Your Guide to the Best Places to Splash Around!

Posted Tuesday, July 10th, 2018



Beat the summer heat wave by making waves of your own! Here’s a list of every local splash pad and water park that’ll help you survive the summer with the kiddos.

So grab your swim suits, floaties, and get ready to have a splashin’ good time!


Wading Pools & Splash Pads


Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center 

Splash pad and wading pool. $3-7. 

29 Santa Barbara Drive. (949) 425-2559.



Ruth R. Caruthers Park (wading pool). (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2261.


Buena Park 

Carl Brenner Park (wading) and Larwin Park (spray). (714) 236-3860.



Lemon (spray), and Adlena parks (spray), and Downtown Plaza (spray pool). (714) 738-6575.


Garden Grove 

Atlantis Play Center’s Splash Pad is open mid-June to mid-September. Adults are not admitted without a child and the park is staffed during open hours. Closed Mondays. Admission: $2 per person, ages 2 and up. 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 892-6015.



Heritage Park features a playground with a splash pad. 14301 Yale Ave. (949) 724-6750. Irvine Spectrum – Tortoise water fountain by the food court and a smaller fountain by the Vitamin Shoppe. Plus, a Ferris wheel and carousel. 670 Spectrum Center Drive. (949) 753-5180.


Laguna Niguel 

Crown Valley Community Park features a splash pad with pelican and dragon sprayers. Open daily, through September 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; weekends through October, weather permitting, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (949) 425-5100.



Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Wading Pool Wednesdays offers evening sessions, June – August, 5-7:30 p.m. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408.


Long Beach 

Towne Center offers a spray pad and fountain in front of the movie theater. Long Beach Towne Center. 7575 Carson Blvd. (562) 938-1722.


Los Angeles 

Grand Park offers a splash pad and fountains. 200 N. Grand Ave. (213) 972-8080.



Harry Dotson Park features a playground with spray features. (714) 379-9270.



District Shopping Center features shooting water fountains outside the theater. 2437 Park Ave. (714) 259-9090. Pioneer Road Park – Pioneer-themed play equipment with water features. 10250 Pioneer Road. (714) 573-3326.



Sigler Park Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses. 7200 Plaza St. (714) 895-2860.


Water Parks


Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark   

Daily, through September 3; weekends, September 8 – October 7. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista.



Buccaneer Cove. Open through Labor Day weekend. 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine.


Castle Park

Buccaneer Cove includes five water slides, water tunnels, spray cannons and more. Daily, through August 17; weekends, August 18 – October. 3500 Polk St., Riverside. (951) 785-3000.


Drop Zone Waterpark 

Open daily through September. Visit their website for admission and season passes. 2165 Trumble Road, Perris.


Knott’s Soak City 

Open daily, through September. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.


Legoland Water Park and Chima Water Park  

Open daily, through September 3; and weekends, September 8 – October 28. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad.


Newport Dunes Aquatic Fun Park

Calm waves and toys for younger kids, and water trampolines, a mountain with a slide and other water features for older kids. Open year round, visit their website for seasonal times and admission. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Raging Waters 

Open daily, through August 24; weekends only, August 25 – September 23. 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas.


Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Open daily through September. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia.


Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark

Spend the day in the lazy river, dare to plunge down two-story water slides or swim in the heated 25-yard pool. Spend time with the little ones in the zero-depth play areas, spray pads and smaller slides. Free use of life jackets and tubes. Splash! offers free parking, picnic areas, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Check the website for schedule:


Splash Kingdom in Redlands   

Open daily through September. 1101 California St., Redlands.


The Cove Waterpark  

Daily, through August 6; weekends only, August 11 – September 30. 4310 Camino Real, Riverside.


Water & Mud


Adventure Playgrounds

Huntington Beach, 7111 Talbert Ave., (714) 842-7442,; and  Irvine, 1 Beech Tree Lane, (949) 724-6818,

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