Originally published 6/20/2017. Updated 5/15/2018.
Summer officially kicks off on June 21, but it’s feeling an awful lot like summer now.
If you have time for a day trip, Ohio has plenty of waterparks that you can check out. But if you’re looking for a quicker trip, there are some awesome splash pads located all over Central Ohio that are free and open to the public.
Ballantrae Community Park
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Amenities: The Ballantrae Community Park is a massive splash pad. The park has a large grassy area perfect for summer picnics, as well as parking and restrooms.
Hilliard’s Station Park
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Amenities: Hilliard’s Station Park is much more than just the splash pad. Ample seating and public restrooms make the trip easy and carefree for parents. A variety of summer programming is open to the public throughout the season.
Bicentennial Park on the Scioto Mile
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Amenities: The Bicentennial Park Splash Pad is the largest in Columbus. It’s 15,000 square feet and has water features that spray as high as 75 feet in the air. In addition to the play area, there are grassy areas for playing and plenty of seating.
Easton Town Center
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Amenities: The splash pad is available to enjoy for all children ages 8 and under. Located in the heart of Easton Town Center, there are plenty of additional activities to entertain your kiddos. On the weekends, from June 4 until August 27, a free towel service is provided.
Indian Mound Community Recreation Center Sprayground
Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.
Amenities: There are plenty of shaded areas around the Indian Mound Splash Pad to relax while your kids play. The park also has tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, and an outdoor fitness center.
Village Green Park
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Amenities: Village Green boasts plenty of shaded areas around the splash pad. There are also picnic tables available for public use. The restrooms are located a short distance away at Powell City Hall.
North Bank Park
Hours: Hours vary due to venue rental
Amenities: North Bank Park has a small splash pad perfect for a quick trip with a nice view. Although the space can be rented for private functions, meaning it is not always a guarantee that the splash pad will be accessible to the public. In addition to walking and biking paths, other amenities include bathrooms, grassy areas, and plenty of shaded seating.
Hours: 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Amenities: Partners Park is located in Marysville. In addition to the splash pad area, the park has seating, public restrooms, and a totally instagrammable gazebo.
Blackburn Rec Center
Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.
Amenities: The splash pad is located adjacent to Blackburn Park, so if the kids get sick of the water, they can hit up the playground. In addition to ample parking, the park has lots of shaded areas, picnic tables, basketball courts and play areas.
Veteran’s Park Delaware
Hours: Opens daily at Noon
Amenities: This dinosaur themed splash pad may be a bit of drive, but the kids will definitely love it. Located at Veteran’s Park in Delaware, the area surrounding the splash pad has plenty of shade, green space, and public restrooms.