You don’t always need a pool or a backyard water hose to cool off in the summer heat. In fact, little kids, big kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy a fun romp through an interactive water fountain or splash pad for free in a park near you! DFW Child created a comprehensive list of the best free splash pads and play fountains in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Here are just a few:
At W.J. Thomas Splash Park, push the top of the red fire hydrant to make it rain at Carrollton’s first and only city-run splash park. While the kids check out the water features, including a crashing wave that pours water over the top, parents can watch from the nearby wooden deck with picnic tables. Open 9am–8pm daily through early October.
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. Visit Saturdays 8am–9pm or Sunday–Friday from 9am–9pm.
It’s hard to miss the spraying and misting fountain in the Children’s Park within Klyde Warren Park but look closer and you’ll see that the long-bodied water feature simulates the metamorphosis of a caterpillar. The main splash pad is on the corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and St. Paul Street. Find more fountains on Hart Boulevard, as you enter the park from either side or behind the main pavilion in Moody Plaza. The park is open 6am–11pm daily.
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 through summer, this spray ground is available for visitors to splash around every day from 11am-7pm.
The spray grounds at Frisco Commons, which run on a recycled water system, are open 8am–8pm daily May–September. The city recently added a large pavilion with restrooms and two smaller shade structures with picnic tables. The splash pad at Shepherd’s Glen, at the intersection of Rolater Road and Coit Road, is open from 8am-8pm and features shade cover and walking trails.
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 at both parks. Due to water restrictions, the Southwest Spray Park is closed Tuesdays and runs from 11am-8pm all other days of the week. The spray park outside the Northwest Park Recreation Center is open 11am-8pm Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays).
Frontier Park is home to a large sports complex and the community-built Windmill Playground, which sits near a very simple spray park of interactive water features. Open daily through Labor Day.