spray ground opened for the season on May 15, 2023 and is open daily, 10am-8pm.
Beech Acres: One of the Anderson Twp. Parks, Beech Acres sprayground (image below) is pretty tame – perfect for littles. Their site says “Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Scheduled to be turned on by Memorial Day Weekend…”
Clippard Park’s Sprayground (Colerain) is open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend, 11am-7pm daily. This sprayground has motion activated features and has shaded seating areas.
Home of the Brave Park (Symmes Twp.): One of our favorites, this park’s water features are open daily starting on Memorial Day, 11am-7pm. There are a few benches in the shade with surrounding shady spots if you’d like to bring your own chair.
Juilfs Park: is another Anderson Park District park and offers seasonal water play from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. (scheduled to be turned on by Memorial Day Weekend and turned off after Labor Day weekend). .
The City of Cincinnati Recreation Commission has Spraygrounds at the following parks
Per the City of Cincinnati website, the spraygrounds are open from 10am to 9pm. In addition, it states “all spraygrounds FREE except McKie, Pleasant Ridge & Oakley, which *requires a daily fee during regular pool hours”.
Hamilton (the city) Parks have loads of spray parks!
They are open daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
All Hamilton Parks spraygrounds and wet playgrounds are open, 11am-7pm.
- Benninghofen Park
- Booker T. Washington Center
- Crawford Woods
- Jim Grimm Park
- L.J. Smith Park / North End
- Marcum Park
- Milliken Woods
* Great Parks of Hamilton County requires a motor vehicle permit for entrance to the parks. The stickers are sold at the welcome booths as you enter.
13 thoughts on “Splash Pads in Cincinnati”
Beech Acres Park – Anderson Township Park District. Has a small splashpark as part of their playground. Free admission.
Do those on the riverfront have changing rooms or restrooms nearby?
Hi Penny, I don’t think there are any restrooms there at this time. I know there are some coming – see this post from the Cincinnati Parks: https://www.mysmaleriverfrontpark.org/smale_riverfront_park_weeks.htm
At Smale there is one public bathroom across a busy intersection by the play area and Washington Park has them in the play area right next to the fountain.
There are multiple restrooms in and around Carol Ann’s Carousel, which are very close to the splash areas of Smale Riverfront Park.
Home of the Brave park in Loveland has a small splash park. Bathrooms and dry playground nearby. Free
Is parkys ark still open?
The park is open but the indoor section is still closed (as of June, 2022). The sprayground for Parky’s is actually at Winton Woods and it’s open this year.
Pleasant Ridge no longer requires a pool admission.
Pleasant Ridge CRC splash pad is open to public when the pool is not open. The entrance for that is via an exterior gate that is locked when once the pool opens. But the actual splash pad is open in the mornings before the pool opens at noon. Not sure actual open and close times, but my kids play there in the mornings before naps.
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