The Best Splash Pads In and Around Philadelphia

Published on August 18, 2022 - Updated on August 18, 2022

The summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty of heat to go around the city! If you're looking for a few more adventures before the kiddos head back to school, be sure to check out one of the fun splash pads that the Philadelphia area has to offer. Here are five of our favorite places to cool off in and around the city.

Dilworth Park Splash Pad

1S 15th St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Dilworth Park Splash Pad

Dilworth Park in downtown Philadelphia is well known by many locals as the perfect splash pad with three-foot-high spouts of water for kids to enjoy.  The fountain area is huge, so even if there are quite a few kids there, there is plenty of space for all kids to find a spot to play in the water.  There are different sections of spouts that will spray at different intervals of time. Hours are 7:45am - 10pm April through October and the splash pad is free. You will find street parking and Love Park parking garage is close and convenient. The splash pad area is concrete so I would suggest water shoes!

Sister Cities Park Splash Pad

210 N 18th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sister Cities Park Splash Pad

Sister Cities Park in downtown Philadelphia has a pond and fountain, both free to visit, for double the water fun! The fountain has ten spouts representing Philadelphia's sister cities. The fountain hours are 9am - 9pm daily April through October. The pond is also open April through October, 9am - 8pm, and swim diapers are required. It's the perfect wading area and a great spot to bring some water toys for endless fun. When the children need a break from water, the Children's Discovery Garden is also in the park with a play net to hang in and a twig nest. You can find street parking, or Love Park garage is only a couple blocks away. 

Houston Playground

900 Grakyn Ln., Philadelphia, PA 19128

Houston Playground Splash Pad

Houston Playground has a big splash pad area including a dragon that shoots out water for fun in the sun. There is a button to push on the left side of the splash pad to start the water. You will need to push the button again when the water stops after some time. There are also two sets of playground structures for kids to play on when they need a break from the water. There are no specific posted times for when the splash pad turns on, but it has turned on as early as 9 am during our visits. There is plenty of street parking and the splash pad is free. The splash pad area is concrete so I would suggest water shoes.

Montgomery Township Spray Park

1030 Horsham Rd., Montgomeryville, PA 18936

Montgomery Township Spray Park

Montgomery Township spray park turns on at 11 am automatically, there are no buttons to push.  There are flowers that shoot out water as well as ground spouts.  It is well spread out so that there is plenty of space for kids to find water to play in, even if it gets busy.  Included in the same fenced area is a great toddler-friendly playground, including swings for kids to enjoy when they need a break from the water.  There are plenty of benches for the adults to sit on while the kids enjoy the water. The splash pad area is concrete so I would suggest water shoes!

McDevitt Playground

3531 Scotts Ln., Philadelphia, PA 19129

McDevitt Playground Splash Pad

McDevitt Playground in East Falls has a splash pad in the same area as a playground so you can make a whole morning or afternoon of it. There is a button to push on the left side of the splash pad area to start the water, it will stop running after a timed amount of time, so push the button again to restart the water spray. After your visit you can stop by one of the many great restaurants in East Falls like LeBus or coffee shop Vault and Vine inside a plant shop. This splash pad is free. 

What are your favorite Philadelphia spots? Have you visited any of the splash pads on the list? Be sure to tag us on Instagram with any of your family's adventures @gethappyly.

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