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Splish, Splash: Cool Off at Splash Pads Around Town

Alex Buettgen
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The heat of summer in Houston has come out in full force. Splash pads are a fun way for kids to cool off. Here are a few water features to check out around town:

Levy Park’s towering orange structures

Levy Park’s towering orange structures rain down onto kids waiting for the water to cool them off! (Photo courtesy of Levy Park)

Levy Park Splash Pad
3801 Eastside Street
Free
Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Levy Park has shady spots and benches, so parents can get a break from the sun and watch their kids play among the tall fountains. These towering orange structures rain down buckets of water, giving kids the satisfaction of cooling off as well as providing a great source of interactive fun gatherings. 

Hermann Park Splash Pad
6001 Fannin Street
Free
Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
The Hermann Park Splash Pad is complete with in-ground sprays, poles, and palm trees, providing a variety of water effects. There are also two large, sandy areas adjacent to the splash pad. It really feels as if you’re at the beach!


Kids can cool off and play in the water wonderland at Discovery Green, a longtime Houston favorite. (Photo: James LaCombe)

Gateway Fountains at Discovery Green
1500 McKinney Street
Free
Monday, noon-7 p.m.; Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m
This longtime Houston favorite recently reopened after being closed for 15 months due to Covid. The miniature water park has jet streams that reach up to 14 feet high. Discovery Green also has other attractions for the whole family. See events and activities at Discovery Green here

Bellaire Town Center Family Aquatic Center
7008 Fifth Street
Under 2 years old: Free; 3 and up: $7-16
Sunday-Friday, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
This is a local gem. The town center contains an extra-large pool with a covered slide, a fill-and-dump bucket, and a frog slide, making it a fun place kids, as well as adults. 

Constellation Field Splash Pad
1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land
Included in price of admission
Whenever the Skeeters have a home game
If you're heading to Constellation Play to cheer on the Sugar Land Skeeters, make sure to bring a bathing suit as well. Located behind the outfield wall is a fun splash pad for kids! What is better than watching the Skeeters beat their competition while you beat the Houston heat? See the Skeeters’ schedule here and more about the Skeeters here.


The bucket drop at the Houston Children’s Museum is one of the most thrilling and refreshing summer experiences! (Photo: Eliot Aiman)

Splash Pad at Children's Museum Houston
1500 Binz Street
Included in price of admission
Sunday-Monday, closed; Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
A childhood favorite of mine, the sprayground at the Children’s Museum contains a large fill-and-dump bucket and directional sprayers. The Children’s Museum recently reopened to the public. See events and exhibits here.

Editor's note: Know of another water feature or more fun ways to cool off around town? Comment below or email us at [email protected].  

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