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Celebration Park spray ground, Allen Parks and Recreation

Free Splash Pads & Play Fountains in Dallas-Fort Worth

Enjoy a wet and wild play day at these free splash pads through Labor Day weekend.

Lawn sprinklers and the backyard water hose are lifesavers as the summer heats up to great and greater temps, but when you’re aching to get out of the house, there’s an easy and inexpensive way to level up the kids’ water play. Plenty of municipal splash pads, spray park and interactive fountains are open to the public and free to access. (For most, entry is absolutely free, unless they are located inside an aquatic center.) See below for which ones are nearest you.

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The splash pad at Allen’s Celebration Park features dumping buckets, shooters, sprinklers and more playground equipment. Bring the whole family for a picnic under the pavilion during open hours from 9am–9pm. The splash pad runs from May to mid-September, except for Wednesdays when it’s closed for maintenance. Located just next to the splash pad is the kidMania playground.
701 Angel Parkway, 214/509-4700

Activate the water features at the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department’sthree spray parks with the touch of a button. All three are open from 10am–8pm daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and then on weekends through September. Arlington also has a new splash pad at the Beacon Recreation Center, available for members or enjoy access with a $8 day pass.
Don Misenhimer Park, 201 E. Lonesome Dove Trail
California Lane Park, 2001 California Lane
Brantley Hinshaw Park, 2121 Overbrook Drive
The Beacon Recreation Center, 1100 Mansfield Webb Road

The interactive water fountain at Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts is turned on from 10am–6pm daily. Make a day of it, and go on a night scheduled for one of the pavilion’s free evening concerts.
100 W. Abram St., 817/543-4308

The water features run continuously at Carrollton’s city-run splash parks: W.J. Thomas Splash Park and Oak Hills Splash Park. Both are open 9am–8pm daily through October 15, and both have restrooms on-site. Parents can watch from the nearby covered picnic tables and cook lunch on the tables and grills.
1225 Royal Palm Lane
1955 N. Perry Road
972/466-3080, cityofcarrollton.com/splashpark

Cedar Hill
Within the Hillside Village shopping center, an interactive fountain offers wet and wild fun. This fountain, situated in the center of Uptown Village in front of Barnes & Noble, is open daily, typically from 9:30am–10pm, but call to check current hours. Come sporting swimwear because bathing suits and rubber footwear are required.
305 W. FM 1382, 972/637-6301

The splash pad at McPherson Park features tipping water buckets, a red windmill that sprays water, an archway (made to look like a frog) that sprays those below and more. Encourage a snack and hydration break under the shaded pavilion. Open daily through the end of September from 10am–8pm.
240 W. McDonwell School Road, 817/503-1180

Bring the kids’ swimsuits when you visit the farmers market in Old Town Coppell at the Main Street Interactive Fountain to get your local goods and produce, and let them cool down by frolicking in the fountains shooting from the ground. Open daily May through September, from 8am–8pm.
786 W. Main St., 972/304-7043

Bicentennial Park offers a 2,000-square-foot splash pad of water fun. This sea-themed park is open daily from 10am–8pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
900 E. Glendale St., 817/297-2201

Plan a visit to Klyde Warren Park for later in the summer, when construction is expected to be complete on an addition to the Sheila and Jody Grant Children’s Park, and look for an additional water feature. Also, the Nancy Best Fountain will soon adorn the Pearl Street entrance. This iconic waterfall fountain will be perfect for play during the day, and at night, it will be the site of dazzling light-and-music shows.
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, 214/716-4500

The Big D also boasts water features above the Trinity River in West Dallas. Stroll along the pedestrian-only Continental Bridge (aka the Ronald Kirk Bridge), and you will find not just climbing fixtures and chess table but also touch-activated play fountains made to beat the summer heat. While the kiddos cool off in the fountains and misters, Mom can kick back in one of the surrounding lounge chairs.
100 Continental Avenue

In addition to the splash pads at Klyde Warren and Ronald Kirk, Dallas Aquatics offers 10 spray grounds throughout the city. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, enjoy these free water wonderlands seven days a week. Most are open from 10am–8pm, but hours vary. Click each location link for exact hours.
Beckley-Saner, 114 W. Hobson
Campbell Green, 16600 Park Hill Drive
Danieldale, 300 W. Wheatland Road
Ferguson, 1900 Gross Road
Grauwyler, 2155 Anson Road
Jaycee Zaragoza, 5155 Bernal Drive
K.B. Polk, 3751 Thedford Avenue
Kleburg-Rylie, 1575 Edd Road
Lake Highlands, 9940 White Rock Trail
Mildred Dunn, 3300 Carpenter Ave.
Nash-Davis, 2051 Bickers Street
Pemberton Hill, 6424 Elam Road
Ridgewood, 6818 Fisher Road
South Central, 4753 Fellows Lane
Timberglen, 3820 Timberglen Road
Umphress, 7700 Umphress
Willie Mae Butler, 3700 Dixon Ave.
214/670-1923, dallasaquatics.org

South Euless Park’s splash pad features touch-activated and timed water works, such as a raining water bucket, spray poles and geysers. Restrooms and water fountains are in close proximity to the splash pad. From June 11 through September 15, this park is open from 9am–7pm Monday– Saturday and noon–6pm on Sundays.
600 S. Main St., 817/685-1666

If you’re heading out for some back-to-school shopping, make the trip a twofer and visit The Fairview Town Center’s fountain, open daily May 28–August 7. Swimwear is required, and water or rubber shoes are recommended to avoid falls on the potentially slippery ground. The fountain operates as a splash pad from 9am–8pm, and as a fountain show nightly at 7pm and 8pm.
329 Town Place, 972/363-2219

Fort Worth
Let the kiddos get wet and wild at the Sycamore Spray Grounds this summer. Swimwear is required at the Sycamore Community Center’s free splash park, which features tipping water buckets and interactive sprayers. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
2525 E. Rosedale St., 817/392-7691

Families can cool off in Cowtown at Fort Worth’s famed Sundance Square. After shopping the boutiques, snacking at the 30+ restaurants and taking in the city sights, direct your brood to the fountains in the center of the plaza. Featuring 216 vertical water jets programmed to spurt at different heights, the ground-level attraction is a visual attraction that has come to be a summertime favorite for locals wanting to dip their toes. Fountain play is open Monday–Friday 2–6pm and Saturday–Sunday 1–6pm.
420 Main St., 817/255-5700

These three spray grounds run on a recycled water system and are open daily May 15–September 30 from 8am–8pm. Frisco Commons has a large pavilion with restrooms and two smaller shade structures with picnic tables. Note that the splash pads at J.R. Newman and Shepherd’s Glen do not have restrooms.
Frisco Commons, 8000 McKinney Road
J.R. Newman Spray Park, 8211 Twin Falls Drive
Shepherd’s Glen, 12012 Shepherds Hill Drive, 972/292-6500

The spray grounds at Parr Park are open daily from May–September, from 8am–8pm. Spray grounds are motion activated to save water. No need to press a button; just walk onto the pad. Water shoes are encouraged. Adjacent to Dove Park Pool, the Dove Park spray ground splashes kids with a mechanical bucket daily with different operational hours: Monday–Thursday from 11am–9:30pm and Friday–Sunday from 11am–7pm. Note that during the summer months, there’s a fee to enter the waterpark and access the spray ground: $3 per person for residents and $6 for nonresidents.  But the Dove splash pad does revert to free admission at the end of the season when the pool closes.
Dove Park, 1509 Hood Lane
Parr Park, 3010 Parr Lane, 817/410-3450

Haltom City
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, two spray grounds in Haltom City offer relief from the summer sun for your tiny tots. The splash pads at Broadway Park and Whites Branch Park are open 10am–7pm and open daily except for maintenance on Tuesdays.
Broadway Park, 4839 Broadway Ave.
Whites Branch Park, 5290 Western Center Blvd.
817/831-6464, haltomcitytx.com

Highland Village
Sadly, the splash pad at Doubletree Ranch Park will be closed for the 2022 season due to repairs, and the city hopes to reopen the feature in 2023. The modern design uses recycled treated water, looks like a natural creek and employs 15 water features with 66 sprayers and one waterfall. The splash pad typically is open daily starting Memorial Day weekend from 10am–8pm.
310 Highland Village Road, 972/317-7430

Take your pick of the city’s two locations for zero-depth water fun: the Southwest Spray Park and another spray park outside the Northwest Park Recreation Center. Families can enjoy the bubblers, fountains and more spray features, and for both locations, restrooms are available either on-site or nearby. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day each year and from 11am–8pm.
Northwest Park Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne Street
Southwest Spray Park, 2800 W. Shady Grove Road, 972/721-2501

The 22-acre Sonora Park house a bird habitat, fishing pier, 9-hole disc golf course and a splash pad with tipping buckets of water, stationary spray guns and fountains. Open May through September: from 8am–noon and 5–8pm on weekdays and from 8am–8pm on Saturday and Sunday.
263 S. New Hope Road, 817/985-2170

Wayne Ferguson Plaza is an urban park located in the heart of Old Town Lewisville. A linear flowing water feature runs along the boardwalk, which guides visitors through a garden and ends on the east side of the park at an interactive fountain.
150 W. Church St., 972/219-3400

Little Elm
You’ll find Little Elm’s splash pad, with a slide and daisy sprayers, on the southwest end of McCord Park and near the McCord Park trailhead. (See the map here.) Note that no restrooms are on-site. Open from 8am–9pm daily.
1001 Witt Road, 972/731-3296

McKinney has seven free splash pads for humans (and one for canines at the Bonnie Wenk Park dog park) and five of them also have playgrounds nearby:
Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex, 2701 North Brook Drive (has a wheelchair accessible playground, too)
Ash Woods Park, 10301 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Aviator Park, 1201 Monticello Drive
Dr. Mack Hill Park, 1849 Reagan Drive
Finch Park, 301 W. Standifer St. (currently under construction, though)
Horizon Park, 401 Flatrock Drive
Inspiration Park, 4212 Shawnee Drive
John M. Whisenant, 3701 Hudson Crossing
Prestwyck Park, 1651 Prestwick Hollow Drive
972/547-7480, mckinneyparks.org

Murphy Central Park: You know the drill: The splash pad is button activated. Step on the black button (closer to the playground side) to start the party. Restrooms and a shaded playground are nearby. Open 9am–8pm Tuesday through Sunday; closed on Mondays for maintenance but open on holiday Mondays (Memorial Day and Labor Day).
550 N. Murphy Road, 972/468-4444

Frontier Park is home to a large sports complex and the community-built Windmill Playground, which sits near the spray park of interactive water features. Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day.
1551 Frontier Parkway, 972/346-3502

Galatyn Park Urban Center is a mixed-use public space that is home to local festivals, fairs and cultural landmarks like the Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. You don’t have to take in a show to appreciate the artistry on display at the Texas Instruments Community Fountain in the public plaza in front of the arts venue. Kids can take in the dancing jets of water from the vertical water fountain, which is lit at night for maximum dazzling effect, and even get soaked—but maybe after the performance is over.
2351 Performance Drive, 972/744-4650

Glenville Park features tall water structures resembling cacti (true to the Texas heat), colorful rings kiddos can race through and water cannons for the ultimate refresher. Kids can dive into the pool just a few feet away for a big splash. The pool is also equipped with restrooms, including a family restroom. And, the kiddos can dry off at the playground nearby. Parking is available by the spray park and playground. Entry into the pool and spray ground is $2 for residents, $4 for non-residents and free for children 3 and under. Open 1-8pm daily (closed Tuesdays) and will open June 1.
500 S. Glenville Drive, 972/671-0187

The splash pads at Parks of Roanoke and Cannon Parkway Park include colorful archways that spray, stationary water guns and hanging buckets of water that tip. Both parks are open daily from 6am–7pm.
Parks of Roanoke, 107 Hillsborough Drive
Cannon Parkway Park, 750 Cannon Parkway
817/837-9930, roanoketexas.com

There are three spray parks in Rockwall that feature interactive sprayers and tipping water buckets. To activate the spray grounds, press the top of the white cylinder with the black rounded top. Open generally from April to October from 8am–9pm.
Hickory Bridge Sprayground, 1910 Walnut Ridge
Foxchase Sprayground, 4475 Tubbs Road
Harry Myers Sprayground, 815 E. Washington Street
972/771-7740, playrockwall.com/spraygrounds

The playground at Bicentennial Park, which opened in 2015, is designed to look like a big dragon rising from the ground. Kids splash around by the giant dragon’s head, frolic in the green water fountains that twist up from the ground and duck under small spraying archways. Take waterlogged little ones to the adjacent playground’s swings, slides and zip lines to let them air dry. Open 8am–10pm daily.
450 W. Southlake Blvd., 817/748-8019

Love Street Park and Cherry Park Pool are home to Weatherford’s two spraygrounds. Set kids loose to play in the interactive fountains. Or take a dip at the city’s only municipal pool at Cherry Park (open daily; $5 per person).
Love Street Park, 309 Love Street, 817/598-4124 (free admission)
Cherry Park Pool, 300 S. Alamo St., 817/598-4382 (pool admission required)

Know of any we missed? Leave a comment below or send us an email to editorial@dfwchild.com

Top photo of Celebration Park courtesy of Allen Parks and Recreation