If you’re looking for a way to stay cool, but you don’t want to commit to a full day’s admission to a water park, splash pads are a great place to go. Depending on the splash pad you choose and the size of your family, you can get a full days enjoyment for free or just a few dollars. The Orlando area has quite a few splash pads that incorporate fun features to keep kids and parents amused. Some are city owned and maintained, while others are in popular locations like outdoor malls and hotels. We’ve compiled some of the best splash pads around…
The City of Oviedo splash pad incorporates several waterslides and a few cannons so younger kids can blast each other with water. Families with older children may find this location ideal because of the Oviedo gym and aquatic facility, where the splash pad is located, also houses an Olympic-size swimming pool, basketball courts, and a climbing wall. You can spend an entire day there and find something for kids of all ages. However since it is a newer and expensive facility, the $8 charge for admission may be a little steep for some families.
The new Center Lake Park is the crown jewel of the city’s new Oviedo on the Park development area. Not only does this spot offer a splash pad, but it also offers a Cultural Center with a large banquet room, large outdoor Amphitheatre, small outdoor stage, Veterans Tribute, Dog Park, playground, Boat House for paddle boat rentals and a Lakeside Promenade. The Park offers something for everyone!
This splash pad is just a small part of the larger community park, so it is larger than some of the other local splash pads in the area. The area immediately around the splash pad incorporates a shade covering on either side, so you can stay out for longer even on the hottest summer days. Admission to this splash pad is only a dollar, so it is a great value, but it also becomes crowded very easily on hot days and holidays.
Capehart Park is a perfect destination for parents with younger children who have lots of energy to burn. In addition to the splash pad, this park has a toddler playground and lots of recreation programs for school aged kids, so in the summer there are always lots of families around. The splash pad is free, and there is a fitness path for parents who want to try and get a workout in while the kids play. The park doesn’t offer a lot of shade, so you may want to visit it on days that are overcast or not too hot.
Orange County Splash Pads
Bithlo Park Splash Playground: 18501 Washington Ave.
http://bit.ly/2pWoKtY; 407-254-1905 for hours and cost.
Magical Water Fountain at Disney Springs: 1375 E. Buena Vista Dr.
407-939-5277, open daily and free!
Ocoee Family Aquatic Facility: 1820 A.D. Mims Road
407-905-3180, http://bit.ly/2qRAp28, check schedule, $1.50 for adults 18+ and $1 for children and 65+
Orlando – Barnett Park: 4801 W. Colonial Drive
407-836-6248; http://bit.ly/2pL4dgB, open daily 8A-8P and free!
Orlando – Capehart Park: 715 Capehart Drive
407-254-9160; http://bit.ly/2rfgNEO, open daily 9A-6P, free!
Orlando – Downey Park: 10107 Flowers Ave.
407-254-9180; http://bit.ly/2qwFZUz, check schedule, weekend cost is $1 per person per session.
Orlando – Dr. P. Phillips Community Park: 8249 Buenavista Woods Blvd.
407-254-9038; http://bit.ly/2rqSJLD, check schedule, $1/person/session.
Winter Garden – Downtown Interactive Fountain and Splashpad: 104 S. Lakeview Ave.
407-656-4155, http://bit.ly/2qss0Br, open daily 9A-9P, free.
Winter Park – Shady Park: 421 New England Ave.
407-599-3334, http://bit.ly/2qsm8rE, open daily; free.
Seminole County Splash Pads
Lake Mary – Splash Pad at Trailblazer Park: 550 Rantoul Lane
407-585-1494, http://bit.ly/2pLbdKB, open 10A-6P daily; $2/person.
Oviedo – Splash Zone at Aquatic Facility: 148 Oviedo Blvd.
407-971-5565, http://bit.ly/2qwt0Ch, summer hours: weekdays 12P-4P, Sat 2P-5P, Sun 12P-6P.
Oviedo – Center Lake Park (Oviedo on the Park): 299 Center Lake Lane
407-971-5590, http://bit.ly/2rjForO, Open Daily from 7am-9pm
Sanford – Fort Mellon Park Splash Pad: 600 E. First St.
407-688-5103; http://bit.ly/2pUkeNe, M/W/F 11A-8P, Tu/Th/Sa 10A-6P, and Sun 12P-6P, $2/person.
Winter Springs Trotwood Park Splash Playground: 701 Northern Way and 1224 Trotwood Blvd.
http://bit.ly/2rrfrEo, Wed-Sun 10A-4P, $3 per person, free for local residents.
Winter Springs – Torcaso Park Splash Playground, 104 N. Moss Road
407-327-6599; http://bit.ly/2rrfrEo, Wed-Sun 10A-4P, $3 per person, free for local residents.
Splash pads are a great way place to have a playdate, host a birthday party or just spend some quality time with the kids. To find out more ways to spend a hot summer day.
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