Originally published 5/15/18. Updated 2/27/19.
Summer is fun, but it can also be scorchingly hot.
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.
Ready for a little fun in the sun? Don’t forget the sunscreen and probably some snacks, because let’s be real. No one wants to fight the kids back into the car to go home for lunch!
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.
Address: 6350 Woerner Temple Rd, Dublin, OH 43016
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.
Address: 4021 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026
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.
Address: 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215
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.
Address: 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
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.
Address: 3901 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43207
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.
Address: 47 Hall St, Powell, OH 43065
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.
Address: 311 W Long St, Columbus, OH 43215
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.
Address:125 E 6th St, Marysville, OH 43040
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.
Address: 263 Carpenter St, Columbus, OH 43205
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.
Address: 1121 S Houk Rd, Delaware, OH 43015
Grab that sunscreen. We’ll meet you there!
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